Science is a picture

Star factory delivers sun

Thousands of new stars arise in a mist of gas and dust that revolves around the Milky Way. Thanks to the Paranal observatory in Chile, astronomers have now been able to take the sharpest photo of the glowing nebula called the Tarantula nebula. The nebula has a diameter of 600 light years and is the brightest star factory seen from the earth.

European Southern Observatory

Sea snail breathes through its skin

The squashy wing snail (Gymnosomata) is no larger than a fingernail and lives at a depth of 500 meters in the sea. The transparent mollusc has no gills, but breathes through its jelly-like skin.

Pascal Kobeh

The red color betrays rivers in land ice

Greenland's land ice is melting faster than ever before in the last 400 years, causing meltwater rivers to flow across the surface. This melt water cuts into the ice sheet and forms deep shafts. To map the path of the melt water, researchers are adding a reflective, but harmless red dye.

George Steinmetz

New scanner shows you inwardly in colors

An American company developed a scanner that produces 3D images of the human body in color. The technology of the extremely sensitive scanner has been partly developed by CERN and can distinguish between fat, muscles, bones and water in the body.

MARS Bioimaging Ltd

One of these leaves is a grasshopper

The grasshopper Cycloptera speculata from the rainforest of Panama lives in the trees and is at first sight indistinguishable from the foliage. Its body has the shape of a leaf with veins and all, and the master disguise can even imitate insect bites or fungal attacks with holes and discolorations.

Pete Oxford

3D scans make robot human

Fred is a robot of 1.75 meters, who can talk and move like a human. The British company Engineered Arts develops true-to-life robots for the entertainment industry and uses data from real-life 3D scans to fine-tune the appearance and create human movements and facial expressions.

Matt Cardy

Honey bees build enigmatic bridges

To expand or restore their hive, honey bees build bridges between the walls: each bee grabs the legs of the next and thus forms a long string between the washing tablets. The bees may use the bridges to measure the distance between the walls of the hive.

Solvin Zankl

Clouds form towers due to forest fire

Due to drought and many dead trees, 2018 was one of the worst forest fires in California. A forest fire also has consequences high above the ground. The rising warm air takes steam and ash with it, and when cooled, the vapor condenses around the ash particles and forms clouds.

NASA Earth Observatory

Phytoplankton provides insight into sea currents

The water below the frozen surface of the Chukchen Sea north of Alaska contains more phytoplankton than any other area in the world. When the sun is at its fiercest and the phytoplankton is booming, the two types of diatoms and coccolithophores color the icy sea green and white. The patterns arise because the plankton floats with the sea currents.

Norman Kuring og Kathryn Hansen

Space umbrella paves the way for Mars trips

It can reach more than 3000 ° C when probes enter the atmosphere of a planet. Probes are now protected with plastic shields that take up a lot of space, but scientists from NASA have woven a heat shield from carbon fiber wires that folds out like an umbrella. The compact shield must make it possible to send large space probes to, for example, Venus and Mars.

Dominic Hart

Predator fish grows with seabed

The false stony fish is a tropical predator fish. He lives on the bottom of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is a master of camouflage. His body is covered with frills and warts and the fish has been immobile for so long that algae grow on it, among other things. The fish is usually spotted gray-brown, but turns red with infrared light.

Kathrin Landgraf-Kluge

Astronauts control the robot on Earth

The robot Rollin Justin rolls around in a space center in Germany, but its movements are controlled from the international space station ISS, 400 kilometers far from the earth. The experiment falls under the METERON project, which replaces people with robots for risky tasks in space.

Roger Riedel

Video: Medical Animation HD. Science Picture Company. Demo Reel 2009 (February 2020).

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