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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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The Desert Wizards Need Your Help to Bring an Astronomical Observatory to Burning Man

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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A group of scientists, engineers, and space geeks, better known as The Desert Wizards of Mars on the Playa, are hoping to bring a full size astronomical observatory to Burning Man this year. At last year’s burn, the Desert Wizards could be found riding their Mars Rover Art Car ‘Dustiny’ which broadcast live footage of the burn over the internet for all to see. This year they want to bring the Black Rock Observatory- a planetarium without a ceiling- using a giant Newtonian telescope (9 feet tall, 20 inches in diameter) which will “provide views that will expand minds, widen perspectives and open consciousness.” Viewers will see the Rings of Saturn and 5 of its moons, polar ice caps on Mars, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, and faint galaxies too dim for the naked eye. [Read more...]

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Under the Mircroscope: The Topography of Tears

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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A variety of emotions and circumstances can bring humans to tears. A bride walking down the aisle to meet her husband cries tears of joy. A chef cutting an onion cries basal tears. The memory of a lost loved one can cause tears of grief. About five years ago, “during a period of copious tear, amid lots of change and loss,” photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher caught one of her tears, dried it on a glass slide and examined it under the microscope. She began to wonder if all of the types of tears are the same on a microscopic level and through a project she calls the Topography of Tears, where she collected, dried, and photographed over 100 samples of tears, she shows that they are not. [Read more...]

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Butterfly & Moth Wings Are Even More Beautiful Up Close

Thursday 03.27.2014 , Posted by
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Butterflies and moths are already appreciated for their beauty, but if you look really close, you might think they’re even more stunning. Biochemist and photographer Linden Gledhill enjoys looking at things on a macro level, capturing everything from soap film and ferro fluid, to flower petals and insects in flight… way up close. In this series he’s looking at the delicate wings of moths and butterflies so closely that the surface of their wings reveal themselves to be multi-colored scales, like those found on a fish or reptiles, only much, much smaller. [Read more...]

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Flora, Fauna and the Human Body: Stunning Collages are an Anatomical Vision of Nature

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Taking the forms of nature found in vintage anatomical textbooks and science guides, collage artist Travis Bedal creates beautiful amalgamations of anatomy, botany and biology. His work is a celebration of the repeating, almost rhythmic forms of nature – here a spiral, there a fold – all created with the various parts of our human body and the flora and fauna that surrounds us. [Read more...]

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Modern Technology Captures Baby Animals in the Womb

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often we get to peer into the world inside the womb, and none of us remember what it was like, but producer Peter Chinn is helping us understand a little bit more about what goes on before birth. His images, produced for a National Geographic documentary called In the Womb: Extreme Animals used real-time 4-D ultrasound images and computer models to create an astoundingly lifelike vision of animal gestation that is beautiful and even a little unnerving. [Read more...]

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What Lies Beneath: Diving Into the Neptune Undersea Observatory Project [Infographic]

Monday 12.09.2013 , Posted by

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On the surface, it would seem that new frontiers have been just about exhausted on Earth… but sometimes you just have to look deeper. The world’s oceans are vast, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and containing 97 percent of the water… yet only about 5 percent of the ocean and its depths have been explored. The Neptune Canada project is aiming to change that. By filling us in with real-time video and data direct from the far reaches of the sea floor, the project launched in 2009 is already helping scientists understand mysteries of the deep – and they’re doing it with the help of people like you. [Read more...]

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The Galaxy Quest: Going Into Orbit With the International Space Station [Infographic]

Wednesday 11.27.2013 , Posted by

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In recent years, there have been few space projects as exciting as the International Space Station, or ISS. Even though it is the 9th space station to take orbit, it is the first to house a full-time crew and a dedicated research laboratory. And, with recent social media exploits – like those of the excellent Commander Chris Hadfield who famously sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity from orbit – space has never looked so near or friendly for the human species. [Read more...]

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From the Inside: Looking into the Human Genome Project [Infographic]

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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As far as great projects go, it’s hard to top the Human Genome Project (HGP). Still the largest collaborative biological endeavor in history, it has given us the first complete look at the blueprint for building human beings, and with that knowledge, it’s hard to think of anything that is contributing more to human health in our modern world. [Read more...]

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