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Glass octopus model, micro-CT scan

Glass octopus model, micro-CT scan

C021/7061

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DAN SYKES / NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAN SYKES / NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Glass octopus model (Octopus vulgaris), micro-CT scan. This glass sculpture was crafted in the mid-19th Century by father-and-son team Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. The Blaschkas were secretive masters in the art of fine glassworks and their techniques were lost when they died. This scan reveals some of the methods used to construct these models. This image was acquired using X-ray micro-Computed Tomography (also known as micro-CT). A micro-CT scanner projects a beam of X-rays through the sample onto a detector panel. Images are collected over a 360° rotation and these are then reconstructed to form a virtual 3D model of the specimen. This virtual object that can be viewed from all angles and sliced open or digitally dissected. The colours in this image reflect differences in the types of glass used. Image by Dan Sykes.

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