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Papercraft Viola tricolor botanical specimen. #beautiful

Wiki entry on the plant here: also known for having many many interesting common names (heartsease, heart’s ease, heart’s delight, tickle-my-fancy, Jack-jump-up-and-kiss-me, come-and-cuddle-me, three faces in a hood, or love-in-idleness)

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By Kogami Yoko.

This is what happens when a Lyre bird lives in a zoo.

They become the greatest impressionists EVER. Amazing…

By Elva Kitten via Futility Closet

Hey Ladies! Take My Number! #chemistryhumour

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via reddit

Balloon anatomy by Kerry Hughes

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By Kerry Hughes, via Notcot.org

Beautiful video by Wylie Overstreet and @GoGoGorosh on the scale of the solar system. Definitely worth checking out.

By Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh.

Mind blown. On Australia and two specific mammals

Whoa.

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(Can’t find original source – earliest hat tip I can find is at knowyourmeme)

Cute (although slightly flawed) animated gif of visible light wavelengths.

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(Not sure who the original creator is – let me know if anyone finds out). Via Reddit.

In a way, this comic nicely encapsulates some of the challenges with science communication (via @beatonna)

Yup.

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By Kate Beaton.

Holy crap! This life sized triceratops is made out of straw!

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From the Wara Arts Festival, via My Modern Met. Photo cred to yuko_vitzksp90

Hypothesis concerning nuts, sanity, and eating the buried heads and brains of dead squirrels.

On point and so very funny.

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By Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

This animated gif of biodiversity in a bottle by Rafael Varona is simply stunning.

And definitely worth the wait (for it to upload).

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By Rafael B. Varona.

Are these Donald Trump visuals anatomically valid?

Unfortunately, the most appropriate answer is something along the lines of “I wouldn’t be surprised.”

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By Sideshow Sign Co. (Via Not Cot)

These whale inspired high carbon steel utility knives look pretty adorable.

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By Toru Yamashito via Laughing Squid

H.G. Wells and his tally of successes in 1888. Sort of presents the writing life perfectly.

I love this. A self composed tally of his writing as of 1888, roughly when he began working on “The Chronic Argonauts” (a time traveling short story that predated his more famous work by about 7 years).

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Via Futility Closet.

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

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.

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