Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Choosing Your Oil Paints

While most veteran artists have already chosen their favorite oil paints to work with, beginners have not made it this far. Well, you will be surprised to learn that there are other ways to replicate Van Gogh’s popular creation, Starry Night.

starry night bacteria

A team of microbiologists were having fun in the lab one day, when they discovered that microbes can be used to create a work of art. The American Society for Microbiology has held its first Agar Art contest, with some scientists being given the task to develop sometime spectacular out of microbes.

With 5 petri dishes that contained agar, which is a jelly-like substance used to grow bacteria, the Starry Night replication was created. The intelligent microbiologists were able to select bacteria that were capable of producing the same colors that Van Gogh used in the Starry Night.

The final results were amazing and the award went to Melanie Sullivan of Missouri. Congratulations Melanie, this is definitely a work of art.

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