The Plastic Brain

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The processes behind perfecting a pretty image of a galaxy from Hubble.

Remarkably similar to the image processing I used to do – only for me it was looking at the tiniest subcellular organelles with a laser scanning confocal microscope. Just a matter of scale really.

Gives me a sense of oneness with my fellow scientists…


The next time you want to put a poem on your iffy Photoshop job of a galaxy or nebula, remember it took someone hours of editing just like this to make the original. It’s like salting your food at a Michelin restaurant.

So, I dunno, at least make it some T.S. Eliot or something worth all that effort.


Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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