How Science Looks At Really Tiny Things - Using Tape And Pliers

For nanomaterials scientists, just getting a look at what they're working with presents a serious challenge — you can't see something a couple atoms wide with a normal microscope. And while they have all the fancy toys you'd probably expect in a hi-tech lab, office supplies also play a disturbingly prominent role. » 3/17/15 12:00am 3/17/15 12:00am

Adam Savage's Replica Hedge Maze From The Shining Is Scarily Accurate

When Mythbusters' Adam Savage isn't, uh, busting myths, he spends his time crafting amazing replicas of movie props, among other hobbies. This time around it's the hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, prompted by Savage's disappointment in what should have been the "official" version. » 2/28/15 2:00pm 2/28/15 2:00pm

The Contraptions That Made Photographic Images Before Cameras Existed

You're probably familiar with the beginnings of photography. The daguerreotype, early black and whites, sepia-tone—and it all gets more colorful from there. But what about before photography? When there was no capture medium or lenses and everything was based on linear perspective? How did these early artists capture… » 1/05/15 12:15pm 1/05/15 12:15pm