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According to the New Scientist Inventions blog (one of my new favorite web hangouts), the National Institute of Environmental Health Services is attempting to create fish that'll light up like fireflies when swimming through polluted waters. Because fireflies glow when an enzyme in their stomach oxidizes, the NIEHS hopes to implant those same traits into the eggs of zebrafish. Then, other genes would be manipulated to make the fish sensitive to specific pollutants. As a result, the fish could glow in the presence of mercury, indicating to scientists just how impure the water is. Crazier still, the intensity of their glow could be an even more telling factor: the brighter the glow, the worse the pollution.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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