Cameraphone works as makeshift microscope

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A Canadian specialist in infectious diseases says he found some success in using a modified iPhone to diagnose worm infections in Tanzanian children. But Dr Isaac Bogoch says the results aren’t quite reliable enough yet. The main way to diagnose worms is to examine stool samples for eggs. They are around 40 to 60 micrometers […]

How Camouflage Works in Cephalopods

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When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming. Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods–squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion. music by DjCode, Best of Breitband, footage courtesy of roger hanlon, produced by flora lichtman. [Source: […]

Cool Experiment: Running Water Through a 24hz Sine Wave

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Please note that the effect you are seeing in the video cannot be seen with the naked eye. The reason why you see the water remain motionless is because the footage is filmed at 24 frames per second, just like the sine wave that comes out of the speaker. Run the rubber hose down past […]

Hawking: The Movie [SXSW 2013 Accepted Film]

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“Hawking” is the extraordinary story of the planet’s most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking’s private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen’s world, both past and present. An inspirational portrait of an iconic […]

The Pain of Electricity (AC vs. DC) [Video]

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Needless to say, do NOT attempt to do this at home, or in fact, anywhere. This guy is totally crazy. Oh, and yes, that’s the same person we featured a while ago who shocked himself pretty badly while demonstrating some of the properties of ESD. Again, NEVER, EVER shock yourselves voluntarily. Thank you. [Mehdi Sadaghdar]

Richard Feynman: Rubber Bands are Fascinating [Science!]

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Richard Feynman on rubber bands. I could keep on listening to this man for hours. Have you heard his explanation on fire? Truly a joy to listen to. [Via]

The Science of Aging [Video]

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Why do we age, from a biological perspective? Are we really programmed to die? [AsapSCIENCE]

Orange LED in Liquid Nitrogen [Video]

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We submerge an orange LED into liquid nitrogen which causes the LED to change colour from orange to yellow and towards green. So geeks, can anyone here explain exactly why the light emitted by the LED changes color when submerged in liquid nitrogen? If you do, let us know the explanation in the comments section […]

Higgs Boson Confirmation Now One Step Away

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CERN says it only has one more variable to confirm before it can officially confirm that the particle it discovered is indeed the hypothetical Higgs boson. The particle is currently officially labeled as Higgs-like, referring to its similarities to an imaginary particle described by physicist Peter Higgs among others. His model (in very simplified terms) […]

The Genetic Wonder of the Canine: A Look at Geek’s Best Friend

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It’s true. I lasted approximately 48 hours before we ended up with another dog after our pooch of 8 years was tragically hit and killed by a car. But I am a dog person, and I’d like to think that it’s in my DNA. After all, dogs may be one of the most fascinating creatures […]

One and Two Are the Magic Numbers for First Couple to Mars

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Tell your spouse that you want to coat the walls in your own urine and faeces and he or she will likely walk out of the room in disgust. But take up a multimillionaire’s offer and that won’t be possible — because you’ll be in space. It’s all part of a proposal by Dennis Tito, […]

The Spinning Match Table Trick [Video]

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When you rub the balloon on a coarse surface, you give the balloon additional electrons, generating a negative static charge. Meanwhile, the match, delicately balancing inside of the cup, has a neutral charge. When an object has a negative charge, it will repel the electrons of other objects and attract that object’s protons. When the […]