Transience is the Japanese calligraphy work with dynamic color changes. The scene where the letter colors are changing from moment to moment can give affluent dynamism and feeling of vitality of calligraphy to viewers, and at the same time, it can express stream of time. Calligraphy is integrated with technology and materials seamlessly and Transience is produced to show ever-changing aesthetics fermented in Japan.
In order to change letter colors on paper, we developed our original chromogenic mechanism from functional inks and conductive materials. For producing the chromogenic technology suitable for paper, we examined ink materials repeatedly, and as a result we realized the expression where calligraphy harmonizes with computer.
Since ancient times, human beings have expressed beauty by linking paper technologies, techniques and cultures intricately. As paper materiality and letter images are united with technologies, a new dynamism will be created on paper.
Two interesting sets of clouds are featured in this satellite photo of the Canary Islands and the coast of Africa. In the upper part of the picture, closed cell stratocumulus clouds cover the ocean. As the wind drives these clouds over the islands, their pattern is disturbed by mountains that force the lower layers of air up and around, forming von Karman vortices and wakes that mingle and twist the cloud patterns to the south of the islands. (Photo credit: European Space Agency; via Wired)
Flow visualization in a water tunnel shows what the flow around a line of traffic looks like. Note the progressively more turbulent flow around each car as it sits in the wake of the car before it. Turbulent flow is usually associated with increased drag forces, but because turbulence can actually help prevent flow separation it is sometimes desirable as a method for decreasing drag. In the case of these cars drafting on one another, it is clear that the cars further back in the line cause less effect on the fluid—and thus have less drag to overcome—than the front car. (Photo credit: Rob Bulmahn)
Description: Created by a process of hierarchical self-assembly — the process that allows molecules to make cells, cells to make tissues, and tissues to give rise to whole organisms — living materials can grow, move, learn, and self-organize. They are responsive, adaptive, programmable, and self-healing; they can be stronger than steel, and better “engineered” than a suspension bridge. Scientists have only just begun to tap into the potential they present.