Category Archives: Science

Excerpts from ‘The Beauty Of Science’ – a series of short films capturing the extraordinary progress of chemical reactions by photographer Wen Ting Zhu.

More here.


The clever folk at Kurzgesagt – In A Nutshell explore the microbiome outside and inside all of us, explaining how – among other things – gut bacteria ‘talk’ directly to our brains.

Put down that Yakult and step away.


A short scene from the Japanese educational TV programme Design Ah in which – with the help of the EX NOVO Chamber Choir – Daihei Shibata charts various moments of tension happening on screen.


The Kurzgesaght – In A Nutshell channel explains the epiphanous, universe-deleting potential of black holes. To wit:

Black holes are scary things. But they also might reveal the true nature of the universe to us.


How to explain your strange subconscious shenanigans to others. A School Of Life short, written and narrated by Alain de Botton. To wit:

We often wake up from a dream with a powerful urge to tell those around us about what happened. But our listeners are also liable to feel restless and bored during our narration of the dream. The issue takes us to the heart of the challenges of communication.


The 22km wide Endeavour Crater  – one of three images sent back from Mars by NASA’s Opportunity Rover this week, processed by Jason Major.

The rover’s mission was originally designed to last 90 days. 

13 years later, it’s still trundling around the red planet, taking snaps.



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Well, almost.

On account of tidal locking, very few humans have seen any more than half the moon with their own eyes.

This composite visual stitches together high-resolution images (taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) of 98% of the Moon’s surface, showing an (almost) complete 360-degree rotation.


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Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing sez:

My daughter sent this photo to me. I put it in Photoshop to check. The “reddest” part I could find using the eyedropper had an RGB value of 153/181/182. So technically there is some red in the image, but here is what 153/181/182 looks like:

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Not very red.



An extraordinary descent to the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, using actual footage from the Huygens Space Probe, which landed there in 2005. To wit:

The probe sampled Titan’s dense, hazy atmosphere as it slowly rotated beneath its parachutes, analyzing the complex organic chemistry and measuring winds. It also took hundreds of images during the descent, revealing bright, rugged highlands that were crosscut by dark drainage channels and steep ravines. The area where the probe touched down was a dark, granular surface, which resembled a dry lakebed.

MORE: Huygens: ‘Ground Truth’ From an Alien Moon (NASA Jet Propulsion Lab)



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