It’s National Science Week!

It’s National Science Week!

Australia’s National Science Week is on now, with Australian Science Illustrated a proud partner. And with almost 2000 events on offer, you’ll be left wondering how you are going to fit it all…


Timelapse of swarming monster worms and sea stars

Three-foot nemertean worms and carnivorous sea stars prowl the Antarctic in search of flesh.

Meerkat Magic

Some of the magic moment of filming meerkats for the BBC’s Planet Earth Live.

Meet a flavour creator

Willy Wonka novelty lab or just a little disturbing?

Technology meets fashion

This is what happens when fashion and technology come together — a look at the DVF Spring 2013 show through the eyes of the models, the designers and Diane von Furstenberg herself. All…

Air traffic worldwide

When you look up to the sky remember that at any given time there are between 9,000 and 13,000 aircraft in the air (according to the US Federal Aviation Agency, there are at…

Birth of a planet

Researchers use 3D models to better our understanding of how planets are formed. 

Dancing chromatophores

Music has the ability to get these pigmented cephalopod cells moving to the beat.

Colour-changing robot inspired by octopus

The cephalopod’s impressive camouflage led scientists to create a rubbery new robot.

Snake disease decoded

Three snakes have helped researchers decode a mysterious disease.

What makes Paris look like Paris?

Visual data mining of Google identifies cities’ distinctive details.

Bioengineers developed an artificial jellyfish

Medusoid is the brainchild of professor Kevin Kit Parker and a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Using silicone and muscle cells taken from a rat’s heart,…

Van Gogh could have painted this

Why is the corona hotter than the surface beneath it? Vincent van Gogh’s painting techniques may hold the answer.

Snow leopards found in den

Mother snow leopards and their cubs have been filmed in their den in Mongolia’s Tost Mountains for the first time.

The science behind Spiderman

The blockbuster The Amazing Spiderman has plenty of physics and quantitative biology references. To get things right, the filmmakers consulted with James Kakalios, a physics lecturer at the University of Minnesota who wrote the book…

Higgs boson: the quest continues

After years and years, the quest seems to be over”¦ or at least that is what we expect to hear next week, when CERN’s scientists unveil their results at the at the 36th International…

Machine playing instruments

Who would have thought that machines could ‘play’ instruments. PureTune used an Atari 800XL (organ), HP Scanjet 3P (vocals), Texas Instrument Ti-99/4A (guitar) and a hard-drive powered by a microcontroller (bass drum and cymbal)…

Magnificent Vesta

A new video from NASA shows Vesta’s true colours. Vesta, according to data gathered by the Dawn mission, used to be an ancient planet; had it formed nearer to the Sun, it might…

Moths: hot or not?

Male moths may be throwing themselves into a relationship before they’re ready.

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, the absolute master of science fiction, shares some of his memories in this video produced by Expanded Books.

3D videoconferences

A team of researchers from Queen University, Canada, have developed a 3D cylindrical display called telehuman. The technology, which includes Microsoft kinetic sensors, a 3D projector, a convex mirror and 1.8-metre tall translucent…

Victoria’s orange army

  Thousands of Giant Spider Crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) congregate in Port Phillip Bay every year before their winter moult.

Ocean pollution detected by robots

Robotic fish have been released in the waters of the port of Gijon, Spain, to detect marine pollution. The intelligent robotic fish developed by SHOAL, a European research project, is capable of detecting…

The moonwalking bird

A male manakin courting a female is an impressive sight.

The after life of a whale

A whale has in interesting after life, as it feeds some deep ocean species. Check out this video directed by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman.

Untamed nature

Natural history filmmaker Karen Bass shares footage from her latest projects.

Black hole caught committing murder

  Most homicide cases involve finding the murderer, but this is the first time NASA have been able to identify a stellar homicide victim.

Sticky feet

Researchers at Cambridge University explain how ants can climb up walls and stick to the ceiling without falling down.

The empire of the micro

Directed by Austrian artist Clemens Wirth, this two-minute film takes you into the realm of the micro.

No more hiding

Scientists at MIT Media Lab have develop a new imaging system that gathers information from opaque objects. This has helped in the development of a new camera that can peer around corners.

Mysteries of the human mind

Since the 1920s, researchers have been trying to understand why we can’t walk straight without a visible guide point.  Are we doomed to walk in circles? NPR finds the answer in this video.

Travelling to the past

Scientists gain VIP access to the stars.

Baboons can recognise words

Baboons have no linguistic skills, but they can spot printed words. Over a period of 45 days, a team of scientists from the US and France studied a group of baboons living in…

‘Robosquirrel’ helps scientists understand rattlesnakes

When adult squirrels come face-to-face with a rattlesnake, they approach it head-first in an elongated posture, making flagging movements with their tails, but when squirrels want to fend of rattlesnakes, they heat their…

Aurora borealis uncovered

The northern lights are messages from the Sun — and Dr Jim Wild, from the University of Lancaster, teaches us how to read them.

From flying pigeons and cats

This video from the Aerospace Medical Division Hq 657Oth Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories includes scenes from an F-104 seat ejection trial and the effects of weightlessness on cats and pigeons in a C-131.

The robots are coming!

A team of scientists led by Vijay Kumar has created agile aerial robots that swarm and sense each other.

Bye Bye Birdie

Match made in science heaven: NASA + Angry Birds.

Giant and colossal squids have super-powerful eyes

Giant and colossal squids have soccer-ball-sized eyes that detect large moving objects at 120 metres.

The wondrous world of dinosaurs

Iridescent feathers were the ultimate social tool for non-avian dinosaurs such as Microraptor.  

  • Timelapse of swarming monster worms and sea stars
  • Meerkat Magic
  • Meet a flavour creator
  • Technology meets fashion
  • Air traffic worldwide
  • Birth of a planet
  • Dancing chromatophores
  • Colour-changing robot inspired by octopus
  • Snake disease decoded
  • What makes Paris look like Paris?

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