Really tiny things

This is an enjoyable diversion: the University of Utah’s Genetics Dept has a groovy slider-thingy to let you zoom in and out of a diagram showing the relative sizes between a coffee bean and a Carbon atom.

scale

Special mentions go to paramecium, yeast, E. coli, tRNA and glucose.

Have fun fiddling with that one.

 


140 million-year-old spider web

Now that is old.

spider_in_amber

According to the scientists studying this find – a piece of fossilised tree sap containing the spider and its web – the structure and composition of the web is very close to the ones of modern spiders.

Beautiful, don’t you think?

via Wired.


More awesome Ares rocket photos

Just a quick one to share the Big Picture photo spread covering the build-up to the Ares test launch  last week.

Click here.