Neutrinos barely have any mass at all, but in conclusive proof that all things are relative, some are hella fat while others are wicked thin. Since they're hard to measure, we have no idea which ones are which, but a fancy new neutrino detector in Minnesota will start solving the problem with the largest plastic structure ever built.
In 1927, twenty-nine scientists gathered at the fifth Solvay Conference. That's a lot of mental bandwidth all in one place, and now a user on Reddit has given the venerable photo a little modern love.
We all know the Periodic Table of Elements — it's that thing with the pretty colors that hung on your chemistry class wall. While we may all recognize the venerable chart, we may not really know it (unless it's done up as a Star Wars version). Now, students and science buffs can actually interact with it thanks to QR codes for each element.
Up until now we've had no problem with scientists working to give us robots that can swim, run, jump and even scale walls. But when robots that can camouflage themselves to disappear into the scenery start popping up, it may be time to get a little nervous.
Usian Bolt has reconfirmed his status as the fastest human on Earth, but is he faster than a person falling vertically with just gravity to propel them? Let's find out!
You know what's boring? Surfaces. Why does an orange always have to feel like an orange? Couldn't it change it up every so often and feel like a peach or something? And why should all that neat stuff underneath touchscreens always feel like such a … touchscreen?
Yesterday, the Royal New Zealand Air Force spotted a gigantic mass made from volcanic pumice rocks floating in the south Pacific. The total area of the "island" is about 9,000 square miles, or about the same size as New Jersey (and larger than Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island or the entire nation of Israel).
Bacteria are a nasty bunch, creating infections from the common to the horrific. Not only that, but they lurk pretty much everywhere. Now they may have met their match in a film created by Harvard scientists that is so slippery, it fools bacteria into thinking they can't attach there and grow. Major score for science!
In the future, police may analyze highly detailed, glowing fingerprints instead of dusting a crime scene. A research team in China has developed a process by which fingerprints both old and new are not only more detailed, but could allow authorities to pick up extra evidence, such as drug use.
As a kid, I'd sit watching Star Trek and it would blow my tiny mind. From the phasers to the universal language translator I was fascinated by this imaginary future, not realizing I'd be living in a time when many of the things envisioned by Gene Roddenberry are close to coming true.