"Heroes of Science" action figures are light on "action," heavy on the…

Yesterday we told you about the world's greatest Agent Coulson action figure. At the time, we called it the world's greatest action figure. But AF-Coulson would do well to watch his back; over on deviantART, graphic artist datazoid has put together a series of digitally painted "Heroes of Science" action figures (based,… » 11/20/12 7:00am 11/20/12 7:00am

Twenty-nine of history’s most influential scientists in one photograph …

I can't get over how fantastic this image is. It was originally captured in 1927 at the fifth Solvay Conference, one of the most star-studded meetings of scientific minds in history. Notable attendees included Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac and… » 9/04/12 5:00pm 9/04/12 5:00pm

What makes polonium the ideal poison for assassins?

As poisons go, polonium-210 is a bit of a mixed bag. Is it effective? Absolutely. If you eat a piece of polonium-210 the size of a grain of salt, it'll probably be enough to kill the average adult. That said, the highly unstable element is notorious for leaving an unmistakable calling card: ridiculously high levels of… » 7/06/12 11:40am 7/06/12 11:40am

Melting down Nobel Prizes to buy bullets and dissolving the awards to…

Winning the Nobel Prize brings with it a diploma, cash award, and a 200 gram medal made of gold. Each medal is specially cast for the winner, emblazoned with his or her name. » 3/31/12 12:30pm 3/31/12 12:30pm

A handful of Nobel Prizes met an unusual end – fodder for the treasury of countries during World War I and II. his 1934 Nobel Prize in…