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The Late Movies: Time-Lapse Plants

You know the old saying, "a watched pot never boils"? Plants are like that. They grow and change slowly, so you stop paying attention and then they surprise you by growing seemingly overnight. Thanks to time-lapse videography, we can take a peek at how they really grow, without having to put in a lot of time.

Dandelion

Over a month's time, a dandelion will bloom and go to seed. Unless you remember to mow the lawn.
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Amanita Muscaria

A big old magic mushroom! This video was taken over a three-day period. They grow fast.
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Oak

One year in the life of an oak tree, condensed into 15 seconds.
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Cucumber

The first 21 days of cucumber sprouts. Give them another month and you'll have to make pickles.
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Morning Glory

This explains how morning glories find a support to climb. They just swing around in ever-bigger circles until they hit something!
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Fern

A fern grows like a group of ballerinas. Very, very slow ballerinas.
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Cycas Revoluta

A male cycad cone develops over about ten days. The camera was left on and the nighttime sequences were edited out.
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Flower Garden

For a grand finale, here's a compilation of a variety of blooms bursting in a hurry. Glorious!
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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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