Rare photos reveal fascinating views of the Apollo 11 moon landing

You're looking at Buzz Aldrin lifting his boot before taking the photo of the most iconic footprint in history. It's one of the many discarded Apollo images stored in NASA's archives. Here's a collection of those rare, funny, intimate, and always fascinating views to celebrate the 45 anniversary of the landing on the… » 7/20/14 4:48pm 7/20/14 4:48pm

Scientist find that 80 percent of all light in the Universe is missing

According to observations made by the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope, the Universe is missing 80 percent of all its light. Astronomers are completely baffled: "We still don't know for sure what it is, but at least one thing we thought we knew about the present day universe isn't true." » 7/10/14 6:07pm 7/10/14 6:07pm

NASA reveals the most colorful and detailed image of the Universe

NASA has unveiled "the most colorful view of the Universe" ever captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Part of a study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, it's "a composite of separate exposures taken in 2003 to 2012 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3." » 6/04/14 12:17am 6/04/14 12:17am

How to create life on screen using the 12 basic principles of animation

Back in the 1930s, the young artists at Walt Disney came up with 12 basic principles to create the illusion of life on screen using animation, giving their drawings as much character and personality as real life actors. This video by Cento Lodigiani is a perfect demonstration on how these rules work. » 5/07/14 1:21am 5/07/14 1:21am

Young blood transfusions may be source of eternal youth

Two separate teams of scientists have announced that blood transfusions from young individuals make older individuals younger, fixing their hearts and curing aging brains. Speaking to the New York Times, Harvard Medical School's professor of neurology Rudolph Tanzi, "these findings could be a game changer." » 5/04/14 9:29pm 5/04/14 9:29pm

Amateur astronomers and NASA capture galaxy eating another galaxy

NASA has published this image showing the M51 spiral galaxy—located 30 million light years away from Earth—eating a tiny galaxy like a hamster would it a tiny burrito, which you can see on its upper left.* It was obtained using data from the Chandra X-Ray space observatory and optical data from amateur telescopes on… » 4/30/14 3:59pm 4/30/14 3:59pm

Beautiful video reveals the secrets of a watchmaker

Put on your headphones and enjoy this fascinating view over the shoulder of a watchmaker, full of beautifully crispy closeups of the manufacturing and assembly of a Nomos Glashütte watch. I only have one complaint: I wish it weren't three minutes but five hours long—my autonomous sensory meridian response was off the… » 4/08/14 1:58pm 4/08/14 1:58pm

Scientists capture first ever signal from the beginning of the Universe

It looks like an explosion from an 80s game, but you're looking at the first direct proof of the event that started the Universe—the Big Bang. Those black lines represent the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, which "could have been produced by gravitational waves created by inflation" as predicted by… » 3/17/14 12:54pm 3/17/14 12:54pm

Scientists unlock mystery of out-of-body experiences (aka astral trips)

Some people claim that they have experienced out-of-body experiences—aka "astral trips"—floating outside of their bodies and watching themselves from the outside. A team of scientists found someone who says she can do this at will and put her into a brain scanner. What they discovered was surprisingly strange. » 3/07/14 1:27am 3/07/14 1:27am

Alien monsters or awesome spiders, I just love these little guys

I can't stop looking at the extraordinary photos by Thomas Shahan, an Oregon-based artist and microphotographer who creates amazing portraits of arthropods, including these awesome jumping spiders. His beautiful monsters don't make me run in fear, but make me smile (knowing they are tiny, that is.) In fact, some of… » 1/30/14 11:19am 1/30/14 11:19am

Watch time getting frozen in these hypnotizing subway station videos

Photographer Adam Magyar took a high speed camera and recorded everything as his subway train car was getting into the station. Here's the result in three spellbinding clips, part of his film Stainless, in three different cities: New York, Berlin and Tokyo. Above you can see 42 Street—Grand Central. » 1/10/14 6:55pm 1/10/14 6:55pm

The creepiest photographs of things you can only see under a microscope

Nikon just announced the winners for its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. It's basically a collection of the best images of things you can only see under a light microscope. Or better yet, it's the best photographs of things you can't actually see. Here are some fantastically creepy shots that were our… » 10/31/13 12:00am 10/31/13 12:00am

Did we become the humans we are today because of snakes?

Did you know that there's a theory of human evolution that says humans and primates' brains and visual systems developed to detect and avoid snakes? "There is new evidence to back up this unusual theory, which explains both our agile minds and our uncanny ability to sense the presence of snakes", explains Joseph… » 10/29/13 5:34pm 10/29/13 5:34pm