Whether we cry during a sad movie, while chopping onions, or completely involuntarily, our eyes are constantly producing tears. Alex Gendler tracks a particularly watery day in the life of Iris (the iris) as she cycles through basal, reflex and emotional tears.
When you picture the lowest levels of the food chain, you might imagine herbivores happily munching on lush, living green plants. But this idyllic image leaves out a huge (and slightly less appetizing) source of nourishment: dead stuff. John C. Moore details the “brown food chain,” explaining how such unlikely delicacies as pond scum and animal poop contribute enormous amounts of energy to our ecosystems.
There’s an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) — and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.
This ping pong robot took two years to develop, and finally plays like a worthy opponent! The ‘UHTTR-1′ plays the ball back independently with quick response time. Now you can tell those friends you hate to get the hell out of your garage, you don’t need them anymore!
Gravity is a major contender at the Academy Awards this year, carrying a muscular 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, for a sci-fi epic that really raised the bar. VFX company Framestore’s special effects work already promises to change sci-fi film making for years to come.
Quebec-based photographer Ulric Collette’s series of genetic portraits shows just how closely family members resemble each other. He masterfully blends photographs of two relatives together into one person, highlighting both the similarities and differences between the two people.