This life-size glass skeleton is illuminated by krypton

Krypton, being what chemists call a noble gas, glows when it's housed inside of a gas-discharge lamp. Craft the lamp's glass into specific letters and you get luminescent signage — like a red, neon "Open" sign. Hand-shape your own glass, however, and you can create something way more interesting than a boring old window… » 4/04/12 2:29pm 4/04/12 2:29pm

Stellar nursery is a giant, gaseous mountain range

This is nebula NGC 2174, located about 6400 light-years away. This amazing photograph makes the nebula look like the peak of a giant dust mountain, with strange pink stars dominating its summit. In fact, the stars are locked in cosmic battle with the gas mountain, and it's only a matter of time before the stars emerge… » 2/09/11 11:36am 2/09/11 11:36am

Fuel-Hungry Pirates Steal Used Cooking Oil to Run Their Cars

Restaurants across the United States are reporting that thieves are stealing their used cooking oil, turning it into black-market biodiesel made in garage distilleries. In many cities where biodiesel fuel is popular, restaurants can earn up to $1.25 per gallon of the used stuff. Oil pirates, however, are rarely… » 5/23/08 7:00am 5/23/08 7:00am