Feature Post, Space

Rosetta Illustrates the Miracles of Space Science

Artist's impression of the Rosetta spacecraft flying past an asteroid. Photograph: AP

This is a guest post by Dave Syndergaard, professor in the Space Studies program at the American Public University. Miraculous. That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think about the European Space Agency (ESA) mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersimenko. The Rosetta spacecraft and its lander, Philae, recently reached 67P after a 10-year round-trip journey of four billion miles. Here’s…

Art, Feature Post, Great Pics, Nanotechnology

Sperm-sized Nano Sculptures defy boundary between Myth and Reality

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How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? This nonsensical question actually has meaning in the world of  Jonty Hurwitz, an anamorphic artist. For his latest project, Hurwitz teamed with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Weitzmann Institute of Science to 3D print sculptures that recreate the smallest human forms ever. These figurines are only 20x80x100 microns, or…

Feature Post, Genetics, Psychology

In the face of Adversity and War, Bonds among Soldiers are as Strong as Kinship

Libyan fighters chants slogans as they take control of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists' villages in the desert some 750 km south of Tripoli, at Gohta, north of the southern city of Sahba on Sunday. Credit: Francois Mori / AP

It’s no surprise for anyone to find that soldiers fighting together on the front-line are tied together by a special relationship. They have to be. Soldiers need to know they can wholeheartedly depend on each other, put faith in the other’s ability. It’s not just about survival. It’s about comfort; knowing there’s someone close to you that can perfectly relate…

Feature Post

World’s most common Mythconceptions debunked

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Did you know Napoleon wasn’t actually short, black belts don’t signify ninja-level mastery or that sharks can actually get cancer? The thing about some myths is that they spread out so fast that they become synonymous to facts, when actually they couldn’t be farther away from the truth. This excellent infographic illustrated by information designer David McCandless dissects some of the most popular…

Animals, Feature Post

Meet the Pig-nosed Turtle: the most adorable thing you’ll see Today

IMAGE CREDIT: pitcharee/Shutterstock

This amazing animal is the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta), a native  to the freshwater rivers, streams and lagoons of the Northern Territory in Australia and parts of southern New Guinea. With its delicate piggy snout, webbed flippers and beautiful colors, this turtle gives to show yet again why Australia is home to some of the world’s wackiest creatures. And although it…

Environment, Feature Post, News, Technology, World Problems

Robot Underwater Gliders show How Antarctic Ice is Melting

Oceanographers Liz Creed (Kongsberg, Inc.) and Andy Thompson (Caltech) run through a series of tests in preparation for the release of a Seaglider into the Weddell Sea in January 2012. (Credit: Alan Jamieson/Caltech)

Over ninety percent of all the world’s ice is in Antarctica, where it can run 4000-5000 meters deep. Yet, as a result of global warming, the ice sheet is melting at a rapid rate making it the most significant contributing factor to world sea level rise. It’s simple to throw in a label like global warming and be done with it,…

Feature Post, Psychology, Science

Do people learn anything from Psychology?

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Psychology is maybe most valuable when it exposes our inherent biases and what’s commonly known as irrational thinking. But you’d expect people to learn and correct their behavior after learning the findings of surprising psychology experiments. For most people, this isn’t the case. …

Feature Post, Psychology

The Problem with Using Psychology to Explain Collecting

Dieter Kapsch wants to drum on your head with his awesome spoon collection. He has collected 1,760 spoons from 447 different airlines over the course of13 years. They include spoons from the now-defunct Imperial Airways, as well as one from a Pan Am flying boat from the 1930s. Credit: Kapsch

The empirical sciences are meant to demystify those aspects of human nature that have eluded us. Sometimes, though, for all of our progress, our means of exploring and expressing the psychological underpinnings of universal experiences seem inadequate for the task. Case in point: collecting. Humans have been collecting things ever since we developed the ability to gather more trinkets than…

Environmental Issues, Feature Post, News, Renewable Energy, World Problems

Since 2003 Coal consumption has increased 9x faster than Wind energy and 40x than Solar

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Some of us like to think that the energy needs of the future will be supplied by clean and renewable energy sources, but a recent report released by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research leads us through the mist and shows a cruel reality: coal, the dominant energy source in the world today, will continue to be the prime fuel…

Animals, Feature Post

Governments might not care, but individuals do: Scientist turns to Crowdfunding to support wildlife research

Image credits: Tim Birkhead.

*This is a guest post written by professor Tim Birkhead. I will also add my personal opinions at the end of the article. There are several million fewer individual birds in Europe today than there were fifty years ago. We are living in a rapidly deteriorating environment. For our own sakes we should be concerned about the decline in wildlife….