GeoPicture of the Week: Spaghetti Rock

What we’re seeing here is the ductility of the marble. According to the picture author, the marble dates from the Lower Proterozoic, more than 1.6 billion years ago to a period called the Aphebian Age. When rocks are subjected to high temperatures and pressures over long periods of time, they will either transform or break. Marble is not a particularly

MIT-designed interface can mimic physical properties of any substance

Materiable is a novel shape changing interface designed to not only offer shapes that let you physically manipulate data, but also recreate the material properties of any substance.

#FossilFriday: Geode Fossil

This is a beautiful geodized fossil – a sea snail fossil filled up by a yellowish calcite geode. The fossil is part of the Busycon genus – a genus of large, generally edible sea snails. These snails are commonly known in the United States as whelks or Busycon whelks. This fossil was reportedly taken from the Anastasia Formation in Florida, USA — a

Archimedes’ legacy: inventions and discoveries

Look no further than Archimedes for the embodiment of a man ahead of his time. Even among his peers, who practiced philosophy, arts and established democracy more than two thousand years ago, Archimedes of Syracuse outshined them all.

The history of the induction motor

The induction motor is one of the most important inventions in modern history. It turned the wheels of progress at a new speed and officially kicked off the second industrial revolution by drastically improving energy generation efficiency and making long distance distribution of electricity possible.

Beautiful Kinetic Artwork Sorts River Stones by Age

Fulfilling the job that scientists and unlucky undergrads have been doing for years, the kinetic machine Jller selects and sorts pebbles found on a 6 1/2 x 13 foot platform into a grid organized by geologic age. Without any assistance, the machine analyzes rocks based on their shape and sizes, understand their correct placement and transports them to the right place on

How to catch a sunbeam (or slowing down the speed of light to a halt)

In vacuum, light always travels at a constant speed of 299,792,458 metres per second. Nothing can travel faster than this constant c, as denoted by physicists. These two postulates are basic building blocks of modern physics and were first announced more than a hundred years ago by Albert Einstein. Yet, there are ingenious ways to slow light to the point of trapping it in a dead stop. Prepare for some weirdness.