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The Best Science-Inspired Art in the Cosmos

By Becky Ferreira Apr 23, 2014

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Here's another portrait from the same period, but with a notably different take on experimentation. Painted by Joseph Wright of Derby, "An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump" depicts a small bird being deprived of oxygen in a vacuum, making the piece breathtaking in more ways than one. The distressed children, the shadowy setting, and the unclear fate of the bird, all seem to hint that science has a dark side if abused. 

Tags: science, slideshows, art, fan art, cosmos, neil degrasse tyson

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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