Chimps And Gorillas Need An Ebola Vaccine Too 

There is a side to the Ebola crisis that, perhaps understandably, has received little media attention: the threat it poses to our nearest cousins, the great apes of Africa. At this moment in time Ebola is the single greatest threat to the survival of gorillas and chimpanzees.


No, This Isn't Scifi. It's An Actual Spaceplane, Getting Fuelled Up

The European Space Agency is about to launch its remote-controlled experimental spacecraft, IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), on February 11, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. What you see above is that craft being fuelled with hydrazine manoeuvring propellant.


The Best Predictor Of Heart Disease Is...Twitter?

Normally, when doctors are trying to look at whether an individual is at risk of heart disease, they will look at classic indicators of health: smoking, diet, obesity and so on. But according to a University of Pennsylvania study, they might be better off taking a look at their tweets.


Bulletproof Coffee: Debunking The Hot Buttered Hype

People are putting butter in their coffee. And, hey, if you’re just craving a new flavour experience, more power to you. The problem is that Bulletproof Coffee, the company behind the trend, is claiming that drinking a mug of fatty joe every morning instead of eating breakfast is a secret shortcut to weight loss and mental superpowers, and now the butter coffee has developed a cult of highly caffeinated, shiny-lipped adherents. So now we have to talk about it.


Is There Any Real Cheese In Cheese Whiz?

As America gets ready for its upcoming Super Bowl parties (or Royal Rumble party, if that’s your thing), Cheez Whiz — the yellowish-orange, gooey, bland tasting “cheese” product — will surely make an appearance at some of them. But what is Cheez Whiz? Why did get it invented? And is there really cheese in Cheez Whiz?


The Engineering Challenges Facing NASA's Mars 'Helicopter'

We’ve put a rover on Mars, heck, we’ve got a few of them up there. What’s the next step, before the inevitable invasion by humans? A helicopter obviously! Well, more specifically, drones that can help the poor ground-shackled rovers get a better idea of what lies ahead in their travels.


This Video Shows What Earth Would Look Like With Different Suns

We’re so accustomed to our sun and moon that sometimes we hardly recognise how they form our view of the planet. This video will make you think about them afresh.


This Telescope Is Shooting A Laser Right At The ISS

Who gave this telescope a lightsaber? Just kidding. This is, of course, the ESA’s Optical Ground Station telescope in Tenerife — in the process of laser tagging the ISS to establish a data connection.


This Greenland Glacier Flows Like Water Around Rock

Found in the northwest corner of Greenland, the Leidy Glacier faces a barrier as it meets the Olriks Fjord that it feeds into: rock. This image shows how, even for a giant, hulking slab of ice and rock, the path of least resistance is often the most favourable.


Why Snow Is White Even Though Snowflakes Are Clear

When you look at pictures of individual snowflakes, the snowflakes are clear. So why is snow white and not clear?