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

The physics of fluid, revealed in spellbinding color

Switzerland-based photographer Fabian Oefner has a knack for exploring the intersection of science and art. In his latest work, he pours a variety of colored paints over a rod connected to a power drill to produce some remarkable shots of fluid in motion. Who knew combining acrylics with power tools could be so… » 3/26/13 12:20pm 3/26/13 12:20pm

This off-road robot could help revolutionize the exploration of other…

You're looking at the future of space exploration: a robot who can move fast though slippery, sandy terrain. With the help of new experimental techniques, robots inspired by the one above could one day be used for search-and-rescue missions, or exploring the surface of Mars, with unprecedented speed and mobility. » 3/21/13 11:14am 3/21/13 11:14am

The physics of fire, gasoline, and sheer unbridled idiocy

This is what it looks like when you set a bucket of gasoline on fire, toss it through the air, film it at 2500 fps and then slow down the footage reaaaaal slow. It's totally dangerous, highly inadvisable (don't attempt this at home, etc.) and absolutely awesome to watch. Plus, as Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics explains,… » 1/24/13 2:20pm 1/24/13 2:20pm