Voxel, ribosomes

A rhibosome molecule made of voxels
A ribosome molecule made of voxels

Learned a new term today: voxel.  A voxel (short for volumetric pixel) is, at least in terms of video game design, a slightly out of date technology being replaced by what may be my other new favorite thing “height maps“.

The above image is of a ribosome molecule, though it seems like it could be an enemy from an SNES game.  On a (slightly) related note, here’s a great animated .gif of the ribosome of Haloarcula (a tiny seawater creature) by David S. Goodsell:

animatedRhibosome