New Technique Shrinks, Makes Small Animals Transparent – Wall Street Journal

In recent years, scientists have managed to make wood, brains and even small mice transparent. Now, European researchers report they have devised a method that not only makes cadavers of bigger animals, such as rats, see-through but also shrinks them to a third of their original size in some cases to get a better window […]

Watch: A Slow-Motion Sneeze Looks A Lot Like Breathing Fire – NPR

Watch: A Slow-Motion Sneeze Looks A Lot Like Breathing Fire – NPR

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2016 Credit: Lydia Bourouiba To a mathematician, it’s a violent explosion that shoots out missiles of hot, wet air, slamming a turbulent cloud of moisture into anybody or anything that crosses its path. To the rest of us, it’s a sneeze. And Lydia Bourouiba has made a career out […]

NASA Regains Contact With ‘Dead’ Solar Mission – Seeker

NASA has finally re-established contact with a sun-watching probe that was thought to be lost in space after it abruptly went silent in 2014. A signal from the long-lost spacecraft, called STEREO-B, was detected Sunday evening (Aug. 21) by NASA’s Deep Space Network, a collection of space tracking stations that follows the agency’s space missions […]

Why are microbeads controversial? – BBC News

Why are microbeads controversial? – BBC News

Image copyright Thinkstock MPs have recommended banning the tiny particles of plastic called “microbeads” which are used in a number of cosmetics and cleaning products. But why have they taken the move? Microbeads is the term given to the little bits of plastic that are sometimes added to products for their abrasive properties. For example, […]

China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover – BBC News

China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover – BBC News

Image copyright REuters/SASTIND China has given the world a first glimpse of its design for the space probe and rover it plans to use in its first mission to Mars. It intends to launch its mission in mid-2020. As part of the announcement in Beijing, the authorities also launched a public competition to come up […]

Synthetic DNA Does Math Using Analog Circuits – International Business Times

DNA circuits aren’t exactly new — they have previously been designed to solve problems like calculating square roots and playing games like tic-tac-toe — but they have almost always been digital, which is to say, information they process is translated into the binary code of zeroes and ones. But researchers from Duke University have made […]

NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft – Gizmodo

NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft – Gizmodo

Photo credit: NASA If movies about space have taught us anything, it’s that no one can hear you scream. If you get lost in space, nobody’s going to find you. Unless you’re a spacecraft with a direct link to NASA. Then, there is hope for you yet. STEREO-B, from the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory […]

This Tree Started Growing During the Viking Age – Live Science

Europe’s oldest officially dated tree has been uncovered in Greece, and despite living more than a millennium (and counting!), it doesn’t look a day over 200. The tree, dubbed “Adonis” by the scientists who discovered it, is a Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) that took root in A.D. 941, high in the Pindus […]