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Oversized sculptures of mould-covered fruit – their encroaching fungal growth simulated with translucent precious and semi-precious stones (like malachite, opal and smoky quartz) pinned to painted foam forms by artist Kathleen Ryan.

More of her work here.

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Behold: the Emory 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe – a ‘T1’, and then some.

Converted (by Porsche upgrader Emory Motorsports, which has considerable form in this regard) from its original pushrod flat-four to a 205bhp overhead cam four-cylinder 911 engine with custom 911 suspension, saddle leather interior, square weave carpet and four point harnesses.

Yours for €272,000+.

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Before  ‘Sesame Street’ and ’The Muppet Show’ there was ‘Sam And Friends’ (1955 – 1961) – a quirky little Jim Henson confection that gave both he and Kermit The Frog their start.

If you have time to spare and a penchant for unhinged felted characters, this installment of Defunctland’s miniseries is a fascinating watch.

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Why, they’re luminous spheres of plasma held together by their own gravity.

Behold: NGC 290 – an extremely photogenic open cluster captured in 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope. To wit:

Open clusters of stars are younger, contain few stars, and contain a much higher fraction of blue stars than do globular clusters of stars. NGC 290 lies about 200,000 light-years distant in a neighbouring galaxy called the Small Cloud of Magellan (SMC). The open cluster contains hundreds of stars and spans about 65 light years across. NGC 290 and other open clusters are good laboratories for studying how stars of different masses evolve, since all the open cluster’s stars were born at about the same time.

(ImageNASAESAHubble; Acknowledgement: E. Olzewski (U. Arizona))

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Impressionist Jim Meskimen performs his poem ‘Pity the Poor Impressionist’ in the voices of 20 celebrities enhanced by SHAM00K using deepfake imaging.

The video required 1,200 hours of footage, 300,000 images and nearly a terabyte of data to create.

Previously: Jim Meskimen’s Nano Impressions

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In the first spin off from 2018’s Oscar-winning ’Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’, The Spectacular Spider-Ham (aka Peter Porker, voiced by John Mulaney) gets his own Looney Toonsian four minute feature, written and directed by Miguel Jiron.

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