Micronaut opens ‘The Second Door to the Microcosm’

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calcitic microlens plate

Micronaut’s work has been decorated with numerous awards. His micrographs appear in some of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers, are discussed and broadcasted on the radio and in TV, and  they are exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world. Countless visitors from all around the globe keep visiting this site since 2006, thereby following Micronaut as he opens ‘the second door to the microcosm’ (cit. Ernst A. F. Ruska, 1906-1988) to capture the magic of this invisibly small and quite exotic place.

Between December 2009  and January 2013, National Geographic published three feature articles by Micronaut. In 2011, the famous Chinese artist and art director Ai Weiwei invited Micronaut to the Gwangju Design Biennale and in 2012, the scientific journal Nature published an interview-article on Micronaut’s career as a science photographer.

Currently involved in a variety of projects, Micronaut continues his highly regarded association with National Geographic and works on an innovative motion picture in parallel, utilizing the Focused-Ion-Beam Microscope (FIB).

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Image shown above: Brittle Star Microlens Plate

To gather and increase the sensitivity for light Brittlestars (Ophiocoma wendtii) use microscopically small calcitic microlens plates to collect and focus photons on barely exposed internal nerve endings, located directly below the microlens plates. Until this structure and mechanism could be discovered by scientists Gordon Hendler and Joanna Aizenberg, Seastars and Brittlestars were believed to be blind because they do not have eyes. The study has finally been published in the scientific journal Nature and provides a fascinating example how nature can surprise us with mind-blowing technological solutions and structural masterpieces of art. Over and over again… !

Browse the Atlant’s Column to continue reading about these fabulous calcitic structure, or learn more about Micronaut’s hand-crafted SPECIAL – limited edition prints. Feel free to view the complete edition in the Micronaut Online Gallery, he section currently includes 23 works.