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Zachary Copfer creates living pictures by spreading bacteria on nutrient agar, then selectively irradiating them to kill some.

He’s done a series of full head-and-shoulders portraits of famous scientists. Einstein is shown in the agar plate above; everyone should recognise the esteemed gentleman to the right. He even has glowing galaxies using fluorescent bacteria.

Check his website for more.

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