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'Art of Science' exhibit makes the connection between truth and beauty

Worms are a source of wonder in this year's crop of aesthetically pleasing scientific images, served up by Princeton University's Art of Science Competition.<p>"C. instagram," one of the contest's top photos, features a wriggling network of C. elegans worms on an agar plate covered with E. coli …

APOD: Cape York Annular Eclipse (2013 May 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Courtesy Cameron McCarty MWV Observatory, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus State University Eclipse Team http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130511.html Explanation: This week the shadow of the New Moon fell on planet Earth, crossing Queensland's Cape York in northern Australia ... for the second time in six months. On the morning of May 10, the Moon's apparent size was too small to completely cover the Sun though, revealing a "ring of fire" along the central path of the annular solar eclipse. Near mid-eclipse from Coen, Australia, a webcast team captured this telescopic snapshot of the annular phase. Taken with a hydrogen-alpha filter, the dramatic image finds the Moon's silhouette just within the solar disk, and the limb of the active Sun spiked with solar prominences. Still, after hosting back-to-back solar eclipses, northern Australia will miss the next and final solar eclipse of 2013. This November, a rare hybrid eclipse will track across the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130511 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0511

Engineer argues Egyptian pyramid decay is due to centuries of expansion

For centuries, Egypt's pyramids have been a point worldwide fascination. Scholars have long asked, how did the egyptians build them at all, much less so beautifully? But, when structural engineer Peter James looked at the pyramids, he asked why they were falling apart. The longstanding explanation …

Scientists call for action to tackle CO2 levels

<b>Scientists are calling on world leaders to take action on climate change after carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere broke through a symbolic threshold.</b><p>Daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.<p>Sir Brian Hoskins, the head of …

Element of the week: francium | video

This week's element is francium, which has the symbol <b>Fr</b> and the atomic number <b>87</b>.<p>Francium is a highly radioactive alkali metal that is vanishingly …

Java Pioneer Chris Melissinos on How Video Games Are Changing The Future Of Our World

The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum in Seattle has been hosting The Art of Video Games Smithsonian exhibit since February 16. I caught up with the exhibit’s curator, Chris Melissinos during the final week of the exhibit, which closes May 13. The debate over whether video games …

Windows Phone hits 145,000 apps, but progress slows

Microsoft's efforts to build out the app ecosystem for Windows Phone 8 appear to be reaching a plateau. Buried in today's announcement of the Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon was the fact that the Windows Phone Store now has 145,000 apps, up only slightly from the 120,000 apps announced in October. The …