Your Afternoon Catharsis: Liquid Droplets Coalescing in Slow Motion

You've probably seen two beads of liquid coalesce hundreds of times in your life. Maybe thousands. But we're willing to bet you've never seen them do it in slow motion. » 4/04/14 3:34pm 4/04/14 3:34pm

This mesmerizing kinetic sculpture turns wood into water

Drawing inspiration from the captivating kinetic sculptures of Reuben Margolin, this beautiful handmade automata by designer Dean O'Callaghan mimics the ripple effect of a droplet making impact with water. » 3/08/14 2:30pm 3/08/14 2:30pm

Add this to the ever-growing list of reasons ants are incredible

This video from The New York Times on the physics of fire ants is absolutely captivating. Who knew large numbers of ants could ooze, sludge-like, from a funnel, or spring back, rubber-like, when subjected to compressive forces? » 12/27/13 12:50pm 12/27/13 12:50pm

Tomorrow's wind turbines could look like enormous owl wings

Engineers often take inspiration from animal designs because they're more efficient than machines are. In the case of owl wings, nature has a major advantage over human engineering: owl wings are uncannily quiet. Now, researchers are considering outfitting wind turbines with an upscaled equivalent – if they can figure… » 11/25/13 12:05pm 11/25/13 12:05pm

We may finally know why warm water freezes faster than cool water

It's a conundrum that's baffled scientists since the time of Aristotle: Why do warmer liquids freeze faster than cooler ones? Researchers from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have come up with an awesome new theory that may finally put the mystery to rest. » 11/05/13 9:20am 11/05/13 9:20am

One of our favorite science artists sets fire to whiskey

Art-photographer Fabian Oefner uses scientific concepts to create positively captivating images. In this recently released TED talk, the Switzerland-based artists discusses his craft, along with his latest project, The Invisible Dimension. » 10/14/13 11:12am 10/14/13 11:12am

How is it even possible that this droplet can bounce on liquid?

Now this is a strange effect. This stunning video shows a tiny drop of silicone oil that's perpetually bouncing on a bath consisting of the same fluid. A new study provides an explanation — and it's a phenomenon previously thought to be exclusive to the quantum realm. » 10/04/13 8:40am 10/04/13 8:40am