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)


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


via reddit

Balloon anatomy by Kerry Hughes



By Kerry Hughes, via Notcot.org

Calling all artists with a soft spot for science geekery! Trading card game art commissions: Leave your portfolio link below.

These cards at the Phylogame website rock! And in case, you’re new to the Phylomon idea, it’s basically a crowdsourced art, science and gaming project that initially revolved around the reality of children knowing WAY more about Pokemon than they do about the flora and fauna around them; and has since sprawled into this multi faceted STEM based card game project here).

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Examples of Phylo Cards.

This is also a post to say that I’m on the lookout for artists to contribute to upcoming Phylo “decks.” In particular, we’ve got funding to seek out art contributions at about CAN$200 per image (currently roughly equivalent to US$150 per image), with a preference of hiring each artist to contribute at least 5 or so images at a time. Image copyright would remain with the artist, but we ask that the phylo project is allowed to showcase them online in card format in a non-derivative, attribution, non-commercial manner; as well as allow non-profits, museums, educational institutions to use the image (but only in the form of phylo cards) in physical decks that may be sold only for agreed upon outreach project fund raising purposes.

An example of a work in progress from the Voyage of the Beagle deck commission. Here Robert Ball decided to have a little fun with his task, and linked his commissions into one giant image.

There’s two decks that currently need illustrating. One is the Genetics Society of America deck – in particular, the cards representing the model organisms need images. And the other is a deck that will focus on awesome women in science and engineering (looking for folks good at portraiture here).

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For the GSA (Genetics Society of America) deck, there are a number of key model organisms that will need cards. These include some new imagery for the above.

Anyway, if you’re a freelance artist and the project (and the pay) sounds interesting to you, then please do leave your portfolio website in the comments below (we’re also going to contact a few artists who have already so nicely allowed us to use existing art). As well, just so you know, we’re looking for a wide variety of different art styles. Oh… And if you want to see more of our existing catalog of cards, then just go to http://phylogame.org/cards.

Game on!
Dave Ng
db at mail dot ubc dot ca
@ng_dave (twitter also works)

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



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

Here is a quick version of the scientific method: aside from the problematic diction, does it still work?

I just banged this out. I know it’s not the clearest (it’s not necessarily meant to be), but does it still more or less fit?

1. seeing stuff,

2. thinking (hard) about the stuff you’ve seen (see 1),

3. testing the thinking you’ve done about stuff you’ve seen (see 2),

4. seeing new stuff that your test shows, remembering that this is the test that tests the thinking you’ve done about old stuff you’ve seen (see 3),

5. asking your smart friends what they think about the new stuff from the test (see 4)

6. does this new stuff change how you think about the old stuff you’ve seen (if yes, go back to 2 but think harder; if no then go back to 3 and test harder).

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


(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)



By Kate Beaton.

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


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.


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).


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.”




By Sideshow Sign Co. (Via Not Cot)

Lovely song “Sally Ride” by Janielle Monáe

“Sally Ride” was inspired by Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 — July 23, 2012). Sally Kristen Ride joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American women to travel to space, at just 32 years of age. It should also be noted that she was in a same sex relationship for 27 years prior to her death and tried to keep her personal life as private as possible. (via genius.com)

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






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).


Via Futility Closet.

These space themed paintings by @mrmichaelkagan are very cool.




By Michael Kagan, via Colossal.

Jupiter in high resolution equals “Death Star.”


From reddit user quadcem, Boing Boing.

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


By Rogan Brown, via Colossal

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