New Super Software Tracks Every Cell in an Organism as It Develops

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least, until now it was. » 7/21/14 4:14pm 7/21/14 4:14pm

Finally, a Digital Library of Bizarre Human Bones From the Middle Ages

A spinal column with fused vertebrae. The bones of a woman with advanced syphilis. Skeletons deformed by rickets and leprosy. A fascinating online library of deformed bones from the Middle Ages goes live today—and while I didn't even realize such a thing existed, now I can't imagine living without it. God bless… » 12/09/13 1:00pm 12/09/13 1:00pm

The First 3D Scan of the Tower of Pisa Will Help Preserve It Forever

A team of Australian researchers recently climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a 3D scanner and came back with the most detailed map of the building ever. At first you might think that the beautiful results were meant for a museum, but this detailed scan will help scientists protect it from ruin. » 9/18/13 1:29pm 9/18/13 1:29pm

New Camera Chip Design Can Take Photos in 3D

A new camera chip design from scientists at Stanford University has opened up the possibility of 3D photos. The chip has stacked 16 x 16 pixel arrays and a host of micro-lenses, much like a fly's eye, enabling the whole chip to "see" in three dimensions, unlike a normal 2D pixel array digital camera sensor. Here's how… » 2/21/08 1:03pm 2/21/08 1:03pm