Here's what it looks like when you turn human skin cells into neural stem cells

You've probably heard of experiments where scientists create stem cells out of other kinds of cells. Now, you can actually see what that looks like. Here, you can see the work of University of Cambridge neuroscientist Yichen Shi, who has turned ordinary human skin cells into neural stem cells that, in the future, we… » 2/27/12 5:13pm 2/27/12 5:13pm

The mysterious "fishbone" pattern created by two jets of water

Fluid dynamics can be quite bizarre, and scientists are still trying to understand what causes various liquids to create predictable (and unpredictable) patterns. University of Cambridge engineer Sungjune Jung shows us how jets of liquid water, over time, can be made to transform from a sheer sheet of water into a… » 2/23/12 5:16pm 2/23/12 5:16pm

This is the "stretchable gold" that will power rubber circuit boards

We've been hearing a lot about how the future of electronics will involve stretchy circuit boards, or circuits you can glue to your skin. In this video, you can see one crucial ingredient in bendy electronics — stretchable, electrically-conductive gold that can bend with the rubber it's printed on. University of… » 2/09/12 10:57am 2/09/12 10:57am

Is this the birth of 3D liquid crystal displays?

In this video, you'll see an amazing vision of the high-tech future: A series of videos taken under the microscope, documenting a new kind of pixel that could one day turn your tablet computer into a 3D display. University of Cambridge photonic engineer Tim Wilkinson is combining liquid crystals with nanotechnology… » 1/30/12 7:40am 1/30/12 7:40am

Watch a glowing mouse embryo grow from cell to creature in one minute

A mouse embryo grows to maturity in just three weeks, transforming from a microscopic blip to a tiny, wriggling rodent. University of Cambridge biologist Erica Watson studies this transformation because the developing mouse shares with humans many of the same genetic signals that cause this incredible… » 1/26/12 9:47am 1/26/12 9:47am

This insect eye will one day be built into your smart phone

University of Cambridge materials scientist Chris Forman shows us the eyes of a beetle and a fruit fly in a way you've never seen them before. That's not just because they're electrograph images, which reveal the eyes in amazing detail. Forman also offers a quick introduction to biomimesis, or using biology to… » 1/19/12 7:12am 1/19/12 7:12am