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  1. A Better View

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    On July 16, the 40th anniversary of NASA’s launch of Apollo 11, the space agency released newly restored footage of some iconic moments from that mission’s moon walk. Here, astronauts…

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    • Nanowires from Table Salt

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      Researchers in New Mexico are reporting the surprise discovery that common table salt — so brittle that it crushes easily between a thumb and forefinger — becomes a super plastic in the…

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      • Galaxy Formation in Progress

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        This movie models how a galaxy acquires most of its gas — the raw material for making stars. Red is hot gas, blue shows the cold streams of gas that flow like a river toward the galaxy’s…

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        • Orbit of LSR 1610-0040 : A Digital Universe Simulation

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          The animation shows the orbits of the 24 subdwarf stars from 500 million years in the past to 500 million years in the future at a rate of 12 million years per second. The animation includes a passage…

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          • The Vortex above Maple Seeds

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            Smoke particles illuminated with laser light around a freely flying maple seed reveal a prominent leading edge vortex. The visualization of the leading edge vortex on this and 31 other specimens of…

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            • Hummingbird Diving In Action

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              The video shows a detailed analysis of hummingbird flight, including a slow-frame dive descent maneuver. Hummingbirds, due to their small size and unique body shape, are capable of incredible Top…

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              • Slithering snakes

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                A slithering snake gets a leg up from its scales, which provide much needed friction when moving forward, scientists report online June 8 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. On…

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                • Tickling Techniques

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                  A baby orangutan grunts with apparent glee during a tickle session with a human friend. And a young, though substantial, gorilla plays tickle-my-foot. Found in: "Tickling Apes Reveals Laughter's…

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                  • Dust in Space

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                    This animation shows the newly proposed mechanism for transporting crystalline dust from the hot, inner part of a planet-forming disk to the chilly outer regions where the material can be incorporated…

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                    • Chirp when ready

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                      When a researcher gives a quick squeeze to the rump of a great peacock moth caterpillar, the creature thrashes and makes a short buzzy chirp by rubbing its mouthparts together. Found in 'Caterpillar's…

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                      • Mapping the Cosmic Microwave Background with Planck

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                        Named for Max Planck (1858–1947), the German scientist who originated quantum theory, the Planck craft will sit between Earth and the sun and scan the entire sky in long, circular strips. Its…

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                        • Alleviating Parkinsons through deep brain stimulation

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                          Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have developed a novel stimulation method, the first potential therapy to target the spinal cord instead of the brain, which may offer an effective and…

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