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Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller achieved these stunning results of the moon during a solar eclipse by combining 47 images, taken with two different lenses. You can find much higher resolution versions of his images on the photographer's own website.

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The amazing precision with which Ellie the goshawk flies through this obstacle course will impress you, and probably make you a little envious. There's no way I could mold my body so incredibly, a feat which the first comment on this video summarizes: "Elly seems able to mould her body to any shape - I'd like to see her make a cow."

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The Daily Dish is an ongoing project by artist Klari Reis, who creates a new petri dish painting every day. Reis plans to keep the project going for all of 2013. Reis' creations are not only stunningly beautiful and hypnotic, but awesomely named as well. Favorites of mine include Beam me up Scotty, Clam mouth, Paris Hilton, and Jellyfish with a brooch (above).

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"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity."

Happy birthday Albert Einstein!

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Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879–April 18, 1955) was the 20th century German physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity.

His formula for mass–energy equivalence, E = mc2 is often referred to as "the world's most famous equation." In 1921, he was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect," which was later integral in establishing quantum theory. Einstein developed much of his work while employed at the Swiss Patent Office and he went on to teach theoretical physics at a number of universities. In Februrary 1933, Einstein was visiting the United States when he decided not to return to Germany as a result of the rapidly increasing power of the Nazis. Einstein and his wife traveled to Belgium and renounced their German citizenship, and Einstein returned the US in October 1933 to settle permanently. In the summer of 1939, just before the onset of WWII, Einstein wrote a pivotal letter to President Roosevelt alerting him of Germany's likely interest in developing atomic weapons, and recommeding that the US take a similar course of action. This letter resulted in Roosevelt initiating the Manhattan Project, of which Einstein was a key member. 

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"I use my off duty time to investigate scientific curiosities of my own design, because I'm here, and I can, and these things tickle my imagination." This awesome nugget of inspiration comes to you from NASA astronaut and chemist Don Pettit, who is currently hanging out, sans gravity, on the International Space Station. While he's not making discoveries about outer space and hunting for aliens (I assume), he conducts fun experiments to see what happens to earthly elements in outer space. That involves doing Yo-Yo tricks in space, and then getting to name them whatever he wants because he's the first person to do zero gravity Yo-Yo tricks. Way to make everyone else feel totally inadequate about their accomplishments, Don Pettit. 

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No, it's not the world's creepiest marble. This is the Argus II Bionic Eye and the FDA has just approved it, meaning it will now be legally available to transplant into patients. This is good news for all who suffer from specific degenerative illnesses of the eye. This Bionic ball of science will detect things like crosswalks, cars, and large numbers or letters. The eye is like a miniature camera and video processor, replacing damaged parts of the retina with a sheet of electrodes. The signals are transmitted to the brain as pixelated patterns of light and dark. This is truly a look into the future.

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Happy Birthday Nicolaus Copernicus!

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Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) was a Russian mathematician and astronomer who first proposed the heliocentric model of the universe, in place of the geocentric model, first posited by Ptolemy and endorsed by the Catholic Church. Before his death, Copernicus published his book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres). The book ignited the Copernican Revolution and contributed heavily to the Scientific Revolution which followed the Renaissance. Although the work of Copernicus was rejected by various religious figures, the Catholic Church did not immediately react to the publication, and the author did not face the same religious backlash as his successor, Galileo Galilei. Still, Copernicus was denounced by the Catholic theologian-astronomer, who claimed, "Nicolaus Copernicus neither read nor understood the arguments of Aristotle the philosopher and Ptolemy the astronomer," and that he was "very deficient in the sciences of physics and logic." Below, a brief history of the man who rearranged the universe.

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Don't get too excited and rush to the market: this genetically modified egg is but a concept from the mind of designer Dominic Wilcox. In a recent exhibition in Italy, Wilcox presented his thoughts on the pros and cons of genetic modification. On the one hand, an egg genetically modified to resemble a cup for ease of eating would make breakfast more simple. On the other hand, is the chicken okay with that? Science has come a long way, fueled by curiosity and enabled by new technology. In South Korea, they can clone dogs now. Again, on the one hand a million puppies would be great. On the other hand, how long before they clone a million Lee Myung-baks? Food for thought.

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The Secret Life of Plankton: Please Stay Secret

plankton "A Teaspoon of sea water can contain more than a million living creatures," - and that's why I use Purrell.

This short video about Plankton is a microscope's greatest find and germaphobe's worst nightmare. It's as if Science is on a daily mission to freak me out. Watch "The Secret Life of Plankton" to discover the cornucopia of micro-tinies with which we share our Earth.

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How does gravity work?

The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science is the extensive and detailed tome full of the questions and mysteries that fuel scientific discovery. Questions range from need-to-know like "What triggers puberty?" to big, largely unanswered mysteries like "What is dark energy?"

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