Behold, the majesty of weird, but beautiful science!

Artist or scientist? Work of art or laboratory machine? The two pairs needn't be exclusive and we've collected a batch of real-world photos to prove it. The artistry in crafting experimental machines to explore the fabric of our world rivals that used to create futuristic movie sets or avant-garde sculptures. The closer you explore reality, the more unusual and exotic it tends to appear. With that in mind, we offer you a gallery of science-based gadget porn to dazzle your eyes and titillate your brain.

[Image: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - photo by Roy Kaltschmidt]