Art and Science

By MichelledeVilliers | All good things contain a pinch of art and a dollop of science

The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast

A pathogen that resists almost all of the drugs developed to treat or kill it is moving rapidly across the world, and public health experts are …

Microbiology

The Harvard Color Detectives

Inside the Arthur M. Sackler Art Museum, below a vast glass roof and above a neo-classical series of stone gray columns, hangs a fake painting. It’s a Mark Rothko—or rather, a replica of a Rothko. The canvas is covered in moody indigo and vibrant crimson. It shows a square of color, patchy and …

Art

Scientists discover world's oldest colour – bright pink

Scientists have discovered what they say are the world’s oldest colours – and they are bright pink.<p>The pigments were discovered after researchers crushed 1.1bn-year-old rocks found in a marine shale deposit, beneath the Sahara desert, in the Taoudeni basin in Mauritania, west Africa.<p>“Of course you …

Geoscience

The Entire History of Steel

From hunks of iron streaking through the sky, to the construction of skyscrapers and megastructures, this is the history of the world's greatest alloy.<p>The story of steel begins long before bridges, I-beams, and skyscrapers. It begins in the stars.<p>Billions of years before humans walked the …

Great Depression

Mystery of Charles Darwin's flying spiders solved - they harness electricity

You might assume that evolution gave Charles Darwin enough to ponder during his five year voyage on The Beagle.<p>But of all the phenomena the naturalist encountered circumnavigating the globe, it was the flight of spiders which continued to puzzle him.<p>Darwin noticed that hundreds of spiders would …

19th Century

DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?

Having grown up in Tucson, Arizona, one of the sunniest cities in the world, I consider myself well-versed in the carcinogenic threat of UV exposure, …

Skin Care

The Neuroscience of Pain

Brain imaging is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety.<p>On a foggy February morning in Oxford, England, I arrived at the John Radcliffe Hospital, a shiplike nineteen-seventies complex moored on a hill east of the city center, for the express purpose of being hurt. I had an …

Pain

Rain

Composing Your Thoughts - Issue 61: Coordinates

<b>1.</b> <b>Unshaven and one bit short</b>To death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin’s binary list of life’s certainties, add the expectation that this six-note …

Benjamin Franklin

Bringing the Ocean Home

Bernd Brunner on the English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse and how his 1854 book <i>The Aquarium</i>, complete with spectacular illustrations and a dizzy …

Cambridge University

Swings and Roundabouts

Add some color.<br>H/T: Science Friday - CRISPR, Colors, Narwhals More Michdevilish Merch! http://www.redbubble.com/people/michdevilish

The Seamstress And The Secrets Of The Argonaut Shell

The ancient Greeks were masters of creating legends of the sea. In the epic quest, Jason and the Argonauts, a band of heroes aboard the <i>Argo</i> sailed …

Natural History Museum

The nautilus’s impressive memory has survived five mass extinctions

But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.<p>Number 51 loves frozen shrimp. The nautilus’ keepers, Brooklyn College professor Jennifer Basil and Ph.D. student Naomi Lewandowski, buy the marine meal from the Target across the street. They keep it frozen, and on a …

Extinction

Black Hole Seizes Stars

Anansi!<br>h/t: Black Holes Really Know How To Savor their Meals - The Atlantic - Marina Koren;<br>Gut vagal sensory signaling regulates hippocampus function …

Orchid Ceiling Cat

Orchid Ceiling Cat! Get it?<br>Proof:<br>Happy Father’s Day this Sunday to the dads out there: It pays to be a dad! More Michdevilish Merch! …

Since childhood, we have been dreaming about dinosaurs, placoderms, trilobites and all the other strange creatures that ruled the world before us. …

World’s largest spider-silk garment on display at ROM

The world’s largest textile made exclusively from spider silk, this cape will be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum’s new exhibition, Spiders: Fear and Fascination. The garment was handwoven and embroidered using the silk from 1.2 million female golden-orb weaver spiders (<i>Nephila</i> …

Diseases are correlated with birth months

Five days ago I reported on the unctuous Dr. Mehmet Oz and his new claim that various medical conditions and ailments were correlated with your …

This Fish’s Eyes Turn Black When It Gets Mad

Guppies have silver eyes, but when they’re ready for a fight, their irises go dark. An experiment with robots shows why.<p>When Robert Heathcote dips his head into the rivers of Trinidad, he’ll often see little black dots moving through the water, even when it’s murky. Those dots are the eyes of …

University of Michigan

New insight into why Pierce's disease is so deadly to grapevines - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists are gaining a better understanding of Pierce's disease and how it affects grapevines. The disease, which annually costs California more …

Study: honey bees understand nothing

Australian scientists taught bees the concept of zero — something human children struggle with.<p>Zero, zilch, nothing, is a pretty hard concept to understand. Children generally can’t grasp it until kindergarten. And it’s a concept that may not be innate but rather learned through culture and …

Bees

Why Grandmothers May Hold The Key To Human Evolution

A hunter with bow and arrow, in a steamy sub-Saharan savanna, stalks a big, exotic animal. After killing and butchering it, he and his hunt-mates bring it back to their families and celebrate.<p><b>About 'How To Raise A Human'</b><p>Does raising kids have to be stressful? Is it really dangerous for babies to …

Parenting

Jordan Peterson needs to reconsider the lobster

The controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson wants you to know that you’re a lot like a lobster. In the first chapter of his best-selling book, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” he singles out this crustacean to demonstrate how we can exploit the fundamental principles of nature …

Jordan Peterson

To Persuade Someone, Look Emotional - Facts So Romantic

<i>David Pizarro and his colleagues argue that emotional expression functions as a signal to others that you’ve incorporated feelings into your moral</i> …

Aye Aye

h/t: Why do animal eyes have pupils of different shapes? Science Advances<br>Also interesting: Lecture by Dr. S.Dehaene on 'Reading the Brain', Peter …

The Entire IPCC Report in 19 Illustrated Haiku

<i>Editor’s note August 2016: What happens when a scientist picks up a paintbrush? A 2,000-page report is condensed into a beautiful (and concise) work</i> …

Visiting the Mysterious Fairy Circles of the Namib Desert

In the landscape where Mad Max: Fury Road was filmed, a scientist is trying to understand a natural phenomenon that has eluded explanation for decades.<p>One evening earlier this spring, German naturalist Norbert Jürgens strayed from his expedition in the Namib Desert. He walked away from his campsite …

This Nobel Laureate in Medicine Belongs Next to Michelangelo As a Draftsman

Santiago Ramón y Cajal is one of a kind in more ways than one. He is the only Nobel Prize winner in history — in physiology and medicine, 1906 — to …