Invisibility Cloaks in Popular Media Invisibility — like time travel, teleportation, flying, and super-speed — has been a fixture in science fiction ever since science fiction has existed.
A rendering of how filaments of dark matter might encase galaxies (Credit: AMNH) You know the old saying: “if you want to hide something, put it in plain sight?
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Nebulae come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Image Credit: Science/AAAS All the physical properties of our Universe – indeed, the fact that we even exist within a Universe that we can contemplate and explore – owe to events that occurred very early in its history.
Bionic boots let you run as fast as a car (well, a slow moving car). These springy shoes mimic an ostrich’s gait, and though it may look a little funny, they let you travel at up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).
This music video is a true symphony of science. Here, we see artist Nigel Stanford blend flaming Ruben’s tubes, Tesla coils, ferro fluid, and hose pipes with sound waves to create some simply stunning art.
Over the course of Earth’s evolutionary timeline, millions, perhaps billions, of creatures have died off.
Artist’s impression of a protocluster forming during an earlier time (Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser) A team of astronomers using the Subaru Telescope’s Suprime-Cam to perform the Subaru Ultra-Deep Survey for Lyman-alpha Emitters have looked back more than 13 billion years to find 7 early galaxies that appeared quite suddenly within 700 million years of the Big Bang.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), Acknowledgment: W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University) Calling this huge, cosmic streak ‘bizarre’ doesn’t even begin to do it justice.
The FDA ordered the makers of antimicrobial and antibacterial soap. Image Credit: Carolyn Cole Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items.
Artist’s impression of a black hole (Credit: Victor Habrick via: VISIONS/SPL/Getty) Black holes are known to be formidable opponents, given the fact that they destroy everything in their path and are unforgiving and inescapable.
Image credit: NASA New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang.
Astronaut Don Pettit, who, in a blog for NASA, conducts a number of different experiments in microgravity, once had the idea to demonstrate how water droplets behave in space. So he decided to pack appropriately, bringing 3 different knitting needles with him on the ISS. What happens is really quite amazing.
Image Credit: WISE, IRSA, NASA; (Processing Francesco Antonucci) Dust reigns supreme in this stunning portrait of the Tadpole Nebula (otherwise known as IC 410); a star forming region that lurks about 12,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Auriga.
The below video shows a katana fight between two robots. If you are expecting to see an epic dual where one robot hacks another to death, well, that does not happen here (obviously, these machines are rather expensive).
The Leonid meteor shower is going to be lighting up our skies tonight, so be sure to bundle up and head outside for some viewing. The last big Leonid storm was in 2002, when over 3,000 meteors fell per hour.
Recently, the team at Arx Pax created a one of a kind hoverboard that allows individuals to float across metal surfaces, not unlike Marty McFly in Back to the Future. This design was created by Californian architect Greg Henderson, who founded Arx Pax with his wife in order to see where this technology could take us.
This is an astoundingly realistic robotic spider. Granted, at first glance, it does not look that realistic; however, its movements mimic the real-deal with astounding precision.
Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/I.Lovchinsky et al, IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech By dissecting the aftermath of a supernova, astronomers can gather a rather large amount of information about the star from which the supernova sprang.
Update for those of you who are wondering about Philae: Unfortunately the little lander set down where there wasn’t enough sunlight to recharge its batteries.