Toshihiko Shibuya’s Tiny Art Resembles Blossoming Life

Displayed at a random location within the woods of Tomakomai in Japan, Toshihiko Shibuya’s most recent installation mirrors the emergence of biological life using 1,500 individual, pastel-colored pushpins meant to look like spores. These woods in particular serve as a surreal setting for the work as the trees here cannot root deep enough to sustain growing to great heights. Thus, they fall once they’ve grown …

The Science Behind “Goosebumps”

With Halloween upon us, there’s likely a hair-raising situation waiting to give you goosebumps, chicken skin or make your skin crawl. Those might seem like silly terms, but they all come from the fact that, when we’re scared (or cold), muscles tug at our hair follicles, causing our hair to raise and giving our skin a bumpy texture similar to that of a featherless chicken. …

Dr Alexander Rich Dies at 90

Dr Alexander Rich, the first person to produce a distinct image of the double helix structure of RNA and DNA, has passed away at the age of 90. Rich was an award-winning researcher who was honored with the National Medal of Science—the highest scientific award given by the federal government—for his ground-breaking discoveries and contributions in the field of modern molecular biology. Read more about …