Sliding Spring Speeds past Mars

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The comet Sliding Spring whizzed past the Red Planet last week at a speed of over 203,000 km/h, coming as close as 140,000 km—a proximity that is not only very rare for comets, but never before seen for Mars. Not only has this allowed NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to take some extraordinary composite images for us […]

Glowing Ice Cream

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I’ll have one vanilla, one chocolate and one bioluminescent in a cone, please. You’re puzzled? So am I. Charlie Francis, an ice cream entrepreneur, has gone almost as far as Willy Wonka with this glowing ice cream. The protein that gives jellyfish their bioluminescence was the inspiration for this product, and now, after much time […]

Fire Ant Fabric

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50% Cotton, 40% Polyester, 10% Fire ant? Could fire ants be the new fabric on the market? Though probably not in the close future, their extraordinary traits are helping scientists come up with new materials. While a single fire ant is not that remarkable, when hundreds, or even thousands, of them act together in emergencies, […]