Impurities are important

Impurities are important

Despite being merely microns thick, these impurity crystals jut like skyscrapers from the surface of NF 616 cast stainless steel, a

Stem Cell Magic

Stem Cell Magic

This muscle cell was derived from human embryonic stem cells propagated on a synthetic hydrogel scaffold. The cell’s alpha smooth

Painted Hills

Painted Hills

Reminiscent of children’s sand art, the Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon tell the story of climates past. Fifty million years ago

Cotton pollination

Cotton pollination

This image shows a very small portion of a cotton flower magnified more than 500 times. The spike-covered orbs are cotton pollen grains

Tastes like chicken

Tastes like chicken

When walking in the woods, if you stumble upon a large yellow or orange shelved mushroom growing on a tree, it is quite possible you

From salt pond to salt marsh

From salt pond to salt marsh

Just west of tiny Alviso, Calif., lies the remnant salt pond named A8, which is soon to return to its glory days as a thriving wetland,

In the ocean (electric) blue

In the ocean (electric) blue

The world’s most abundant form of life—plankton—makes the electric blue swirls in this image of the North Atlantic Ocean off Ireland.

Snot Otter

Snot Otter

The snot otter, more officially known as the hellbender salamander or Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, is North America’s most super-sized

Drying Rivers, Dying Fish

Drying Rivers, Dying Fish

The dry Colorado River delta in the Baja/Sonoran desert may leave a fascinating mark on the earth, but ecologists and fish are alarmed.

Milky Way Origins

Milky Way Origins

Five billion years ago small, short-lived galaxies played games of galactic bumper cars with each other, leaving debris in their

Hole-punch clouds

Hole-punch clouds

Mysterious holes in clouds, such as this one, have long fascinated the public and, until recently, baffled scientists. New research

Origami bird

Origami bird

This elaborate is a masterly crafted peace of artwork, yet it represents much more. This creation is the size of a penny, and folded

Cloudina carinata

Cloudina carinata

Paleontologists have recently discovered the fossilized remains of new species in the Cloudina genus, which are among the first animals

Competing bacteria

Competing bacteria

Rivalries in nature regularly produce clashing outcomes, and a recent study proved that this can also be the case for some bacteria.

Autonomous Benthic Explorer, our buddy ABE

Autonomous Benthic Explorer, our buddy ABE
One of the most important robotic explorers of the world’s oceans has retired, lost at sea after a launch off of southern Chile in