Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera

From their website (which looks like it’s going to be a joy to dig through): “Beautiful Chemistry is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that seeks to make chemistry more accessible and interesting to the general public. Filmed and edited by Yan Liang.”

Multispectral imaging reveals portions of Magna Carta text damaged in 1731 Cotton Library fire
"The multispectral imaging of the burnt Magna Carta was conducted as part of a major project involving the reframing and scientific analysis of all the Magna Carta charters held in our collections ahead of the 2015 anniversary."
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Multispectral imaging reveals portions of Magna Carta text damaged in 1731 Cotton Library fire

"The multispectral imaging of the burnt Magna Carta was conducted as part of a major project involving the reframing and scientific analysis of all the Magna Carta charters held in our collections ahead of the 2015 anniversary."

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11 Beautiful, Psychedelic GIFs Created by a Math Whiz*

It’s hard not to see the influence of Gestalt Psychologists and Op Artists like Bridget Riley on Whyte’s work, but he credits the community of GIF artists on Tumblr as his primary influence. “The GIF art community on Tumblr has definitely rubbed off on me more than any ‘real’ artists,” he says. “My main artistic influences are the other good people on Tumblr doing the same thing I am—making abstract little animations just for the fun of it.”

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The Chemistry Behind the Colors of Autumn Leaves
Happy October! Has any of your autumn foliage had the time to turn fiery red?
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The Chemistry Behind the Colors of Autumn Leaves

Happy October! Has any of your autumn foliage had the time to turn fiery red?

Enlarged Print: http://ow.ly/C8uCy

Getting your degree shouldn’t decimate your bank account. Apply for one of the Mensa Foundation’s scholarships and your books may be on us!
It’s never too early to start applying! Applications are open to the public. The scholarship application process closes Jan. 15.
Read more and apply today: mensafoundation.org/scholarships.

Getting your degree shouldn’t decimate your bank account. Apply for one of the Mensa Foundation’s scholarships and your books may be on us!

It’s never too early to start applying! Applications are open to the public. The scholarship application process closes Jan. 15.

Read more and apply today: mensafoundation.org/scholarships.

BICEP2’s recent “confirmation” of B-mode polarization may have been nothing more than literal dust in the figurative wind.
"A new analysis of data from the Planck space telescope has concluded that the tiny silicate and carbonate particles spewed into interstellar space by dying stars could account for as much as 100 percent of the signal detected by the BICEP2 telescope and announced to great fanfare this spring."
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BICEP2’s recent “confirmation” of B-mode polarization may have been nothing more than literal dust in the figurative wind.

"A new analysis of data from the Planck space telescope has concluded that the tiny silicate and carbonate particles spewed into interstellar space by dying stars could account for as much as 100 percent of the signal detected by the BICEP2 telescope and announced to great fanfare this spring."

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After Thomas Dixon suffered a traumatic brain injury in late 2010, he was forced to find creative ways to cope with the episodic malfunction of his memory as we detailed in the July Mensa Bulletin cover story. These days, he’s reconnecting with an old passion — attempting to return to the fitness level he says is responsible for saving his life.

Royal Museums Greenwich announces its 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards

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Witness The Birth Of A Mineral

While investigating the effects of nucleation, whereby molecules assemble into crystalline structures, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory trained a transmission electron microscope on high concentrations of sodium bicarbonate and calcium chloride in water to watch the process occur in real-time.

"For a decade, we’ve been studying the formation pathways of carbonates using high-powered microscopes, but we hadn’t had the tools to watch the crystals form in real time. Now we know the pathways are far more complicated than envisioned in the models established in the twentieth century."

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Researchers Haul In Second-ever Intact Colossal Squid — Here’s What She Looks Like
"Scientists said Tuesday a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms (770 lbs) and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic. The squid had been kept in optimum freezing conditions at the Te Papa museum in Wellington ever since it was brought back to New Zealand from the seas off the frozen continent during the southern hemisphere’s summer."
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Researchers Haul In Second-ever Intact Colossal Squid — Here’s What She Looks Like

"Scientists said Tuesday a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms (770 lbs) and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic. The squid had been kept in optimum freezing conditions at the Te Papa museum in Wellington ever since it was brought back to New Zealand from the seas off the frozen continent during the southern hemisphere’s summer."

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