Haunting 3-minute music video tells the panspermia story better than Prometheus did

In Prometheus, we saw a mysterious alien seeding the Earth with DNA. This act of fertilizing a planet with life from space is called panspermia. And in this music video from director Tom Walsh and the band Swimming, you can see a breathtaking short story of panspermia that feels far more satisfying than the one in … »10/12/12 9:56am10/12/12 9:56am

Science settles some decades-old debates about the best way to swim

As we go into the final two days of Olympic swimming — the men's open water 10k is today –- scientists are already telling swimmers how to improve their stroke for the next Olympic Games. Two different studies are reconsidering the biomechanics of swimmers' pulls, a hotly debated topic among coaches and athletes. »8/10/12 4:02pm8/10/12 4:02pm

Everything you wanted to know about the physics of ducks' feet

What is the optimum stroke angle for a duck's foot when paddling? Although a duck may already intuitively know the answer, the question has now been clarified for us humans as part of a recent research project undertaken at the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in the US. »9/24/11 11:40am9/24/11 11:40am