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It’s time for otterlogic’s annual August Carlos Redraw! Year number 5!! 

This has been a wild year… I finished my first year of college, met so many wonderful people, decided to major in Communication Arts, and started my sophomore year today! 

Summary: My understanding of anatomy and color theory have improved! I’ve also made the full transition to Photoshop– haven’t used SAI in almost a year. This most recent Carlos is an ink drawing that I colored in Photoshop b/c I’m VERY into inking right now haha

Thanks to all of you who’ve stuck with me over the years, even though I don’t post as regularly as I used to. Your support means so much to me <3

The Golden Ratio and Secret Geometry in Nature

These wonderfully symmetrical plants show the fractal nature of math, physics and the universe. Could this be evidence of sacred geometry? “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein

The Golden Ratio, or Fibonacci sequence, is everywhere. It can be found in ancient architecture, in some of the world’s most beloved artwork (such as the Mona Lisa), and most definitely in nature. It’s for this reason that the intriguing sequence, which begins as 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on forever, has fascinated mathematicians, scientists, designers, and artists for centuries. 

Leonardo DaVinci, for instance, was known to use the Fibonacci sequence in his masterpieces because the pattern is aesthetically pleasing. Is it a coincidence that the ratio can be seen from a micro to macro scale in all biological systems, and even in inanimate objects? Clearly, there’s much to learn about sacred geometry and inherent order in the universe. 

 Some theorize that the phi ratio (phi = 1.61803…) is evidence that nature is inherently perfect, and that when mankind strays away from the natural law, sickness and imbalance occur. While the Golden Ratio doesn’t account for every structure or pattern in this world and others, it most certainly is a key player.
Mads Mikkelsen in Talks to Play Villain in 'Chaos Walking' (Exclusive)
Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley are starring in the Lionsgate YA movie being directed by Doug Liman.

Mads Mikkelsen is going back to his evil ways.

After a turn as the heroic and reluctant scientist who designs the Death Star in Rogue One, Mikkelsen is in negotiations to make life hard for Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in Lionsgate’s post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking.

Doug Liman is directing the project, an adaptation of the best-selling YA novel by Patrick Ness.

The story takes place on a colony planet where almost all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. The cacophony drives many mad until a young man (Holland) makes a silent discovery: there is a girl (Ridley), who may be the key to unlocking the New World’s many layered secrets.

Mikkelsen will play the ruthless Mayor of Prentisstown who is searching for the young man he once mentored and who is a religiously-minded keeper of his own secrets who is planning to expand his reach.

The movie will begin shooting later this summer in Montreal.

Scientists design solar cell that captures nearly all energy of solar spectrum

A George Washington University researcher helped design and construct a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum.

The new design, which converts direct sunlight to electricity with 44.5 percent efficiency, has the potential to become the most efficient solar cell in the world.

The approach is different from the solar panels commonly seen on rooftops or in fields. The new device uses concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) panels that use lenses to concentrate sunlight onto tiny, micro-scale solar cells. Because of their small size – less than one millimeter square – solar cells that utilize more sophisticated materials can be developed cost effectively.

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