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Rachel Cheong

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Final Thoughts

In her conclusion to the Glass, Jelly, and Jewels series, Arts columnist Rachel Cheong sums up her thoughts on the glimmering facets of the Oaten Pipes Hydroid; ultimately, even preservation is a creative act.

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Fragility and Fluidity

In all three models of the Hydroid series, the jeweler’s hand tames the lush ferocity of nature.

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The Microscope, Part 1

"Heated fights broke out in the scientific community over whether the new mechanical objectivity offered by photography could properly replace the trained judgment of the illustrator-observer."

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On Lithography, Steam, and Taxes

Philip Henry Gosse’s landmark study of sea creatures brought about a trend of displaying exotic invertebrates as glittering home decorations. Learn about the surprising visual and social appeal that dead marine fauna held for Victorian aristocrats.

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Oaten Pipes Hydroid

A much-pruned version of its messy referent, our Oaten Pipes Hydroid grows with dainty composure from rigid brown stems, opening into a set of decorous little flowers.

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Visual Arts

The Cinderella Story of the ‘Oaten Pipe Hydroid’

Fragile facsimiles and meticulously embalmed specimens of dead crustaceans, butterflies and other rare animals are tucked away behind the solemn wooden doors of 26 Oxford Street. Discover how the most delicate of them all came to call Harvard’s Museum of Natural History home.

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Teen Mag Quiz: Which Unpaid Internship Should I Take?

01 Which statement best describes you? a) People care about my tweets. b) “My witness is the empty sky.” ­- Jack Kerouac c) I actually really like Econ. d) I am very aware of my social privilege.

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The Great Wizard of Books

Fundraising

Runners Raise Funds for Boston Marathon Victims

Patrons at Hemenway Gymnasium exercised for a cause Wednesday as the gym dedicated its 19 treadmills to a fundraising effort in honor of participants at this year’s Boston Marathon.

Visual Arts

Sculptural Subversions

In studios and workshops throughout the Cambridge area, artists are exploring unusual media. FM investigates this burgeoning local art scene.

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Professor Tree

Students admire their professors, but professors have professors they admire, too. This week, FM wrote to Professor Daniel T. Gilbert ...