Photos: Spirals go from nature to the lab

Photos: Spirals go from nature to the lab

Summary: Inspired by spirals found in nature, inventor believes the form could lead to breakthroughs in many fields.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • Messier 101

    This image of Messier 101 is the most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy to come from research using the Hubble telescope. It is a composite of 51 images from the Hubble as well as photos shot from the ground.

  • Flower

    This developing flower displays the spiral form in two aspects: The whole flower begins in a spiral and unfolds as it opens, while the tips of the petals form tiny inward spirals.

  • Nautilus shell

    The nautilus is a cephalopod, like the octopus and squid. Unlike some animals in this class, it has a hard outer shell, which is divided into chambers. As the nautilus grows in size, it periodically seals off the shell behind it and creates a new, larger chamber to live in. This ongoing process creates the familiar spiral structure that is visible when a nautilus shell is sliced in half.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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