The Ancient, Distant, and Dead

Slideshow / by Greg Boustead / March 4, 2010

Inspired by scientific research, Katie Paterson creates art based on data from faraway melting glaciers, long-dead stars, and the initial moments of the universe.

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Research Blogging

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