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The many facets of science photography

Transform Your iPhone Into a Microscope: Just Add Water

I've engineered a fair number of inexpensive DIY camera hacks. This one is by far the cheapest: it's free! Simply place a drop of water on the phone's lens, carefully turn the device over, and the suspended droplet serves as a liquid lens...

March 12, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: A Jar Full of Toads

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300]Eye of Newt? Wing of Bat? Jar of Toads?Whichever you wish to photograph, the image can be made more dramatic with backlighting...

March 8, 2012 — Alex Wild

The US Geological Survey Has Photographs That Rock

I just spent an hour surfing about in the United States Geological Survey photographic library. What a trove of treasures! The archive isn't all just old images of rocks, volcanos, national parks, and earthquakes, either...

March 6, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Parasite That Drives Flies to Drink

A couple weeks ago the science media was positively tipsy with news that common fruit flies fight parasites by... wait for it... ingesting enough ethanol to kill their inner tormentors.

March 5, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Fly That Banks On Arachnophobia

Imagine that you are a tasty, tasty fruit fly, full of luscious lipids and useful proteins. Just the sort of meal over which any self-respecting fly predator should salivate.Now imagine that the predatory spiders incessantly stalking you are, like most spiders, solitary creatures...

February 23, 2012 — Alex Wild

Stock Photography Caters to Stereotypes

Consider microstock giant iStockphoto's perception of scientists:What is singularly disturbing about this result is that iStockphoto's top search results aren't determined by the company...

February 19, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Grasshopper, disassembled

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP color laser jet 2840 = $350] Today's image comes to us from aspiring macro photographer Maxim Piessen, who explains: A friend and I need to make a paper for school because we are in the last year of high school...

February 16, 2012 — Alex Wild

This Photo Is Not Free, But How Much Should It Cost?

In January, landscape photographer John Mueller sparked a lengthy debate about the economics of art with a simple observation: It cost me $6,612 to take this photo.$12 in gas to go from work to this spot and then home...

February 14, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: The Liquid Lens

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. A vial filled with oil (top) and water demonstrates optical properties of each.

February 9, 2012 — Alex Wild

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