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These space themed paintings by @mrmichaelkagan are very cool.

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By Michael Kagan, via Colossal.

Jupiter in high resolution equals “Death Star.”

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From reddit user quadcem, Boing Boing.

This paper cut bacterium (an e.coli and salmonella hybrid) is pretty amazing.

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By Rogan Brown, via Colossal

The (incredibly fast) evolution of your desk.

Via YouTube.

Beautiful biodiversity pictures made from fern leaves. #whoa

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By Helen Ahpornsiri/, via Colossal.

Also known as “Phylogenetic Analysis of Magical Creatures.” A Harry Potter themed phylogenomics paper.

Attention to detail is pretty cool. One of my favourite parts (apart from the phylogenetic tree itself) is the post note that says: “Genetic sequences for all genes will be provided upon request. Due to magical laws, we are unable to publish them on GenBank.”

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Holy crap! It’s a photo of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker!

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Photo by Martin Le-May (see here for more details) via io9.

Art collaboration between artist and a swarm of bees results in a hive sculpture

“As creative director of the process, the Rotterbam-based artist collaborated with Dutch beekeepers to guide the meticulous insects into filling the metal frame with perfect hexagons of beeswax.”

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By Tomas Libertiny (plus 60,000 bees), via/text My Modern Met.

Dinosaur (and pterosaur) ORIGAMI #beautiful

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By Adam Tram, via Colossal

“We are dead stars looking back up in the sky.” Lovely video on human existence and the pathway of our atoms

From the Atlantic, h/t @experrinment

Yes, there is a dinosaur in my microscope slide. #seriously

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Via (by?) @aukeappelman

This looks awesome! I just backed “Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1” by @superdames.

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The above panels from “The Sinister Smokescreen,” script by Jacqueline Ching, art by Michael R. Hall, colors by Frank Barbara, letters by Declan Fitz.

And here is the comic:

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By superdames.org. Go get a copy at kickstarter.

In a way, this is the scientific method distilled wonderfully in 6 panels.

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By David Malki (Wondermark), hat tip to Matthew Francis.

Where the borders of selected US states literally look like an elf making chicken.

I feel like this needs to be an official scientific thing – you know in terms of climatology trends or a specific biodiversity habitat.

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Via Futility Closet.

Just because: Birds in Elizabethan and Georgian attire by Katrina Rhodes

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By Katrina Rhodes, via Sweet Station

Rachel Ignotofsky’s awesome Women in Science drawings.

Rachel* has really outdone herself this time. This is just all kinds of brilliant.

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* Rachel was also involved in the lab’s “Voyage of the Beagle” deck.

Four mellow songs for your mix tape. #song4mixtape

Even though the year has just begun, these already seem like shoo ins for the Year in Review 2015 mix. In any event, sit back, relax, close your eyes, and listen to these four great songs.

1. Every Age – José González*

2. It’s Never Too Late – Ben Gibbard

3. In The Long Run – The Staves

4. Obvious Bicycle – Vampire Weekend

* Note: used this song for our Year in Review family video too!

I love this. Botanical specimens arranged to look like fireworks.

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By Sarah Illenberger, via Colossal.

Super fast and epic summary of the Earth’s evolutionary history.

This is really nicely done*

Crash Course Big History episode with John Green, Hank Green, and Emily Graslie (link).

* I caught one small error during the lifting weights bit.

Lego birds, designed by Thomas Poulsom, now on sale.

These, apparently, are going very quickly. Click here to purchase.

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Via Colossal. More on Thomas’ work here.

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