Science

May 18, 2018

Gorgeous Phenomenon Is Making San Diego’s Beaches Glow Blue at Night

A post shared by Jesse Bowen (@therealjbowen) on May 10, 2018 at 10:08am PDT The people of San Diego recently had the chance to witness one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful phenomenons: bioluminescence. Caused by a “bloom” of marine planktons known as dinoflagellates, the tiny organisms emit radiant blue bioluminescent light when they are disturbed.

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May 8, 2018

Scientists Accidentally Create Super Enzyme That “Eats” Plastic

We spend a lot of time thinking about how to solve the world's plastic problem, from laws banning single-use plastics to creative fashions made from recycled plastic. But one of the most exciting innovations to combat the plastic pollution was an accident. Scientists, looking to improve upon an enzyme that had evolved to eat plastic, have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles.

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April 27, 2018

Amazing GIF Shows What the Surface of a Comet Looks Like

One of the coolest things about that fact that the European Space Agency publishes images gathered from outer space online is that anyone is able to view them—and get creative. And thanks to Twitter user landru79, we've got a glimpse of what happens on the surface of a comet. By using a set of 12.5-second exposure photos, he's created a 1 second GIF of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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April 23, 2018

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Celebrates Its 28th Birthday With a Spectacular Photo

In honor of its 28th birthday, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has beamed down two different images of the incredible Lagoon Nebula. Even after 163,000 orbits around the planet and over a million photos, the Hubble never fails to impress. The images are a reminder of just how much insight the instrument has given us since it was first launched on April 24, 1990.

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