Me at Gizmodo:
Scientists Think They've Figured Out Why Van Gogh's Sunflowers Are Fading. "The vibrant colors of many of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings—including his Sunflower series—have been fading over the last 100 years. Now a team of Italian scientists has come up with an explanation as to why the lead chromate dyes favored by the artist when mixing his pigments degrade so much under light. They described their work in a new paper in Chemical Science."
The World's Smallest Primate Can Do More Pullups Than You. "The adorable gray mouse lemur weighs just 1.5 to 3 ounces, but its tiny frame belies its impressive strength. French researchers put the creature’s grip to the test and found, on average, that mouse lemurs can pull more than ten times their own body weight." [Image: Pauline Thomas]
Meet the Forgotten 'Rocket Girls' Who Helped NASA Reach the Stars. "NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a long and colorful history in rocketry and space exploration, from early missiles and rockets, to landing on the moon and remotely navigating rovers on Mars. Behind all the prominent men who spearheaded the programs was a group of unsung women. The forgotten women of JPL now have their own book, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars, thanks to microbiologist turned author Nathalia Holt."
Aspiring Artists Can Make Like a Dutch Master with the LUCY Drawing Tool. "Artist David Hockney once stirred up controversy by asserting that many of the great Dutch masters—folks like Vermeer and Ingres—had relied on optical drawing aids to create their masterpieces. Now everyone can channel their inner Dutch master with the LUCY drawing tool. It’s designed by Les Cookson, an artist and inventor who has been building, researching and designing optical toys and tools for over 10 years. Conceptually, LUCY is based on the camera lucida, an optical artist’s aid invented by an English physician named William Wollaston in 1807."
These Pressed Record Albums Are Good Enough to Eat. "Cheese, aubergine, ham, and tortillas are tasty in their own right, but in the hands of artist Matthew Herper, they also make beautiful music. He uses laser-etching to make edible—and still playable—record albums to explore the acoustical properties of food."
Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein Define Gravity in Physics-Themed Homage to Wicked. "What do you get when you combine a Broadway musical about The Wizard of Oz with two giants of physics? You get 'Defining Gravity,' the latest music mashup video from A Capella Science." The wigs alone make it all worth while.
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The Physics Behind Another Bogus Perpetual Motion Machine.
Why Nature Prefers Hexagons: The geometric rules behind fly eyes, honeycombs, and soap bubbles.
How ancient Aboriginal star maps have shaped Australia's highway network.
Using the uncertainty principle against itself to gain precision.
Testing Einstein's Relativity With a Cosmic Neutrino.
Why Sleeping Beauty Is Lost in Time.
$1 billion x-ray laser upgrade begins at SLAC.
Scientists Uncover Bubble-Trapping Vortex Rings With environmental applications.
Trypophobia: the fear of holes driven by the internet – and mathematics.
What Science Is Learning From Chocolate-Coated Candy.
How Physicists Image Individual Atoms.
How Would a Real Space Elevator Work and Is It Even Possible to Build?
An international partnership to upgrade the LHC has yielded the strongest accelerator magnet ever created.
Can we reverse engineer the algorithms and computations of the brain?
Here's what it takes to form large spherical carbon nano structures to bridge the gap between buckyballs and graphene.
Galileo Didn't Invent Astronomy, But He DID Invent Mechanical Physics.
The Ultimate List of Weapons Astronauts Have Carried Into Orbit.
This Astrobiologist Is Collecting Unrecognizable Beings from the Stratosphere.
Would Magneto Get Whiplash if Quicksilver Pushed Him Out of Danger? No, He’d Just Die.
Bomb-grade uranium is really useful---not just for nuclear weapons--but for perfectly peaceful scientific research.
CERN Researchers Are Making a DIY Cosmic Ray Detector in Their Spare Time.
How many digits of pi do we really need? Eh, not that many, says NASA.
MIT Engineers Have 3D-Printed A Walking Robot With A Liquid Center.
Rafael Araujo’s Architectural Renderings of Life Now as a Coloring Book. Per Colossal: "Architect and illustrator Rafael Araujo (previously) drafts beautiful three-dimensional spaces in a studio without technology, connecting himself back to nature while he meticulously demonstrates the Golden Ratio’s role in the natural world."
The Accidental Fraction Brainbuster.
You Can't Shake-splode a Soda At the Bottom of the Ocean.
Astrophysicist Chiara Mingarelli on imposter's syndrome, and standing up for herself in grad school.
Giant, Slo-Mo Kitty Demonstrates Why Cats Always Land on Their Feet.
Meet the Scientist Who Worked as a Snowflake Consultant on Disney's Frozen.
The Original Telephone: The Bizarre Musical Language of Jean-François Sudre.
This Website Can Teach You to Count Cards Like an MIT Math Genius.
What Happens When You Shoot a Golf Ball at a Balloon Filled with Non-Newtonian Fluid? Sheer awesomeness, that's what.
Celebrating 50 years of Star Trek with an “Ultimate Voyage” concert.
A Stunning Steampunk Animation That Uses Historic Photos of Major U.S. Cities in the Early 20th Century: