The latest episode of the PBS YouTube series Space Time is a great little eight-minute primer on, well, spacetime. »
Weird stuff happens when water hits hydrophobic substances. In this case, water and hydrophobic sand turn into a “liquid marble” in this video. It’s like watching the T-1000 get mobbed by fire ants. »
Though trial results published in The Lancet show malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 to be only partially effective, the intervention is still being hailed as a breakthrough. It’s “a classic example of the glass half full and glass half-empty”, vaccine expert Brian Greenwood, who has been involved in the project for two… »
Many people perceive a ringing in their ears when no sound source is present, a condition known as tinnitus. By mapping tinnitus inside the brain, scientists have shown just how complex these phantom sounds really are.
Two days ago, Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in over four decades. It spewed an ash cloud nearly 10ten miles high, resulting in evacuations within a 12-mile radius around the volcano. Here’s what the action looked like from space. »
These adorable mushrooms are in every children’s book illustration. They’re so cute, with their bright red umbrellas and white spots! They’re also psychoactive. And toxic. »
“Wellness Guru” Belle Gibson lied about having terminal brain cancer and made a killing peddling bogus cures. At Boing Boing, Xeni Jardin excoriates Gibson and “the culture of magical thinking and hero idolization that built her myth into a profitable business, ignoring decades of real science, and placing vulnerable… »
Harry Harlow’s most famous experiments involved isolating an infant rhesus monkey until it was socially and emotionally devastated. Less well-known is the experiment in which he revived them using “therapist monkeys.” »
New research from Western University in Ontario suggests the universe’s first stars amassed in conglomerations so bright they shone with the power of a hundred million suns. »
Coomassie Brilliant Blue, or Brilliant Blue G, is a dye first manufactured in 1913 as a way of staining cloth. Over time, and with testing, it made the jump to food. Is it bad for you? No. In fact, it’s so good that doctors may one day use it to treat spinal cord injuries. »
On the 949th day of its Martian mission, the Curiosity Rover was spotted by its space-based companion, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. »
After weeks of speculation, it can finally be confirmed that geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos. It’s a watershed moment in biotech history, but the experiment may ultimately serve as a major setback in the effort to responsibly develop beneficial interventions involving the human germline.
Brewers of alcoholic beverages aren’t just making drinks — they’re managing, and sometimes even breeding, specialized herds of tiny lifeforms which perform specific functions: yeasts. »
If you are a lady, you have probably at one point slathered your lips in fish scales. (If you are a gentlemen, you have probably pressed your lips against those scales.) Why? Because it looks pretty. And because of physics.
The first exoplanet ever discovered is now the first exoplanet ever observed in visible light. 51 Pegasi B, a super Jupiter located about 50 light-years from Earth, was detected by comparing the light bouncing off its highly reflective surface to the spectral signature of its host star. It’s hoped the new technique… »
During a surgery to remove an apparent brain tumor in a 26-year-old woman, doctors in Los Angeles were shocked to discover an embryonic twin instead. »
A few weeks ago, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan made news by saying, “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.” It was a bold statement, but NASA is now backing those words with action. »