Science

Mental Exercise

Thursday May 17, 2012

When science writer Joshua Foer asks you to close your eyes and imagine a fleet of nude cyclists crashing through your front door, fear not. 

Melvin the Machine

Tuesday May 15, 2012

Have you ever seen a Rube Goldberg machine? They're wacky inventions that complete simple tasks incredibly inefficiently. Usually they're gigantic and live in warehouses. But this one fits in a suitcase.

Home grown flakes

Saturday May 12, 2012

Some people spend their weekends doing woodwork. Some like gardening. But Linden Gledhill? He manufactures snowflakes in his basement.

When nature calls

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Maybe the experienced twitchers amongst you are already onto this, but we have just found our new office-meditation tool and/or guide to impressing a select group of friends with uncannily accurate bird-call imitations.

What's mind is yours

Wednesday April 18, 2012

A slim black headband may soon have the power to read our thoughts.

Simple Science

Wednesday April 11, 2012

Remember the old boiled-egg-getting-sucked-into-a-bottle trick? Linda Dong does – she's dedicated her online photo project, Simple Science, to "the beauty inherent in simple scientific concepts and experiments".

Sketching with the fishes

Tuesday March 27, 2012

An average day for Perth zoologist and artist Roger Swainston involves sitting on the seabed with his sketch pad.

Life in 3D

Sunday March 18, 2012

Remember 20 questions? That maddening game of yesteryear where you tried to to guess the shape, size and composition of something? Well, the questions stop now because the future is here. 

Building bones

Friday March 02, 2012

How long does it take to build a human skeleton? Either two billion years or 50 seconds depending on whether you take the Darwinian or time-lapse view of things. 

Pitch Drop Experiment

Thursday February 16, 2012

Pitch is a liquid, but you could've fooled us! It looks solid, it feels solid and you can shatter it into pieces with a hammer.