Airplane Passenger Captures Cool Shot Of Lightning Striking The Ground

Gina Hyams was in a Southwest airliner circling the Denver airport when she captured this beautiful shot of a pink lightning striking the fields of Colorado surrounded by rain.


Russian Space Agency Regains Control Of Rogue Lizard Sex Satellite

According the Russian space agency Roscosmos, control of the Russia’s lust lost lizard-sex satellite was regained on Saturday night. Presumably the love-struck lizards were no help.


How Can We Better Spend Australia's $9 Billion In Research Funding?

Australia allocates around A$9 billion a year of taxpayers’ money for research, but how do we know if that money is being spent wisely? With the Australian Government threatening to reduce the amount of money allocated to research, it is time for researchers to take a more serious look at how to improve the research funding system.


UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away.


The Webb Space Telescope's Sunshield Is Complete And It Looks Amazing

NASA has finished and stacked the Sunshield for the Webb Space Telescope and it’s now getting ready to test it. Look at this huge thing. That’s enough tinfoil to cover a roasted chicken — if the chicken was the size of Tyrannosaurus Rex. According to NASA, it provides the equivalent of a 1,000,000 Sun Protection Factor.


The Prettiest Science Experiments Of The Year According To Princeton

Princeton University is celebrating the beauty of science, a selection of of experiments and research papers that result in amazing displays of colour and motion that can be classified as contemporary art. Here are the prettiest ones.


Watch Water Doing Crazy Stuff On Hydrophobic Surfaces

Video: There are a lot of great applications for materials being developed that display extreme water repelling properties, inspired by nature and particularly desert life. This video doesn’t explain any of them and that’s fine — I just like to watch all those crazy water droplets doing crazy stuff.


The AFL Is Testing Smart Footballs That Know Where They Are

We’re pretty comfortable with the idea of involving technology in sports, from the mundane usage of broadcast footage to aid a score review to full-blown, dedicated solutions like Hawk-Eye for tennis and cricket. The Australian Football League (AFL) has a reputation for being more measured when it comes to introducing such aids, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t investigating its options, with the most recent research involving “smart” footballs that can communicate their position via GPS.


A Russian Lizard Sex Satellite Is Out Of Control In Orbit

It began as just another chapter in humanity’s ongoing fascination of sending weird shit into space, then things spiraled out of control. Right now an orbital satellite filled with geckos flies more than 320km above our heads. But this isn’t a slapstick preamble to some clever car insurance commercial, these geckos are in space for only one thing: To. Get. It. On.


The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that dwarf the current state-of-the-art instruments. When the mountain blasting and the mirror polishing are all done, we will have the clearest and most detailed views of outer space ever.