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

Here’s a great idea for a tattoo: 沒有意義 Speaking of which, have you ever wondered what makes tattoos permanently engraved on the skin? Most people would answer it’s because the ink goes so deep in your skin that it can’t get out. This isn’t the real reason why tattoos are permanent, though. Basically, from the first […]

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: […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Artistic infection: hand cut paper microbes and pathogens

We’re always in contact with microbes, but we’re not always happy about it. However, I have a feeling that these hand-cut microbes are an exception. Artist Rogan Brown just completed work on his latest paper artwork titled Outbreak, a piece he describes as an exploration “of the microbiological sublime.” It took him over four months […]

Awesome Animals: The Piglet Squid

The piglet squid measures only a few centimeters across, and it’s one of the cutest animals out there! It can be found in virtually all oceans in the deep water, over 100 meters deep. Due to its tiny size and deep water habitat, the piglet squid is actually not that well studied and understood.   […]

China’s self-inflicting arsenic poisoning in pictures

China is the most rapidly developing country in the world. Thanks to the pioneering work and arduous efforts by the People’s Republic of China over the past 50 years, especially over the last 25 years or so since the beginning of reform and opening-up, the overall national strength and the living standards of the people have […]

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