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Clive Thompson
11 min readNov 25, 2022


A picture of Charles Young’s paperwork: There are dozens of tiny buildings and vehicles made from colorful paper arrayed together on a white table, so that it looks like a city seen from above
Paperwork buildings, vehicles and machines by Charles Young

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1) 📜 The whimsical, colorful papercraft of Charles Young

Charles Young has spent years crafting tiny little buildings, machines and vehicles out of colorful paper. He was inspired by Sanzo Wada’s 1930 book A Dictionary of Color Combinations, which explored how different color combos worked. Young would pick different combos Wada had specced out, then build a teensy papercraft object out of each one.

As Colossal writes …

After formulating a general idea of the intended piece, Young prints each hue onto a single sheet of watercolor paper. “I’ll choose one of the colours to be the main feature, used in the walls, and others as accents or for the roofs. It’s a kind of intuitive process where there just seems to be a right way to do it,” he shares. Once cut and assembled into their final three-dimensional shapes, the works are either left as standalone structures or animated in whimsical, stop-motion movements, like a train spinning on its platform or an excavator dipping its bucket.

You can see some of his animated gifs, and more photos of the towns, at that Colossal story or on Young’s Instagram feed.

2) 🐳 The mystery of why blue whales are singing deeper

A photo of a blue whale cresting the surface of the ocean, seen from above
Photo by Venti Views on Unsplash

In 2001, a pair of whale researchers discovered something peculiar: The frequencies at which blue whales sing had been decreasing since the 1960s. And this deepening of…



Clive Thompson

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