8 Surprising Science Discovery GIFs and Images of 2013
~ The WOW Factor ~
Science and technology continues to fascinate me. I’m still awed that a person can stand in front of a camera somewhere and be seen on a television on the other side of the globe, or that someone can speak into a microphone or a telephone and be heard anywhere! So of course, I am forever being enthralled by new discoveries in this field. I share with you today just 8 surprising science discovery GIFs and images of 2013 that I have come across. Truly, it was difficult to choose just 5, but here they are.
1) ‘Electronic Skin’ Grafts Gadgets to Body
Check this out. It’s the development of ultrathin electronics that can be placed on the skin as easily as a temporary tattoo. Researchers are hoping the new devices will pave the way for sensors that monitor heart and brain activity without bulky equipment, or perhaps computers that operate via the subtlest voice commands or body movement.
2) A Battery That Stretches to Three Times Its Size
Flexible, stretchable electronic devices will help monitor athletes on the field, take medical monitoring away from the hospital bedside, and make portable electronics more comfortable—perhaps even wearable. But to do anything at all, they need a power source. Now researchers have demonstrated a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can be stretched by as much as 300 percent. These stretchable batteries can be recharged wirelessly offer a power source for wearable electronics and health monitors.
3) Dissolving Electronics
Perhaps the most amazing creation, though, could be the entirely dissolvable electronic circuit, which could someday be used in environmental monitoring and medical devices so that circuitry disappears after it’s no longer needed.
This GIF of an electronic circuit that dissolves in the presence of water is from University of Illinois
4) A Solar Eruption
This is a tad bit off-topic, maybe, but still a pretty cool discovery about what happens on our sun. Solar activity, as you might imagine, can get pretty intense. In February, NASA released a video of a particularly turbulent day in the life of the sun, as three simultaneous of events occurred at the same time … a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection and shifting of magnetic field lines in the Sun’s atmosphere. Pretty amazing imagery, huh?
Japanese scientists captured this by using a probe sensitive to florescence, relying upon a particular gene called GCaMP that reacts to the presence of calcium ions by fluorescing brightly. Because calcium concentrations fluctuate when neurons fire, the florescent spot is the location of neuron activity in the fish’s brain. This was confirmed by the fact that the pattern above occurred after the researchers released a paramecium into the fish’s environment—and the particular brain areas activated matched the neurons that fired when the fish visually tracked a dot moving around in the same directions.
6) A Red Batfish Eats
Last but not least, I include this just for fun, and because I love these little Red Batfish. I don’t know, there’s just something about them. So ugly that they’re cute, I guess. Enjoy!
In October, our Smart News bloggers called attention to one of the ocean’s most peculiar creatures: the red batfish, found on the continental shelves of the Pacific. The GIF above, taken from a video filmed at Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, Japan, shows the creature feeding on a piece of krill.
7) Rotting Pineapple
Decay fascinates me, believe it or not. It makes me realize how impermanent everything is, including us, of course. We hang on so tediously to our lives and our possessions, only to eventually rot and disappear like this pineapple. It gives me “food for thought”, no pun intended. (Not really.)
This GIF of a rotting pineapple was taken with a time-lapse camera in the span of two months. The video above shows bacteria, fungi and ants hard at work, breaking down once-delicious pineapple flesh that was left out to be filmed as it decomposed.
8) Levitating Chain?
Mind-blowing, right? This video from Earth Unplugged appears to show how a bead chain seems to levitate as it falls out of a beaker. There is no magic involved, however. It’s just that once some beads are dropped out of the container, their momentum pulls more beads along with them, and the limited flexibility of the chain causes it to assume shapes that appear to defy gravity as it falls. Heh-heh.
To much more than 8 Surprising Science Discovery GIFs and Images of 2013 check out the Smithsonian.
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