Climate, Feature Post, Great Pics

Repeat Photography From the 1920s and Now Shows Incredible Glacier Retreat

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Repeat photography (or rephotography) is a technique in which photographs are taken repeatedly at a site to see how it evolves. It’s especially useful for glaciers, particularly because other remote ways of estimating glacial mass, depth, and rate of retreat are imperfect. These photos depict how this technique was used at a number of locations in Alaska. Here, we see…

Feature Post, Science

The ‘Next Big Things’ in Science Ten Years from Now

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So, what’s the future going to look like ten years from now? What’s the next big thing? Genomics, big data, nanotech, a Martian colony and nuclear fusion, to name a few. …

Feature Post, Great Pics, News

Humidity-powered seed drills itself in the ground

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The Stork’s Bill (Erodium circutarium) is a incredible plant which evolved its own seed drilling mechanism. The  vitamin K rich seeds have little tails that coil and uncoil with changes in humidity, burying the seed. When there’s high humidity, the seeds turn clockwise. When it’s dry, they turn counter-clockwise. This makes it particularly brilliant since no matter how wet it is outside, the seeds will still drill in the ground like a screw, thereby increasing the chance of sprouting….

Feature Post, Psychology

Breaking the Backlash – A take on the social psychology of discrimination

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On January 7th 2015, the world looked on in horror as news of the Charlie Hebdo shootings broke. The story of two brothers, identifying as members of the militant Islamist group Al-Qaeda, who forced their way into the satirical magazine’s Paris offices and killed 11 people is one that is now sadly well-known to people across the globe. A story that might be less well known, however, is that of the ramifications that the brothers actions had for members of the very faith that they were claiming to represent….

Feature Post, Science ABC

Cat-Eye Syndrome – What the Science Says

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A few days ago, this image surfaced on Reddit, showing a young lady suffering from Cat-Eye Syndrome – or as it is scientifically called, Schmid–Fraccaro syndrome. Since then the image has popped up on several mediums of the internet, with many misconceptions and downright false claims popping up as well – so let’s take a look at what the science says about this…

Archaeology, Art, Feature Post, News

The amazing 32,000 year old drawings in the Chauvet Cave

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In December 1994, three explorers made a surprising discovery in southern France – a rumble of stones blocking the entrance to a spectacular cave, over 400 meters long and covered with archaeological and palaeontological remains, including the skulls and bones of cave bears, which hibernated there, along with the skulls of an ibex and two wolves. But it was the human traces that were most interesting…

Art, Feature Post

Artist develops new, animal-theme bancnotes

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For her MA degree project at the University of West Hungary, Budapest-based graphic designer Barbara Bernát came up with these beautiful versions of the Hungarian Euro. The project involved five denominations of increasing scale – there’s a 5, a 10, a 20, 50 and 100. She even made the copper plates for printing the bancnotes; there’s even a security feature that reveals…

Feature Post, Science ABC

Where our salt comes from – a dive into the spectacular and harsh world of salt extraction

Ponds near Maras, Peru, fed from a mineral spring and used for salt production since the time of the Incas. Image via Wiki Commons.

Salt is one of the most common and yet most controversial substances on Earth – you can’t really live without it, but too much of it might kill you. It used to be very expensive, now it’s really cheap, and most of it is used for industrial purposes. It’s in the foods we eat, in the planetary oceans, and in us… but where does it come from?

Feature Post

Blind man plants 10,000 with his armless friend

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It’s about as unusual and heartwarming as it gets – Jia Haixia is completely blind and his best friend, Jia Wenqi, doesn’t have any arms, but in the past 10 years, they’ve planted over 10,000 trees!

Biology, Feature Post, Great Pics

Cannabis under the microscope: up close and personal

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Scientists, in the lab at least, see marijuana differently from growers or users. Like other plants, once you dive into the microworld cannabis looks immensely different from the buds you see online. These amazing pictures which size up the planet’s crystals, trichomes or leafs were taken by Ford McCann and compiled in a book called  Cannabis Under The Microscope: A Visual…