Russia's Soyuz Spacecraft Looks Fantastic As It Prepares To Launch

Looking like something straight out of a movie, this picture shows the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft as it was moved by train to its launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday.


Ensuring Global Warming Stays Below 2C Isn't Enough, Say Scientists

The concept of ensuring we keep global temperature rises below 2C is often quoted in the media. But that target — decided upon during international climate talks — may not be enough to save the planet’s species.


These New Semiconductors Look Just Like Lollies

This isn’t a new kind of tooth rotter, but an exotic new breed of nanoribbon and nanoplate semiconductors. Made from silicon telluride, they may go on to be used in the batteries of the future.


Passing Through The Moon's Shadow Looks Way Too Scary

We though we’d seen the best of the solar eclipse images, but this video — unearthed by Reddit — has been hiding out on YouTube, saving the absolute best for last.


30 Previously-Unknown Species Of Fly Discovered In Los Angeles

Nature doesn’t end at the borders of a city — it’s just transformed. That’s why scientists are finding new animal species in urban areas, where the ecosystems favour scavengers, hardy weeds, and junk-eaters. It probably comes as no surprise that the sprawling city of Los Angeles is home to its own unique fly species.


Slow-Motion Video Shows A Chameleon Shoot Out Its Superpower Tongue

A chameleon’s tongue is nearly two times the length of its body and it can shoot out that slimy sticky thing at 41 G, roughly four times the maximum acceleration of a fighter jet, with deadly quick accuracy: its tongue can reach its prey in 0.07 seconds. Basically, it’s an insane, superpower-like weapon to have.


The Surprising Way Japan's 2011 Earthquake Is Still Changing The Climate

The 9.0 Tohoku earthquake damaged thousands of buildings when it ripped through Japan four years ago. Much of that debris is gone now, but the broken buildings had an invisible effect too: The earthquake released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying greenhouse gases into the air.


How Floating Soap Was Invented

Ivory has been producing their uniquely floating soap for the well over a century now and in hat time they have become one of the most popular soap brands in the world. For many years, the company has maintained that the discovery of its trademark floating soap was a complete accident, but exactly how true is this?


The Origin Of Colour Bars On TV, And Other Standard Test Files 

Occasionally, we get to catch a glimpse of the hidden tests that ensure our technology-infused world runs smoothly: colour bars on TV or blocks of “lorem ipsum” gibberish text. There’s a fascinating story behind how each of these tests came to be and how they work.


Skyscrapers Are Causing Bizarre 'Thundersnow'

Your typical thunderstorm strikes in summer, when the atmosphere is full of warm, moist air. So when lightning strikes in the middle of a winter blizzard, there is something strange going on. Thundersnow involves an entirely different type of lightning, and our skyscrapers are a key part of it.