Science

The Surprising Science In A Single Drop Of Regular Ol' Tap Water

Tap water: we drink it, we bathe in it, we wash our clothes and dishes with it, and we cook with it. We probably take it for granted. But delivering clean, safe water to every kitchen and bathroom in the country is no easy task, as Wired explains in this eye-opening little explanation into the secret life of tap water.


NASA Has 3D Printed 'The Great Eruption', A Nebula 7500 Light-Years From Earth

While we’re all excited about the possibilities of 3D printing cars and organs, NASA has another use in mind — physical representations of galactic phenomena. Its first such creation is that of the Homunculus Nebula, a massive, fast-expanding formation centred on Eta Carinae star system.


This Weird Morphing Skin Could Make Future Vehicles Super Aerodynamic

This strangely alive-looking blob isn’t a prop from a sci-fi movie. It’s a smorph, a morphing material that could make the cars, trains and aeroplanes of tomorrow extremely aerodynamic, using the same trick that helps golf balls fly faster and straighter.


If Einstein Had Never Been Born, Would We Still Have Nuclear Weapons?

Albert Einstein and his equation E=mc² are famously connected to the modern atomic age. But as nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein writes in this counter-factual account of history, the great physicist mattered less than you’d think in the invention of the nuclear bomb.


Watching Desperate Polar Bears Searching For Ice Is Truly Heartbreaking

Polar bears are now swimming for kilometres looking for ice because that’s where they can hunt their prey without being seen. Many of them drown. Some find land and die later, exhausted and starved. All thanks to the ongoing global temperature increase and the collapse of the northern ice sheets.


Here's An Easy Trick To Make Glass Totally Invisible

Even when you are only seeing one test tube disappear into this beaker, there are another two more inside. In fact, there’s also a beaker hidden inside, completely invisible to the eye. How is this sorcery possible? SCIENCE.


MIT Has Made A Breakthrough In Creating Lighter, Harder Metamaterials

When it comes to metamaterials, it’s the magical substance known as “aerogel” that gets all the coverage. But what if we could construct super-substances using materials we’re more familiar with, including regular metals and plastic? Researchers at MIT and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US think they might have something.


Stadium-Sized 'Beast' Asteroid Will Nearly* Smash Into Earth Tomorrow

Asteroid 2014 HQ 124, aka “The Beast”, is a gridiron stadium-sized behemoth, estimated at nearly 400m wide. And tomorrow, it’s going to come perilously close to our beloved home planet. How close? Just a mere 1.25 million kilometres away. In space terms, that’s about as close as it gets.


Soviet Doctors Cured Infections With Viruses... And Soon Yours Might Too

In the Soviet Union, western antibiotics couldn’t make it past the Iron Curtain. So Eastern Bloc doctors figured out how to use viruses to kill infectious bacteria. Now, with antibiotic-resistant bugs vexing doctors, that eerie yet effective method might come our way. In post-antibiotic world, infection cures you!


NASA's Using Space Laser To Download Video From Orbit At Gigabit Speeds

NASA’s latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser. Go ahead and give your WiFi router a good stern look.