Image of the Day

  • Birds of a feather

    Photographer Søren Solkær used his COVID year to capture one of the most spectacular – but little...

    Søren Solkær makes his living photographing fashion and pop culture, but he has a secret love of common starlings – S...

    Birds February 3, 2021
  • Borneo’s worrying divide

    Mapping reveals the impact of changing forest structure.

    Aerial mapping of Malaysian Borneo has revealed worsening carbon losses along forest edges, according to a new US stu...

    Plants April 1, 2020
  • Quasar tsunamis rip through space

    The phenomenon carries more energy than a gamma-ray burst.

    This artist's concept of a distant galaxy with an active quasar at its centre shows the large amount of energy genera...

    Astrophysics March 23, 2020
  • Slime mould sheds light on cosmic web

    Algorithmic simulations use it to map binding dark matter.

    Researchers have been creative in trying to trace the elusive cosmic web, the large-scale backbone of the cosmos. ...

    Astrophysics March 12, 2020
  • Turbulent times in the aquarium

    Researchers unravel how fluids transform from order to disorder.

    While turbulence is everywhere – from planes to white water rafting and whirlpools in the bathtub – it’s one of the l...

    Physics March 2, 2020
  • Big potential in mini-gut organoid

    Researchers explore treatment for an unpleasant condition.

    This is a mini-gut organoid generated in a laboratory from human stem cells. It has helped US researchers simulate l...

    Biology February 10, 2020
  • Physicists do something very cool

    Nanoparticles at ground state open new possibilities.

    Physicists have cooled a nanoparticle to the lowest temperature quantum mechanics allows by reducing its motion to th...

    Physics February 2, 2020
  • A novel quantum couple

    Magnetic field moves electrons into concentric circles.

    US and Japanese researchers have created and imaged a novel pair of quantum dots – tiny islands of confined electric ...

    Physics January 30, 2020
  • Illustrating a book of bits

    Students compile encyclopaedia of genes.

    This is not just a pretty picture: the microscopic image of fruit fly eyes, wings and lymph glands is shedding new li...

    Biology January 28, 2020
  • Exploring the inner complexity of Enceladus

    Subsurface ocean composition hints at habitable conditions.

    US researchers say a new geochemical model reveals that carbon dioxide from Saturn’s moon Enceladus may be controlled...

    Astronomy January 23, 2020
  • From chaos, sticky order

    Creating a substance that will stick to just about anything.

    This material might be the future of soft, nanomaterials.  Researchers from the North Carolina State University, in ...

    Materials October 14, 2019
  • Nebulae: Feeling small?

    NASA data reveals an amazing deep space vista.

    This extraordinarily beautiful image, compiled from data acquired by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in 2009, and now ...

    Astronomy June 2, 2019
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