science stories

Scientists believe that super massive black holes lie at the center of most galaxies, and our own Milky Way doesn't seem to be any different. As it turns out, our black hole even has a name: Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A* for short; that last bit is pronounced "A-star"). And it might treat us to an unparalleled showcase of mass destruction over the next year.
In his research paper titled "The Falling Slinky," Canadian physicist W. G. Unruh observed something strange about the venerable Lazy Spring: "The bottom stays at rest until a wave hits it from above." This high-speed video demonstrates just that, and it's pretty insane to watch.
Everyone reading this has at one point in his or her life stared at and seriously contemplated a chunk of freshly pillaged nose booty perched ever so slothfully on the tip of their finger. There's no reason to deny it. This unspoken secret will stay between you and DVICE. There is no judgment here. And, while we're being honest, let's admit that these moments of grody Zen didn't stop with boogers. There's all sorts of weird crusty slimy fascinating things growing in and around your face. Everyone has them. Everyone is familiar with them. Everyone has wondered about them. Since you're still reading, we can assume you've decided to indulge your natural curiosity as to who these little sticky friends are and how they came to live inside your face. Well, sit back and enjoy, for all the little pockets and crevices in your head are full of science! Disgusting, horrible science.
It's great to be on the cutting edge of fashion, right? Would you change your mind if the cutting edge meant you'd be wearing a dress or a shirt made from the same bacteria that helps ferment your favorite beer or wine? Quite possibly you'll be both repulsed and fascinated by this all-organic, fermented fabric.
Science may be able to explain many things about how our world works, but communicating such things in a way that can be understood by 11 year olds (or the rest of us) is not easy to do. Take a flame, for example: just what the heck is going on there? This video, winner of Alan Alda's Flame Challenge, explains it in an easy and fun way.