Aug. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Great Bowerbird’s Bower

by Chau Tu

Male great bowerbirds build these structures strictly to attract females for mating.

bowerbirds, great bowerbird, australia, bower
Jul. 08, 2014

Picture of the Week: Domed Land Snail

by Chau Tu

This tiny snail lives in one of the world’s deepest cave systems.

snail, domed land snail, croatia, tiny animal, shell, new species, cave
Jul. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Kawah Ijen Volcano

by Chau Tu

This Indonesian volcano burns blue at night, but that’s not lava you’re seeing.

volcano, crater lake, kawah ijen, sulfur, sulfuric acid, miners, indonesia
Jun. 09, 2014

Picture of the Week: Munk's Devil Ray

by Chau Tu

This small ray can breach several feet into the air, causing a loud slapping sound upon its return to the ocean that has earned it the nickname “tortilla.”

devil rays, mobula rays, jumping, breaching, munk's devil ray, cabo pulmo, mexico, gulf of calilfornia, ocean
Jun. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: The Eye of the Sahara

by Chau Tu

The Richat Structure, or the “Eye of the Sahara,” can be seen from space and might be 100 million-years-old.

richat structure, dome, eye of the sahara, target, dome, michel jebrak
May. 28, 2014

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads?

by Chau Tu

Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn’t so clear. Here are a few theories.

earworms, music, repetitive listening, song stuck in our heads
Apr. 28, 2014

Picture of the Week: Llareta

by Chau Tu

This hard-as-a-rock South American cushion plant can live thousands of years.

llatera, plant, bolivia, andes, peru, chile, oldest plant, catherine kleier, cath kleier, philip rundel
Apr. 17, 2014

The Sounds of Space, in Indie Music

by Chau Tu

A new compilation of indie rock music includes sounds collected from the Voyager space missions.

Mar. 12, 2014

Estimate Pi by Dropping Sticks

by Chau Tu

A simulator based on one of the oldest problems in geometrical probability approximates pi.

pi day, pi, 3.14, buffon's needle
Mar. 07, 2014

Picture of the Week: Utah Inversion

by Chau Tu

The Salt Lake Valley's topography lends itself to a natural phenomenon called an inversion, which traps air pollution.

utah, salt lake city, air, pollution, inversion, chemistry
Feb. 21, 2014

Letting the Inner Athlete Shine, With a Techno-Boost

by Chau Tu

For Olympians, there’s interplay between natural athletic ability and suits that provide that extra edge.

technology, olympics, tech doping, doping, swimsuits, LZR racer, athlete, athletic ability, competition
Feb. 10, 2014

Seeing (and Feeling) the Future of Virtual Reality With the Oculus Rift

by Chau Tu

SciFri tests out the cutting-edge virtual reality device at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

oculus rift, virtual reality, gaming, presence, rift
Jan. 31, 2014

The New Frontiers of Filmmaking, at Sundance

by Chau Tu

This year, the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier exhibition explored humanity's evolving relationship with technology.

Jan. 17, 2014

Picture of the Week: Biofluorescing Fish

by Chau Tu

Researchers have discovered an unprecedented diversity of glowing fish species.

biofluorescing, biofluorescence, fish, john sparks, glowing, gfp
Jan. 07, 2014

Ice Spikes: Your Photos

by Chau Tu

We asked you to submit your own photos of the ice spike phenomenon.

ice spike, ice, photography, frozen water,
Jan. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Ice Spike

by Chau Tu

One experiment shows that this little understood phenomenon seems to perform better with distilled water.

ice spikes, freezing, ice, frozen water, ice cubes

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