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Hüseyin Sahin

Turkish artist Hüseyin Sahin has a vivid imagination, judging by these digital collages he dreamed up. He shows a beautiful use of lighting and blending. It’s great to see this type of surrealist creativity, it often jars loose some unique ideas of our own. Via Colossal and Behance:

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feral children of the world

Sujit Kumar (the chicken boy), Fiji, 1978
Kept in a chicken coop by his family until the age of 8, Sujit Kumar clucked, pecked at food, and roosted like a bird

The stories behind the photographs aren’t pretty. They’re weird, terrifying, and often disturbing. But photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten does a great job creating beautifully lit scenes to pay homage to these strange stories. Like Sujit Jumar, trapped in a chicken coop for so long, he pecked like a chicken and ‘roosted’ at night. Descriptions and images via DesignBoom:

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Lobo wolf girl, Mexico, 1845/1852
Seen in Mexico running on all fours with a pack of wolves, attacking a herd of goats

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Prava (the bird boy), Russia, 2008
confined to a room containing dozens of his mother’s pet birds, Prava could not speak when found, only chirp

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Kamala and Amala, India, 1920
aged 8 and 1 respectively, the pair were found living in a cave with wolves
running on all fours, the pair were physically deformed and had exceptional hearing, sight and sense of smell

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Rochom P’ngien (jungle girl), Cambodia, 2007
Rochom was caught at the age of 27 having been missing for 19 years. She walked on all fours and could not speak

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Madina, Russia, 2013
Lived with dogs until the age of three; when found she walked on all fours and growled

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Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991
Lived with dogs in a kennel for 6 years, when found she panted, bared her teeth, ran on all fours and barked

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John Ssebunya (the monkey boy), 1991
living with monkeys for 3 years, John survived until the age of 6 on roots and nuts before he was found

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Ivan Mishukov, Russia, 1998
After running away at the age of four, Ivan lived for two years with a pack of dogs. He now leads a normal life

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A CNC machine is not elegant. It’s huge and cumbersome, with wires cords and complicated settings. But the output of a CNC can be beautiful. Take these bird sculptures, for example. Created by Moisés Hernández Design Studio, the simplified bird forms are made smooth and streamlined, and then color dipped for a very soft and warm effect.

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mouse placenta imagery

The Placenta Rainbow highlights differences in mouse placental development that can result from manipulation of the mother’s immune system. These placentas were investigated at day 12 of the 20-day gestation period – the point at which a mouse’s placenta has gained its characteristic shape but is still developing.

The Wellcome Image Awards recognizes beauty and achievement in scientific photography. Their subject matter differs, but all of the winning images share one thing in common: a love and appreciation for science, and it’s inherent visual beauty. Here are a selection of unique and wonderful picks, with subject matter ranging from cat skin to mouse placentas. All captions from the Wellcome Image Awards.

A polarised light micrograph of a section of cat skin, showing hairs, whiskers and their blood supply. This sample is from a Victorian microscope slide. Blood vessels were injected with a red dye called carmine dye (here appearing black) in order to visualise the capillaries in the tissue, a newly developed technique at the time.

 

Native to the Pacific Ocean, Hawaiian bobtail squid are nocturnal predators that remain buried under the sand during the day and come out to hunt for shrimp near coral reefs at night. The squid have a light organ on their underside that houses a colony of glowing bacteria called Vibrio fischeri. The squid provide food and shelter for these bacteria in return for their bioluminescence.

 

This image shows a 3D reconstruction of an African grey parrot, post euthanasia. The 3D model details the highly intricate system of blood vessels in the head and neck of the bird and was made possible through the use of a new research contrast agent called BriteVu (invented by Scott Echols). This contrast agent allows researchers to study a subject’s vascular system in incredible detail, right down to the capillary level.

 

Short genetic sequences called microRNAs, which control the proper function and growth of cells, are being investigated by researchers as a possible cancer therapy. However, their potential use is limited by the lack of an efficient system to deliver these microRNAs specifically to cancerous cells. Researchers at MIT have developed such a system, combining two microRNAs with a synthetic polymer to form a stable woven structure a bit like a net. This synthetic net can coat a tumour and deliver the two microRNAs locally to cancer cells.

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NOAA’s 2017 American Samoa Expedition has discovered some amazing deep sea creatures, many of whom defy explanation and description. Their finds underscore just how critical science is to our society.  The Venus Flytrap sea anemone?! Or how about this incredible Armored Searobin. Our planet never ceases to amaze, and in 2017, it’s truly remarkable that we’re still discovering new and fascinating species.  Via Gizmodo:

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Spy in the Wild is a PBS and BBC show where high-tech, animatronic animals are placed in a wild environment with their flesh and blood counterparts. The results are often eye opening and charming. But behind the scenes, and below the surface, these creatures are complex robotic achievements, producing lifelike movements and blending in seamlessly to their surroundings. Check out the series to see these creations in their adopted habitats. Via Sploid:

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A lot of us grew up with stacks of yellow National Geographic magazines around, their iconic shape and consistently wonderful photography giving us glimpses of the world, near and far. Often the magazines include fold-out maps and excellent infographics. But did you know that the magazine pretty much invented the formula? Their infographics have been going back for more than 128 years. Now National Geographic has teamed up with Taschen to publish a beautifully rich collection of these graphics, including many you’ll recognize, and many you’ve probably missed. An epic journey broken down into seven sections: History, The Planet, Being Human, Animal World, World of Plants, Science & Technology, and Space. We can’t wait to get a copy.

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Trash in our oceans is a huge problem. Wildlife routinely gets caught and snarled in our careless plastic, debris and other junk. While most of us are aware of this issue, it’s easy to turn a blind eye, removing ourselves from the problem, and the solution.  Jeremy Carroll has a series of photos showing humans ensnared in ocean junk, trying to bring a sense of humanity to the issue, while showing how destructive our careless actions are.

“Today’s state of ocean pollution is affecting marine wildlife in a dramatic way. [We] humans are responsible for this disaster and we are yet to suffer the consequences. This photographic work translates the issues marine wildlife is facing in regards to marine pollution by creating a human analogy on plastic ingestion and entanglement.”

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We can’t tell you what the extra “t” is for, but Dottted is a game where whimsical dot characters emerge out of what looks like color blind tests.  Via DesignBoom:

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Hey, why not?  Aditya Aryanto is an Indonesian artist with a knack for bizarre Photoshop wizardry that transforms ordinary animals into cubey, square-edged creatures. It’s a quirky and strange talent, but we’ll take it. Via BoredPanda:

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