Science

How This Artist Uses A Climate-Controlled Room To Make Indoor Clouds

It starts like a fog machine, deploying its vaporous mist into the air — until the cloud it emits holds its exquisite shape and silently hovers mid-room for hours. This is the drama and allure of Nimbus, the physics-defying work of Dutch sculptor Berndnaut Smilde.


What You're Looking At Is An Insect Penis Inside Its Mate

One of the biggest challenges for scientists studying the anatomy and physiology of genitalia is the fact that much of the real functional action happens deep inside females. It’s hard to see what’s going on in there. That’s why I love studies that rise to the challenge of giving us a peek inside.


Three Things You Probably Didn't Know About Crab Lice

Crab lice (Pthirus pubis) aren’t crabs at all — they’re parasitic insects that feed exclusively on human blood and their bites can cause intense itching in their hosts. Often, this itching happens in the pubic area, which is why they’re also known as “pubic lice” — which, it turns out, is actually a misnomer.


This Is The First Building That Can Heal Its Own Cracks With Biocement

Three years ago, we learned that a Dutch team had developed a biological concrete that could repair its own cracks. They said it might be two or three years before it found its way into the larger world — now, that process is happening.


Cat Eyes And Other Radical Ideas To Re-Engineer Humans

If we don’t do something about climate change, humanity is screwed. But do what? Carbon emissions keep creeping up, geo-engineering is potentially dangerous, and we continue to stew in endless political debates. One bioethicist has a radical idea: Re-engineer humans for a better planet.


Watch The Sun Go Down On Mars

At the end of another long day examining rocks on Mars, Curiosity stopped for a moment to watch the sun go down — the first time in 956 sunsets that the rover has watched it in colour.


Faster-Than-Light Travel: Are We There Yet?

Long before the Empire struck back, before the United Federation of Planets federated, Isaac Asimov created Foundation, the epic tale of the decline and fall of the Galactic Empire. Asimov’s Empire comprised 25 million planets, knit together by sleek spaceships hurtling through the galaxy.


Scientists Are Racing Across Nepal To Gather Fleeting Quake Data

It sounds like a plot to a fast-paced popcorn flick, but right now, US scientists are on a mad dash in Nepal, collecting as much quake data as possible from the country’s scattered ground movement sensors, before the info is completely wiped. These numbers could help seismologists predict when the next big one could strike.


Scientists X-Rayed Chocolate To Figure Out How It Gets That White Film

Fat blooms, the white stuff you sometimes get on chocolate, have long been the bane of chocolate makers and chocolate lovers. It’s harmless but decidedly unappetizing. Now scientists at Nestle have X-rayed chocolate to figure out exactly what’s going on at a microscopic level.


The Answer To Tackling Superbugs Could Be More Superbugs

Hard-to-kill bacteria or “superbugs” have become a major problem for hospitals. Between 5 and 12 per cent of hospital patients in the EU are thought to acquire an infection during their stay, with many caused by bacteria such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff) that are resistant to antibiotics.