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What Does the Spleen Do? ft. Harvard Medical School

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A gorgeous, colorful look at the cellphone signals we never see

Invisible signals are all around us, and now we can finally see what we've been missing. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us.<p>At first glance, the visualizations look like tiny mountains illuminated …

July 2013

The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension

<b>The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.</b> A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; Y is a time dimension, X and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.<p>Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of …

12 Body Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

YOUR BODY, YOUR SELF.

What's Going On With the Sun This Week?

Solar flares, canyons of fire... it seems like it's trying to get our attention.<p>Our sun has really got a flair for flares lately. The third solar flare in two days peaked at 11:03 a.m. Eastern time Friday, and it was ranked as an X2.1. Solar flares come in classifications according to their x-ray …

Solar Cycle

First Evidence Found of a Comet Strike on Earth

Comet exploded 28 million years ago over Egypt, new study suggests.<p><b>Saharan glass and a brooch belonging to King Tut provide the first evidence of a comet directly impacting Earth, a new study claims. The finding may help unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the birth of our solar system.</b><p>About …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

The Galaxy's Core Is About to Explode

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.<p>The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Super-High Resolution Video of the Moon Rotating Created from LRO Pictures

Short and sweet, the video above is also impressive. Although it might seem banal enough — what’s so special about a video of the moon going through …

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Source - Exploring Space

The Underground Map of the Elements

The periodic table is an awesome piece of information organisation. By following one cardinal rule – all elements appear in order of their atomic number – and then carefully restricting the number of elements in each row (or period), clear patterns emerge.<p>For example, the first column (or group) …

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?<p>Many planets in our solar …

Astronomy

Paperscape maps the dazzling universe of scientific research | Damien George and Rob Knegjens

We used an algorithm that simulates the formation of galaxies, replacing stars with scientific papers on the arXiv database<p>Scientists live in a very fast-paced world where hundreds of new papers – each representing months or years of hard work – flash by each day. With such a large volume of …

More Than 800,000 Scientific Papers In One Beautiful Infographic

Check out some of the most important research in any field at a glance<p>ArXiv is an online archive that stores hundreds of thousands of scientific papers in physics, mathematics, and other fields. The citations in those papers link to one another, forming a web, but you're not going to see those …

Tuberculosis Hitched A Ride When Early Humans Left Africa

Dogs often get credit for being humans' constant companions. But dogs have nothing on tuberculosis bacteria.<p>TB and people have been trapped in a relationship that's been going on for thousands of years — perhaps even tens of thousands of years, scientists said earlier this week.<p>"The old, …

Ultracold experiment simulates big bang ‘echo’

It turns out that under certain conditions a cloud of atoms chilled to almost absolute zero in a vacuum chamber displays phenomena similar to those …

Sharpest Views of the Cosmos Ever

<b>Astronomers have built a new astro-camera that, when fitted onto the largest observatories on Earth, can snap photos of the universe twice as sharp as the famed Hubble Space Telescope.</b><p>With the newly developed technology, giant telescopes can reach their theoretical limits of resolution in visible …

The Decisive Moment and the Brain

As a photographer, you will sooner or later bump into the phrase <i>the decisive moment</i>. The decisive moment is a concept made popular by the street …

Scientists Say They've Confirmed A New Element

Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed a new, super-heavy element that was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004. The element with the atomic number 115 has yet to be named.<p>In a press release, Lund University says a group of international scientists led by physicists from Lund …

4 Parasites That Want To Invade Your Brain

They just want a nice home! And to destroy you.<p>In the past month, two different 12-year-olds have made headlines after being hospitalized with an extremely rare, horrifying infection: the brain-eating amoeba.<p>Found mostly in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hotsprings, <i>Naegleria fowleri</i> can travel …