Two Different Satellites Take Two Different Pictures of the Same Galaxy

What a difference a wavelength makes: On the left is the M82 Galaxy as seen in the visible light spectrum, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope — and the image we most associate with that galaxy. On the right is an x-ray image of the same galaxy, taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. » 12/19/14 12:00am 12/19/14 12:00am

This Was The First Human X-Ray Ever Taken

In 1895, while experimenting with cathode rays, physics professor Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, asked his wife to set her hand on a photographic plate. The result was the very first human x-ray. Here's the full story of how it happened. » 8/22/14 9:42am 8/22/14 9:42am

Mesmerizing Anatomical X-Ray GIFs

San Francisco based graphic designer Cameron Drake converted some X-ray footage into a series of GIFs for one of his recent projects. The resulting animations are really quite beautiful. » 8/09/14 5:00pm 8/09/14 5:00pm

X-Rays From the Universe Are Simply Stunning

X-Rays in Perseus May Be the Signature of Dark Matter

Most of the universe is made up out of things we can't find. While dark matter is just that — dark — an X-ray anomaly in Perseus and 72 other galaxies may finally be a tell-tale signature of a particular form of dark matter releasing light as it decays. » 6/25/14 8:00am 6/25/14 8:00am

A Cat's Eye in the Stellar Dragon

Thousands of light years away in the constellation Draco shines the Cat's Eye planetary nebula. Formed when a star transitions into a red giant and sheds its outer layers, the planetary nebula will shed gas until only a hot, dense core of a white dwarf is left behind. » 5/05/14 8:00am 5/05/14 8:00am

X-Ray Of A Snake Who Mistook Golf Balls For Delicious Chicken Eggs

This snake slithered into a chicken coop looking for a tasty treat, and instead made a meal of a pair of golf balls. Fortunately, a sympathetic human rushed the snake to a team of veterinarians. » 3/21/14 10:20am 3/21/14 10:20am

Tender and Playful X-Ray Portraits of Couples

Saiko Kanda and Hayashi Mayuka have taken a series of X-ray images that aren't aimed at scientific investigation or presenting its figures in a macabre light, but instead add a touch of heart to skeletal images by capturing couples together. » 12/01/13 4:00pm 12/01/13 4:00pm

Stained glass windows filled with macabre X-ray images

Wim Delvoye has created a series of stained glass windows with subjects that are both gothic and unexpected, filling the spaces between the lead with X-rays of human intestines and skeletal forms of people kissing. » 11/03/13 8:30am 11/03/13 8:30am

X-ray videos of people doing ordinary and extraordinary things

Video footage of X-ray images offer a perspective on bodily movement we simply can't find in static images. Whether we're talking, eating, or performing some truly bizarre anatomical stunts, these gifs and videos show off the mechanics of the human body. » 9/15/13 7:00am 9/15/13 7:00am

Space Suit X-Ray is Coil-Tastic

One in a series of X-Rays currently on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's "Suited for Space" exhibit, this unusual view gives the observer a peek inside an experimental space suit designed in the late sixties. » 8/01/13 2:20pm 8/01/13 2:20pm

Incredible X-ray video captures a bat in flight

To better understand why bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight, a team of biologists at Brown University is examining ultra high-speed X-ray videos of fruit bats as they launch themselves into the air. » 7/07/13 7:30am 7/07/13 7:30am

X-ray images of women in corsets show skeletons in a bind

With the 1908 volume of his treatise Le Corset, Dr. Ludovic O’Followell hoped to make clear the detrimental effects the then-current corset designs had on women's health. To that end, he took X-ray images of women in their binding underthings. » 6/23/13 7:00am 6/23/13 7:00am

One Tiny But Vital Safety Check Before Going To The Moon

This item from the upcoming RR Space & Aviation Auction is one of the most interesting lots. What we see is a mission-critical X-ray image of Armstrong’s space suit connections, portion of Armstrong’s A7L space suit torso showing the neck ring and the suit’s PLSS and OPS inlets, taken only nine days before the launch… » 5/10/13 9:17am 5/10/13 9:17am

What a human being looks like going through an airport baggage X-ray…

Who hasn't wondered what it would look like if someone hopped inside one of the machines that X-ray bags at the airport? DJ Deadmau5 apparently obliges by riding the conveyor belt and showing us his inner beauty. Any sense if this is real? » 1/06/13 12:00pm 1/06/13 12:00pm

Stunning video shows the anatomy of a water beetle

This cool video, showing the anatomy of a small aquatic beetle called Dryops from the inside, won the Best Film of the Year Award at the SkyScan Micro CT Meeting in Brussels. » 4/27/12 11:00am 4/27/12 11:00am

Dental X-rays linked to the most common type of brain tumor

One of the most uncomfortable aspects of your dental visit has just been linked to brain tumors. Research published in this week's issue of Cancer reveals that patients with meningioma — the most commonly diagnosed (but usually benign) brain-growth in the U.S. — were more than twice as likely as people without the… » 4/10/12 2:22pm 4/10/12 2:22pm

Behold, an X-ray of Hitler's head

You're looking at one of five known X-rays of Hitler's head. The radiograph is just one of 17-million rare, intriguing, and often-bizarre items housed in the the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library on Earth. We've got a gallery. » 4/03/12 11:00am 4/03/12 11:00am

Pulsar stars could be the perfect interstellar GPS system

When humanity sends spacecraft beyond our solar system, those starships will have to know exactly where they are at all times. A newly proposed cosmic GPS system can track a spacecraft's location to within five kilometers anywhere in the galaxy. » 4/01/12 11:00am 4/01/12 11:00am

High-energy radiation reveals a pair of secret Vincent Van Gogh…

This portrait of two half-naked wrestlers was painted by Vincent Van Gogh when he was an art student in Antwerp. It's been hiding in plain sight for over 125 years, and its discovery also confirmed another disputed Van Gogh painting. » 3/26/12 4:32pm 3/26/12 4:32pm