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The Ink In A US One Dollar Bill Is Surprisingly Thick Under The Microscope

The light angle helps, no doubt, but the depth of the ink in this microscope photo of a US one dollar bill is impressive. Keep in mind that the dollar bill is only 0.1mm.


The Magic Of Writing On Water With A Fountain Pen

Video: I love to watch someone write with a fountain pen. It tickles my neck to hear the strokes and see the trail it leaves. This video, however, shows a fountain pen writing a little differently. It’s writing with water. It’s like magic seeing the ink of the fountain pen instantly flow through the capillaries of the water.


How Removing Tattoos With Lasers Works

Smarter Every Day takes an in-depth look at something super cool: removing tattoos with the help of lasers. The science behind it is fascinating, all the zapping lasers do is basically break down the bigger ink blobs inside your skin and let your body’s white blood cells and liver take care of the rest of the removal process.


What Getting A Tattoo Looks Like In Super Slow Motion

If you ever wondered what getting a tattoo feels like, just watch this super slow motion video showing up close shots of the tattoo needle relentlessly stabbing people’s skin over and over again so that the ink sets underneath. It’s hypnotic and rhythmic actually, if you’re the type to enjoy seeing skin bounce up and down like jello and like to think about pain and your own mortality every now and again.


The U.S. Government Would Save $US400 Million If It Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A middle schooler in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $US400 million in ink.


What's The Ink In A Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of?

You probably have no idea where the ink in your pen comes from, much less whether it’s a simple factory process or demanding of more expertise. Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant for bio and petrochemicals, has your answer.


Graphene Ink Will Let Us Print Circuits On Pretty Much Anything

Modern miracle stuff graphene has been used by developers to print circuits on clothing, creating a genuinely wearable form of tech that doesn’t rely on bulky watches, AR glasses or sewing computers into your flesh.


These Floating Globes Of Ink And Oil Look Completely Unreal

Oil and water don’t mix. It’s an idiom that feels as old as time. But photographer Alberto Seveso found a way to get oil and ink to play nice, and the results are stunning.


This Psychedelic Fever Dream Is Made Of Ink, Soap And Oil

You may not interact with ink as much as you used to, but you have to give it credit for powering millions of pens and a crap ton of printing. We still consume a lot of media that exists because of ink. And a good way to celebrate it might be to just let it flow and see what happens. Ruslan Khasanov, a Russian graphic designer, felt the same way so he mixed ink, oil and soap to make this trippy and awesome video called Pacific Light.


These Trippy Dripping Ink Portraits Are Face-Meltingly Creepy

When you’re painting, drips are usually bad. But, if you’re clever enough, you can put ‘em to good use. That’s what artist Ben Dehaan did with his project “Uncured”, by using a print loaded with some ultraviolet cured ink to create face-melting portraits worthy of Raiders of the Lost Ark.


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