Nuclear Fusion One Step Closer

US researchers have reached a key milestone in their work to turn nuclear fusion into a viable energy source. For the first time they’ve produced more energy than was put in to the fusion. Existing nuclear power plants work through nuclear fission, which breaks down atomic nuclei into smaller pieces, releasing energy. The most common […]

The Ultimate Death of the Universe (Ft. Professor Brian Cox) [Science Video]

With the theory of Black Dwarf Stars, Professor Brian Cox considers the death of the universe, a time so far in the future it defies comprehension. Brian discovers that time is not characterised by repetition but by irreversible change. From the relentless march of desert sands to the erosion of a beached freighter, the ravaging […]

Why Does My Body Do That?!

Answers to why you get the chills, pruney fingers, pins and needles, brain freeze, and that falling sensation when you’re about to fall asleep. [Buzzfeed]

The physics of sperm vs. the physics of sperm whales [Science Video]

Traveling is extremely arduous for microscopic sperm — think of a human trying to swim in a pool made of…other humans. We can compare the journey of a sperm to that of a sperm whale by calculating the Reynolds number, a prediction of how fluid will behave, often fluctuating due to size of the swimmer. […]

How Much Oxygen Does A Person Consume In A Day? [Science Video]

Ever wonder how much oxygen you breathe in a day? Watch this episode of BrainStuff and find out! [BrainStuff]

How to Destroy a Magnet (+ interactive periodic table) [Science Video]

Magnets are amazingly strong… but there’s a very easy way to destroy them. All you need to know is a little bit about ferromagnetism, paramagnetism, and temperature! [Minute Physics | Interactive Periodic Table]

Hydrophobic [Comic]

A witty little comic by the two starving post-grads over at Science Fried Art. Be sure to check out some of their other comics too! [Source: Science Fried Art]

Yawning Study Sheds New Light on Autism

Anyone with a little knowledge of biology and a sense of mischief will know that intentionally yawning in a public place can set off a chain reaction. But a newly-published study explores why children with autism are less vulnerable to the “sympathetic yawn.” A common theory is that the reason we yawn when we see […]

Could Your Brain Be Hacked? [Science Video]

We all feel in control of our actions and thoughts – but as technology and biology begin to intertwine, what does this mean for our minds? Could technology be used to control our brains? [AsapSCIENCE]

The Leidenfrost (Effect) Maze [Video]

The Leidenfrost Maze was designed and built by University of Bath undergraduate students Carmen Cheng and Matthew Guy to demonstrate the self-propulsion of Leidenfrost droplets at public outreach events and schools. The video was created by Carmen Cheng as part of her undergraduate project. [UniOfBathAV]

Man Walks With a Robotic Leg Controlled by His Brain [Video]

This 32-year-old man is apparently the first person with a missing lower limb to control a robotic leg with his mind. Deus? Ex: Human Revolution. Chapter 1 – Prologue. A team led by biomedical engineer Levi Hargrove at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in Illinois reported the breakthrough last week in the New England Journal […]

This Table is Made From Levitating Magnetic Cubes [Video]

The Float table is a matrix of “magnetized” wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables. It’s classical physics applied to modern design. Each handcrafted table is precisely tuned to seem rigid and stable, yet a touch reveals the secret […]