Feature Post, Great Pics

19 Magnet GIFs That Will Blow Your Mind

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Magnets – they come in all sizes, they fascinate everyone, and they’re extremely useful in modern society. I won’t go into a Wiki-type of article here, explaining how they work – there’s plenty of good articles online, like this one and this one – here, we’ll just show magnets in their pure awesomeness.           All GIFs

Great Pics, Offbeat, Other

Giant, tubular creature is not a worm, but a free-floating colony

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It’s one of the most amazing creatures you’ve never heard about: the pyrosome. It often looks like a giant inflatable underwater balloon, or a tube-like worm, but it’s actually made of hundreds or thousands of individuals known as zooids. “One long pyrosome is actually a collection of thousands of clones, with each individual capable of copying itself and adding to

Great Pics, World Problems

What overpopulation looks like, in PHOTOS

Sprawling Mexico City rolls across the landscape, displacing every scrap of natural habitat

Some might argue that 7 billion people, while a lot in itself, isn’t necessarily a cause of concern, not even when this is expected to sour to 10 billion by 2100. After all, 7 billion people can be squeezed in an area the size of Texas, but I think that’s besides the point. Yes, the world can make room for

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

Animals, Great Pics, News

Cute bunny species observed for the first time in 20 years

It's extremely cute, and extremely endangered.

There’s good news, and bad news. The good news is that an extremely rare bunny has been observed for the first time in 20 years, but the bad news is that their numbers seem to have dwindled more than ever, and we may never see them again.

Art, Great Pics, Videos

This camera shaped like a gun shoots 8 bit photos of your Nintendo self

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Time to get a bit geeky with Dmitriy Morozov latest contraption: an 8 bit camera that prints photos on a receipt. How’s that for recycling tech? As you can notice, the display is handled by none another than the Game Boy, while the hardware is controlled via the ever trusty Arduino. Morozov is a Moscow-based artist whose ‘thing’ is mixing art with diy electronics.

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.

Art, Great Pics

These Siberian Huskies Walking on a Frozen Lake are Eerily Beautiful

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Russian photographer Fox Grom captured these breathtaking images of two Siberian Huskies walking across a giant frozen lake. The scene looks like taken from a fairy tale – the mirror-like ice, the majestic animals… it’s just amazing. Yes, I know this is not strictly science, but I hope you’ll forgive me for sometimes indulging in some fine art. I also hope

Environmental Issues, Great Pics, World Problems

Syngenta Photography Award: Scarcity and Waste

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  Syngenta Photography Award aims to draw attention on pressing social and environmental issues, stimulating dialogue around a number of global challenges. The competition invited both professional and amateur photographers, under two separate categories, to share their views on the theme of Scarcity–Waste and examine one of the greatest challenges facing a world with increasingly limited resources. The curatorial rationale for

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