What Is the Hottest Thing In the Universe?

Remember trying to play hooky from school by sneaking the thermometer into your oatmeal when mom wasn’t looking to fake a fever? It turns out 98.6°F is just the average temperature of the human body, but it experiences many fluctuations throughout the day, so you could just fake a fever a couple hours before bedtime. If you’ve ever wondered what the hottest temperature in the universe is (it’s not the sun), then you MUST SEE this amazing video.

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Bio-Art: Scientist Creates Photographs in a Petri Dish

What happens when the worlds of art and science merge? In the case of these brilliant images from microbiologist come artist Zachary Copfer, the result is some surprisingly different photography. Over the past 4 years he has diligently worked on creating a technique for exposing photographic images in petri dishes – using a process much like dark room developing.

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Embryonic Scans Show Human Face Forms Like a Puzzle

Have you ever wondered why humans have a groove above the upper lip that seems to have no purpose whatsoever? This groove, known as the philtrum, tends to go un-noticed unless it is not completely formed, resulting in a cleft palette. With the help of a CGI created from high quality human embryonic scans during the early stages of development, Dr. Michael Mosley shows that the forming of the philtrum is actually a clue to our evolutionary fish ancestry.

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Scientific Phenomena Caught Behind the Lens

Magnets have been used to display art for as long as households have had refrigerators, but now Fabian Oefner is using them to create it. He discovered that by placing the viscous, magnetic liquid known as ferrofluid under a magnetic field and mixing it with water colors, iron particles rearrange, creating dark channels that separate the watercolors from the ferrous liquid. The result is gorgeous, thumbnail sized images that resemble planets or brains and Oefner has captured them just beautifully in his Millefiori collection. The images are so trippy that they could replace the eggs in the classic 80’s “This is your Brain on Drugs” PSA.

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The Smallest Font? DNA Letters on a Nanometer Scale

Have you ever found yourself needing to pack a lot of text into a small space? Are you a designer with a project requiring loads of fine print? Fear not, typography on a nanometer sale is here. Scientists at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts have recently created a series of glyphs made entirely out of microscopic fragments of DNA, woven together like building blocks. By leaving out specific blocks they’ve been able to create letters, numbers and even symbols like smileys and an eagles head. Here we bring you brilliant science journalist Ed Yong’s post, created entirely out of the miniscule font: “DNA Sans anyone?”

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Geometric Order Amidst Starling Chaos


A murmuration of starlings may seem random, but one artist has found the geometric order to this phenomenon of nature in her work. About six months ago a video flooded the internet of two women out on a canoe while a murmuration of starlings danced above their heads. After the video went viral, murmurations have been a hot topic online and even in art. Catherine Ulitsky, an artist living in western Massachusetts, captured the unique flock patterns of the starling murmurations on camera and gave order to the seemingly random group by painting connections between the birds. In each photograph, Ulitsky uses vibrant colors and straight lines to create beautiful geometric patterns in one of natures great phenomena. “Carefully observing natural phenomena reminds me constantly of the limitless complexity and wonder of the world we inhabit,” said Ulitsky of her work.

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The Sound of Jelly

Noisy Jelly

Have you ever wondered what sound jelly makes? Well, now there is a kit that provides you with all the right materials to discover exactly that. The world needs to give a big thanks to Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard for creating the game, Noisy Jelly. Arguably the most fun combo ever, this musical jelly chemistry lab is something that needs to be experienced first-hand to get the full effect. Even though there are children playing with it in the video, you better believe this is a game for all ages.

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When Science Fiction becomes Reality

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From augmented reality video games to Apple’s Siri digital assistant, technology continues to zip along at lightening speed. Many of the most wild science fiction stories later become real life.  Jules Verne came up with the idea of a fax machine, Arthur C. Clarke conceived the idea for satellites, and Edward Bellamy dreamed up the telephone before its time.  Back in 2002, Phillip K. Dick’s short story was produced into the Hollywood movie Minority Report. In the film, a computer is featured that allows the user to interact with the screen in 3D, grabbing images and items virtually and moving them around the screen. Now that wild piece of sci-fi is quickly on its way to reality.

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Mesmerizing Ferrofluid Dances to Music

Like a music video for the scientifically minded, the short film below explores the unusual world of ferrofluid, a liquid which acts a lot like a gelatinous magnet. The second installment in an ongoing series of experiments, the film was made by Singapore based photographer/videographer Afiq Omar, who edited it with a distinctly dark and rhythmic style that’s as intriguing as it is creepy. Omar’s goal was to create something using ‘analog’ effects, so what you see here uses few modifications after shooting, showing the utter weirdness of his subject material and his talent as a videographer.

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Fast, Microscopic 3d Printing Is Here!

A new era of 3D printing technology is now upon us. Created by researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), this high-precision printer is able to create microscopically small objects on a nanometer scale — at a speed orders of magnitude faster than similar devices. To be impressed with how accurate and quick this machine really is, you only need to see the short video below featuring a mere 4 minute creation time for a race car smaller than a grain of sand… in fact, the machine just set a new world record for speed.

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