STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend: August 12

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Between school, homework, practice and spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to miss out on the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. But don’t worry, Thinkery’s got you covered. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly STEAM discoveries from the previous week. It’s fuel for your weekend.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Hidden Degas
Photo credit: Australian Synchrotron and the National Gallery of Victoria via AP.

For years, scientists were baffled by French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas’ 1876 painting, “Portrait of a Woman.” Since 1922, a mysterious outline has slowly appeared across the subject’s face. Was there another portrait hidden underneath?

There was.

Using X-ray fluorescence elemental mapping, a team of researchers in Australia revealed a previously painted portrait lurking beneath the surface of the 140-year-old masterpiece. Learn more about their fascinating discovery!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - MIT Media Lab
Photo credit: MIT Media Lab.

What will they think of next? MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research recently collaborated on one of the coolest projects ever—temporary tattoos that turn your skin into a working mousepad.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - 3D-Printed Breakfast
Photo credit: Timothy Lee Photographers, Columbia University.

Get ready for a digital food revolution.

Thanks to Hod Lipson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University, we’re one step closer to being able to print our meals at home. His team’s work on a consumer-friendly 3-D food printer is incredibly exciting—they’ve created a working prototype capable of printing complex food combinations.

We’re excited to see where this goes—and what it tastes like.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Mars
Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.

NASA and the University of Arizona released more than 1,000 new photos of Mars’ surface. And they’re absolutely beautiful.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has circled Mars for more than a decade, snapping photos of the red planet and sending ‘em back to Earth. Its latest data dump was chock-full of some particularly impressive shots of the Martian landscape. Take a look!

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