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A place of mostly science, art, writing and occasionally Chewbacca, all lovingly archived by Dave Ng. For recent highlights just scroll down, but also note the handy tag system (for finding that piece of media for your next science talk) just below. Enjoy!

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“Science is awesome, that is all”.

I can’t even… So beautiful… So makes me wish I could go to space…

Wow (click on the image for a larger image).

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This is:

a near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view.

The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o’clock position at upper left. This mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan’s largest sea, Kraken Mare, just north of an island archipelago separating two separate parts of the sea.

For a better look, please go to this link.

From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

Who will die in Game of Thrones? The statistical (seriously) analysis…

Note: if you’re unfamiliar with the series, there are many spoilers in the journal article.

ABSTRACT: Predictions are made for the number of chapters told from the point of view of each character in the next two novels in George R. R. Martin’s \emph{A Song of Ice and Fire} series by fitting a random effects model to a matrix of point-of-view chapters in the earlier novels using Bayesian methods. {{SPOILER WARNING: readers who have not read all five existing novels in the series should not read further, as major plot points will be spoiled.}}

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By Richard Vale. From Arxiv.org. Pdf here.

Climate Change and Aquaman: This makes total sense…

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By Mr. Lovenstein.

New Yorker cartoon artist + Nature Journal = Awesome.

Click to enlarge.

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By Roz Chast in Nature. Via Fresh Photons.

The illustrations for “Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space” are gorgeous!

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Art by Ben Newman. From Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space (amazon), via Brain Pickings

Insects crafted from recycled paper.

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By Soon (for IGEPA Benelux), via Colossal

On coding love with html

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By Akihiro Mizuuchi, via Spoon & Tamago

Underwater biodiversity done in stunning paper craft. The word you’re looking for is “wow.”

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By Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker (link), via Colossal.

This mathematically gorgeous calendar is a wonder to look at.

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By J.P. King, and available for sale here (although currently sold out).

Origami crease patterns: more beautiful than you would expect.

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By Robert J. Lang. He also has a wide range of amazing origami books – available here.

AVES: the deck of cards for the bird lover.

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By Karina Eibatova, and LUX cards. Via Colossal.

The geometry of pasta forms as explained by mathematical formulae.

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By George L. Legendre, via Fresh Photons.

When a dinosaur is left hanging.

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By Mr. Lovenstein

This is what it looks like when you attempt to showcase many many bioluminescent organisms in a single graphic.

It looks stunning!

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By Eleanor Lutz.

Clouds and their shadows (epic when viewed from space) #gorgeous

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By Alexander Gerst, via Colossal

Self Portraits drawn showing the progression of Alzheimer’s: The art of science at its harrowing best.

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By William Utermohlen, via New York Times.

This music video and song are some kind of wonderful. “Moving On” by James. #song4mixtape

Just came out on iTunes in North America too…

By James.

“Friggin’ awesome video” on the TCA cycle. h/t @DrKimlicka

By Wilson Lam, via Lynn Kimlicka.

Holy crap! Stunning paper birds!

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By Diana Beltran Herrera, via Colossal

Love these space themed illustrations by Scott Campbell

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By Scott Campbell.

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