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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 […]

Our little study: No, 9 out of 10 people don’t see the same word

Look at this image – what’s the first word you see? According to some (unscientific) sources, 9 out of 10 people see the same word. This has been spammed all over the internet and even snuck its way into some medical and psychological cabinets, but I had a feeling it’s hogwash – and you (yes, […]

GeoPicture of the week: The Mexican hat

When you look at these rocks – it’s quite easy to understand why they’re usually called ‘The Mexican hat’: The Mexican hat is a rock formation in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. Interestingly, it’s the name of a mini-village (named after the formation), with 31 people inhabiting it. The formation is a 60-foot […]

Why you look ugly in photos, and how to solve this maybe

Let’s face it,  if you’re not a rare photogenic beauty or have good photographers as friends, you most likely look terrible in photos. So, does that mean you’re ugly? If so, why is it that you don’t look half as unattractive when looking yourself in the mirror? Let’s explore some of these questions, and try […]

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