James Fiddes

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This Tiny Fish Uses Giant Fangs to Inject Heroin-Like Venom Into Would-Be Predators

Nature is savage.<p>Scientists have discovered a chemically unique venom in small tropical fish known as fang blennies. Unlike most venomous creatures, …

A Mushroom Cloud Made From Coffee Creamer

Don't try this at home<p>In the early-morning hours of July 16, 1945, a team of scientists at the Trinity site in New Mexico fretted over a large sphere of steel and electrical cables they called the “Gadget.” A few hours later, the device exploded in the first test of an atomic bomb. It created a …

Coffee

Hubble at 25: the wonder of the universe laid bare

It has captured images of stars coalescing out of glowing clouds of dust, peered back more than 10bn years to study the early universe, pinpointed the remnants of supernovae explosions and helped physicists uncover some of the cosmos’s deepest secrets. The Hubble space telescope, which celebrates …

Universe

Born in March? Here’s your birthstone

Happy birthday to all you March babies. Your month has 2 birthstones – the aquamarine and the bloodstone.<p>March has two birthstones – aquamarine and …

Inside The 'Europa Clipper' Mission That NASA Is Planning To Send Past Jupiter

Jupiter's moon is the best candidate for finding extraterrestrial life; here's how we're going to get there<p>On Monday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden gave an exciting update on the state of America's space agency, detailing the Obama Administration’s proposal to give NASA $18.5 billion for the …

Astronomy

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs

We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several anomalous astrophysical observations. It is mysterious because (as the name suggests) …

How the heart actually pumps blood - Edmond Hui