Starting this Friday, April 24th, the charming Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison, Wisconsin will begin hosting an exhibition about some tiny things, like this fruit fly embryo.
“Tiny: Art From Microscopes at UW-Madison” runs through Dec. 31, 2009 and features about 40 images of cells, molecules and nanoscale structures generated in the course of research by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists over the last 10 years.
The magnified images include not only fruit-flies, but mice embryos, butterfly and plant cells, and corn kernels.
In the image of the fruit fly embryo above, gene products have been localised: the hairy protein in seven red stripes, the Kruppel domain in green and two giant domains in blue. (Image courtesy: Jim Langeland, Steve Paddock and Sean Carroll. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Molecular Biology.)
If images of tiny things don’t grab you, check out the full-size Corben Super Ace plane suspended from the airport ceiling.
The Corben was a sport aircraft built in Madison in the 1930’s and this one was built by volunteers from the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association using original 1930’s plans.