Science

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. 

Almost-invisibility cloak

Wednesday January 25, 2012

When we were young we thought that if we closed our eyes in certain circumstances we would become invisible. Didn't work then, but it might now.

Greetings from space

Tuesday January 24, 2012

Pop quiz: What do Kibo, Zarya and Zvezda have in common? They're all components of NASA's International Space Station (ISS) and feature as this year's calendar gals.

Solar System symphony

Sunday January 22, 2012

What do Bach's "Art of the Fugue", the planetary orbits of our Solar System, palindromes and the concept of infinity have in common? They've all been brought together in Daniel Starr-Tambor's mind-stretching "Mandala". 

Home grown

Tuesday January 10, 2012

Meet the Yeti crab (Kiwa puravida). This guy is taking the concept of green thumbs to a whole new level of literality by growing his own food on his claws – without sunlight!

Express train

Sunday January 08, 2012

Travelling 20km across Sydney by train can sometimes take up to two hours. That's an average trip speed of 10km per hour. That is bullshit. China has launched a Super Rapid Test train that is capable of travelling at 500km per hour.

Apocalypse now?

Thursday January 05, 2012

Did Contagion freak you out? Good. It's real.

Astronomical news

Tuesday December 27, 2011

Kepler 22b – okay, it's not the catchiest name, but NASA scientists are calling its discovery in 2011 "a major milestone on the road to finding Earth's twin".