Subatomic particles are the literal building blocks of life. They’re all around us – yet impossible to see with the naked eye. But now you can, and with only a few items: a jar, a sponge, rubbing alcohol, a flashlight, a black marker and some dry ice. Check out this video from NOVA PBS to see all the small things.
This week take a little drive to the beach, a field, or anywhere dark with a clear view. Bring a blanket and a pocket full of wishes, because the annual Perseid meteor shower will fill the sky with sho...
Imagine a robot that ships as a flat pack and assembles itself on demand. Search-and-rescue missions might use them to squeeze into and scout the inside of a collapsed mine. They could be deployed into space for autonomous exploration, or dropped into disaster zones for rapidly-created shelters. And wouldn't it be great if your next piece of IKEA furniture could put...
The bio-technology startup bioMason, headed by founder Ginger Krieg Dosier, recently introduced an innovative brick that is grown rather than fried. These naturally-grown bricks are made from sand and bacteria, which grow to produce natural cement. The needed building blocks for these bricks are abundant in nature across the globe and can be extracted from waste streams. The natural cementation of bioMason’s bricks occurs in ambient temperatures, which is one of their biggest advantages. ...
Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.
For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.
As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?
Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.
Coral bleaching occurs when heat or other stresses impact the symbiotic algae that live within the animal cells. Coral bleaching is also a way to draw students into the topic of photosynthesis. This nice animation from HHMI shows the relationship between photosynthesis and coral reefs.
There's a classroom activity associated with it also
The importance of Miguel de Cervantes in the universal culture can hardly be overestimated. His major work, Don Quijote, considered the first modern novel of world literature and one of the most influential book in the entire literary canon, has many times been regarded as the best work of fiction ever written. However, while Shakespeare has his Uranian satellites, Cervantes has been so far excluded from the cosmic spheres. With this proposal, supported by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes, and arriving just in time for the 400 Anniversary of the publication of the novel’s second part, we reclaim for the Famous Knight of la Mancha, his comrades and their creator the place that they deserve among the stars.
Good news for chili chompers: Regularly chowing down on spicy foods is associated with a lower risk of death, especially if you stay away from booze. But before you start drowning your cheerios in tabasco sauce, it’s unclear at this stage whether it is the spicy food itself or some other factor that is potentially bestowing the observed benefits. Regardless, further research is warranted, and the findings add to a growing body of evidence that chili could be healthful.
Check out this latest citizen-science project. It's a site where you can look at photos gathered by an Antarctic network of wildlife cameras and mark if there are penguins in the photos. In other weo you get to look at cute animals online and help environmental science! Sounds like a win-win to me.
With summer just around the corner in the northern hemisphere (and that nasty winter not quite a distant-enough memory), a lot of us are looking for any excuse we can to go outside. Here are five citizen science apps that will give you all the reasons you need to get some fresh air.
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