Of Penises and Planets: On Labels in Science and Culture

Just what counts as a penis? A debate over what to call the genitals of an unusual group of cave insects has broader implications, because it gets right at the heart of science and science communication: what's the relationship between the labels we use in science and the way those labels are understood by our culture? » 4/19/14 6:50pm Yesterday 6:50pm

Researchers Clone Stem Cells From Human Adults

Scientists from South Korea have devised a technique for cloning adult stem cells that doesn't involve the destruction of human embryos. The resulting stem cells, which are highly personalized, could be used to treat illnesses such as heart disease and blindness — but the technique could also be used to clone adults. » 4/18/14 6:00pm Friday 6:00pm

What's Your Favorite David Attenborough Moment?

The BBC will celebrate the life and work of Sir David Attenborough all next week, with its creatively titled #AttenboroughWeek. To help kick things off, the folks at EarthUnplugged asked a bunch of YouTubers to share and discuss their favorite Attenborough moments. » 4/18/14 5:06pm Friday 5:06pm

Hidden in This Beautiful Jewelry is a Secret Drug-Science Reference

Much as we love the present trend of sticking drug-molecules on everything from coffee mugs to t-shirts, we crave something new. Fortunately, science-themed artist Delftia has a novel take on subtle drug jewelry: pendants that replicate spider webs spun under the influence of psychoactive drugs. » 4/18/14 3:19pm Friday 3:19pm

Saving California Condors, One Puppet At A Time

I've been obsessed with California condors for some time, possibly because my own local zoo in Los Angeles has been at the forefront of the California Condor Recovery Program. It's one of the coolest examples of science-based conservation in zoos, since baby chicks are often hand-reared by keepers wearing condor… » 4/18/14 2:44pm Friday 2:44pm

What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer

It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve. » 4/18/14 11:07am Friday 11:07am

Watch This Table Turn Sound Into A Dancing Pattern Of Flames

The latest installment of Veritasium is all about the "Pyro-Board." This snazzy contraption is a mesmerizing, planar take on the Rubens' tube – a perforated tube of gas – hooked up to a gas jet and a speaker – that can turn music into beautifully patterned, leaping flicks of fire. » 4/18/14 10:40am Friday 10:40am