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Window on Infinity: Winter Pictures from Icy Space

A storm of stars is brewing in the Trifid nebula, in this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE,<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA / …

Illustrations by Bill Sanderson from Wellcome Images.

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How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

The Art of Science: the stunning interiors of fish - in pictures

Prof Adam Summers uses marine specimens as the medium in a project which not only captures the beauty of the sea creatures but also reveals the anatomical structure for research and learning

2013's Best Visualizations Offer A New View Of Science

A competition from the National Science Foundation and the journal Science honors the best scientific videos, games, posters, and images.<p>Science is so much more engaging when you can actually see it. Yesterday, the journal <i>Science</i> and the National Science Foundation released the winners of the …

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Bionic hand lets wearer feel what they're holding

The latest bionic hand can do a lot more than just let its wearer hold things: it can actually let them feel. By hooking into nerves in an amputee's arm, the new prosthetic can let a person tell how hard or soft an object is and even distinguish its basic shape. "The sensory feedback was …

A Hypnotic Visualization Of The Polar Vortex From Space

Here on terrestrial Earth, the polar vortex is making all of our lives miserable, from frostbite-inducing chills in the North, to snow and ice blanketing Florida, to drivers in Atlanta getting stuck in traffic for 22 hours and comparing the scene to a zombie movie. As visualized from space, though, …

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9 Amazing Pieces Of 3-D-Printed Art

Creepy babies, skulls and more, from the 3D Printshow this week in New York<p>The 2014 New York 3D Printshow launched at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Wednesday, bringing together big names from the 3-D printing industry with creative individuals who apply the technology to art and fashion. The annual …