You probably think of aluminum as a solid metal, the kind of thing that could protect you from explosions. That's not always the case—as the magnificent mad scientists at Periodic Videos are here to show us with supernova-style flame balls made from powdered aluminum.
It might look more like an engine from an aging car than a piece of engineering fit for space, but this machine was a pioneering piece of apparatus that allowed astronauts to experiment with fluids in space.
A lot of people are wondering why the first color image from the Mars Curiosity Rover looks so murky. Or why the black and white pictures look so low-resolution and out of focus in some areas. Calm yourselves. They will look absolutely amazing soon, perfect and in high-def.
Here you have it. It's not the super-HD panoramic image that everyone is eagerly awaiting for, but this is the first high(ish) resolution image of the 3-mile-high Aeolis Mons, commonly known as Mount Sharp.
A friend at NASA has sent us this funny document that reveals two things for the first time. One, it shows exactly where Curiosity landed yesterday. The accuracy of the actual landing site compared to the target is impressive!*
A lot of laboratory work involves repetitive tasks like creating cultures or dispensing precise amounts of chemicals. So not only does this Mahoro robot researcher deal with those boring tasks with absolute precision, it can also handle biohazards too dangerous for humans to interact with.
Thomas Edison was not an inventor for the love of the game. "I always invented to obtain money to go on inventing," he said. For a tireless mind like that, a lab had to be far more than a lab.
An University of California Los Angeles' team of chemists, biologists and engineers has developed a funky lab-in-a-chip capable of performing 1,024 chemical reactions in parallel. Using microfluidics, the system may dramatically accelerate drug development for cancer and other diseases: