The Secret Behind Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” Move

For decades viewers have watched Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” leaning dance move in awe. The “biomechanically impossible” act (which Jackson debuted in 1987) has the dancer leaning at a remarkable 45-degree angle—from the ankle—all the while keeping his body straight. No bending at the knees, nor the hips, it was (and remains) a beguiling sight. Unveiling the magic, however, neurosurgeons at Medical Education and Research …

Superionic Ice, or Water Simultaneously Solid and Liquid, Exists

A theoretical discovery dating back to 1935 by Percy W Bridgman, superionic ice—a state of water that’s both liquid and solid under extremely high pressure and temperatures—couldn’t be proven by scientists. That is, until now. Through a process involving diamond anvils and intense bursts of laser, a super-dense form of ice transforms into superionic ice. Here H2O severs, causing crystalline oxygen to harden with hydrogen …

Scientist Invents a Drip-Free Wine Bottle

Forget purchasing a wine spout, a Brandeis University biophysicist has done the impossible by inventing a wine bottle that does not drip. Daniel Perlman designed a bottle that features two-millimeter groove just below the tip which catches the droplets as the bottle is tipped back. This extra lip was the result of three years of study, wherein Perlman watched slow-motion videos of wine being poured, …