Vicki Pilcher

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September 2012

Your face, made from Hubble images

Carl Sagan was not the first to make this observation, but perhaps he put it most succinctly when he wrote in 1973, "Our sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes, were …

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Quad-Copter Camera Flies Over Niagara Falls, Captures Breathtaking Views

Niagara Falls is (or rather are) a sight to behold, and while capturing the falls from a boat or one of the overlooks is impressive enough, why not …

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Melting Ceramics by Livia Marin | Colossal

<p>When dropping a ceramic plate or cup we’ve all braced for the familiar sound of impact as the object explodes into a multitude of sharp fragments on …

Smeared skies, Lake Ontario | Canada (by Matt Molloy)

<b>Smeared skies, Lake Ontario | Canada</b> (by Matt Molloy)

Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

The 15 Greatest Masterpieces At The Louvre

The grand art museum houses 35,000 masterpieces, from prehistory to contemporary works. But with over 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, navigating the enormous museum can be overwhelming if you don't know what to look out for.<p>Christine Kuan, the chief curator at Artsy, selected 15 must-see …

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Jaw-Dropping Plant Sculptures from Mosaiculture International 2013

From June 22 to September 29, 2013, the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013 – Land of Hope (MIM2013) will be on display at the Montreal …

New grass could help tackle flooding, say scientists

A new grass that cuts the water running off from fields by half could help stem the rising floods that global warming is bringing to the UK. The …

Anti-Flood Architecture inspired by the Lotus Leaf | BioTectonica Studio #biomimicry http://t.co/8Vmj1HxxqQ

Bug's eye inspires hemispherical digital camera that delivers unmatched field of view

Inspired by the complex fly eye, an interdisciplinary team led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern …

A Design Revolution That Could Lift Humanity

Studies show that fractals mimicking natural forms can improve our health and wealth. Those findings have major implications for how we design our spaces, Lance Hosey writes.<p><i>Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press).</i><p>In iconic …

Can plants actually talk and hear?

Sound is so fundamental to life that some scientists now think there's a kernel of truth to folklore that plants can communicate.<p>The forest really …

Plants slow climate change by forming cloud sunshade: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Plants help to slow climate change by emitting gases as temperatures rise that lead to the formation of a sunshade of clouds over the planet, scientists said on Sunday.<p>Aspen trees in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho are seen in this undated photograph. REUTERS/U.S. …

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Stunning Laser Scans That Could Help Us Reuse Aging Buildings Better

Mechanic Autopoesis

<i>-article via fractal ontology.</i><br>Process<p>In Mechanism and Biological Explanation [Maturana 1970], Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela argue that …

The green 3D printing materials we’ve been waiting for

There's no denying that 3D printing has moved beyond the laboratory and into the mainstream. We've seen 3D printed body parts, electronics, and toys. …

Study Finds US Urban Trees Provide $50 Billion in Economic Value

1/3<p>Urban Trees in Central Park, Manhattan<p><i>Central Park photo from Shutterstock</i> Have you hugged a tree lately? If not, you might want to show your …

MIT and Harvard's 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

The first sure sign of a robot uprising will be when robots gain self-awareness and begin acting autonomously – and if this self-assembling robot is …

Robotics

The Biospheric Project — Manchester International Festival

<i>The Biospheric Project</i> aimed at a total change in the way we think about food, farming and the environment. When the site threw open its doors to the …

This Bacterium Can Do Division, Compute Logarithms And Take Square Roots

MIT researchers engineered bacterial cells to function as living calculators.<p>A group of engineers from MIT have created analog calculators out of living cells, according to a paper published online in <i>Nature</i> yesterday. By tweaking the genes of bacterial cells, the researchers were able to create …

Plants 'talk' to plants to help them grow

Having a neighborly chat improves seed germination, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal <i>BMC Ecology</i>. Even when other known means of …

Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

These days, 3D printers can create just about anything – from human organs to deadly weapons. But one innovation we haven’t previously seen in 3D …

3D Printing

First fully integrated artificial photosynthesis nanosystem | Kurzweil

Arrays of tree-like nanowires consisting of Si trunks and TiO2 branches facilitate solar water-splitting in a fully integrated artificial …

Nanotech