Looking like something straight out of a sci-fi film, it might shock you to hear that these images aren't taken from the set of a new Alien film, but are real photographs of scientific experiments.
Captured by Pery Burge, artist-in-residence at Exeter University, UK, she refers to her work as "artistic flow visualisation". In other words, she captures the often chaotic motion of fluids — bubbles, vortices, diffusion, and other fluid instabilities — to create rich, powerful images. The results are equal parts psychedelic, sci-fi and real science. And we love them.
Images by Pery Burge