Spherical Rayleigh-Taylor Instabilities, to be exact. That’s what happens when two fluids of different densities collide under the force of gravity. The pattern can be seen in everything from the mushroom clouds of nuclear explosions to cosmic supernovae. But as science photographer Linden Gledhill demonstrates, you…
You might say Ken Libbrecht is into snowflakes. In fact, he’s made a career of studying them in his lab at Caltech. He’s even got a high-tech snowflake machine, which he uses to grow dazzling designer flakes of all shapes and sizes.
With gold-plated space telescopes promising to discover distant worlds and unravel the deepest mysteries of the universe, radio astronomy can sometimes feel a bit passé. But lest you think the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is no longer sexy, a glorious new photo collection featuring radio observatories…
Get me to the church on the Moon on time. Mural at Luna 9 in León, Spain. Photo by amateur photography by michel/Flickr.
We love to imagine how biotechnology might one day enhance our fleshy bodies, but too often, Earth’s wildlife are left out of the future entirely. Enter Kathryn Fleming’s future zoo, filled with a menagerie of fantastical, slightly disturbing, genetically modified mutants.
These videos aren't just colorful and fascinating — they're also educational. They're made using just some speakers and a non-Newtonian fluid, and they can teach us important principles in physics.
When an artist creates a beautiful work of art, she or he usually wants it to last forever — or at least, to outlive its creator. But sometimes, an artist just wants to create a work of beauty that will last a short time, and then be gone forever. Here are the loveliest short-lived works of art... made of sand.
The greatest cities on Earth are always in motion. Their bustling activity forms a great collective organism, whose shape changes over time. So there's a good reason why we're all fascinated by timelapses of cities — and there's nothing cooler than timelapses of aerial footage. See the world's biggest cities in a…
Netherlands-based artist Jennifer Townley combines wood, metal, and electrical motors to build spellbinding mechanical creations.
These buildings by Kenzō Tange (1913-2005) look like matte paintings from futuristic movies — but they're actually some of the most unique megastructures in the world. One of the most famous architects of the 20th century, Tange combined traditional Japanese styles with modern architectural solutions and forms.
This puts everything in perspective. Here's an image of today's X2.2-class solar flare, along with the Earth for scale. Image via NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
We've seen some amazing light paintings that make the real world look magical and surreal. But what's even cooler than a static light painting? A whole video, where beings made of pure light burst into existence and run around. Here are the most eye-popping and dazzling light-painting videos on the internet.
What do you get when you combine a planetarium projector and footage of dung beetles? If you're video artist Diana Thater, you get a science lesson as well as a meditation on how humans disrupt other forms of life on this planet without even meaning to.
Moscow-based musician/engineer Dmitry Morozov has built an incredible instrument called the Metaphase Sound Machine. It produces music based on radioactive particles sensed by its built-in Geiger Counter. Just watch this video.
Ron Miller's new coffee table book The Art of Space is a gorgeous history of scientific illustrations, full of retro rockets and stunning planetscapes. It's also a glimpse back at the cutting-edge astronomy of yesteryear. We've got a gallery of some of the most striking work from the book.
Water is necessary to make Coke, but what happens when the process is reversed to turn Coke into water? This art installation shows you how it's done.
Artist Nicole Antebi has created a series of odd and melancholy commemorative plates devoted to six extinct animal species. Called "The Last Menagerie," they're the perfect science art treasure for your apocalypse knick-knack shelf.
This is a detail from a photograph that captures what an owl looks like when it is zooming straight at the camera, angling its feet forward as it prepares to land on a branch. All I can say is that our hovercrafts are made of feathers.
Sometimes a picture (or a video, or even a GIF) can express a scientific concept more clearly and concisely than words. Today, we want to know about the most informative, and beautiful, scientific visualization you've ever seen.
Just how do you get a job revealing the unseen beauty of science? Here, animator Drew Berry whose stunning visualizations of the inner workings of cells have been displayed everywhere from scientific journals to the MOMA, explains his own path into the field.