For us humans, 100 years is a long time. 100 years ago, the Ottoman Empire was still going strong, and we'd only just discovered vitamins. Some trees, however, can live for thousands of years, and one of the oldest single organisms on the entire planet died in a fire in Florida just a week ago.
Are you the sort of person that follows science and technology news and can't stop thinking, "why can't I do that?" You aren't alone. A lab space has opened in the San Francisco area catering to people just like you. Citizen scientists, inventors and the curious of all walks of life are welcome at the lab to conduct experiments in a working lab environment.
Whether done for the art of it or just because we can now, innovative new 3D printed items are flourishing. Now even hermit crabs getting in on the craze courtesy of some day-glow 3D printed shells.
Back in the early 1990s, I kind of just assumed I'd have a pet dinosaur by now. I probably would have enjoyed naming him something ironic, like Peanut. Or maybe Dino Gillespie. But that's all beside the point because scientists have apparently all been spending their time discovering exoplanets and making dancing robots instead of working on cloning some friggin' dinosaurs. But before resigning ourselves to a decidedly undinosaured fate; there are some faint beacons of hope that may yet result in something resembling a real live rawr-ing dinosaur! I guess better late than never, right? We'll see. Just make with the T. rex, scienceface.
Sometimes science experiments don't always go as planned. For example, back in 1927 it is likely physics professor Thomas Parnell never expected his demonstration of viscous liquids to last eight-five years — long past his death — to continue on and eventually be broadcast via webcam for years to come.
Astronomers have captured images of a black hole shooting two "bullets" of ionized gas travelling at nearly a quarter the speed of light. The explosion is so powerful it produces as much energy in one hour as the sun emits in five years.
In a rapidly warming world, the task of finding a way to reduce greenhouse gases — primarily carbon dioxide — has been on the mind of scientists everywhere. Now, a team of researchers may have found a way to cut down harmful carbon dioxide courtesy of an inexpensive polymeric material.
We report a lot about robots. Flying robots, military robots, assistive robots, medical robots…you name it and we've covered it. Now we can tick prison guard robots to the list, with the South Korean Ministry of Justice announcement they will be adding three new prison guard robots to pull night duty in a prison in Pohang.
The photos of these genetically engineered "supersoldier" ants — with their giant heads and pincers — are a little terrifying. While supersoldier ants can be found in nature, apparently they are quite rare and are genetic accidents. I'm glad of that for personal reasons, but they do have a scientific significance.
Scientists preserve brains or body parts for various reasons. Sometimes the person had an illness that bears further study with more advanced tools than an age supplies; other times the brain in question powered an extraordinary intellect. The brains we'll be talking about belong more to the former, and scientists have found that studying canned gray matter can provide a history of human mental health.