The Biggest Lies About Science in the U.S. Government's "Wastebook"

Over the last five years, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has published an annual Wastebook, documenting what he considers the 100 most wasteful federal projects. This year he got a lot of media mileage by ridiculing several science grants—which, in fact, were among the cheapest and most worthwhile projects on his hit list. » 11/07/14 11:00am 11/07/14 11:00am

Antarctic timelapse aboard an icebreaker… for science!

The Nathaniel B. Palmer is an icebreaker operated by the US National Science Foundation. Cassandra Brooks, one of the 37 scientists the ship can accomodate for missions of up to 75 days and deep in the Antarctic winter, shot this timelapse video of the ship doing its stuff over a two month period while traveling… » 5/05/13 12:32pm 5/05/13 12:32pm

The Year's Best Visualizations of Scientific Concepts

Every year for the last decade, the National Science Foundation has teamed up with the journal Science to co-sponsor the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The competition recognizes scientists and artists who use visual media to communicate, and promote the understanding of, scientific… » 1/31/13 12:00pm 1/31/13 12:00pm

Feast your eyes on some of the best scientific art from the past year

Every year, Science Magazine teams up with the National Science Foundation to host the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Participants are asked to enter photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, videos, and even interactive games to be judged on their visual impact and ability to… » 2/03/12 12:02pm 2/03/12 12:02pm

Ripples in a sea that's only a nanometer deep

This blue sea isn't made of water, and it's only a nanometer deep. It's one of several amazing works of science art that just won a contest sponsored by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation. We've got a few of the coolest images, plus the weird story behind this shimmering blue vision from the world… » 2/21/11 7:40am 2/21/11 7:40am

2008 Science Visualization Challenge Reveals the Teeth in a Squid's Suckers

What you see above are actually the suckers on the arm of a squid, captured with an electron microscope. The color was added for the obvious effect. The National Science Foundation and the journal Science » 9/26/08 7:00am 9/26/08 7:00am have announced the winners of the 6th annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.…

A Galaxy Unwinds, 140,000 Light Years From Its Core

Baby stars spring to life at the supposedly desolate fringes of the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, also known as M83, in this new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. Up to 140,000 light years from the galaxy's center, the outer arms of its "pinwheel" shape seem to flap away from the center like "giant red… » 4/22/08 4:00pm 4/22/08 4:00pm