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Like Darwin’s Finches, But Weirder, Bat Faces Showcase Amazing Adaptations

Bats come in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, representing some of the widest variation among all mammals — most notably the New World leaf-nosed bats. These creatures, which when photographed often look drowsy and avuncular, are distinguished by horn-like appendages on their noses. These are …

Vintage Lingerie: Playful Ways to Wear a Corset, Pannier and Merkin

<i>Photography by Travis Geny, modeled by Alina Phillips, art direction, wardrobe styling and floral designs by Jill Mason, and Kate Rutter for HART, fashion designs by Rio Wrenn, hair and makeup by Janelle Hayden, Owner of 'The Prettiest You'</i><p>Vintage lingerie can sometimes be too delicate and frumpy …

These molecule-sized wires could stop the computer industry from hitting a brick wall

In case you missed it, the end of the age of ever-faster computers is nigh. In his speech (pdf) at last summer’s Hot Chip conference, Bob Colwell, Intel’s former chief architect, said Moore’s law—the prediction that computer power doubles every 18-24 months, which has held largely true since Intel …

Moore's Law

Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith to Will Ferrell: ‘Stop Impersonating Me’

Much has been made of the similarities between Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. When someone brought up the resemblance to …

Chili Peppers

Takanori Aiba's Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

The Japanese art of raising bonsai trees is a beautiful way to infuse greenery into indoor spaces. But artist Takanori Aiba takes the art to a new …

Miniature

Planting Ideas: Winter Chic

Glow-in-the-dark plants could soon light up your home

When it comes to living things that glow, a plant is probably your best bet for a low-maintenance conversation piece to have in your home. It's much easier to deal with than a jellyfish, or even a glow-in-the-dark cat. Bioglow is preparing to offer its bioengineered Starlight Avatar autoluminescent …

Plants

Gardening 101: How to Plant an Open Terrarium

If only the rest of life were as simple as growing succulents in an open terrarium. All you have to do is find a few like-minded plants, introduce …

Plants

Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Recent scientific findings that unveil the remarkable structural performance of plants could completely change what we think of as “green …

Nanotech

Plants can learn new tricks

<b>THEY MAY LOOK BENIGN</b>, but plants are much more intelligent than we think. New Australian research has shown that plants are capable of learning new …

Ingenious Power Plant Design Exhibiting a Green Undulating Profile in USA

Power plants are not exactly the most captivating buildings in the world. We are used to seeing concrete smoke- discharging giants which we usually …

Container of the Month: New Life for Old Plants

I’m not big on resolutions, but I do spend time thinking about how I envision the months ahead and I like making a fresh start in January. I go on a …

Aquarium Plants - Real or Artificial?

Live plants were the norm back in the days when I set up my first aquarium. We've come a long way since then. The fish keeper of today can opt for …

The 411 On Decorating With Indoor Plants

Research shows that having plants in your home makes you happier, and healthier--not to mention they can look really beautiful if cared for correctly. Whether you opt for a fig tree or a snake plant, there are many ways to display your new-found greenery that won't break the bank or cause a mess …

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from …

Virus Jumps 1.6-Billion-Year Species Barrier

The mystery of colony collapse disorder in honeybees has a remarkable new suspect – a plant virus that has made a spectacular jump across 1.6 billion years of evolution to infect insects.<p>The potential hive killer is tobacco ringspot virus, named for the discoloured circles it forms on infected …

The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter …

Scooters

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

WATCH: Scientists Suspend Objects in Midair with Sound Waves

No smoke, no mirrors, just sound was all scientists needed to levitate objects in midair.<p>NPR reports that researchers at the University of Tokyo have …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

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Nurit Bar-Shai's "Chemical Tweets" Are Gorgeous, Microorganismal Art

The biochemist's latest exhibition, "Sound To Shape," is a visual investigation of microscopic life<p>Nurit Bar-Shai’s <i>Objectivity [tentative]</i> is a movement inspired by the biochemical work of Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University in the artist’s native Israel. The project celebrates the …

Biotechnology

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

The networked car is no longer just an idea; it will be mandated in future vehicles

For the last two years, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been investigating the idea of cars talking to once another, …

The Kelpies: Scotland's Amazing Giant Horse Head Sculptures

The Kelpies is an enormous installation consisting of two giant horse head sculptures by artist Andy Scott. The 100-foot-tall structures, which were eight years in the making, are inspired by a legend from the artist's Scottish background that tells of a water spirit that takes the shape of a …

Mysteries of Nature Explode from Layers of Stacked Paper

<i>Liquid Hymn</i> is an explosion of colors and natural forms that burst with life from layers of ink, pencil, and stacked paper. Created by Oakland-based artist J. S. Weis, the illustrated plants and animals exist together in abstract formations where it is difficult to distinguish from one object to …

Digital Paintings of Spectacular Skies and Fantastic Storms

Breathtaking skies full of intense light and billowing clouds dominate the digital artwork of Alexander Rommel known artistically as Evergreenarts. The German artist's digital paintings of glowing skies showcase the imagined glory of nature focusing on the play of sun, sky, water and wind.<p>Certain …

Splendid Botanical Gardens Full of Stained Glass Murals

When the city market of Toluca, Mexico was closed in 1975, local artist Leopoldo Flores stepped forward with a plan to save the historic site. He convinced the city government to invest in a creative reuse of the building as a botanical garden with stained glass art showing the relationship between …