March 15, 2018

The World Pays Tribute to the Legacy of Stephen Hawking

The world lost one of its brightest lights on March 14, 2018, when Stephen Hawking passed at the age of 76. The Cambridge University professor was one of the greatest scientific minds of our time, spending his life pondering the cosmos and human origins, doing so with extreme curiosity and humor. Author, professor, and lecturer, Hawking also sprinkled in occasional film and television appearances throughout his life, bringing his love of science to a wider public.

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February 14, 2018

Remarkable Photo of a Single Atom Wins Science Photography Contest

Ever wonder what an atom looks like? These building blocks of ordinary matter are a million times smaller than a strand of hair, making them impossible to see, even under a microscope. That is, until now. David Nadlinger, a Ph.D. student in University of Oxford Department of Physics, just won the top prize at the science photography competition organized by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for his groundbreaking image of an atom.

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January 24, 2018

Interview: Capturing Unexpected Photos of Crystallized Substances Under a Microscope

Photographer Justin Zoll builds what he calls “nature's smallest landscapes,” building up psychedelic images of chemical substances through photomicrography. Placing crystallized substances like menthol and ascorbic acid under a microscope, Zoll is able to capture incredible, abstract panoramas that at first glance, seem more like the work of an Abstract Expressionist than a photographer.

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January 12, 2018

New Map Shows How Long It Takes People Around the World to Travel to the Nearest City

Our world is rapidly urbanizing, with a little over half the world's population living in an urban setting as of 2015. It's a rapid rise from the mid-20th century, when only 30% of the world called a city their home. And, interestingly, even those who don't live directly within a bustling city find urban areas readily accessible, according to a new study published in Nature by the University of Oxford’s Malaria Atlas Project.

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