News, Observations, Space, Videos

How the Milky Way will be gobbled up by the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy

galaxy cannibals

Ever in expansion, the universe is always acting on matter in an endless tug of transformations. Colliding matter is a natural part of the universe, but when our own Milky Way is at stake, things get personal. Scientists have known for a long time that our very own galaxy, the Milky Way, is destined to collide with the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy….

Art, Videos

Science turns psychedelic: an amazing TED talk


A while ago, ZME Science featured the brilliant work of  Fabian Oefner, a Swiss artist and photographer, who mixes various artsy techniques (paints, photography, glasswork etc) with science. Thus, he came up with some truly fantastic pieces of art from mixing paint with magnetic liquid, to using colored crystals that pattern under sound waves (pictured in the GIFs), to setting whiskey on fire….

Chemistry, Tech, Videos

What chemical elements are inside your new iPhone


It’s only been recently that Apple released its new iPhone 6, and like every year zealots are lining up in front of Apple stores. In fact, the company reports that some 4 million iPhone 6 preorders were placed within the first 24 hours, yet again showing how powerful a cult brand can be. Aside from being a nifty gadget, the iPhone, and…

Biology, Offbeat, Videos

Watch: The Inside of a Huge Wasp Colony


Some wasps decided to build their colony next to the window of Youtube user Vang Tsal. Naturally, he was spooked – wasps are mean, and can be quite difficult to deal with. But instead of panicking and attempting to destroy the hive, he filmed it – and the results are spectacular: The colony now offers a perfect perspective of wasp…

Biology, Feature Post, Videos

Rare Deep Sea Creature Caught on Camera


Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus is a 64-meter research vessel currently operated by dr. Robert Ballard, the discovered of Titanic’s shipwreck. Now, Hercules’ camera spotted an extremely elusive deep sea creature – a siphonophore. The siphonophore an order of the Hydrozoa, a class of marine animals belonging to the phylum Cnidaria, which also includes jellyfish. Although a siphonophore appears to be a…

News, Physics, Videos

Watch liquid metal morph into shapes. How long until the T-1000?

The T-1000; above: from the movies, below: a worthy try. Image: Carolco Pictures and Michael Dickey

In the cult blockbuster Terminator 2 we’re introduced to a new series of killing bots – the T-1000. More than just “cybernetic organism, living tissue over metal endoskeleton”, the T-1000 could turn into liquid metal then morph into any shape, be it another person or an oversized man-spike. It also made the T-1000 freaking hard to kill! For a long…

Physics, Videos

Rube goldberg machine demonstrates power of optics


Everybody enjoys a good ol’ entertaining Rube Goldberg machine, whether it’s a fantasy Loony Tunes contraption or a real-life state of the art display of engineering. What’s not to love when alarm clocks, sprockets, furniture and even boiling tea pots all work together in a lovely dance, ultimately ending in lighting a candle or something like that. Today, I’d like…

Space, Videos

Astronauts in Space Give Video Geography Tour of Earth


When it comes to geography, things don’t get any cooler than this – astronomers Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio give a brief geography lesson straight from the International Space Station (ISS), hurdling through space at 27,600 km/h (17,100 mph). Enjoy! ……

Feature Post, Videos

Man descends 1200 ft to experience an active volcano and lava lake up close


Sam Cossman and George Kourounis teamed up with legendary volcanic pioneers Geoff Mackely and Brad Ambrose to become among the first explorers to step foot inside one of the worlds most dangerous and inaccessible volcanoes, Marum Crater. Ambrym is a volcanic island in Malampa Province in the archipelago of Vanuatu, well known for its lava lakes. It’s a large basaltic volcano with…