Tel Aviv University physics professor Eshel Ben-Jacob creates psychedelic works of art by dyeing colonies of adaptive bacteria and photographing them.
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“Science and art both present to the world a model of nature, but when I study bacteria as a scientist, all my experiments must be reproducible,” he says. “When I do it as art, I have the freedom to come up with all kinds of conditions without having to worry about another scientist needing to verify my work. But the art can help inspire the science, and vice versa.”