July 20, 2012 How would you like it if the last thing you did on Earth was really, really embarrassing?
July 18, 2012 Tsutomu Yamaguchi was late for work in August 1945, in Hiroshima, Japan, when he saw an airplane drop a silvery speck into the air. He survived the bombing only to make his way to Nagasaki three days later...just as that city was bombed, too.
July 17, 2012 The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.
July 13, 2012 Here's a question: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? The answer is: Don't.
July 12, 2012 When a school teacher writes her name on a blackboard on the first day of class, what she's really doing is crushing the skeletons of terribly ancient earthlings into a form that spells out the name "Mrs. Guttenheimer."
July 10, 2012 It looks like you could jump right into street artist Julian Beever's pool. But beware: You'd be in for a hard landing. His work, just chalk on concrete, is a mastery of perspective.
July 8, 2012 If I swipe a little sweat trickling down my leg and hold it to my nose, it smells fine. But if I take a swipe from my arm pit (or several other places I choose not to mention) it's very un-fine. Why the difference?
July 6, 2012 Not too long ago, bodies were sculptors' territory. Big buildings stayed rigid, classic, geometric. But now, all over the world, buildings are getting fleshy and round, more like us.
July 3, 2012 Vultures are generally not admired, but maybe they should be: All over the world, these birds do the hard work of gobbling up dead animals and recycling that flesh into the Earth. And nowadays, nature's prize janitors are seriously down on their luck.
June 30, 2012 It looks like the robot is playing fair, choosing it's hand signals we choose, but that's an illusion. It already knows.
June 28, 2012 After losing her right hand to a car accident, a woman has the uncanny feeling that her amputated hand is still there. But her new, imaginary hand is not at all like the one she lost.
June 25, 2012 Four decades ago, the British had different names for big numbers. A "milliard" was what we now call a "billion." But the system had a surprising logic to it.
June 23, 2012 In a brilliant remix of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, this Symphony of Science video is full of wonder.
June 22, 2012 Plants have the uncanny ability to send their roots down and their shoots up, even if the seedlings are rotated. The plants are sensing gravity. But how?
June 19, 2012 Years of research went into the development of a rejection-resistant trachea transplant. But a doctor wasn't allowed to board a plane with the specimen just hours before the surgery.