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Beautiful Science at the British Library – in pictures

A new exhibition at the British Library in London celebrates the ability of a gorgeous graphic to tell the story of data, revealing an important truth about our world. Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight – which runs from 20 February to 26 May – explores how scientific maps and …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."<br>"Where are we then?"<br>"Do you see that mountain over …

Thousands of Swimming Fish Create Huge Underwater Spirals

American photographer Octavio Aburto thrives on the fascinating world of life in the sea. He has spent decades studying and researching marine biology in order to educate the world about the protection and conservation of ocean life. Since 1994, Aburto has photographed marine ecosystems in Mexican …

Fresh Photons

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

I was recently on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss my favorite science books of the year and a listener called in, asking for a recommendation for a good book on science and religion — an excellent question, given the long history of this polarization, which occupied great minds from Galileo to …

Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks Look Incredible Under A Microscope

Whether you're a fan of cocktails, beers, liquors or a fine wine, since the dawn of time alcohol has played a key role in being the social lubricant …

Albert Einstein Reads ‘The Common Language of Science’ (1941)

Here's an extraordinary recording of Albert Einstein from the fall of 1941, reading a full-length essay in English:<p>The essay is called "The Common …

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Le Chatelier's principle

<b>Le Chatelier's principle</b> (pronounced /lə ˈʃɑːtəlieɪ/), also called <b>Chatelier's principle</b> or "The Equilibrium Law", can be used to predict the effect …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

GIF Animations

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

Planning For A Future Of Robot Ships

The technology is getting there, but the law is the real obstacle.<p>When it comes to shipping, humans crews are inconvenient. They need places to sleep and to take care care of bodily functions, they probably require food and a place to prepare that food, and they can only work so many hours a day. …

Comet Lovejoy heading outward again

Comet Lovejoy came faintly visible to the eye in early November 2013. It was closest to the sun on December 22. It’s currently on the outbound leg of …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …

Mystery Moon Object Spotted On Google Moon Has Everyone Baffled

<i>UPDATE: Digital imaging expert, Ross Davidson, thinks he has the answer (see below).</i><p>In amongst the random, crater strewn landscape of the Moon, it …