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Drawing Mushrooms With Sound: A Must-See Oscilloscope Project For The Inquiring Mind

Wednesday 01.28.2015 , Posted by
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Remember in elementary school when you learned to create words on your upside down calculator? This is kinda like that only 1000 times cooler. Using an analog oscilloscope, Jerobeam Fenderson figured out how to draw a mushroom with sound. Not just any mushroom, a moving one, and then multiple mushrooms. Get your earphones (lower the volume), pop some popcorn, and click on the video below. [Read more…]

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Learn The Incredible Physics Behind Falling Dominos

Friday 01.16.2015 , Posted by
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In this video, Stephen Morris gives a fantastic demonstration of how dominos work. He uses a collection of dominos made from steel, with each one 1.5x larger than the one toppling before it. Pushing over the minuscule first domino (just 5mm high and 1mm thick) starts a chain reaction that looks nearly impossible – especially when it knocks over the last domino that weighs over 100lbs. [Read more…]

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Fascinating: This Animated GIF Shows 3 Different Ways To Breathe

Friday 10.24.2014 , Posted by
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Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breathe: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.

Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals. [Read more…]

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Redditor Captures A Rare Fireball Meteor on Video

Saturday 10.18.2014 , Posted by
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Ben Lewis recently enlisted the help of astronomy loving Redditors to identify a mysterious looking cloud he captured while filming the night sky. What he found out was surprising. He’d managed to accidentally capture a rare sky event – a giant bolide meteor, or fireball, as it burned up in the earth’s atmosphere. Even more rare, was that he framed it beautifully in the tree foliage above. The video below does a good job showing the red cloudy streak the meteor left in its wake. [Read more…]

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Watching Virtual Creatures Learn How to Walk is Surprisingly Hilarious

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of those awesome examples where good science is also hilarious fun. For his PHD thesis, Thomas Geijtenbeek taught virtual creatures how to walk, and even though his subjects aren’t real, their journey to moving forward followed a surprisingly lifelike path: face-plants galore. [Read more…]

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Photographer Uses Brain Scanner to Find Out How People Wish They Looked

Sunday 10.12.2014 , Posted by
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A straighter nose, bigger eyes, higher cheekbones: in a culture that glorifies physical perfection, many of us can immediately identify traits we would like to change about ourselves. Using a unique combination of photography and neuroscience, Scott Chasserot attempts to capture images of our perfect selves through his project Original/Ideal. [Read more…]

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move. [Read more…]

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Microscopic Art: Stunning Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Diatoms By Klaus Kemp

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Since Victorian times, people have been fascinated with the unique, geometric diatoms that are invisible to the naked eye. It is in the Victorian era that people began finding, cleaning, and arranging them and today Klaus Kemp is keeping the tradition alive. Microscopes reveal these tiny, hidden treasures, which are single-celled algae coated in a crystalline shell. Over 100,000 species have been discovered so far and Kemp is set on finding even more. Diatoms can be found anywhere there is water- from ponds and lakes, to puddles and gutters. But with modern technology Kemp’s arrangements are even more crisp, vibrant, and colorful than any of his Victorian ancestors. [Read more…]

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A Picture Shows How Wasps Develop… You Don’t Want to Look at it Before Bed.

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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There’s not many things that strike fear into a grown man’s heart like the sight of a wasp. Those little buggers pack a sting and bite so painful it will change you for good. With that in mind, this picture is sure to haunt your dreams.

…then again, if you’re into science, this is fascinating! [Read more…]

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Party Beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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For some of us non-astronauts, the closest we will get to outer space is to be in the presence of something that has been in space. That’s why attending or hosting an event at the California Science Center Los Angeles is pretty flipping awesome. In the Samuel Oschin Pavillion, the space shuttle Endeavour, which spent 296 days in space, floats overhead as people beneath celebrate Earthly accomplishments like weddings and corporate parties. Check out the videos below to see how awesome the lighting looks in this space ship’s retirement home. [Read more…]

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