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Watch This Artist Reveal His Invisible Calligraphy Using a Few Drops of Ink

We’ve featured Seb Lester’s remarkable calligraphy talents before, but in this video, instead of hand-lettering iconic corporate logos, he’s seemingly performing calligraphic magic by making beautifully stylized letters appear right before your eyes with just a few drops of ink.

You'll Swear This Macro Photography Universe Is CGI

It’s an odd paradox of our times, but when we see something extraordinary these days, it’s easy to assume that it was computer generated. CGI is the current all-consuming method of creating movie effects, but this video of ink in water shot with macro photography shows just how beautiful practical effects can be.

The Bob Ross of Glow-in-the-Dark Drawing

It appears semi-intentional and a little silly but YouTuber Peter Draws is making a solid attempt at channeling Bob Ross’ meditative tone coupled with slightly odd commentary. And it’s some soothing stuff.

The Science Behind That Stick Figure Doodle Brought to Life With Water

A few weeks ago, the internet was wowed by a video of a magic marker stick figure doodle that appeared to magically come to life with a little water. Many assumed there were some unseen shenanigans that made the stick figure leap off the table, but as Steve Mould explains, it’s all due to the simple science of…

Injecting an Egg Yolk with Ink Reveals the Embryo Hidden Inside

Here’s a neat video showing ink being injected into the “yolk sac artery of 72 hour-old chick embryo to visualize the beating heart and the vasculature.” It’s from Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition which is always a great source for videos that reveal the previously unseen. Watching the ink spread throughout…

Can You Spot All the Geeky Details in these Fantastic Drawings? Can You Spot All the Geeky Details in these Fantastic Drawings?

Artist Joey Jacks has set himself a challenge: Every day this month, he’s posting a bit of fan art. His pen-and-ink style is full of humor, and each drawing is jam-packed with the kind of deal only fans can really appreciate.

The ink in a one dollar bill is surprisingly thick under the microscope The ink in a one dollar bill is surprisingly thick under the microscope

The light angle helps, no doubt, but the depth of the ink in this microscope photo of a one dollar bill is impressive. Keep in mind that the dollar bill is only 0.0043 inches thick (o.1 millimeters):

The magic of writing on water with a fountain pen

I love to watch someone write with a fountain pen. It tickles my neck to hear the strokes and see the trail it leaves. This video, however, shows a fountain pen writing a little differently. It's writing with water. It's like magic seeing the ink of the fountain pen instantly flow through the capillaries of the water.

Video: How removing tattoos with lasers works

Smarter Every Day takes an in-depth look at something super cool: removing tattoos with the help of lasers. The science behind it is fascinating, all the zapping lasers do is basically break down the bigger ink blobs inside your skin and let your body's white blood cells and liver take care of the rest of the…

What getting a tattoo looks like in super slow motion

If you ever wondered what getting a tattoo feels like, just watch this super slow motion video showing up close shots of the tattoo needle relentlessly stabbing people's skin over and over again so that the ink sets underneath. It's hypnotic and rhythmic actually, if you're the type to enjoy seeing skin bounce up and…

The Government Would Save $400 Million If It Just Switched Typefaces The Government Would Save $400 Million If It Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A middle schooler in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million in ink.

Feathered costumes change colors in different climates Feathered costumes change colors in different climates

Textile chemist Lauren Bowker develops inks that respond to various changes in the climate, giving invisible shifts in the wearer's environment a visible manifestation and giving the wearer a new look from microclimate to microclimate.

What's the Ink in a Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of? What's the Ink in a Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of?

You probably have no idea where the ink in your pen comes from, much less whether it's a simple factory process or demanding of more expertise. Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant for bio and petrochemicals, has your answer.

Graphene Ink Will Let Us Print Circuits on Pretty Much Anything

Modern miracle stuff graphene has been used by developers to print circuits on clothing, creating a genuinely wearable form of tech that doesn’t rely on bulky watches, AR glasses or sewing computers into your flesh.

These Floating Globes of Ink and Oil Look Completely Unreal These Floating Globes of Ink and Oil Look Completely Unreal

Oil and water don't mix. It's an idiom that feels as old as time. But photographer Alberto Seveso found a way to get oil and ink to play nice, and the results are stunning.

This Psychedelic Fever Dream Is Made Of Ink, Soap And Oil This Psychedelic Fever Dream Is Made Of Ink, Soap And Oil

You may not interact with ink as much as you used to, but you have to give it credit for powering millions of pens and a crap ton of printing. We still consume a lot of media that exists because of ink. And a good way to celebrate it might be to just let it flow and see what happens. Ruslan Khasanov, a Russian…

These Trippy Dripping Ink Portraits Are Face-Meltingly Creepy These Trippy Dripping Ink Portraits Are Face-Meltingly Creepy

When you're painting, drips are usually bad. But if you're clever enough, you can put 'em to good use. That's what artist Ben Dehaan did with his project "Uncured," by using a print loaded with some ultraviolet cured ink to create face-melting portraits worthy of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This eldritch animation will stare straight into your soul This eldritch animation will stare straight into your soul

Animator Jake Fried has a knack for getting under your skin. Back in January, we called his captivating one-minute short "The Deep End" sixty of the most unsettling seconds we'd sat through in some time. His latest animation – titled "Raw Data" – confirms the Boston-based artist still has what it takes to hold us in…

Sea Hare Ink Is One of Nature's Most Unusual Bioweapons Sea Hare Ink Is One of Nature's Most Unusual Bioweapons

Sea hares are known for the colorful, sticky ink they let loose when knocked around by hungry predators (or mean humans). Scientists already knew a few ways this defense helped these squishy creatures escape the dinner plate. But new research reveals another purpose to the defensive ink, and it's unlike anything else…

This woman is made of star stuff, and so are you This woman is made of star stuff, and so are you

I'm loving this side panel tattoo of an internal spiral galaxy. It belongs to Valentene Peinhardt, who tells Carl Zimmer her corporeal star systems were inspired by Carl Sagan's Cosmos:

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