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(1/2) For the past 25 years, German graphic designer Peter Dahmen has been creating impossible-looking pop-up sculptures out of paper. Dahmen is deft with a pair of scissors and a tube of glue. He’s quick—but accurate—with a cut and a fold. These skills have led to some pretty neat creations. (📷 Pe
(2/2) Dahmen's best pieces are abstract—they draw your eye to the motion of opening and closing rather than the sculpture itself. This is key, he says. It’s not hard to make something 3-D; the real trick is to make sure it lays flat. To ensure that happens, he begins crafting each piece by hand. “I’
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(1/3) Magnified Plankton Looks Just Like Outer Space // Sitting in Marine Biology 101 during her first year at the University of South Carolina, Julia Bennett was peering through a microscope at a slide of squirming diatom plankton when wonder struck. “They look like something constructed for a scie
(2/3) So began Bennett’s fascination with capturing the least charismatic—but most critical—of ocean creatures under a magnification 40-100 times their normal size. “If you change the angle of the light in the microscope, that does amazing things,” she said. “The live samples naturally have these in
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