Great works of science fiction can help us become more aware of real science, and more curious about the wonders of the cosmos. But for some people, they can actually help inspire a career in the sciences. The Conversation asked scientists to name their favorite science-fiction stories, and the results are inspiring.…
When most of us imagine scientists, we picture white lab coats, sparkling work benches, and tidy, controlled experiments. We do not tend to imagine accidentally exchanging saliva with dead animals or gluing oneself to a large carnivore.
The internets are having fun destroying biochemist Tim Hunt’s comments about the “trouble with girls” in laboratories. Using the hashtag #distractinglysexy, people are posting ironic pictures of famed female scientists, while working scientists are taking selfies so hot it’s like they’re saturated with thermal energy.
Scientists at Swiss fruit company Lubera have created a genetically modified apple that fizzes in your mouth. This new variety, called Paradis Sparkling, has big cells in the flesh that release effervescent juices when you bite into them.
Human girls can be scientist of all stripes, and they should have toys that encourage them to do so. That's why it's awesome that Lego ideas just greenlit three new female Lego scientist minifigs—an astronomer, a paleontologist, and a chemist—for an August 2014 release. Yay!
How many things cause cancer according to science studies? Probably the same amount of things that can make you magically healthy. What is good for you is bad for you is good for you, depending on the day and which scientific study came out recently. There are so many of those studies and they all prove and disprove…
Brian Greene (author of The Elegant Universe) just posted this photo on his Facebook wall with the following description:
When I was a kid, I wasted nearly 97.9% of my allowance on basketball cards. It was awesome. Now I don't even know where they are. So if I could do it all over again, I'd much rather collect these scientist trading cards. It's the coolest nerdiest thing ever.
You know how every other day a new science report comes out saying this and that gives you cancer? But then a day after it's revealed that the same this and that actually prevents cancer? Yeah. What the hell should we believe in? Who knows because scientists have just found that scientists lie all the time in their…
In the timeless masterpiece Armageddon, by auteur Michael Bay, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck were sent into space to blow up an asteroid headed straight for Earth. Now, in real life, scientists are going to do the same thing.
For some reason, crazy scientists from South Korea have created a dog that glows in the dark. Seriously. The beagle, named Tegon, was cloned and genetically modified so it lights up when you put it under ultraviolet light.
Scientists at Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems recently published a paper describing a two-part method to improve password security.
Scientists are great and all, what with their discovery of new and wonderful things and unlocking the secrets of our universe, etc. YAWN. The thing is, can't they just let some stuff better off alone? Like, gross stuff? [xkcd]
These days, science can back anything, huh? Like this crazy list of "scientific tips" that'll improve your dating life:
Carbon nanotubes do it all, don't they? To date they've strengthened other materials, solved crimes in the Mystery Mobile and can claim they've taken part in creating the world's lightest material. Well, at least two of those are true anyway.
The Large Hadron Collider is slinging 300 trillion protons at 99.9999991% of the speed of light. It could answer momentous scientific mysteries of our universe. But what if you jam your hand into it? Watch scientists struggle to answer.
Well, this doesn't sound good: NASA just announced that the Earth's thermosphere, an upper layer of the atmosphere, collapsed. It's the biggest contraction in 43 years and scientists have no idea what's going on. I don't feel safe anymore.
For the first time, scientists have created life from scratch – well, sort of. Craig Venter's team has made a bacterial genome from smaller DNA subunits and then transplanted the whole thing into another cell.
What did Venter's team do?
After BP's many failures, Obama and his Energy Secretary Steven Chu have assembled a team of five "extraordinarily intelligent" scientists, whose specialties range from bomb design to Martian mining, to clean up the Gulf spill. Here's the all star team:
With all the intrigue around China hacking Google and Google hacking back, it's easy to overlook the real-world consequences of what further escalation might lead to. Specifically: Chinese researchers and scientists could see the plug pulled on their work process.