An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter

September 21, 2012

Tragedies in Science: The Crash of the Mars Climate Orbiter

In science, as in the rest of life, things don’t always go as planned. From time to time, accidents, mistakes, and tragedies happen. In the worst cases, these experiences result in serious losses or even catastrophes...

Blood vessels created using 3D printing

September 14, 2012

Image of the Week: Printing Blood Vessels and a Whole Lot More

Do you have a good printer at home?  What about one that can print you a new car part, a toy, or another 3D object?  It may sound bizarre, but 3D printing (also known as additive...

Dark clouds of a brewing storm over Iceland

September 10, 2012

The Scientific Method in Action: Advances in Weather Forecasting

Meteorologists often take a lot of flack when their weather predictions aren’t accurate–indeed it can be very annoying to cancel a big event for a blizzard that never materializes, or worse, very dangerous if an unexpected...

September 7, 2012

Video of the Week: NASA’s Perpetual Ocean Proves Data can be Art

Video courtesy: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Who says data have to come in a dry table? The scientists and animators at NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) have made a career out of doing just the opposite....

SIERRA Aircraft in Surprise Valley

September 5, 2012

Unmanned Aircraft Gathers Magnetic Data to Map Underground Faults

Meet SIERRA, or the Sensor Integrated Environmental Remote Research Aircraft, if you want to be formal about it.  She’s an independent little aircraft that flies without a pilot, collecting magnetic data to map underground faults and...

Male specimen of new millipede species

August 31, 2012

Image of the Week: Six New Species of Millipedes Found in Museum Collections

Think you have to organize an expedition to an isolated patch of wilderness or the deepest depths of the sea to find news species?  Not hardly.  This week, scientists described six new species and three new...

August 24, 2012

Video of the Week: Critical Thinking on Climate Change

  Our video of the week is a bit longer than usual: it’s a full-length lecture by Dr. Richard Milne from the University of Edinburgh entitled “Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Separating Skepticism from Denial.”  Dr....

North Dakota National Guard recruits practice applying camouflage face paint as part of their training. Chemists from the University of Southern Mississippi are formulating a new silicon-based paint that can reflect the intense heat of a bomb blast or fire. Image: Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp, courtesy of The U.S. National Guard (CC).

August 22, 2012

War Paint Gets a Chemistry Make Over

This week, thousands of scientists are gathered in Philadelphia, PA for the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting.  They’ll be doling out the 2012 Heroes of Chemistry awards and discussing all kinds of chemistry-related topics from climate...

World o fWaste Infographic

August 16, 2012

Image of the Week: The Science of Garbage (Infographic)

When we think of garbage, we tend to think of municipal waste–the trash (and recycling) that comes out of our homes and businesses.  But there’s a whole lot more to the waste stream than just what...

The skull known as 1470

August 10, 2012

Image of the Week: New Fossil Skull Fragments Suggest Greater Complexity in Humanity’s Family Tree

In 1972, archaeologists working in Kenya unearthed a mystery: a partial skull with a long, flat face and a large cranium. For the first half of the 20th Century, scientists thought the evolutionary tree for modern...