It may not seem as exciting as a title fight in Las Vegas, but for the cell biologists participating in the World's First Cell Race there was the same thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as they placed their cells on a special petri dish racetrack.
Next time you go through a breakup, you might want to try sleeping instead of sleeping around. For those unclear on euphemisms, I actually mean sleeping, i.e. laying in bed (or wherever) in a state lacking a certain amount of consciousness (even with a robotic snuggle bear).
Two pairs of self-propelled robots called Wave Gliders recently launched from San Francisco on a course that'll see them collectively covering almost 38,000 miles of the Pacific. If they reach their destinations in Japan and Australia, they could set the world record for the longest distance traveled by an unmanned vehicle.
The always entertaining and informative Vsauce explains that the entire Internet's data only weighs about 50 grams. Go figure.
While we continue to search for extraterrestrial life, alien-like creatures are being found here on Earth. Most recently: enormous amoebas that can withstand heavy metals (i.e. uranium, lead, mercury), low temperatures and high pressure were found 6.6 miles under the ocean's surface.
Since its inception about 250 years ago, hypnosis is often seen by scientists and pop culture alike as a cute party trick, great for getting your friends to start acting like dogs with the recitation of a key word. Now, Scandinavian researchers claim to have objectively proven a hypnotic state exists using a new technique.
Fans of the Iron Man movies will remember the amazing scenes of Tony Stark manipulating a holographic interface as he discovers the element vibranium. Now a real lab has concocted a similar method of studying molecules using augmented reality.
Those weird faster-than-light neutrinos that CERN thought they saw last month may have just gotten slowed down to a speed that'll keep them from completely destroying physics as we know it. In an ironic twist, the very theory that these neutrinos would have disproved may explain exactly what happened.
Nikon Small World is an exhibit of some of the best "photography through a microscope" you're ever likely to see. Now in its 37th year, the competition enjoys entries from micro-photographers from over 70 countries around the globe. Photomicrography allows photographers access to shapes, colors and detail that go unnoticed otherwise. Whereas one hundred people could take a picture of a city's skyline and all could look the same, photomicrographers could take a hundred different pictures of the same subject, and each would look wildly different. Does the reading lens in a DVD-ROM drive strike you as beautiful? It just might under intense magnification, as you'll see in the gallery below. Last time we showed you the terror that's in the unseen world all around us. This time, let's take a look at the beauty.
First it was solving a complex protein puzzle related to the HIV virus, and this time it is the 40,000 registered users of the game Planet Hunters who have identified 69 potential new planets and two very strong candidate planets outside the Earth's solar system. We think we see a new trend in the making.