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  • Portraits from DNA in Cigarettes and Gum

    Portraits from DNA in Cigarettes and Gum0

    PhD student collects DNA of strangers to create their portraits. Electronic arts student Heather Dewey-Hagborg took a crash course in molecular biology and started to stroll the streets of New York to collect hair, fingernails, cigarette butts and wads of chewing gum. She uses these samples to extract DNA in a do-it-yourself biology lab in

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  • World’s Largest Matrix Opal

    World’s Largest Matrix Opal0

    Ever wondered what a $1 million stone looks like? Last year this 55,000 carats matrix opal, even described as the world’s largest, was discovered in the opal fields of southern Australia. The multi-colored stone is formed when opal filters in the tiny cavities of limestone. To see the opal component in the stone, the pale

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  • Tree Shaping: Create a Living Garden Chair

    Tree Shaping: Create a Living Garden Chair0

    Would you like to have a living chair in your garden? It may take eight to ten years, but artist Peter Cook shows that it’s possible. This practice is called tree shaping, but is also known as Pooktre, arborsculpture and tree training. So how does it work? There are various methods to shape trees, but

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  • Beautiful (but Scary): Projections on Trees

    Beautiful (but Scary): Projections on Trees0

    How to utterly terrify people on drugs: project deities and spirits on trees. French artist Clement Briend used the volume of Cambodian trees to create sculptural representations of divine figures. “It’s a beautiful surprise when the projected spirits awaken and reveal themselves at night as though they are made of the towering trees themselves,” he

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