Feature Post, Great Pics, Space

Planet Earth through the eyes of an Astronaut

On a clear day you can see forever (or at least form Havana to Washington, D.C.).

Col. Chris Hadfield is not your typical astronaut (as far as astronauts can be seen as typical). The first Canadian to walk into outer space, Hadfield caused sensation on social media channels on various occasions, be it after recording a song while surfing gravity in the ISS or when he showed us how to brush your teeth in micro gravity. He’s most popular posts…

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Featured Researchers: This Week in Science #40

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We talk a lot about science and research, but we don’t spend enough time talking about the people who actually do the research. In case you haven’t followed our previous feature, here is where we share some of the most interesting studies from the week, and share a bit of information about the scientists who made them. Cancer may be…

Art, Feature Post, Renewable Energy

Solar Hourglass might power 1,000 Danish Homes while inspiring Climate Change Action

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Every year, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) in Copenhagen welcomes renowned designers and engineers to submit designs that integrates renewable energy in harmony with citizens, nature, and the urban environment. This year’s winning entry is a fantastic solar power array that takes the form of a hourglass, unveiled by Argentina-based designer Santiago Muros Cortés. The project, if constructed, would power 1,000 Danish…

Animals, Feature Post

Antivenom: how it’s made and why it’s so precious

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Every year some 100,000 people die all over the world after being bitten by a venomous snake. Depending on the toxicity of the venom and how much venom is injected inside the body, a snakebite will cause  tingling, muscle weakness, nausea swallowing difficulties, excess saliva and potentially fatal breathing problems. To avoid getting killed, a snakebite victim must immediately go…

Animals, Feature Post

Hero Rats detect landmines and TB for a living

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Though its last war ended in 1975 once with the retreat of the last American forces, Vietnam is still riddled with land mines that take their toll even decades later. More than one-third of the land in six central Vietnamese provinces remains contaminated with land mines and unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War, and in the past 39 years since the…

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The Stinkiest Creatures in the Animal Kingdom

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[This article was written as a response to a question on our Q&A section. Feel free to check it out!] We’ve written several times about record holding animals – the largest animals, the masters of camouflage, and many other awesome creatures. But we’ve been a bit afraid to get our hands dirty and take a look at the smelliest animals in the…

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Featured researchers: this week in science

Eran Elinav researcher.

We talk a lot about science and research, but we don’t spend enough time talking about the people who actually do the research. In case you haven’t followed our previous feature, here is where we share some of the most interesting studies from the week, and share a bit of information about the scientists who made them. Artificial sweeteners lead to…

Feature Post, Fossil Friday

#FossilFriday: Man documents how he reconstructs dinosaurs from fossils

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Imgur user anthroteus documented, step by step (with pictures, of course) how he reconstructs dinosaurs from fossils. Here’s his process, as described on Imgur:   We make life reconstructions of dinosaurs. If you see an awesome dino in a museum, it was probably us (the crappy ones are definitely someone else). We get photos like this to work from, and sometimes…

Feature Post, Great Pics

Fantastic Fungi: Mind Blowing Mushroom Diversity Photographed by Steve Axford

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These truly wonderful photographs were taken by Steve Axford. Let’s leave Steve describe himself: I live in the Northern Rivers area of NSW and I am doing essentially what I like. What I like is photography and exploring the world. The world, for me, is dominated by living things and the planet we live on . My photography is an avenue…

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12 Amazing Detailed Close-Ups of Animal Eyes

Catfish eye.

Photographer Suren Manevlyan is back with a new set of magnificent images of animal eyes. I say ‘back’ because even though we haven’t featured his images on ZME Science, there’s a good chance you may have seen them before on his personal page or on websites such as Twisted Sifter. These amazing photos provide a fantastic level of detail, covering various…