What exactly is a bead? One definition offered by Merriam Webster is "a small piece of material pierced for threading on a string or wire (as in a rosary)." Throughout history, they've been used for spiritual/devotional purposes, as worry beads, gaming beads, for medicinal purposes, and as a form of currency. They're considered to be one of the oldest forms of trade in history.
Born in 1799, Mary Anning was a pioneering paleontologist and fossil collector. Her father, Richard Anning, was a cabinet maker and amateur fossil collector. He taught her as well as her brother, Joseph, how to look for and clean fossil specimens — a skill they later relied on to support the family.
Grapheme-Color Synesthesia is a neurological disorder where the affected individual experiences letters, numbers or words as colors. It's a condition present in 2-4% of the population. Photographer Sam Mohan collaborates with designer Param Sahibto in this colorful fashion shoot photographed in Bangalore, India.