Gorgeous Tree of Life stills look like the greatest science epic of all…

Chances are, you've heard about the gorgeous cinematography and visual effects in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. But now you can see for yourself — the studio sent us a ton of high-res stills. Including the notorious dinosaurs. » 6/24/11 2:45pm 6/24/11 2:45pm

How Harvesting Moonwater Could Save NASA Money

When it comes to cost-saving exercises NASA should consider, harvesting water from the moon to cut down on rocket fuel costs may be one of the less commonly suggested ones. But that doesn't mean that it wouldn't work, apparently. » 9/27/09 8:00am 9/27/09 8:00am

An Organic Solar Power Cell's Beautiful Flaw

This isn't the mysterious landscape of an alien world. It's a closeup of annealed organic solar cells, complete with device-ruining cracks. It's just one of the amazing images from this year's Art Of Science competition. » 5/15/09 12:17pm 5/15/09 12:17pm

Fringe May Feature Bisexual Animals And Rocketmen From The Future

Fringe writer J.R. Orci posted this image showing where he's finding ideas for upcoming episodes. Will a ragtag startup crack nuclear fusion? Or will bisexual animals reveal "atonist sun secrets"? The truth is there, somewhere. » 1/08/09 4:00pm 1/08/09 4:00pm

Top Medical Discovery of 2007 Explained via Cartoon

For a long time, it seemed as if a medical discovery that Science called "one of the greatest of 2007" might never get covered by the mainstream media because it was just too complicated. But then an enterprising journalist and artist with the Philadelphia Inquirer boldly went where no reporters dared go. Writer Tom… » 3/26/08 3:00pm 3/26/08 3:00pm

Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's Rafters

"Wheke," the giant calamari that invaded New Zealand in January 2000, went on display in Paris today. The massive tentacles almost make Wheke look like a space marauder or crazed mutant by themselves, but they're not what make him science-fictional. Rather, it's the process used to preserve Wheke so he can go on… » 3/25/08 5:45pm 3/25/08 5:45pm

World's Fastest Camera Catches An Electron In Motion

Here's the world's first video of an electron in motion, showing how an electron rides on a light wave after having just been pulled away from an atom. Electrons move so fast, it's almost impossible to generate a short enough burst of light to be able to see them move. But a new camera generates "attosecond pulses."… » 3/07/08 4:53pm 3/07/08 4:53pm

The Next Mars Rover Needs A Mega-chute

NASA tests the next generation of space parachute inside the world's largest wind tunnel, built to hold a Boeing 737. The 165-foot-long parachute opens to a diameter of nearly 55 feet, holds more air than a 3,000 square foot house, and can survive loads of over 80,000 pounds. NASA hopes to launch its new Mars Science… » 3/05/08 3:30pm 3/05/08 3:30pm

A 3-D Look Inside A Virus

The latest electron microscopes can create three-dimensional images of the smallest structures, turning an agricultural pest into a work of art. This is the cowpea mosaic virus, scourge of legume farmers everywhere, vitrified and subjected to a single particle reconstruction procedure by FEI Corp. You can easily make… » 1/28/08 9:30am 1/28/08 9:30am

A Foam Peanut, Sliced Thinly and Magnified

Every science fiction lover starts out by taking the world around them apart: unscrewing the cover from the cable box, putting shit in the microwave to watch it explode, asking their teachers and parents WHY the dog can't talk, or WHY we have to work for money instead of donuts. That's why this image delights me.… » 1/10/08 7:40am 1/10/08 7:40am

Nationalist Robots Swarm To Conquer Space

There are more robot space probes now than any other time in history, says MSNBC. Blame the new space race: Europe, Japan, China, India, Canada and South Korea have all launched probes, or will soon. A gallery of this international flotilla, after the jump. » 12/28/07 7:45am 12/28/07 7:45am

A Robot's Vision of Antarctica's Undersea Kingdom

This looks like a rocket entering a wormhole, but it's actually a robot camera designed to function on the ocean floor under the Anatarctic ice. The Submersible Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging (SCINI) can fit through a hole in the ice as small as 15 cm. Similar cameras could one day probe a buried ocean on » 12/21/07 11:00am 12/21/07 11:00am

T Rex Loved Rough Sex

A new science porn magazine, Science Illustrated, hit the stands this week. Packed with ultra-glossy pictures, the magazine is a cross between Scientific American and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Best factoid in the image-packed, editorially slim first issue: tooth marks on T Rex skeletons suggest the beasts… » 12/17/07 12:53pm 12/17/07 12:53pm

Saturn: Hot Or Not?

You can vote for the sexiest image of Saturn and its moons from the Cassini space probe, until Dec. 30. You even get to rate every space photo from 1 to 10, bringing a whole new meaning to "science porn." This pic shows the "dragon storm" on Saturn, a disturbance so fierce it kicked up radio waves. » 12/10/07 9:30am 12/10/07 9:30am

Tentacled Fungus Attacks The Microverse

This creepy monster skull is actually a snapdragon seed pod, magnified by an electron microscope. Just as you'd always suspected, the microscopic world turns out to contain nothing but slimy textures and sinister craggy shapes, judging from Karin Jones' haunting microscopy photos.

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Grampa's Robot Enforcer

Japanese researchers tested out a new robot designed to take care of elderly people, at a Waseda University lab today. Despite its 244-pound bulk and menacing pincer-arms, the battery-powered Twendy-One is supposed to handle old people gently. [Photo by Koji Sasahara for AP] » 11/27/07 3:30pm 11/27/07 3:30pm

Car Of 2017 Will Mix High-Tech With No-Tech

The car of the future will have sleek plastic on the outside, but hand-woven seats on the inside. Harsha Ravi's designs for the car of 2017 won Wheels magazine's design prize. They're an awesome mixture of high-tech (cutting-edge carbon-neutral bioplastic) with zero-tech. It's all part of an urban car that's… » 11/26/07 6:30am 11/26/07 6:30am

Japanese Toilet Bug Makes Small Talk

Japanese truckers could soon be having some surreal encounters. Not only will this ladybug robot scrub the floor and dodge around people, it will also try to engage them in conversation. Are people ready for a chatty cleaning bot? The Lady Bird will understand simple speech and respond. You can ask about local traffic… » 11/23/07 6:30am 11/23/07 6:30am

The Fastest Solar Car In The World

This is the Nuna4, which won the World Solar Challenge in Australia — the fourth time in a row the University of Delft has won the race. The Nuna4 weighs less than 190 kg (without driver), and its lightweight construction means it can get up to an average speed of 90.87 km/hour. Image by Erik Van 'T Woud/AFP/Getty… » 11/20/07 5:00pm 11/20/07 5:00pm

Green Ooze Controls Woman's Mind

From "Can algae save the world?" an exhibit at the Science Museum in London running until April 2008. Scientists are hoping the entire planet will use algae as biofuels in the future. More menacing algae after the jump. Images by Kirsty Wigglesworth for AP. » 11/19/07 3:19pm 11/19/07 3:19pm