Herschel Space Telescope Goes Blind

One of the most powerful pieces of space equipment ever launched has lost its ability to collect data. As was always inevitable, the Herschel Space Observatory has run out of the helium needed to cool instruments. The observatory, built and run by the European Space Agency, was launched in 2009. It used a 3.5 meter […]

Influenza Venn Diagram: Who Can Catch Which Flu? [Pic]

An informative venn diagram showing who can catch which flu virus by the folks over at Information is Beautiful. [Information is Beautiful | Via Neatorama]

Geek Makes Cell Cake For Biology Assignment [Pic]

Artist Nicole Williams made this awesome cell cake as an assignment for a biology course. Looks great, doesn’t it? But the question remains: Is it scientifically accurate? I’m waiting for all you biologist out there to chime in with your answers! [Source: Nicole William on Deviantart.com | Via Neatorama

The Difference Between Bat Flight and Bird Flight [Video]

An interesting video from Smarter Every Day taking a look at how bats fly in comparison to birds. [Smarter Every Day]

Childbirth vs Getting Kicked in the Balls – Which Hurts More? [SCIENCE!]

Childbirth vs Getting Kicked in the Balls – Which hurts more? A scientific breakdown to settle the score! [ASAPScience]

Humanity is Doomed, DOOMED I Tell You: Fourth-Grade Science Quiz from a Creationist School [Pic]

Here is a picture of a fourth-grade “science quiz” that comes from a school that teaches young earth creationism principles, and believe it or not, it’s apparently NOT a hoax. Someone wrote to snopes.com reporting that this quiz belonged to his 10-year-old daughter. I didn’t know that this was being taught to her until we […]

Scientists Create the Ultimate Drug Database

Chemists at Duke University have put together a database covering every possible combination of molecules that chemists could create in a laboratory. The idea is to keep track of what work has already been done, as well as settling disputes about who created what. The chemists reasoned that as drug synthesis involve humans putting together […]

Corn Starch Plus Water Acts Like Self-Repairing Glass

Making children walk across what appears to be a pool of liquid is one of the best known science demonstrations. Now researchers have discovered more about the way this material, dubbed oobleck, reacts to shocks — and the findings could improve car safety. Oobleck, which takes its name from a Dr Seuss book, simply refers […]

When is a Higgs not a Higgs?

One of the scientists who worked on the development of the Higgs boson theory has backed calls for it to be given a name reflecting more than just one man. The debate comes a few weeks after CERN announced it had only one remaining variable to eliminate before confirming that the particle discovered through the […]

Parallel Universes: Many Worlds [Science!]

In a parallel world, a version of me is conducting an experiment that solves this dilemna. BUT NOT this universe.? *plays video games* – NobbyKNobbs [Minute Physics]

What Happens When You Wring Out a Wet Washcloth in Space [Video]

CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner. The students from Fall River, Nova Scotia won a national science contest held by the Canadian Space Agency with their experiment on surface tension in space using a wet washcloth. [Canadian Space Agency]

Why Do We Cry? [Science Video]

Ever wonder why your face leaks when you’re sad or emotional? Find out why in this great instructional video from ASAP Science. [ASAPScience]