The Site Where Doctors Share X-Rays of Weird Things in People's Butts

You and me, we have Wikipedia. Radiologists, they have Radiopaedia. If you can get past the clinical language, you can see it for what it really is: An amazing cache of images that show the human body at its extreme limits. And a place to find (and share!) x-rays of weird stuff people have put up their butts. » 2/04/15 7:40pm 2/04/15 7:40pm

Here Are Two Galaxies With Supermassive Black Hole Hearts Colliding

Hey there, human, want to feel some awe? Look at this newly released NASA image set of two galaxies, each with a supermassive black hole at its heart, colliding in a violent spiral of star stuff. Space is awesome, and thanks to improved telescope technology, we're seeing more and more of it every day. » 1/09/15 11:15am 1/09/15 11:15am

X-rays of the weird things that vets find inside pets

I just knew about They Ate WHAT? A competition where vets send X-rays of animals with weird things stuck within their bodies. These are some of the winners—some images look kind of harsh but don't worry, all the animals were treated appropriately and they are fine and hungry again. » 9/18/14 8:19am 9/18/14 8:19am

X-Ray Reveals Real Human Teeth in 300-Year-Old Jesus Statue

During an otherwise routine restoration, researchers at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) made an unprecedented discovery. As it turns out, the 18th century statue of Christ they'd been X-raying was fitted with actual, 100% human pearly whites—totally intact all the way to the roots. » 8/12/14 12:00pm 8/12/14 12:00pm

Cheap toys look surprisingly cool through X-rays

Photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick uses both chest X-ray and mammogram machines in his photography, a technique he learned when he had to develop an X-ray like look for a client—it turned out the best way was to use actual X-rays. He told us about his work. » 7/16/14 9:31pm 7/16/14 9:31pm

Researchers Develop a Way to X-Ray Rocks To Find Hidden Diamonds

It's no surprise that the diamond industry is willing to spend whatever it takes to make the process of mining precious gems even more profitable. And while it already relies on X-ray technology for spotting diamonds on the surface of mined ore, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute's Development Center for X-ray… » 4/18/14 10:40am 4/18/14 10:40am

Using X-Rays To Peer Inside Ancient Art Objects

Photographer David Maisel—widely known for his incredible aerial work, including a breath-taking project recently shot in Spain—has opened a new show in New York exploring the otherwise invisible insides of culturally important art objects. Called History's Shadow, it is on display at the Yancey Richardson Gallery » 4/13/14 6:00pm 4/13/14 6:00pm

These Are the First X-Rays of a Living Cell

To get a super-detailed X-ray view inside a cell—right down to the individual molecules—scientists dunk the cell they're looking at in preservative chemicals. That not only kills the cell, it changes its internal structure ever so slightly, meaning researchers aren't getting an exact look at the cell's natural state.… » 2/27/14 7:30pm 2/27/14 7:30pm

Pipe Crawling Underwater X-Ray Machines Find Leaks Before They Happen

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but when it comes to an underwater pipeline carrying oil or natural gas, staying ahead of leaks can actually help prevent a billion dollar cleanup. So researchers at GE are developing an underwater submersible that uses X-rays to check pipelines for signs of… » 2/27/14 4:20pm 2/27/14 4:20pm

X-Rays Of Super Luxury Products Reveal The Tech Behind The Glitz

Every once and awhile I have to get dressed up for a wedding or something. And it's kind of fun, but it always reminds me that I'm just not fancy on the inside. No matter how decked out I am I'm still a jeans and a tshirt person deep down. But hopefully that's not true of luxury tech products that people spend a lot… » 9/08/13 4:40pm 9/08/13 4:40pm

The Insane Cancer Machines That Used to Live in Shoe Stores Everywhere

Have you heard about these newfangled X-ray machines? We should put 'em in everything! We should literally use them to X-ray people's feet to fit them for shoes. It sounds like a retro-parody cartoon, but it's not. It's what actually happened in the 1940s. » 7/15/13 2:14pm 7/15/13 2:14pm

Slow Motion X-Ray Footage Reveals the Secrets of Bat Wings

If you happen to see a bat flying around you in real life, it's easy to panic and not see much of anything but a vague blur as you cover your head and cower. But they're actually pretty graceful when you really look at them. And new slow motion, x-ray footage just goes to show it in even greater detail, all while… » 7/06/13 9:00pm 7/06/13 9:00pm

Taking X-Rays Of Women In Corsets Was A Haunting Use Of New Technology

Any tech that allows humans a new type of insight is inevitably turned on ourselves. We want to know what else we can find out from peering in on our bodies or minds in a new way. Of course, x-ray machines were pretty much used from the start for that purpose, but it's amazing to see these 1908 photos examining how a… » 6/23/13 6:11pm 6/23/13 6:11pm

Watch a Caterpillar Transform Into a Butterfly From Inside the Cocoon

If you ever stared at a chrysalis as a kid, patiently waiting for a beautiful new butterfly to emerge, you were probably left wondering just what was going on inside there. Was the caterpillar reconfiguring itself like a Transformer? Was it morphing like a Terminator? Nobody knows—except now everyone does thanks to… » 5/15/13 4:08pm 5/15/13 4:08pm

83 Percent of Radiologists Didn't Spot the Gorilla Hiding in This CT…

You've almost certainly seen the dancing gorilla video which demonstrates the theory of change blindness—a phenomenon which means we don't see changes we're not expecting. Now, an updated experiment shows that the same may be true of radiologists analyzing CT images. » 2/13/13 4:32am 2/13/13 4:32am

This Portable X-Ray Scanner Is Tiny and Brilliant

The once unfathomable technologies of science fiction are starting to become a reality, and the latest of comes in the form of an affordable x-ray scanner no bigger than a stick of gum. » 1/11/13 12:00pm 1/11/13 12:00pm

This Photographer Knows Exactly What You're Getting for Christmas

We've all seen x-rays as art before, but this Christmas-themed selection is too good to pass up. Captured by Hugh Turvey, these images show what lurks beneath the wrapping paper you can't wait to tear open. » 12/19/12 6:11am 12/19/12 6:11am

Guy Builds an X-Ray Backscatter Machine in His Garage, Doesn't Have To…

When most people tackle DIY projects related to airports, it's usually some kind of over-the-top commercial airline simulator. But not Ben Krasnow He took a decidedly different approach by building his own X-ray backscatter machine using various parts found on eBay. » 11/28/12 8:41am 11/28/12 8:41am

X-Ray Image Shows the iPhone 5 Totally Buck Naked

Ever wonder what it would be like to gaze at the iPhone 5 with superhero-caliber X-ray vision? Wonder no more, because an engineer named Alex Caron has snapped a couple of X-ray images of Apple's newest smartphone. » 11/26/12 11:02am 11/26/12 11:02am

Portable Battery-Powered X-ray Machine Guarantees You'll Always Find…

Developed by a Japanese company called Mikasa for emergency medical use in the field, particularly when there's no power after a disaster, the TRB9020H portable x-ray machine weighs just 15 pounds and can take up to 300 images on a single charge. » 4/28/12 9:00am 4/28/12 9:00am