Is it too early to talk about how much I like these? I hope not.
Please note these are not actual bacteria, but watercolor paintings sealed in resin inside real petri dishes.
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.