How "Fair" Are Science Fairs?

Science fairs require more parental help and involvement than ever before, writes Hana Schank in The Atlantic. Filled with tales from the front lines, including the author's, the piece also explains the pros and cons of keeping this classroom tradition going. » 3/12/15 6:00pm 3/12/15 6:00pm

Why do rotten foods taste so awful?

Biting into a rotten piece of fruit or meat is a thoroughly unpleasant experience. According to a 40-year-old theory, it's because microbes have evolved to taste disgusting as a way to fend off competitors — namely you. But proving this theory has been difficult, until now. » 3/12/14 6:20am 3/12/14 6:20am

Embryonic bats see no evil, speak no evil, and lie there looking…

The black mastiff bat (Molossus rufus) grows to be about 30 grams, but these little guys are just embryos, their bodies hairless, their eyes closed, and playing inadvertent tribute to two of the three wise monkeys. » 10/27/12 5:00pm 10/27/12 5:00pm

The year's strangest, most beautiful visions of the microverse

When you're looking at the world through a microscope, appearances can be deceptive. Vegetables look like minerals, and tiny creatures look like alien invaders. Just check out the incredibly gorgeous winners of this year's Nikon Small World microphotography competition. » 10/14/10 12:01pm 10/14/10 12:01pm

College kids design next-gen rescue vehicles for NASA

What can hover in mid-air, land on air or water, carry 50 survivors, have a thousand-mile range, hit 345 mph, and even put out fires? The winner of a NASA contest for college-student engineers. » 6/22/10 2:00pm 6/22/10 2:00pm

The Eye-Popping Moment When Human Life Begins

This dazzling image looks like an orange sun blazing in an alien sky, but it's actually a micrograph of in-vitro fertilization, showing the moment at which the sperm penetrates the egg's membrane. It's just one of many award-winning science images. » 10/16/09 7:30am 10/16/09 7:30am

The Microscopic Beauty of Photography's Smallest Subjects

Each year, Nikon holds its Small World Photomicrography Competition, showcasing the wonders of a world we can only see through a microscope. These finalists' photos offer unusual views on everything from rain on a butterfly's wing to fossilized dinosaur bones. » 10/06/09 11:20am 10/06/09 11:20am

Pink Planets and Killer Pumpkins Dominate DC's Online Comics Competition

A new crop of competitors has arrived for the Zuda Competition, DC's monthly contest to find new and innovative comics talent. This month's frontrunners chronicle the exploration of a mysterious planet, and a sentient pumpkin patch out for revenge. » 9/09/09 5:00pm 9/09/09 5:00pm

20 Visions of the Future of Suburbia

Inhabitat's ReBurbia Competition asks designers to envision the future of suburbia. The results include unusual forms of transportation, changing where and how we live, and repurposing highway medians and big-box stores. Check out the finalists looking to reinvent suburban living. » 8/13/09 6:30am 8/13/09 6:30am

Inside the Heart of Gold That You Never Saw

If you haven't seen the BBC television version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you need to get off your lazy duff and give it a whirl. It's extremely different from the movie version, and much closer to the novels and radio drama. Probably the best thing about it is the Guide itself, complete with… » 4/23/08 11:50am 4/23/08 11:50am