There's a lot we take for granted each day. How food gets to the table. The way electricity powers our appliances. Downloading music. All of these things got their start somewhere.
Scientists have successfully germinated a plant from an Ice Age fruit found squirrel burrow deep in the Russian permafrost. At 30,000 years old, the plant material is the oldest plant to ever be revived.
If you are not a Navy seal — which I am not — you may not be aware that current night vision goggles are on the cumbersome side. The problem is how to cool the bad boys down enough to provide an accurate visual signature. So the beauty of the solution to improving them and lightening them up coming from an ethereal little butterfly is not lost on me.
Fossils are capable of giving up incredible secrets — the color of a feather, the sheen of a wing and now the sound of a chirp. A chirp doesn't sound like much but considering it last sounded 165 million years ago, it's music to scientist's ears.
Just because Valentine's Day is coming up doesn't mean you have to change who you are to give a great gift. If flowers, chocolates and fine dining (molecular gastronomy excepted) make you think, "been there, done that," then we've got some ideas for you. We've hunted around to come up with gift ideas that are off the beaten path for you to consider. Are you in love with a bonafide geek? A Trekkie? A science buff? We've got you all covered — just hop on into the gallery below.
You may have heard, but there are some folks out there who aren't too pleased with all the plastic we have in clogging our landfills and killing our wildlife. Luckily, now all these anti-our-giant-and-oh-so-necessary-3-friggin'-liter-bottles-of-sugar-water might be able to throw a party replete with tofu cubes and spring rolls: a mushroom has been found in the Amazon that might simply eat it all. Yep.
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.