These optical helmets are like funhouse mirrors for your face

The optical helmets of Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee are delightfully creepy. Carefully positioned lenses of varying surface curvature make dysmorphic playthings of the wearers' features – shriveling mouths, inflating noses, and multiplying eyes in cartoonish displays that are as captivating as they are disturbing. » 3/15/14 8:45am 3/15/14 8:45am

Physicists find a new 'state of matter' in the eyes of chickens

An unusual arrangement of particles has been discovered in the cells of chicken eyes. It's the first time scientists have seen such a system in a biological system — one that allows materials to behave like both a crystal and a liquid. » 2/25/14 12:20pm 2/25/14 12:20pm

What would the Earth be like if it was the shape of a donut?

According to the laws of physics, a planet the shape of a donut, or toroid, could actually exist — but it's extremely unlikely to ever form naturally. But what if an advanced alien civilization decided to build one? What properties would a toroid-Earth exhibit? And what would life be like? » 2/04/14 12:00pm 2/04/14 12:00pm

Welcome to Elgin Park, an old fashioned town with a giant for mayor

The man in the photo is Michael Paul Smith, but he is no giant. For 25 years he's been building remarkably lifelike dioramas of a fictional, mid-20th-Century American town called Elgin Park using meticulously crafted model cars, a card table and a $200 point-and-shoot camera. That's right – the cars in this photo are… » 10/18/13 12:00pm 10/18/13 12:00pm