I can see it in your eyes…

Just when the DaVinci Code craze seemed to be long over, some members of Italy’s national committee for cultural heritage state that they have discovered a code in Mona Lisa’s eyes. Magnifying high-resolution images of the world’s most famous painting would reveal hidden letters and numbers added by Leonardo Da Vinci, said Silvano Vinceti, president of the Committee. Harder to

The visible Earth at night

If you ever wondered what the Earth looks at night, NASA has just the right thing for you (pretty much as always). In this picture you can clearly see the natural city lights, wildfires (just take a look at central Africa and Southeast Asia and prepare to be baffled), natural gas flares and fishing fleet lights. Just click the pick

Spectacular photos from the solar eclipse in 2011

The first solar eclipse of 2011 was indeed a spectacular one; even though it was only a partial eclipse, the 4th of January was a day to remember – for skygazers and not only. It was visible over the majority of Europe, as well as northwestern Asia, but it reached it’s most spectacular moment in Sweden, when the axis of

NASA satellite shows awesome phytoplankton bloom

When NASA satellites and biology come together in the same sentence, you just know something awesome is going to come up; this was the case with a phytoplankton bloom observed off the coast of Argentina. Two strong currents stirred the needed combination of nutrients, sald and microscopic organisms, and then sunlight did all the rest required to create such a

‘2012’ – most absurd science fiction movie ever

I’m gonna be honest with you – I didn’t see ‘2012’; honestly, I tried to. I started watching it two times, but it was just too stupid – and not the kind of funny stupid, the kind that just takes all the pleasure of watching (if you have a slight idea about what they’re saying in there). A number of

Wikipedia raises $16 million and remains ad free (shorties)

Say what you want about some articles or about the whole site in general, but Wikipedia is absolutely awesome; and the fact that they are ad free only contributes to their awesomeness. As you might know, in order to remain ad free, they appeal to people for donations. Founder Jimmy Wales said this year’s (actually last year’s) fundraises campaign was

New Year brings a miniature breed of cows, the Panda cow

This New Year brought more joy than usual for a Colorado family, as Chris and Pam Jessen were thrilled by the birth of an extremely rare type of cow in their farm: the panda cow. The panda cow is an uncommon cross breed that was worked on for 44 years by Richard Gradwohl, a Covington, Wash., farmer, using eight different

Happy New Year

Well ladies and gents, we’re taking a (not so) well deserved vacation ! Well, we’ve actually started it a few days ago, but we’ve been too full of pork and red wine to let you know – sorry about that ! But hey, what matters is that hopefully, all of us are healthy and happy, and the next year will

Antimatter captured at CERN

For physicists, antimatter is probably the most valuable substance ever; the slightest bit of it could provide extremely valuable information that can help clear out some of the most stressing issues in modern physics. However, the thing is these little gifts are pretty hard to wrap. However, the ALPHA project at CERN achieved this remarkable feat and took a huge

A map of the undersea cables from 1901

  It really looks like a pond, doesn’t it?

GeoPicture of the week – The Wave, Arizona

The geek inside was nagging me for quite a while to make a category like this. So, starting today, every Wednesday I’ll be adding an awesome geological picture, along with some short explanation of what’s happening. Would really like some feedback on this, your opinions are appreciated as always. The picture shows a sandstone formation called The Wave, located in

Shorties: garlic as a guilty pleasure

Garlic is one of those things you can’t be indifferent about. You either love it, hate it, or love and hate it. This is exactly the reason why 100 Helsinki shoppers were interviewed and asked what they think abut garlic, and how much they are annoyed by it, compared to other social odors. The most common belief was that garlic

NIH Grants drastically rolled back by federal budget cuts

As if it wasn’t enough NIH funded grant applications are at a 20% low, according to a proposed federal discretionary civilian spending cut plan back to 2008 levels, biomedical researcher funds could drop by half, to a historical low of 10%.  National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins spoke in detail about the issue during his keynote speech during

Shorties: we only have one last chance to save the tigers

“A tiger is a large-hearted gentleman with boundless courage and when he is exterminated – as exterminated he will be unless public opinion rallies to his support – India will be the poorer by having lost the finest of her fauna” So said Jim Corbett, a man whose fate was bound to that of the tigers, in 1944. In his

Rare Earth minerals to be mined from the seafloor

The next step in prospecting and mining has always been a subject of speculation and theories, ever since the days of Jules Verne. For decades, an idea that flourished more and more was to gather up potato-sized magnanese nodules, rich in nickel, cobalt and manganese, that are very valuable in large quantities. The problem is that pretty much all the

The myths and folklore behind Halloween’s most popular characters

The spooky Halloween is almost upon us, and the monsters are rubbing their hands, waiting to come out and create chaos and mayhem. But even though kids costume themselves and all, a lot has changed since the early days of Samhaim, the pagan festival from which Halloween originated. In ancient Ireland fairies roamed the streets, playing malicious tricks on everybody

Ozzy Osborne’s genome reveals why he is still alive

The lead singer, rock legend bat beheader has done pretty much anything you can do in this life. He played in front of thousands, ate/drank/smoked/injected pretty much everything that can be, had motorcycle accidents, never ate right, and yet, at the proud age of 61 he’s alive and kicking just as he ever was. Researchers wanted to find out why

Insects trapped in amber offer a precious glimpse on prehistoric bugs

Amber is not very common, but you can’t say it’s really uncommon either. Bugs in amber – that’s rare, but a huge “stash” such as the one that was found in India – that’s really something out of this world. The bug “collection” that was unearthed seems to suggest that the Indian continent was not really as isolated as previously

Shorties: Prostate cancer test developed

Despite going through one of it’s darkest periods, British research is still coming up with great results: British medical researchers have developed the first reliable test of whether men are at high risk of prostate cancer. The test relies on urine rather than blood, and so far results have been nothing short of extraordinary; since it relies on urine, it

Water droplet bouncing on a Superhydrophobic Carbon nanotube array

This is the best video I’ve seen in quite a while ! Don’t let the fancy title fool you, the video explains what’s happening so it’s really easy to understand what’s happening.