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Glowing ‘Tumor Paint’ Shows Surgeons Where To Cut

Scorpion venom lights the way<p>Brain surgery is notoriously complicated. Before surgeons go in to remove a tumor, they study the size and location of the tumor. But once they’re in, they have to rely on their fingers and eyes to distinguish tumor cells from healthy brain cells. Now researchers have …

Classic Horror Movie Poster Art Series by Matt Ryan Tobin

Material Question

Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what’s it for?<p>Until Andre Geim, a physics professor at the University of Manchester, discovered an unusual new material called graphene, he was best known for an experiment in which he used electromagnets to levitate a frog. Geim, …

Watch: A Mind-Bending Experiment That Makes Water “Freeze” In Mid-Air

Brusspup is the closest thing YouTube has to a<p>wizardmagician. Almost a million people subscribe to his channel, where he regularly posts videos of optical illusions and natural phenomena, which he then explains with “science” or whatever.<p>His latest video takes on a phenomenon we’ve written about …

Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

CERN Asks for Help With Mystery Photos: What Are These Things?

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has unraveled some of the deepest secrets of the atom — but it can't seem to pin down what's in these old photos it's found. The organization has digitized decades of film photographs documenting its installations around the continent — but time …

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Looping Illustrations by Drew Tyndell | Colossal

<p>Nashville-based artist and illustrator Drew Tyndell creates these looping animations which he paints frame by frame in Photoshop. He was first …

Carl Sagan Writes a Letter to 17-Year-Old Neil deGrasse Tyson (1975)

Carl Sagan, the turtleneck-sporting astrophysicist from Cornell, was the greatest communicator of science of his generation. Not only did he publish …

Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True story of famous frontal lobe patient is better than textbook accounts.

1 From a virtuous foreman to a sociopathic drifter<p>On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a …

These Are The Most Terrifying, Ghostly GIFs On The Internet

Kevin Weir made these imaginative GIFs using historical photos and they are creeeeepy.

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

The 17 equations that changed the course of history

Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways.<p>In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian Stewart published a book on 17 Equations That Changed The World. We recently came across this convenient table on Dr. Paul Coxon's twitter account by …

Watch A Beating Stem Cell Heart

A group of University of Pittsburgh scientists demonstrated in August that a mouse heart stripped of its own cells and repopulated with human stem …

How 5 Different Creatures Flap Their Wings

Eleanor Lutz is the 22-year-old Seattle-based designer behind Spaceship Earth, an online map that transforms Earth into the Death Star. But Lutz isn’t just a sci-fi nerd. She’s also got a degree in molecular biology and a love for the animal kingdom, interests she pursues in earnest by way of …

Inside George Harrison's Archives: Dhani on His Father's Incredible Vaults

Like his father, the late Beatles guitarist <b>George Harrison</b>, <b>Dhani Harrison</b> is a musician. He made his professional debut on his dad's last studio …

The Sun Looks Uncannily Like A Jack-O-Lantern, Just In Time For Halloween

Halloween is on its way, and everyone’s starting to get into the festive spirit. Even the sun, it seems, wants to get in on the fun.<p>On Wednesday, the same day that skywatchers were treated to a full "blood moon," NASA captured a spooky image of the sun looking uncannily like a glowing …

Third case of MERS respiratory virus confirmed in the US

There are now three confirmed cases of the MERS virus in the US. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced today that an unidentified Illinois man tested positive for the deadly respiratory virus yesterday, two weeks after the first confirmed case of MERS in the US.<p>According to the CDC, …

Ancient Bat Poo Helps Preserve The World’s Oldest Fossil Sperm

A group of tiny crustaceans known as seed shrimp have an unusual distinction: They produce some of the longest sperm cells in the animal kingdom. The sperm cells of some Cypridocopina ostracod species reach 10 millimeters in length — for comparison, a human sperm is about 55 microns long, including …

How Sperm Fit Big Things in Small Places

The human body is really great at packing huge things into tiny spaces. Your small intestine, for example, is twenty feet long and squeezed expertly into your gut. Your brain has something like eighty-six billion neurons (depending on which scientist you ask) jammed into 3.3 pounds of tissue. But …

Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Oops.<p>Someone dropped lime sherbet on the desert — and it's melting. Who's going to clean this up?<p>Nobody. Because this — believe it or not — is a plant. It may look like a glob of goo, but it's not at all gooey. It's solid to the touch — so solid that a man can lie on top of it and not sink in, not …

Simple harmonic motion: the swing of the pendulum

Yesterday my daughter saw the famous Tacoma Narrows bridge video for the first time in a talk by Roma Agrawal at the Royal Institution. As an example of oscillatory motion it made, as it always does, a profound impression.<p>Oscillatory motion is everywhere. The swing of the pendulum seems to be an …

Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. …

Europa's Ocean May Be Biological Dead End

At first glance, it looks more like a freshly-fertilized chicken egg than Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. But Europa’s fractured brownish-colored surface also suggests activity beneath its icy shell. In fact, some astrobiologists think that underneath this frozen veneer, there may be an ocean of …

Jet contrail casts a shadow

Jet contrail shadows may appear to be cast by a low-altitude bright light shining upwards. In fact, this shadow is cast on clouds below the jet and …

Mysteries of the Unseen World

The current René Magritte exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (which concludes on 12 January), titled "The Mystery of the Ordinary," showcased surrealist paintings by the Belgian artist that challenged the way the viewer would perceive the "ordinary." In a similar—and more …