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Beautiful Images of the October 23, 2014, Partial Solar Eclipse


“The Sun looks like it has a bite taken out of it!” said one enthusiastic viewer of the partial solar eclipse on October 23.

A Look At Fukushima’s Radioactive Contamination 3 Years Later


Image credit On 11 March 2011, a 9-meter-high tsunami wave, triggered by the Great Tōhoku Earthquake, slammed into Japan’s eastern coast.

You Could Fit All the Planets Between the Earth and the Moon…?


I ran into this intriguing infographic over on Reddit that claimed that you could fit all the planets of the Solar System within the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.

The NEW Periodic Table Song (In Order)

Would it surprise you to know that the periodic table, as we know it, isn’t the first table of elements?

An Inside Look At A CT Scanner Running Full Blast (video)

We often take technology for granted. We assume that our devices will always work right when we turn them on.

Lucky Star Escaped Almost Certain Death at The Hand Of a Black Hole With Minor Damage


Rendering of a star about to be consumed by a black hole (via University of Warwick / Mark A. Garlick) Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star—and the star lives to tell the tale. We may think of black holes as swallowing entire stars—or any other object that wanders too close to their immense gravity.

Stunning Slow Motion Video of Metal Work In Action

Metal working, like most other trades, is anything but easy. We tend to valorize a college education.

How To Create Electricity From Falling Water

A simple experiment called “Kelvin’s Thunderstorm” can produce electrical sparks from running water. That’s right, electricity with absolutely no machinery required.

Brain Barrier Opened For First Time, New Way To Treat Tumors And Alzheimer’s


Image Credit: Sebastian Kaulitzki / Shutterstock Our brains have a number of built in defense systems.

First Ever Heart Transplant Using “Dead Heart”


Image Credit: St. Vincent’s Hospital In an amazing medical breakthrough, doctors and scientists recently transplanted two hearts that were (circulatory) dead.

The Science of Magnetism


(Photo Credit: Katie Waldeck) Ancient humans have been aware of the magnetic force ever since at least 600 BC, back before Newton developed this laws of motion, and before we had any grasp of the four fundamental forces  of nature. Despite the fact that we didn’t completely understand what magnetism was, we still used compasses back then.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/24/14 — Siding Spring Travels Past Mars


Image Credit: NASA, ESA, PSI, JHU/APL, STScI/AURA This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, which happened at 2:28 p.m.

Did We Detect Dark Matter? Astrophysicists Weigh In


X-ray imaging of the Perseus galaxy cluster with Chandra data closer to the center and XMM-Newton data on the outskirts.

Data Transmission Gets A New World Record With ‘Smart Circuits’


The photo shows the 140 GHz transmitter chip, containing an I-Q modulator, a 3-stage amplifier, and a x3 frequency multiplier for the local oscillator.

Scientists Create First Working Mind-Controlled Prosthetic


For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality.

Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA From Siberian Bone Reveals


Svante Pääbo studies the bone belonging to the Ust’-Ishim man (Credit: Bence Viola, MPI EVA) According to “Nature,” biologists have managed to derive DNA from the 45,000-year-old skeletal remains of the Ust’-Ishim man; Ultimately allowing them to establish a firm timetable for human and Neanderthal interbreeding.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/23/14 — Tethys Hangs In The Balance


Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Over the course of Cassini’s tenure in orbit around Saturn, it has beamed back numerous stunning images of the ringed planet.

Mangetar Storm Seen Ripping Into Star 15,000 Light-Years Away


A rupture in the crust of a highly magnetized neutron star, shown here in an artist’s rendering, can trigger high-energy eruptions.

Far-Flung Worlds: Our Quest For Alien Life Advances Another Step


NASA image of Uranus In our recent explorations, NASA’s Hubble Space telescope has given astronomers the tool needed to explore the galaxy for planets that are possibly suitable for alien life.

Population Growth As Seen From Space


Yes, it’s India, but it’s not a photo captured from space during Diwali night. (Credit: NOAA) Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, falls on Thursday, Oct.


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