Design of Snowflakes Explained
January 19, 2021
Illustra has released a new short film on snowflakes. What kind of design do crystals represent, natural or intentional?
Geological Processes Can Be Rapid
August 27, 2019
For those trained to think in millions of years, these geological processes should sound surprising.
One Wrong-Handed Amino Acid Can Cause Vertigo
August 11, 2018
The rocks in your head that give you a sense of balance are finely tuned to spiral in a certain way.
Astrobiology Still Has No Biology
April 11, 2018
Number of worlds beyond Earth where life has been discovered: zero. Number of optimistic articles about life in outer space: hundreds per year.
Desperately Seeking Life Beyond Earth
July 7, 2015
Earth life cannot be unique. How about you, Mars? Europa, anything? Enceladus? Comet 67P? Please break the silence!
Living Stalactites and Other Geological Surprises
August 19, 2014
Dripstones in caves can be made by microbes, some speleologists find. That's among several recent geological surprises.
December 25, 2011
Could any “useless” natural object composed of simple materials exceed the beauty of a snow crystal? As you wish for a white Christmas, think about two snowflake designers: one who makes them in a lab, and one who makes them in clouds.