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Blog Profile / Wired Science


URL :http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/
Filed Under:Academics / General Science
Posts on Regator:6532
Posts / Week:19
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It’s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo

Friday morning, Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, meant to eventually take wealthy passengers on brief rides into space, crashed during a test flight over southern California. One of the pilots onboard was killed, the other suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. Show More Summary

Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For

Today, a brave Virgin Galactic test pilot is dead and another one critically injured---in the service of a millionaire boondoggle thrill ride. The post Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For appeared first on WIRED.

Science’s Favorite Deep-Sea Explorer Gets High-Tech Upgrades

After 50 years of cutting-edge seafloor exploration, the Alvin submersible—renegade deep-sea explorer for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute—just got a long-deserved makeover. Alvin is the United States’ only deep-diving manned submersible used for science, so its upgrades will have a serious impact on the discoveries we can pull off in the deep. Show More Summary

Absurd Creatures of the Week: Real-Life Animal Zombies That Are Way Cooler Than Your Costume

A staggering number of creatures out there (and even some fungi) have figured out how to mind-control their unfortunate hosts. In Absurd Creature of the Week, I’ve covered quite a few of these. But today I present to you my five favorites:...Show More Summary

Winning Microscope Photographs Are Beautiful, Intriguing, and Creepy

The winner's of Nikon's annual Small World microscope photography contest this year include images of transgenic kidneys, a cricket's tongue, spider eyes, and a scarlet pimpernel. The first-place photograph was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries from 79 different countries. Show More Summary

Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal

Researchers had tried for 23 years to connect this piece of metal to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They finally think they've proven it was part of her plane. The post Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal appeared first on WIRED.

Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

A new way of looking at the mind's activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects. The post Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain appeared first on WIRED.

Hawaii’s Explosive Past and Destructive Future Revealed in This Beautiful Comic

You can step through Hawaii’s fascinating and explosive history in this beautiful (nonfiction) comic by Jed McGowan. From the first hint of magma on the ocean floor about 500,000 years ago, through the human settlement of the island and into the future, McGowan illustrates each phase of the island’s growth and eventual death beautifully. Show More Summary

What Science Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion

Last night, an unmanned Antares rocket carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station exploded in a huge fireball seconds after liftoff. No one was hurt, but in addition to damage to the launch pad, NASA lost tons of supplies, including equipment and food for astronauts. Show More Summary

Two Years Later, These Images Show Just How Much Hurricane Sandy Changed Some Neighborhoods

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago, shocking photos showed the huge extent of the destruction caused by the storm. Only days after the storm struck, before and after satellite images from Google revealed the widespread damage to coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. Show More Summary

New Species of Frog Discovered in New York City

If you wanted to find a new species of frog, the rainforest seems like a better place to look than the urban jungle. However, scientists have found a new species of frog living in and around New York City. The post New Species of Frog Discovered in New York City appeared first on WIRED.

Take a Google Seaview Tour of the World’s Most Stunning Coral Reefs

Seaview divers routinely cover 2 kilometers in a dive and generate 3,000 panoramic images in a day. Only a fraction of the best are uploaded to Google Street View. The post Take a Google Seaview Tour of the World’s Most Stunning Coral Reefs appeared first on WIRED.

Fantastically Wrong: The Real-Life Journey to the Center of the Earth That Almost Was

Symmes would eventually earn an enormous audience for his theory in the US, touring tirelessly in the 1820s. He was largely ridiculed, sure, but miraculously managed to get a congressman to petition his colleagues in Washington for the funding to reach the North Pole and discover the 4,000-mile-wide entrance to these lands. Show More Summary

40 Years of the World’s Best Microscope Photos

Every year, Nikon selects the most artful, scientifically enlightening and skillfully produced images from thousands of submissions for its Small World microscope photography contest. Tomorrow, another set of impressive winners will be announced for the contest’s 40th year. Show More Summary

Rocket Headed for Space Station Explodes After Liftoff

[HTML1] An unmanned Antares rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station exploded just seconds after taking off this evening. The rocket, which launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia at 6:22 pm ET, was operated by the Orbital Sciences Corporation. Show More Summary

Google Developing a Pill That Would Detect Cancer and Other Diseases

Google is attempting to develop a pill that would send microscopic particles into the bloodstream in an effort to identify cancers, imminent heart attacks, and other diseases. The post Google Developing a Pill That Would Detect Cancer and Other Diseases appeared first on WIRED.

How Utah’s Bryce Canyon Got Its Bizarre, Beautiful Sandstone Formations

Jiri Bruthans created this pillar with simulated salt weathering; in nature (like at Bryce Canyon, below), factors like frost and rain also shape the landscape. Courtesy of Jiri Bruthans Getty Aa the story goes, the iconic spires inShow More Summary

What’s Up With That: People Feel the Weather in Their Bones

Could science have an answer for why some people seem to feel the weather in their bones? The post What’s Up With That: People Feel the Weather in Their Bones appeared first on WIRED.

Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape

Tony Buffington is a cat expert who wants to help you harmonize your relationship with your favorite feline. The post Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape appeared first on WIRED.

Mysterious Statistical Law May Finally Have an Explanation

Imagine an archipelago where each island hosts a single tortoise species and all the islands are connected — say by rafts of flotsam. As the tortoises interact by dipping into one another’s food supplies, their populations fluctuate. The post Mysterious Statistical Law May Finally Have an Explanation appeared first on WIRED.

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