For his ‘Bacteria Art’ series, physics professor Eshel Ben-Jacob took bacteria colonies — thriving in his petri dish as raw material — and then introduced environmental challenges, so the micro-organisms could band together to use their collective social intelligence to solve these, as they inadvertently make art. How delightfully composed.
Dr Paul Ekman has spent 50 years studying facial micro expressions of people around the world, including the isolated Fore tribesmen in Papua New Guinea. Dr Ekman found that human emotions and facial expressions are universally understood and biologically innate: w use 43 facial muscles at each moment, whether we are conscious of it or not.
Now this is an unusual tourist information centre: one that helps you plan your next intergalactic space holiday. Well, sort of. We’re talking the Intergalactic Travel Bureau which popped up for a fortnight in July near Times Square, New York. The science-art project by Guerilla Science purports to offer options to tour the solar system, […]
Cakecrumbs is a Australian Zoology graduate’s food blog where blogger Rhiannon posts some of her creative culinary endeavors. Her Jupiter cake has become quite the internet sensation, and we can definitely see why. Her hand-painted spherical cake looks incredibly realistic, and it even has Jupiter’s characteristic Great Red Spot and distinct inner layers. Who knew […]
So, Royal College of Art graduates, James King and Daisy Ginsberg, with the iGEM 2009 Biology team of University of Cambridge are working on an experimental disease detection kit that works by having patients gulp down an E. Coli bacteria-engineered drink and then check the color of their poo to see if they’ve been stricken […]
Hmm, what’s this? A bunch of Chinese scientists from Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health have actually regenerated teeth successfully using stem cells from human pee, which spells very real implications for teeth replacement options. Gross factor aside, there’s another catch: these grown teeth aren’t as hard as natural teeth. Still, it’s early days. As […]
To find out if false memories can be fabricated, American and Japanese researchers set out to do just that — and successfully implanted false memories into lab mice that led the latter to believe they once received electrical shocks in a chamber… when they did not. As they said in their published report in science […]
In their book Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine professors Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue and Norman Barker collected about a hundred photographs taken by over 60 medical scientists who used imagining technology such as spectral karyotyping and scanning electron microscopy. HIV, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hepatits B and cirrhosis of the […]
Take a cold, hard look at the picture. Yep, that’s what a stress molecule looks like; or to be more precise, that’s what the 3D structure of the protein receptor that mediates our fallible response to stress looks like. The detailed structure was captured by a bunch of researchers from a drug company using an […]
Daniel Martin Diaz’s artwork belongs in two places: a place of worship and a place of study. This past year, a Kickstarter was set in place to fund the creation of his new book, Soul Of Science. Within these pages are the illustrations of scientific observation and mystical experience. Blending the lines of theory and […]
For all the unpredictable challenges get thrown in the way of astronauts as they zip off into outer space in the direction of Mars, the word is out that boredom is one of the biggest threats to a manned Mars mission.
Created by IBM, A Boy and His Atom is made completely from atoms – the smallest particles from any element in the universe. Probably not the most captivating plot line, but definitely a interesting concept. This movie holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest stop-motion ever made and can only be seen when magnified […]
These surreal images are microscopic photographs of various plants, taken by Dr. Fernan Federici. Federici is a renowned molecular geneticist and award-winning microscopist who takes amazing photographs of plants at the cellular level. These vibrant and detailed photographs show just how intricate and beautiful nature really is.
Fish don’t make great friends. Well, particularly the ones of the twospot astyanax variety. Robert Young from the University of Salford and Vinícius Goulart from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, were investigating how to deter fish from getting into the machinery when they made this accidental finding.
Really, PopSci writer Shaunacy Terro had us at ‘Tropical Moths Fight Bats With Blasts Of Ultrasound From Their Genitals’. The headline says it all better than we can. The hawk moth is this particular bat-offensive species and somehow, the ultrasounds defend them against bats — whether by startling the bats away in a language they […]