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Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys | Colossal

<p>Artist Brett Kern creates detailed ceramic objects that at first appear almost indistinguishable from inexpensive inflatable toys. Kern mimics the …

Beautifully Embroidered Silk Paintings by Art of Silk

<i>Art of Silk</i> produces beautiful silk embroidery art whose subjects range from fine art paintings and scenic landscapes to animal and floral portraits. Aside from producing traditional embroidery, though, the company has developed new methods of reproducing the intricate art. Founder Christopher …

Researchers in Singapore made an electric lollipop that simulates a real one

You know how watching the Food Network sometimes makes you want to lick your TV? No? Anyway. In the future we may be able to experience taste transmitted through television, ads, and our smartphones.<p>A group of researchers in Singapore are building a device that simulates taste by alternating …

Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World's Most Terrifying Jaws

In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as Jareth the Goblin King, stealing babies and casually punting his subjects during musical numbers. He …

Nobel Goes To Scientists Who Took Chemistry Into Cyberspace

This year's Nobel Prize for chemistry is shared by three international scientists, who moved chemistry out of the lab and into the world of computing.<p>Together they developed tools for studying complex molecules — such as enzymes in the human body and plants' photosynthesis machinery — inside …

How Do Ants Get Their Magnetic Compasses?

<b>Tropical leafcutter ants don’t need to stop and ask for directions—they have internal magnetic compasses that help them navigate.</b><p>Now, scientists have figured out just how the insects get their “sixth sense,” which is also found in an increasing number of animals, including birds, bats, and rodents. …

FYI: Does Stress Make You Hungry?

Yes, but only for junk food.<p>Much of what scientists know about stress eating comes from cramming animals into Plexiglas tubes. When researchers subject lab rats to this particular discomfort for several hours every day, the rodents lose their appetites for healthy pet food. But if given access to …

Scientists Create Martian Clouds On Earth

Experiments in a sealed aluminum chamber could tell scientists more about how clouds form on Mars.<p>Two summers ago, in a sealed aluminum chamber in Germany, an international team of scientists created 10 Mars-like clouds. Each alien puff formed over about 15 minutes, under conditions mimicking the …

Astronomy

Thermoacoustic Headphones Make Sound With Hot Nanotubes

Just call it "Heats by Dre."<p>Inside these earbuds, something big is happening on a very small scale. Set on a tiny lattice of silicon, electrified nanotubes of carbon are rapidly warmed up and cooled down, producing sound waves as their temperature fluctuates. The technique is known as …

Headphones