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Science: The GIF that keeps on giving

Posted by Bill Hinchen on 16-Jun-2015 09:09:00

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a GIF is worth, erm, more. And who doesn’t love files in the graphics interchange format, endlessly cycling through mini-animations that fuel coffee-break entertainment?!

Science GIFs have delivered so much awesome to the world in such a short space of time, we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you. And if you love these, you should also check out our list of awesome science t-shirts!

You want the science? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE SCIENCE!


As a developmental biologist, you’d think I’d tire of these, but nope: still awesome (it's a fly embryo by the way, not too far away from becoming a larvae).


And that’s how cauliflower is made! (What? It’s setting fire to lithium? Spoil sport.)

GIF: Imgur

I know what you’re thinking: “WITCHCRAFT! BURN HIM!” But actually, it’s a totally non-magical demonstration of Lenz’s Law with a copper pipe (here’re the chaps from MIT to explain).

GIF: Imgur

If spiders creep you out, then a spider climbing out of it’s own skin may push you over the edge. You’ve been warned.

GIF: Tumblr

Because Neil Degrasse Tyson.


This worm will haunt your nightmares. Seriously.

Nightmare worm eats fish 
GIF: Imgur 

I bet you never thought you’d use the words snail, meal worm and cute all in the sentence!


If fruit isn’t exploding, I’m not interested in it.

GIF: Imgur

Out of chaos, comes order. And then comes chaos, followed by a bit more order, again.


What's your favourite science GIF?

We love GIFs. You love GIFs. But what's your favourite science GIF of all time? Feel free to share yours in the comments below.



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