Great Pics

Stunning Macro Photography of the Eerie, Alien-like World of Carnivorous Plants

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This photography by Joni Niemelä will definitely give you a new perspective of the carnivorous Drosera – also known as sundews, due to the dew that often collects on the plant. Drosera is actually a very large genus of carnivorous plants, with over 190 species found on every continent except Antarctica. They lure, capture and digest insects with the mucus secreted by

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Post-Apocalyptic Paintings of Animals Are Beautifully Gloomy

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The dark paintings of Martin Wittfooth depict a beautiful yet frightening world – only animals, no humans, but with a desolate landscape likely caused by our species. We see a world of animals suffering, desperately trying to adapt to the scorched world that we’ve created – much like we’re seeing now, in the real world. Their suffering is masked by

News, Offbeat

New App Shows How Dogs See the World

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It’s common knowledge that dogs don’t see the world the same way we do, but there are a lot of misconceptions about dog vision – now, a new app simply called Dog Vision shows us just how dogs see.   Many people believe dogs see in black in white, which is simply not true; their vision is more similar to

Inventions, Offbeat

The world’s smallest functional drill is cute and smaller than a coin

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Few people can claim to have built their own dream, but New Zealander Lance Abernethy can – he has taken his passion for small things to the next level and built the smallest functional drill. With the help of technology (in the form of 3D printing), his passion and patience created this new device based on the design of a conventional

Biology, News

Remarkable cooperation: how groups of ants carry big things and stay on track

Image credits: Asaf Gal and Ofer Feinerman.

You may have observed how ants can carry things many times their size, both individually and in groups. Researchers have now figured out how ants manage to carry large objects in groups – it takes individual ideas, a lot of teamwork, and the ant equivalent of an air traffic controller.

Offbeat

The Red and Blue Areas of This Map House the Same Number of People

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The mind blowing map shows just how disproportionate human population is in regard to the area it occupies. It may seem hard to believe, but the blue area and the red area actually have just as much population: 5%, to be more exact. The map was created by self-proclaimed data-cruncher Max Galka, and from the data I found, it’s quite accurate.

Environment, Inventions, News

Japan opens up a hotel run entirely by robots – and yes, there are dinosaurs

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If you’re thinking about the future days when robots will replace humans, well… those days are already here. The Henn-na Hotel (“Strange Hotel”) is staffed entirely by robots, including a dinosaur receptionist. They also have no room keys and a remarkable energy efficiency. ‘What we have strove to achieve with Henn-na Hotel is “The Ultimate in Efficiency,” ‘they write on

Great Pics

Breathtaking Firebreathing Photography by Alin Ivanov

All image credits go to Alin Ivanov.

Firebreathing is a beautiful and dangerous form of art – it’s dazzled people since the middle ages, and continues to do so to this day. Here, Romanian photographer Alin Ivanov captured it in all its magic, on the sandy shore of the Black Sea. “I watched him [the firebreather] perform for three nights, and it was amazing. It was mesmerizing,

Health & Medicine, Nanotechnology, News

Scientists find a way to transform cells into tiny lasers

An optical fibre is shown activating tiny lasers created within pig skin cells. Image credits: Matjaž Humar/Seok Hyun Yun

Scientists have created a mixture of oil and fluorescent dyes that can be safely added to human cells – the dye then gets activated by short pulses of light and starts behaving like a laser, communicating the tissue’s position to doctors. The technology could add new ways for light to be used in diagnosis and treatment medicine. The system was devised

Inventions, News

3D-Printed Bottle Caps Will Let You Know When the Milk Has Gone Bad

UC Berkeley engineers created a ‘smart cap’ using 3D-printed plastic with embedded electronics to wirelessly monitor the freshness of milk.(Photo and schematic by Sung-Yueh Wu)

A new study published in Nature describes the creation of a new sensor which will allow us to know when our liquid food has gone bad – and it may not be long until we can all 3D print bottle caps with these sensors at home.