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Van Gogh's Flowers Brought To Life With 3D Printer

From canvas to bronze bouquet.<p>Vincent Van Gogh's iconic <i>Sunflowers</i> painting from 1888 is so lurid (and, well, famous) that it's fun to imagine what it would be like to pick the flowers from the frame and put them in a vase in our kitchen.<p>Artist duo Rob and Nick Carter have made that fantasy a …

ION Glasses Are The Unobtrusive Notifications System You Wear On Your Face

Google Glass, Google schmass. What you really want on your face are these puppies. ION Glasses are sunglass or prescription glasses frames with a built-in LED, Bluetooth stack, and tiny button controller.<p>What do they do? Well the LED lights up to notify you of new messages – you can set different …

Life may be harder to identify on some exoplanets

High levels of atmospheric oxygen are a promising indicator for life on exoplanets. But some exoplanets may have significant levels of oxygen, even …

Astronomy

MIT Scientists Develop New Breed Of Self-Assembling Robots

They're called M-Blocks and the tiny, cubical robots that can spin, flip and jump their way into new configurations are the brainchild of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>According to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), M-Blocks:<p>"[are] cubes …

Tech and Science

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Science

'Countdown' Explores the Effects of Our Overpopulated Planet

The global population is projected to reach 10 billion by 2050. In his new book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, author Alan Weisman asks how we got here, how many people the planet can support, and what we can do to stabilize growth. Weisman tells SciFri how cultural, …

Tonight, find the Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, now that the moon is in a waning gibbous phase and gone from the sky in early evening, find the Andromeda galaxy, the great spiral galaxy …

Night sky as Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies merge

As seen on Cosmos … the collision and merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the nearby Andromeda galaxy 4 billion years from now.<p>The video below …

Universe

Today in science: Launch of Sputnik

Sputnik’s unassuming beep ushered in the Space Age. Hear it here.<p><b>October 4, 1957</b>. On this date, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first …

The Rise Of Electric Car Charging Stations In The U.S. [Infographic]

New U.S. charging stations mean electric cars can travel<p>More than half of the nation's 8,051 electric-vehicle charging stations have opened since 2012. Here, each hexagon represents the number of stations in that area. Blue hexagons—mostly outside major cities—indicate those built in 2012 and 2013. …

FYI: What Would Happen If You Got Zapped By The Large Hadron Collider?

It would burn a hole through you—and then some.<p>The scientists at the LHC would like to make two things very clear. First, it's just a horrible idea to put any part of your body in front of the collider's two proton beams. Each beam comprises 320 trillion particles, so the total energy delivered is …

oneTesla, A Kit For Building Your Own Musical Tesla Coil

oneTesla is a DIY kit for building your own musical Tesla coil that can play MIDI songs. The kit is available to purchase online at oneTesla, though …

What Happens When You Donate Your Body To Science?

You expand the body of research, so to speak.<p>No computer simulation or dummy or animal can really convey the complexity of human anatomy like a cadaver can. But what exactly happens to your body when you donate it to science?<p>Safety Studies<p>Researchers subject cadavers to laboratory scenarios—an …

Shutdown Quiets NASA, So Space Station Astronauts Enjoy View

Of all the government agencies, NASA is among the hardest hit by the government shutdown. As of Oct. 1, nearly all of its employees have been told to pack up and head home.<p>But there are two NASA workers who can't leave the office, at least not without great expense to the taxpayer. Astronauts Karen …

MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …

Headphones

The science and magic of jam-making | Andy Connelly

Commercial jams are the sickly sweet sisters of homemade jam, but a grasp of the science will help you get yours just right<p>The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today. <i>Lewis Carroll</i><p>Jam-making conjures up images of domestic idylls, an escape to the mountains to live on your …

21 Glorious Photos of Double Rainbows Around the World

<b>Toroweap, Grand Canyon, Arizona</b><p>For many photographers, taking a picture of the elusive double rainbow is a rare and unexpected treat. Not only do you have to be at the right place at the right time, you need to have your camera on hand so that you don't miss nature's colorful show. As photographer …

Grand Canyon

English Building’s Brick Facade Playfully Slumps Down

<i>From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes</i> is a surreal display by British designer Alex Chinneck that makes it look like the brick facade is sliding right off the front of a building in Margate, England. The eye-catching installation, which took Chinneck approximately one year to bring to …

Curiosity Finds Water And Poison In Martian Soil

Lots of news from Mars today! Here are the results of six new studies of the samples the Curiosity rover took during its first 100 days on the red planet.<p>You watched it land, trundle around a bit, and attack innocent rocks. Now you can learn a lot more about the science NASA's Curiosity rover has …

These Contact Lenses Work Like Telescopes For Your Eyes

Researcher Eric Tremblay explains the invention.<p><i>What is it? A real contact lens that can switch between magnifying an image and standard vision. it could be useful for both military personnel and patients with retinal diseases.</i><p>We built a telescope into a contact lens. It is similar to a hard …

Today in science: E=mc2

Mass and energy are interchangeable.<p><b>September 27, 1905</b>. On this date, while he was employed at a patent office, Albert Einstein published a paper …

Scientists Make Photons Act Like Real-Life Light Saber

Photons are particles without mass; until now, our understanding has been that they do not interact with each other at all. That's why, when you shine two lights at each other, they don't bounce off and throw light all over the place; the photos simply pass right through. But new research from …

Plastic Bags Transformed Into Eco-Friendly Carbon Nanotubes

Such membranes have potential for water desalinatization and other advanced filtering.<p>Here's a real Cinderella transformation story. A team of chemists has found a way to turn non-biodegradable plastic bags into a carbon nanotube membrane, a high-tech material with potential to make super-efficient …

Los Angeles County

8 Absurd Predictions About The Future That Sorta Came True

Writing in 1925, British scientist A.M. Low predicted that we'd eat breakfast via feeding tubes and bald would be beautiful. This guy totally augured Go-Gurt and Vin Diesel.<p>In 1925, British professor A.M. Low wrote a rollicking forecast of life in the coming century. <i>The Future</i>, as <i>Popular Science</i> …

Did We Steal Our Moon From Venus?

Is our planet a dirty thief?<p>Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech, gave an intriguing speech at the Origin of the Moon conference in London this week. The most widely accepted theory about the Origin of the Moon is called the "giant impact theory," which is pretty much what you …

Astronomy

Big Pic: Fluorescent Oil Swirls Over An Experimental Aircraft

Visualizing airflow in a wind tunnel<p>When NASA Langley Research Center engineers wanted to put one of their aircraft models through a wind tunnel test, they needed a way to visualize how wind flowed over the design. So they sprayed fluorescent oil onto the model, which is 5.8 percent of the final …

Research Center

Nasa prepares to launch 3D printer into space

Nasa is preparing to launch a 3D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.<p>The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by …

You Can Airdrop Onto A Mountain In This High-Tech Shack

In case you're not into the whole rugged, camping thing.<p>Designers Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer have come up with what looks like the perfect way for a rich person to hide from the IRS on tax evasion charges: a high-tech, self-sufficient mountain shack that can be airdropped in. It's like …