While the northern hemisphere slowly, but surely creeps out what must have been the longest winter on record, spare a thought for marine scientist Cassandra Brooks. She’s been on a two-month journey on an Antarctic ice breaker, which she has narrated the journey in this fascinating video. Check out the ice ramming and the fishing [...]
IBM released its first production movie today, but don’t look for it on the big screen as the characters are just a bunch of atoms in a stop-motion film. IBM said it made the world’s tiniest movie by using thousands of precisely placed atoms to create nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action. IBM’s new flick, [...]
Like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on steroids, the Superconducting Super Collider was to be a huge underground ring complex beneath the area near Waxahachie, Texas, that would have been the world’s most energetic particle accelerator. Construction on the site began in the early 1990s, but only got so far as 14 miles of tunnel being [...]
Fashion gets everywhere, even space. As NASA shows in this wonderful collection of how their space suit has evolved over the years. We particular like the silver foil look that seemed to be so wildly popular in the 70s. Click the pic to see.
Radiolab, one of our favourite radio shows, is known for its striking sound effects to communicate big ideas. You can currently listen to excerpts in this sonic gallery over on The New York Times. My favourite is ‘the sleeping cat’s brain”. Click the pic to see more.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has already explained how food tastes in space, and now he shows what its like to get a haircut aboard the “International Space Salon.” Click the pic to watch the vid.
Why is the sky blue? It’s a question that you’d think kids have been asking for thousands of years, but it might not be that old at all. The ancient Greek poet Homer never used a word for blue in The Odyssey or The Iliad, because blue is one of the last colours that cultures [...]
The International Space Station is, after the sun and the moon, the third brightest object in the sky. If you know where to look for it, you can easily see it — no telescope required. But where is it right now? You know who always knows where the ISS is? NASA. Several times a week, [...]
Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG ruminates on optical calibration targets, weird landscape relics scattered across military bases made to check the resolution of cold war era photograph-snapping spy planes. You can find one target on Google Maps here. Click the pic to see more.
What if: the Milky Way were visible in NYC? It would look something like this. Taken from Darkened Skies by Thierry Cohen; he photographed various cities (NYC, Paris and Tokyo) and matched them up with starry skies from more remote places like Montana, Nevada, and the Sahara. New Yorkers can see Cohen’s work at the [...]