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In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they become impervious to drugs. The experiments are thought to provide the first large-scale glimpse of the maneuvers of bacteria as they encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotics and adapt to survive-and thrive-in them.
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Tuesday, Sep 13th 2016 (12:02am) | Thanks: Presurfer
Maybe your coffee, beer, wine need to display their molecular structures. Maybe you want to pour a pint into a glass characterizing your favorite historical scientist. Your um, prayers have been answered.
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Saturday, Jul 9th 2016 (2:15am)
Harvard University selected XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. This award winning piece was the first topic in a series of animations XVIVO is creating for Harvard's educational website BioVisions at Harvard.
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Friday, Jun 3rd 2016 (12:01am)
Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders? The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning "aesthetic chills," and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a 'skin orgasm.'
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Tuesday, May 31st 2016 (12:00am)
During a recent bone marrow transplant, a 46-year-old man acquired his donor's food allergy. Although the surgery was a success, the man ate a kiwi and had a severe allergic similar to his donor-sister, who is is very allergic to kiwis and experiences mouth and throat swelling.
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Thursday, Apr 21st 2016 (12:01am)
Why does our solar system act in a single plane with all the bodies revolving in essentially concentric ellipses?
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Tuesday, Apr 19th 2016 (12:00am)
In an era when NASA's vast photographic archive is a click away and even the Curiosity Rover is on Instagram, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that photographing the cosmos is an amazing achievement and a complex process.
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Friday, Apr 8th 2016 (2:44am)
A detailed poster of every space exploration mission to leave the Earth's orbit. The poster features hand-drawn illustrations of each spacecraft and shows their path around the solar system.
Mouse-over to zoom in on the sample image. $38 for the print only.
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Monday, Mar 14th 2016 (12:01am)
Superman could see through anything but lead or kryptonite. As it turns out, you can probably see much more than you think you can. Welcome to a primer on polarized light and how humans perceive it.
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Sunday, Mar 13th 2016 (12:23am)
The model includes the Earth, Moon and Sun, all of which move at about the right speeds - and it was built using only a famous children's toy
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Sunday, Mar 6th 2016 (12:00am)
Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It's made of fungi
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Tuesday, Feb 23rd 2016 (12:00am)
We've seen plenty of photos from the surface of the moon from the days of Apollo, but now China is providing us with new images from its lunar rover.
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Thursday, Feb 4th 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: rabbiwanna
If you fell into a black hole, you might expect to die instantly. But in fact your fate would be far stranger than that.
This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.
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Wednesday, Feb 3rd 2016 (12:00am)
Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Take a flight over dwarf planet Ceres in this video made with images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
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Monday, Feb 1st 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: Presurfer
Dr. Phil Plait explains how a mind numbing star death like a supernova can become a hypernova.
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Tuesday, Jan 19th 2016 (1:27pm)
Enjoy these 72 videos of virtual models of mechanical devices that draw circles, ellipses, and hyperbolae, as well as more exotic shapes, like nephroids, deltoids, astroids, and lemniscates of Bernoulli.
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Monday, Jan 18th 2016 (11:47am)
Using a paper clip and a single match to defuse a bomb and escape through a two foot square hole? Not exactly, but here are ten real-life situations where people were very resourceful.
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Friday, Jan 15th 2016 (8:29am) | Thanks: Presurfer
Dr. Phil Plait finds even more instances of people who ignore fact and reality.
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Tuesday, Jan 12th 2016 (2:16am)
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.
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Tuesday, Dec 1st 2015 (4:27am)
Scientific American takes a look at alien worlds from several different perspectives.
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Monday, Nov 23rd 2015 (12:00am)
Business Insider has done a pretty incredible job of it in this 3-minute animation, by displaying the timeline of Earth if time was the distance from Los Angeles to New York. And, oh boy, our world-view will never be the same.
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Saturday, Nov 21st 2015 (4:26am)
Plop yourself down with a delightful beverage and enjoy this 48 minute journey into theoretical physics. It should be there but we just can't see it or prove it.
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Monday, Nov 9th 2015 (12:00am)
Here is a reference as a follow-up to yesterday's discussion on evolution.
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Sunday, Nov 8th 2015 (12:00am)
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