Our Global Energy Emergency

May 23, 2013

Global Energy Emergency

As scientists have documented that carbon dioxide emissions have passed a critical threshold, understanding the implications of our energy consumption levels is more important than ever.

Claudia Fährenkemper’s Mindblowing Microcosm Portraits

May 23, 2013

In her aptly-named series Microcosms, German photographer Claudia Fährenkemper convenes biology and art into one arresting–and slightly eerie–package. Utilizing an electron microscope to document the intricate forms of insects, crystals and planktons, Fährenkemper affords viewers of the microcosm portraits the chance to tap into the inherently human desire to understand the world in which we live at even the tiniest level–no biology degree required.

The Incredible Invisible Bicycle Helmet

May 20, 2013

As these young inventors say, bikes are the future. As everyone says, bike helmets are unwieldy and uncomfortable. To combat the latter in order to accommodate the former, two design students are crafting an invisible bike helmet. Watch above to find out more.

The Deadly Draw Of The Clearfin Lionfish

May 16, 2013

Clearfin Lionfish

Despite its Miami Vice coloring, this isn’t much of a “fun-loving” fish. The venomous, carnivorous lionfish can be found cruising through the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, and unlike other lionfish, this species’ spines lack any kind of marking.

The Magical World Of Magnetic Putty

May 8, 2013

Black hole sequences with magnets? Putty has never been so cool.

How The Black Death Plagued Europe

May 6, 2013

Spread Of Black Death Europe Map

For a while, the black death’s etiology was uncertain. But thanks to ever-improving technology, scientists have determined that the plague originated in a Chinese rodent population in the form of the rod-shaped Yersinia pestis, which likely made its way to Europe via the Silk Road and merchant ships between 1346 and 1353. Science jargon aside, the plague took with it between 75 and 200 million people, or at least one-third of Europe’s population at the time. It took over 150 years for all of Europe to recover from a mere bacteria, but not without monumental social, political and economic upheavals.