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The folks in the chemistry lab at Avans University of Applied Sciences have the Christmas spirit! Not only appropriate, but a fine example of making do with what you have. Link

The Nobel Winners Who Foiled the Führer

As the Nazis swallowed Europe, two scientists fought back with the only weapon they had: chemistry. Getty Images When the Third Reich took control of Germany, Danish physicist Niels Bohr (pictured) transformed into something like Oskar Schindler in a lab coat. From his Institute for Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen, the Nobel laureate aided and protected Jewish scientists, [...]

The Myriad Monikers of Gotham’s Villains

Pop Chart Lab produced a huge chart that classifies the villains of Gotham City -and there have been a lot of them over the past 70 years! The picture here is just a small portion of the chart, which is for sale as a limited edition signed and numbered art print. You can zoom in [...]

Boba Fett Launch Lab

Boba Fett Launch Lab – $20.95 How do you make science even more amazing ? You add Star Wars characters and you shoot them through the air. Behold the fantastic Boba Fett Launch Lab from the NeatoShop. This awesome air-powered Boba Fett rocket can soar up to 50 feet. It is a great way to teach kids [...]

Lab-grown human egg cells could be fertilised

Scientists are looking to fertilise human egg cells that they have succeeded in growing in a lab. The purpose behind the research is to revolutionise …

Sound pulled from 125-year-old recordings

Scientists have been able to retrieve sound from recordings made in Alexander Graham Bell’s lab. Bell had made the recordings to safeguard against hav…

Full Moon Odyssey Mattress

This five-foot diameter mattress is from Korean designers Lily Suh and Zoono of i3lab. The image of the moon is by astrophotographer Chin Wei Loon. There’s also a glow-in-the-dark pillow to go with it. Link -via Laughing Squid

Call to ban "Planet of the Apes" experiments

Scientists are demanding new rules to prevent experiments to give lab animals human-like attributes. The move is aimed at avoiding future experimentat…

"Slow" Evolution is Better

Slow and steady wins the race, right? Well, at least in Aesop’s fable and now, it seems, also in evolution – at least if you’re a bacterium: Research carried out in Richard Lenski’s lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and published today in Science 1, shows that rapidly evolving ‘hare’ bacteria were eventually wiped [...]

The Beagle Freedom Project

Shannon Keith and Gary Smith started the Beagle Freedom Project to find new homes for beagles that have been used for research. They named their first rescue dogs Freedom and Bigsby, and videotaped the beagles’ first brush with the great outdoors. Be warned that the video, while not graphic, may be disturbing and you’ll want [...]