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Like many of us who are suffering from Post US Election Stress Disorder, I went to the movies this week and saw Arrival, the new sci-fi Oscar contender starring Amy Adams. If you haven't seen it, stop reading right now and go check it out.

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Flight is one of those evolutionary wonders that's hard to fully appreciate with two squishy eyeballs and a linear sense of time. But we're no longer limited to what nature gave us, thanks to the wonders of photo editing. As Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou shows, a few simple tricks can reveal the dizzying artistry of a bird rustling its wings.

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Video: This quirky animation from CraveFX starts off innocently enough, a janitorial worker mops up a leaky refrigerator and then picks up a coin on the ground. It's not until you see what causes the refrigerator to leak and why the coin is on the ground that you realise that you're watching an intricate moving puzzle piece before your eyes. The characters are stuck in an infinite loop caused by another character in their own infinite loop. It's chaotic and great and hard to keep up with.

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In the 150 years since Charles Darwin recognised the kinship of all life, scientists have worked to fulfil his dream of a complete Tree of Life. Today, the methods used to trace the evolutionary branches back through time would exceed Darwin's expectations. Scientists across a range of biological disciplines use a technique called the molecular clock, where the past is deciphered by reading the stories written in the genes of living organisms.