How You Can Create Petite Planets In a Petri Dish

Wanna create your own beautiful, living, breathing solar system at home? It's easy—you just need petri plates (or any kind of flat, wide and shallow containers), some fatty milk, a little dish soap, food coloring and liquid plungers and droppers. And your own imagination. » 2/13/15 6:00am 2/13/15 6:00am

Scientists Discover Velcro Makes Lab-Grown Muscle Stronger

We can grow lots out of labs these days. When you can grown full brains and anal sphincters in petri dishes, muscle must seem like cake. Except that it doesn't hold up the way muscle should. The solution? Velcro. » 8/30/11 12:00pm 8/30/11 12:00pm

A Chandelier Fit For a Mad Scientist's Lair

No, that's not a sentinel hanging from this family's ceiling. It's one hundred petri dishes attached to 15,000 feet of fiber optics...perhaps pausing for a moment before reaching down to strike at those dining below? » 9/14/10 11:20pm 9/14/10 11:20pm

A Beautiful Sunset, Painted in Fluorescent Bacteria

This beach is awash in bacteria colonies that express eight different colors through fluorescent protein modification. And yes, that canvas is a petri dish. [Andrew Hires via MAKE] » 1/22/09 7:20pm 1/22/09 7:20pm