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September 9, 2016

How origami is inspiring scientific creativity

"How origami is inspiring scientific creativity," by Larry Howell, Julie Walker, Robert Lang, Spencer Magleby and Brian Wilcox, Brigham Young University.

Engineers use origami principles to design spacecraft solar panels and other devices that flex or unfurl, as in the video by a lab at Brigham Young University. Larry Howell, the team leader, says the work is just plain fun. "There's so much potential for applications. These things can really make a difference." [Note: You can view the video on The Vizzies' special report website by searching "origami" and then clicking on the "video" link. See link to Vizzies website below.]

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This image won people's choice and people's choice, best overall, in the People's Choice Winner Overall category of the 2015 Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies, a long-running, annual competition co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science. [The competition was formerly named the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis) and was previously co-sponsored with AAAS' journal Science.] The competition aims to recognize some of the most beautiful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering and awards prizes in five categories: photography, video, illustration, posters & graphics and interactives.

To learn more about the competition and view all the winning entries past and present, see the NSF Special Report The VIZZIES: Visualization Challenge. (Date of Image: unknown)

Credit: Larry Howell, Julie Walker, Robert Lang, Spencer Magleby and Brian Wilcox

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