This looks like it could be a fabric print, but in fact you’re looking at magnified view of a phenomenon known as Rayleigh-Benard convection, as temperature differences drive the motion of silicone oil.
Microgravity complicates everything. Much of our sense of “how things work” is influenced by gravity. Don Pettit uses a soldering iron to boil water, and we see how it both is and isn’t different from a pot and stove on Earth.
This oddly beautiful video shows us how water warms over a heat source in little slow-motion eruptions. Watch the dye rise up from the hot plate and spread over the water like the world’s most benign mushroom cloud.
Portable vaporizers are a dime a dozen these days, but the idea of inhaling nicotine from a mystery mix of liquids and chemicals can be off-putting at best. With the Firefly in your hand, you'll know exactly what you're lighting up.
For all you aspiring inventors out there, here's a reason to keep up on your patent law. Have you heard of thermoses? They're the subject of not one, but two major patent disputes. Only one will engage your sympathy.
Every sixty million years, the biodiversity of our planet's oceans mysteriously crashes. This strange boom and bust cycle goes back 500 million years, and we now might know why: rising continents make the oceans too shallow for species to survive.
The inner core of our planet is roughly as big as the Moon, and we can only guess what's going on deep inside our planet. We might now have an answer...and it's even more volatile and weird than we thought.
Explore the complicated forces of breakfast cereals and bar snacks — and find out why Brazil nuts always rise to the top of shaken jar of nuts.