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  1. Talking Shop: Framing Science through Art

    Year zero was a long time ago, but that's where Rachel Sussman's "The Oldest Living Things in the World" project begins. From photographing a 13,000 year old eucalyptus specimen to an 80,000 year old clonal tree colony, Sussman's work captures an incredibly diverse breadth of living things that were here long before us, and will hopefully be here long after.

    Sussman considers her work a study of Deep Time, a concept she describes as creating a more personal relationship to timescales outside of our typical human experience. 

    Recently Sussman visited Kickstarter HQ to discuss the project, her path to becoming a professional artist, and offer her advice for photographers and anyone trying to approach art as a career.

    Here are a few of our favorite moments:

    @9:41 "I think with creative work, regardless of whether it's art or not, we all want to have this sort of lightning bolt of inspiration. And I'd love to tell you that I was standing in front of the tree and got this idea, but that's not how it happened."

    @16:42 "I think there's quite a mythology that can get built up about being the artist that makes it and breaks through. And more times than not, it's really going to be yourself pulling yourself up by your bootstraps."

    @29:12 "Working through fear and doubt, and not giving up, is more important than what camera you have, or should you switch mediums. To me it's always about the idea."

    Be sure to watch the full video above, then take a look at the project page or Sussman's website.

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  2. Tech Weekly: Out of This World

    Space: the coolest frontier. We all want to go—to boldly follow in the footsteps of legends like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and the other ones. While consumer space flight may still be a few years off, that's not going to stop some intrepid creators from shooting for the moon. Our Technology category is brimming with space-age modern marvels like the ones you see below.

    Vulcan I: Rocket Powered by 3D Printed Engine

    According to the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, "The next logical step in human civilization is not only to explore, but to evolve into a spacefaring civilization." SEDS is a group of undergraduate students at the Universtiy of California, San Diego, and their project is called Vulcan 1. The mission is to design, print, and test a fully 3D-printed rocket engine. If all goes well, they'll launch the Vulcan I in June, and take the record for highest flight of a rocket powered by a 3D-printed engine.

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