Activists in Brazil are endangered

Some 40 activists are killed every year in Brazil alone. The government is weak and corrupt, rarely capable of providing protection and enforcing its environmental laws. The big companies and local militias are powerful and ruthless.

Why tattoos are permanent – it’s not what you think

Here's a scientific explanation that will show you what happens when you get a tattoo and why the ink will forever show on you body. Hint: it's not because of how deep the ink is.

Watch a huge iceberg suddenly collapsing

A couple was on vacation, and the two were filming a big, spectacular iceberg. However, their video took an unexpected turn when the iceberg started to collapse, sending a big tidal wave towards their boat. Warning: there are some ear piercing screams in this video The video was filmed in the Bay of Exploits, Newfoundland, […]

If you fold an A4 sheet of paper 103 times its thickness will roughly be the size of the Universe

Whaaaat? It’s just a matter of math, really. Fold an A4 once and it will be twice as thick, fold it again and it will be four times as thick as it initially was. Turns out, according to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, if you do this 103 times the sheet’s thickness will be larger than the observable Universe: […]

These architectural wonders were built by robots

University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) is a state of the art research facility that seeks to solve complex structural problems by mimicking nature. Every year, the institute demonstrates how natural biological constructions can be used to solve design problems by building a new research wing. The results are nothing short of breath taking. […]

Science is dominated by the 1%

I’m not referring to the world’s billionaire elite, but to an exclusive group of researchers that have become so prolific they are now dominating the scientific community. To be more precise, fewer than 1% of researchers publish one or more papers a year. Moreover, this elite is responsible for publishing 41% of all papers, according to recent findings published […]

Meet Jibo, the family robot or the HAL 9000 you always wished for

Designed by the world’s foremost social robotics expert, MIT’s Cynthia Breazeal, Jibo looks like a cross between HAL 9000 and Eve from Wall-E. The robot seeks to become the first in a line of truly intelligent robot helpers that not only assist the family with chores, but become part of it as well. Is this cute, […]

A Child is Born: Lennart Nilsson’s iconic photo book [PHOTO GALLERY]

In 1965, Swedish photojournalist Lennart Nilsson published what was to become one of the most successful photographic book of all time – A Child is Born. From the first ovary fecundation to the last stage of fetal development, the book documents the birth of a new human being in beautiful detail. With millions of copies […]

Soap bubbles that look like planet [a lovely photo gallery]

Bridging science and art, Columbian photographer Santiago Betancur Z explores the intersection between the two by creating some mind dazzling art. His latest project involves photographing and filming colored soap bubbles under a dark background, whose seemingly random kaleidoscopic colors turn them into a familiar sight: planets. If you ever wondered how a psychedelic Jupiter must look […]

Scientist interview: Culum Brown [biology/fish]

A couple of weeks ago we were telling you about a study which showed that not only do fish feel pain, but they also multi task and even have cultural traditions. We liked it so much, that we included Culum Brown, the study leader, in our list of featured researchers. He was kind enough to […]

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