An oldie, but I love it. Apologies for short, sporadic posts in the next few weeks. I tad bit busier than usual I'm afraid.
Diamagnetic Levitation. High Field Magnetic Laboratory. Nijmegen
Yeah leviating frogs and strawberries with diamagnetic levitation is fucking cool, but it actually is quite useful/important. They can test the effects of weightlessness on living things. Pure, large protein crystals grow much better in a microgravity environment so diamagnetic levitation is also useful in this regard.
New Scientist: Magnetic gravity trick grows perfect crystals [Article]
Also, I have just been informed as I am writing this that Benoit B. Mandelbrot (The father of fractal geometry) has passed away (1924-2010). At least he lived a decent and relatively long life.
In memory of Benoit Mandelbrot here are pics of the Mandelbrot set (each image is a magnification of the image before it)