Mohawk Mesolite, a crystalized mineral spray.

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography

UNESCO has declared 2014 to be the International Year of Crystallography.
Astronomical image of Alpha Capricorni

Ole Rømer and the Speed of Light

In 1676, Danish astronomer Ole Rømer predicted that an eclipse of one of Jupiter’s moons would occur ten minutes later than expected. How did he know?
A lone aequorea victoria, a bioluminescent jellyfish, in the ocean.

Happy Birthday, Osamu Shimomura!

August 27th marked the birthday of Osamu Shimomura, the organic chemist who discovered green fluorescent protein in 1962. ...
Plastic and trash litter a shoreline.

“Plastic Rock” Marks the Presence of Humans in the Fossil Record

Plastic in the ocean has created an entirely new kind of rock: plastiglomerate.