For the weekend: vintage science art from the backs of books in LIFE Magazine's Science Library, published throughout the 1960s by Time Inc. See also: this set of minimalist science posters by graphic designer Kazumasa Nagai, also featured in the magazine's 60s Science Library.
Feast your eyes on the artistic musings of graphic designer Kazumasa Nagai. Featured below: "The Mind," "Growth," and "The Cell," three posters in a series of science-themed prints featured in LIFE Magazine's Science Library during the 1960s. See more of Nagai's work here.
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There's an increasing body of evidence that suggests organic molecules that formed the origin of life on Earth got their start on meteors — but then how did the organic compounds get there to begin with?
The fossil record reveals the last 3.4 billion years of life on Earth. But before then, when life first emerged, we have next to nothing. The consensus view is that life began in the oceans... but there might be another, weirder, possibility.
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There could be over 150 billion planets in our galaxy alone, which makes the chances of life on other words look very solid indeed. But there's one snag: the universe's most common stars might not support life at all.