Sometimes it takes some good science to make great art. For a surreal example, check out Inside Insides, a blog post that collects MRIs of fruits and vegetables.
Magnetic resonance imaging uses a strong magnetic field to give high-contrast images of the internal workings of water-filled things, such as knee joints, brains and, well, vegetables. The fruity MRIs on this site show a moving cross section of the fruit, producing images of vaguely familiar food shapes repetitively blossoming and oozing in gray tones. Though nothing revealed by these scans is all that surprising (we’ve all seen the insides of an eggplant), the format of the imaging takes advantage of the weird symmetries in plants and fungi to make beautiful, dreamlike patterns—the mushrooms pulse like jellyfish; the cabbage expands like a controlled explosion; and the celery spins like a fractal—thus proving technology can make even a salad exciting.
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