An incursion in the colorful world of fluorescent proteins


The discovery of green fluorescent proteins heralded a revolution in cell biology, enabling researchers to monitor cellular processes by applying themselves to a variety of protein and enzyme targets. Over the years, they’ve enabled thousands of successful experiments, triggering events that ultimately saved many lives. In 1961, Osamu Shimomura and Frank Johnson, working at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of

Trillion fps camera shoots advancing light waves

trillion fps camera

How fast can your camera shoot? 60 frames per second, maybe 100? If you’ve got a good one, maybe 1000, or maybe you’re super pro and you shoot 10.000 fps. Puh-lease! The new MIT camera shoots at 1 trillion fps – that’s frames every second ! Think of it this way: 1 trillion seconds is over 31,688 years; so

You shouldn’t forget about recycling bathroom items


When home recycling is concerned, the kitchen reigns supreme. Here is where most of the waste gets disposed and where all the recycling bins can be found, but there’s another important center filled with recyclable items in your home: the bathroom. Research shows that even among families that are consistent recyclers, only 20% of Americans recycle bathroom items. It’s not

How fruits and veggies looked like before we domesticated them


Imagine a banana. The familiar yellow, seedless shape pops to mind, but that’s only how domesticated bananas look like. Before we “molded” and modified the plant, it looked completely different – as you can see below.   The first bananas we know of were cultivated in Papua New Guinea, stocky and filled with seeds. By contrast, today’s bananas are smooth

#FossilFriday: Dunkleosteus

via Imgur.

Dunkleosteus is an extinct placoderm fish that lived some 380 to 360 million years ago, during the late Devonian. It’s called a “placoderm” because its head and thorax was covered in armored plates – this was generally how fish were built in that time. The largest species, D. terrelli, measured up to 10 meters (33 feet). They were probably slow,

This fern changed the world 50 million years ago, and it could help us again


Some 50 million years ago, the world was in dire straits. Atmospheric CO2 levels were at over 1000 ppm, with some putting the level at 3500 ppm. Turtles and palm trees were thriving at the poles and sea levels were much higher than they were now as there was virtually no snow to be seen. Future for all life seemed

GeoPicture of the Week: Snow-Covered Volcanoes Seen From Space


The picture was taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS), focusing on two snow-covered volcanoes in Russia’s Far East. The volcano in the center of the image is called Bolshaya Ipelka and it measures 40 kilometers (25 miles) at its base. The volcano has been inactive for a long time, but the valleys cut by glaciers along its side during the past million

Scientists witness sub-Antarctic volcano erupting

Pete Harmsen

It’s a song of ice and fire – scientists have just witnessed the eruption of the Big Ben volcano in the sub-Antarctic area.

Tornado formation and other stormy facts

A sequence of images showing the birth of a tornado: first, the rotating wind mass, then the lowering updraft and ultimately the funnel shape. Image via Wikipedia.

Tornadoes are associated with the strongest and most violent storms, reaching winds of up to 300 miles per hour (480 km/h).

China Rover Releases HD Pictures of the Moon

Chinese Academy of Sciences / China National Space Administration / The Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration / Emily Lakdawalla

China’s National Space Administration released a trove of images from their lunar rover and they’re spectacular. We’re talking hundreds of tantalizing, HD and never-before-seen images of the Moon! You can set up an account on China’s Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration website and have a look for yourself, view and download all the pictures you like – but