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Photographing the oldest living things in the world

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist who focuses on photographing the oldest living things in the world. As part of her project “The Oldest Living Things in the World” (creative, I know), she researches and works with biologists, traveling all over the world to take pictures of things older than 2000 years old. Stewart Brand calls her […]

The science (or art?) of growing tree root bridges

In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built—they’re grown. India has over 1 billion people, and many of them live in poverty – 21% of all people in India fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day. In many parts of the country, especially in the north-east, it always seems […]

Grand Canyon Geology Lesson – brought to you by NASA

The Grand Canyon is a favorite for tourists all over the world – but if you think it’s cool to see it from the ground level, you haven’t seen it from above – the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is also a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station. The Grand Canyon is […]

NASA spots 5 volcanoes erupting at the same time in Russia

Remote, cold, rugged, and fiedy – that’s the Kamceatka Peninsula for you! Out of all the 1,550 volcanoes that have erupted in the recent geologic past, 113 are found on Kamchatka. Of those, 40 Kamceatkan volcanoes are active, either erupting now or capable of erupting anytime, without any notice. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured […]

The mind-blowing microphotography of Daniel Stupin

Daniel Stupin is a a PhD student in the University of Queensland and my research is in the field of marine biology. But he’s also a nature photographer and videographer and his work is amazing. You may remember him from a time-lapse video we posted last week. Here are some of his most spectacular pictures, which range […]

Bing images: the January edition

I don’t really use Bing all that often, but I think that they do some things significantly better than the competition. However, I don’t want to get into a discussion about search engines and all that, that’s not what this is about. When I was using Bing, I noticed that they add an awesome image […]

Amazing aerial photography is beautiful and useful

Klaus Leidorf is a photographer who focuses on aerial photography. His work is simply stunning. He crisscrosses the skies of Germany, capturing images of farms, cities, industrial sites – whatever he discovers and looks interesting to him. His pictures are a remarkable study of landscapes transformed by the hands of people – sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightful, always thought […]

A Chemistry Prank From The April 1939 Issue Of Popular Science

We’ve had our share of April Fools here at ZME Science, but we’re not even close to the caliber of this joke from Popular Science, which was published in the 1939 issue. Just a quick warning though: this is really cool and all, but you shouldn’t try it at home! Mercury and its compounds are […]

The Egyptian pyramids… as seen from the KFC

With all the hard science we’ve publishing this week, I thought we could use a little fluff – here’s a striking picture of the iconic Pyramids of Giza from the inside of a nearby KFC. Unless you’ve actually visited the archaeological site, or you’ve had the curiosity of checking it, you probably don’t realize just […]

Stunning photos show frozen Niagara Falls

Somebody get Niagara a blanket – she’s freezing. Bad jokes aside, the polar vortex that has been ravaging big parts of Canada and the US is so frigid that it froze Niagara falls – literally. Tuesday was a day of record-setting cold in Niagara, with temperatures going as low as -2 Fahrenheit (almost -19 Celsius). […]

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