Our guides suggested we rent a car with four-wheel-drive to navigate the treacherous dirt road on the Sierra Negra volcano in Mexico, which reaches 15,220 feet and is evidently the highest road in North America. We wished we’d heeded this advice as our car skidded down the mountain and into a ditch. But we made it to…
Gothic, Colorado is a surreal place. Once populated with thousands of silver-seeking miners, the tiny outpost is now home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where dozens of scientists are coming to grips with the consequences of climate change (among other things). Some of them have been doing research…
A crew of NASA and ESA astronauts and researchers has arrived to underwater laboratory, Aquarius. They’ll be using the underwater conditions to simulate a crewed trip to Mars.
I was a test subject for a real, no-foolin’ neuroscience study with electrodes strapped to my head and everything. It was surprisingly pleasant—until they started showing me pictures of severed feet.
Not every experiment requires a lab to complete it. In fact, plenty of them work out just as easily in your own home.
Last month, we took a look at the headquarters of the most beautiful science laboratories and research institutes in the world. Now it’s time to go inside. As it turns out, scientists and their machines, labs, and tools are even more amazing then the buildings they work in.
There’s an excellent forum to share details of successful lab endeavors: scientific journals. But what about when things go wrong? As with these stories of fire, saline solution run amok, and, yes, accidental dynamite creation that readers shared with us — things in the lab don’t always go according to plan.
Who said that laboratories, research centers and other science institutions have to be boring places? Believe me, architects are doing their bests when it comes to designing the headquarters of such facilities. The following 22 images prove that I am right.
You might be forgiven for thinking that what you're seeing here is a very well-constructed toy. But it's also a fully operational watt balance, the tool that's used to set the standard measurement of a kilogram.
Sometimes, everything goes beautifully in the lab: Your equipment works perfectly, your data sets are neat, and your results eminently publishable. And then sometimes, everything goes horribly, horribly wrong. These lab stories are all firmly in that second category — and, yes, there WILL be fire.
Whether your last experiment involved combining baking soda and vinegar and calling it a volcano or you took your DIY science efforts pro in a lab, we want to hear about the best experiment you ever did.
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's been almost ten years since the first and only time I ever talked to Architecture in Helsinki. I was writing for the college newspaper and trying too hard to look cool. But they didn't have to try at all. "Why are you guys so fun?" I asked. "We're from Australia," they replied.
How cool is this? Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Easy Bay represent!) have created an atom-smasher that could fit on your kitchen table. Why should the Large Hadron Collider guys have all the fun?
Google closed the doors on Google Labs today. The ongoing projects aren't disappearing; they'll be absorbed into other departments, and many have already "graduated" into full-fledged products. The spirit and mission of the initiative will live on, just in a decidedly less centralized way.
The best thing about Google is that its employees have all the time in the world-or at least, a Google-bestowed chunk of hours-to devote to various side projects. You might recognize some of these. Like, say, Gmail.
Steins of Science, created by a UC Berkeley physicist, are drinking mugs made from heavy-duty lab flasks. Just think how chilly beer stays when it's wrapped in a vacuum "100,000 times more powerful than that of your average thermos."
If you don't work inside one, you might expect laboratory work to be humdrum. But throughout history, some spectacular scenes have occurred in labs across the world. LIFE brings us a gallery of these moments-from the impressive to the strange.