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Explore Your Inner Child by Painting Science with Pixels

We always knew Microsoft Paint was useful for something.

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Need a break from slogging through revision requests on your latest paper? Are lab results making you want to bang your head against a wall? Going in circles trying to fund your research?

If so, you need the latest science art challenge making its way around Twitter: #MSPaintYourScience.

This Internet trend challenges scientists of all disciplines to sketch the topic of their current research project using whatever basic drawing software, like Microsoft Paint, is installed on their computer. There’s a catch, though: The picture must be drawn with the scientist’s nondominant hand.

The trend started with one aquatic geologist taking a lighthearted break from writing to draw a picture of a garfish:

That one fish sparked a wave of scientists procrastinating on their research to create more science art.

And there have been dozens of submissions so far, from the exceedingly beautiful (presumably made by artistic and ambidextrous people) to cute pictures reminiscent of when your kindergarten teacher looked at your drawings and said, “That’s very imaginative. Can you tell me about it?”

We’ll let you judge. Check out these creative Earth and space science computer drawings..

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Excellent Attention to Microdetails. “Shear” Artistic Beauty!

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Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah! Stayin’ Alive…in Space!

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Healthy Wetlands Make for Happy Fish

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“No, No, Arctic Melt,” Says Australia. “You Stay Up There.”

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Coming Soon to a Science Journal Near You

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This Foram Tickles Our Fancy

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We See Shades of American Gothic Here

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Of Course the Sun Wears a Hat

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We “C” What “U” Did There…

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You Get a Line, I Get a Pole…I Mean a Water Quality–Monitoring Sonde

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Don’t Cross the (Solar Wind) Streams

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Even Federal Agencies Are Getting Their Paint On

Do you have exciting science to share? Open up your computer’s paint program and sketch away! Don’t worry. Your research can wait.
—Kimberly M. S. Cartier (@AstroKimCartier), Staff Writer

 

Citation: Cartier, K. M. S. (2018), Explore your inner child by painting science with pixels, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO104199. Published on 10 August 2018.
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