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Beauty in nature: microscopic plant cells. It all comes down to patterns... texture, colour and pattern inspiration #design

Memory can be aided through beauty because it stimulates and encourages memory. 'Beauty in nature: microscopic plant cells' emphasises Patterns, texture, colour and can even evoke pattern inspiration.

Coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Seven wonders of the natural world – in pictures

The Aussies are justifiably proud of the largest coral reef on earth – the Great Barrier Reef. It can be seen from space and is believed to be the world’s biggest single structure made from living organisms. Composed of some individual reefs and 900

Skull sutures. We're knit together in the womb and out of the womb. That's some fancy stitching :)

this is called a cranial suture and it connects the different plates of the skull. It is made up of small ligaments that actually move ever so little with breathing. With disease or pathology these will become hardened.

Play-of-color occurs because opal is made up of sub-microscopic spheres stacked in a grid-like pattern, like layers of ping-pong balls in a box.  This structure breaks up light into spectral colors.  The colors you see depend on the sizes of the spheres.  Those approximately 0.1 micron (one ten-millionth of a meter) in diameter produce violet.  Spheres that are about 0.2 microns in size produce red.

Australia is the classical Opal country and today is the worldwide most important supplier of Fine Opals. Almost 95 per cent of all Opals come from there.

3D Textiles Design - felted pods inspired by organic structures & naturally occurring patterns // Leanne Eastick

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Textiles Design - felted pods inspired by organic structures & naturally occurring patterns // Leanne Eastick- toy storage?

Tower by Daniel Widrig, futuristic design.  It seems that architects are again looking to nature and natural forms to use in their buildings. This looks similar to snake skin.

These details give the car interesting texture and design. Imagine if they were little solar panels that helped the car charge during the day. Tower by Daniel Widrig, futuristic design.

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of rods (blue) and cones (red), the light sensitive cells in a human retina. Rods aid vision in dim light, while cones allow colour vision | Ralph C. Eagle, Jr. | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of rods (blue) and cones (red), the light sensitive cells in a human retina. Rods aid vision in dim light, while cones allow colour vision.

Geometry and Pattern in Nature 3:   The holes in radiolarian and diatom tests    by Christina Brodie, UK

Geometry and Pattern in Nature The holes in radiolarian and diatom tests by Christina Brodie, UK

African fruit 'brightest' thing in nature but does not use pigment to create its extraordinary colour

Birds are drawn to the blue berries of the tropical Pollia condensata plant; scientists are just as intrigued with the small shiny fruits. A recent study shows that the berries are more intensely reflective than any other living thing.

Supernova Remnant - Researchers Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Physics Prize on October 4, 2011 for their research on supernovae.

PHOTOS: The Pinwheel Galaxy

This composite image of the Tycho supernova remnant shows the scene more than four centuries after the brilliant star explosion witnessed by Tycho Brahe and other astronomers of that era. The explosion has left a.