Andrew Eriksen

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Shaping Fire Into Artistic Forms

Rob Prideaux has created a fantastic series entitled <i>Smoke & Fire</i>. The body of work originated after Prideaux was unable to find a suitable fire image for a project he was working on.<p>Each of his scenes features bright bursts of fire captured against a stark white background. The photos were taken in …

Photos

Daily Inspiration #1523

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Graphic Design

The NSA Sucks More Than You Thought

The Guardian just exposed the NSA's "widest-reaching" surveillance program, "XKeyscore."<p>While most of us keep going about our internet lives as if that pesky NSA thing never happened--demonstrating a "general giddy sense that privacy is kind of stupid," as Gary Shteyngart aptly describes it--the</i> …

Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …

Carrick on money: When it’s cheaper to shop Canadian

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>When it's cheaper to shop Canadian</b><br>A blogger compares prices at Target stores in Canada and the United States and finds quite a few things are cheaper there than …

Can Humans Really Feel Temperature?

The Week In Numbers: Fire In Space, The First Cloned Human Embryo, And More

<b>1,350 light-years</b>: the distance to a "fiery ribbon" stretching across the Orion Nebula, captured recently by a submillimeter-wavelength camera inside Chile's Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope. The ribbon is actually a glow given off by cold interstellar dust at wavelengths too long for human …

Depressed people’s body clocks ‘out of sync’

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> A new brain study reveals that the circadian clocks of people with depression are altered at the cellular level.<p>Every cell in our …

Neuroscience

Earth's Core Is Weaker Than We Thought

Like so many of our own! No judgments, Earth.<p>A new study in Nature Geoscience, from two Stanford researchers, indicates that our planet's super-dense, super strong core may not be as strong as we'd thought.<p>It's very difficult to replicate the kind of ultra-high-pressure environment of Earth's iron …

Scientists Create Bone Using Layered Clay

A common industrial material turns stem cells into bone cells, a discovery that could throw open the door to major tissue engineering breakthroughs.<p>Researchers at Brigham and Women's hospital have discovered that layered clay—that is, synthetic silicate nanoplatelets used in everything from glass …

How To Make Antivenom

Instant HD movie downloads? Samsung claims 5G breakthrough

High-definition movies could potentially be downloaded in just seconds with a new next-generation wireless technology announced by Samsung …

How Do You Make A Painkiller Addiction-Proof?

In 2010, OxyContin introduced a new formula that drug abusers can't crush to a powder to snort or inject. This is how it works, chemically, and whether it actually deters abuse.<p>For those who have severe chronic pain, the advantage of OxyContin over other prescription painkillers is that it lasts …

Why pear shape may explain matter vs. antimatter

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> The first direct evidence of pear-shaped nuclei in exotic atoms may help explain why the Big Bang created more matter than …

Physics

New method of finding planets scores its first discovery

A team has just discovered an exoplanet using a new method that relies on Einstein’s special theory of relativity.<p>Detecting alien worlds presents a …

Your Brain Catches Grammar Errors Even When You Don't Realize It

The pedant within<p>The brain does all kinds of amazing things while you're not paying attention (you know, like regularly remind you to breathe). But it's also engaged in less critical but equally interesting tasks, like correcting the grammar of the person sitting across from you at dinner. A …

Cambridge-based scientists develop 'superwheat'

<b>British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could increase productivity by 30%.</b><p>The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain.<p>In early trials, the resulting crop seemed …

Are you hip to the slow coffee trend?

Which café makes the best coffee in Vancouver?<p>Here we go again. This is a question I'm often asked and one that drives me crazy because, well, it's akin to asking which British Columbia winery makes the best wine. Hmm, let's see. Do you prefer white or red; an obscure ehrenfelser or a bodacious …

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …