Fear for your life! Or at least your intestines! Whovian Who-ligan created this Dalek out of E. Coli in a petri dish—because making a salmonella Cyberman would just be silly. The Doctor has inspired some pretty extraordinary fan art before, but this is the first time we’ve seen anyone sculpt bacteria.
The rest of today’s Morning Roundup is (as far as we know) completely pathogen-free, but is simply teeming with Star Wars, Harry Potter, and even a little Guillermo del Toro!
- First things first: go follow Jim Steranko on Twitter right now!
- If Tim Burton made Star Wars… everyone would want Johnny Depp to play Han Solo, but he’d insist on being the soulfully tormented but still endearing Chewbacca we never knew we needed. In a full fur suit.
- Or possibly he could wear a Star Wars theremin bra, because that exists now.
- Google Street View brings the magic (and occasional terror) of Diagon Alley into our homes! Just be careful if you take a turn down Knockturne.
- It’s hard to imagine Professor Snape taking a break from pining over Lily to, say, do his dishes, but here nonetheless is Snape doing everyday things.
- And speaking of boring tasks made awesome, here are some delightful photos of Wookiees doing everyday things!
- And, hell—have a new meme of Everyday Wizardy!
- Proving that 3D printers will eventually be used for everything, Peter Gend created figurines of Russian folklore characters to illustrate his MFA thesis. So much more fun than photocopying lithographs!
- Just in case you have some leftover post-4th-of-July patriotism lying around, here’s a survey of our vampire-killing, alien-thwarting U.S. presidents.
- Guillermo del Toro is toying with our hearts again—now hinting that given money and time and studio backing he’d make films of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch (probably called Sexy Frankenstein) and Slaughterhouse-Five with Charlie Kaufman (probably called Sexy Slaughterhouse-Five).
- Cones, scones, and evil mad scientists!
- LeVar Burton has listed his Top Ten Television moments over at Nerdist, and it’s not surprising that he focuses on television’s power to educate. Many of our own top moments feature Mr. Burton, either as the host of Reading Rainbow or as Geordi LaForge—or as both—but you don’t have to take our word for it.
Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com. Stubby had a lot of really dark headlines to go with the E. coli Dalek but is being nice this month on the advice of its sponsor.