If you didn't get a chance to open your latest issue of the American Chemical Society's journal Nano Letters, it details new research into microscopic "factories" running on "DNA and other biological machinery." These can be implanted in the body, where they will assemble and release drugs locally into specific disease sites.
Most people think of dinosaurs as slow creatures that lumbered through the world like the stoic cold-blooded lizards we know today. However, there is an increasing body of evidence that dinosaurs had more in common with dynamic warm-blooded mammals — like us!
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.
The nerdosphere is abound with rumors that one of the most ambitious scientific experiments in history may finally have yielded some tangible results. The Higg Boson particle, aka the "God Particle," may have been found, which would not only validate the Large Hadron Collider, but shake up particle physics, too.
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.
The periodic table of elements now officially has two more members of the club, Flerovium and Livermorium. We'll pause while chemistry students everywhere begin to weep, and science geeks do a jig at these two elements finally receiving approval after a year's worth of research.
One of the NASA Space Apps Challenges that we didn't hear so much about was BakerFaire: how to make bread in space. In just three hours, 16 year old Sam Wilkinson managed to come up with a way to make bread rise instantly in microgravity without using yeast.