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Pen & Ink Depictions of Trees Sprouting into Animals by Alfred Basha | Colossal

<p>In his latest series of illustrations, Alfred Basha depicts a series of images where animals merge with the natural world: trees sprout into the …

Bacteria Were Already Fighting Back Centuries Before Penicillin

DNA found in mummy guts shows the history of bacterial resistance.<p>Scientists have discovered that bacteria from inside the guts of 1000 year old Incan and Italian mummies shows resistance to modern antibiotics.<p>Tasha Santiago-Rodriguez of California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Opisbo …

Scientists 3D Print Cameras the Size of a Grain of Salt

A team of researchers from the University of Stuttgart has developed a camera that's smaller than a grain of salt. The team, which published their …

Nutrition

Mongolia is changing all its addresses to three-word phrases

Mongolia will become a global pioneer next month, when its national post office starts referring to locations by a series of three-word phrases instead of house numbers and street names.<p>The new system is devised by a British startup called What3Words, which has assigned a three-word phrase to every …

Maps

A New Solar Cell Converts The Sun’s Heat Into Usable Energy

This could double the amount of power that solar panels produce<p>The sun gives us so much, providing both lighting and heating for our planet. We try to take advantage of this constant stream of power by using solar panels to convert light into electrical energy. It's a bright idea. But, could we be …

Clean Energy

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture

A new material design innovation has made wood practically invisible. Just watch for splinters.<p>You don’t have to shop at Ikea to see that Sweden is obsessed with wood. Over 57% of the country is covered in upwards of 51 billion trees, and lumber and paper products are one of the country’s biggest …

New metallic glass bounces: The secret is to make it almost -- but not quite -- unstructured

The secret is to make it almost -- but not quite -- unstructured<p>Engineers have generated a bulk metal glass that is unusually strong and shock …

The Surreal Animal and Human Sounds of the Mariana Trench

A mission seven miles down reveals a surprisingly raucous soundscape.<p>Plunge to the most abysmal reaches of the ocean, roughly seven miles down in the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep trough, and what do you hear? Groaning behemoths, seismic rumbles, and yes, even the noise of ships far above …

Sea Level

This Device Turns Plastic Waste Into Safe, Edible Mushrooms

Genius.<p>Researchers have come up with an awesome way to address that rather serious plastic problem we’ve got going on - a device that turns plastic …

This Huge New Solar Farm Near Las Vegas Provides Power—Even At Night

You no longer need sun to get solar power.<p>Solar power keeps getting cheaper, but there’s a reason why utilities still turn to fossil fuels: it’s expensive to store solar energy for use at night or on a cloudy day, times when solar doesn’t work. But a massive new solar plant, sprawling over 1,670 …

Renewable Energy

Google's latest AI doesn't need geotags to figure out a photo's location

The new deep-learning program churns through millions of photos to determine the best match.<p>Google's latest deep-learning program can figure out where a photo was taken just by looking at it. The program, called PlaNet, was trained to recognize locations based on details in a photo by looking at …

How NASA accidentally found a way to make buildings safer during earthquakes

NASA technologists are typically focused on making it safe for humans to explore outer space. Now the space agency says it’s found a way to make earthquakes safer for people on the ground.<p>NASA developed a new stabilizing technology, known as the LOX Damper, in 2013 after working on a violently …

Engineering

Watch a LEGO Machine Build Paper Airplanes

Artist and engineer Arthur Sacek is known for building elaborate machines and sculptures exclusively from LEGO bricks. His past projects—which …

Lego

Six real-world inventions that are way cooler than sci-fi

Our world doesn't look much like the ones envisioned in sci-fi flicks like <i>Star Trek</i> or <i>Back to the Future</i>, let alone the latest installment of <i>Star Wars</i>. Kids aren't buzzing around on flying skateboards, and we aren't dueling with light sabers.<p>But who needs movies when real-world innovations are way …

'Update' due on gravitational waves

<b>Anticipation is building ahead of a "status report" from an international effort to detect ripples in space-time.</b><p>These gravitational waves were first proposed 100 years ago by Albert Einstein, as a key prediction of his Theory of General Relativity.<p>But in decades of searching they have never been …

Engineers Devise a Way to Harvest Wind Energy from Trees

It's not much power, but it may be enough to matter.<p>Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy. Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and, there you go, piezoelectricity. As stress is applied to the …

Researchers discover a universal law of superconductivity

The immutable laws that govern our universe – such as those that reign over the observable world in classical mechanics and those that rule the …

Reengineered Brick Can Keep Buildings Cool

This clay brick from a pair of Colombian architects shows that material innovation doesn’t always have to be high-tech.<p>When Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro set out to re-engineer the brick, they did so through the lens of sustainability. They wanted to create a mass producible, …

Designer crystals for next-gen electronics

Liquid is often seen as the kryptonite of electronics, known for damaging and corroding components.<p>That's why a new process that uses vapour- rather …

Chemistry

Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer: A new class of topological insulators discovered

Topological insulators are materials that let electric current flow across their surface while keeping it from passing it through their bulk. This …

Chemistry

Photorealistic Paintings of Complex Architecture Meticulously Capture Depth and Detail

British painter Ben Johnson takes architectural realism to the next level. The London-based artist is best known for his large-scale and intricately detailed cityscapes, but his more recent foray into the world of architectural space has yielded some incredibly accurate representations that evoke …

Art

War, Peace, And Technology: A History Of The 20th Century Through Color Trends

Katie Greenwood’s latest book, an RGB overview of color in the 20th century, proves palettes, like fashion, come in cycles.<p>Pantone’s annual Color of the Year stunt may be silly, but it does prove that our taste in color changes almost as quickly as our taste in fashion. And like fashion, color …

Translucent Cube Reveals Different Handpainted Image Depending on What Angle You View It From

Artist, Thomas Medicus recently unveiled a marvellously complex anamorphic structure entitled <i>Emergence Lab.</i> The cubic creation combines 216 individually painted acrylic glass strips to create a three dimensional optical illusion, where a new image is revealed each time you shift your perspective. …

Art

Researchers discover the source of animals' natural compasses

For years, biologists have pondered how so many members of the animal kingdom -- from fruit flies and pigeons to sea turtles and wolves -- are able to navigate long distances apparently by sensing the Earth's magnetic field. Two theories have emerged in recent years: one that the ability derived …

Astrophotography Made Simple

There may not be a more challenging subject matter for photographers than astrophotography. When I first began making photographs, I had an elusive …

Astrophotography

This Is the Largest Photo of Space Ever Taken

Clocking in at 197 GB and 46 gigapixels, you may have to wait a while on this one ...<p>That image above is just a sliver of a new 46 billion-pixel photo of the Milky Way. It is... vast, to say the least. Astronomers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany spent five years building this image, a …

Andromeda Galaxy

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

Graphene nano-coils discovered to be powerful natural electromagnets

A nano-coil made of graphene could be an effective solenoid/inductor for electronic applications (credit: Yakobson Research Group/Rice …

Nanotech

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …