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satanicgecko2-feature Behold the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko

Our recent episode “Autotomy: Nature’s Dismemberment Plan” dives into the tail-dropping world of lizards, geckos and skinks, so I thought we’d better pause and appreciate the wonder of the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko. The diminutive Uroplatus schneideri makes its home

Bioluminescence-2-feature Astounding 1983 Bioluminescence Research Photos

As a science blogger I’m always scanning through photosets of scientists at work in the lab. You know the sort of photo: white coats, Petri dishes, microscopes… It’s rarely captivating stuff. So when I ran across these amazing images by

eye-feature The Keys to Narnia

If we learned anything from the tales of our childhood, it’s that only the young see the world as it really is. After all, who spoke with Puff the Magic Dragon and plunged through the portal to Narnia? Who ventures

cut-feature Futuristic Surgical Blade Can Taste Cancer

They say a man’s only as good as his tools, but what would “they” say about the cancer-detecting iKnife? The smart surgical instrument is the work of Dr Zoltan Takats of Imperial College London. It’s essentially an electrosurgical knife attached

danterain Red Snow is Falling Down (seriously)

So I’m currently reading an excellent article by Professor Randy Cerveny on the meteorology of Dante’s Inferno and he mentions something I’d never heard of: red snow. Cerveny comments on the precipitation Dante describes in Hell’s Plain of Burning sands,

Blow Your Mind: Big Science of 2012 (with videos)

As you leave 2012 in the dust, join Julie and I as we take one last look in the rear-view mirror at some of the truly mind blowing science that went down in the past year. Plus here are a

Blow The Mind: The Science of Gremlins and Mogwai

Mogwai and Gremlins might SEEM the most unrealistic little monsters ever to crawl out of the 1980s, but nothing could be further from the truth. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie dissect Gremlin/mogwai biology

Blow the Mind: Hammer of the Witches

Imagine a half million corpses — mostly women — piled high on a pyre. Imagine an age of social turmoil, spiritual crisis and technological revolution. Imagine an age in which children as young as seven were executed for the crime

Jim Trainor's Animated World of Bats and Dinosaurs

If you’ve never experienced the wonders of Jim Trainor’s animation, then you’re in for a treat. I love a great convergence of art and science and that’s just what you get in thees short films. Trainor anthropomorphizes his subjects just

The HowStuffWorks Guide to "Prometheus"

See “Prometheus” over the weekend? Aching to learn a bit more about some of the futuristic technology that pops up in the film? Well then allow me to share a few HSW links with you — links to wash down

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