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  • Cooking With Lava

    Lava Cooking

    British art and design duo Bompas and Parr love crazy cooking projects and lava seemed like the ideal way to give their steak a unique flavour. Teaming up with Professor Robert Wysocki from ... More >
  • Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

    Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

    NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial ... More >
  • Japan's Military Will Patrol Earth's Orbitals

    Japan's Military Will Patrol Earth's Orbitals

    Japan's military plans to take defense to the heavens in 2019. According to a report by Japan's Kyodo News Agency, Japan's Self-Defense Forces plan to add a space monitoring branch, to be ... More >
  • New Mars Rover Will Have Lasers, X-Ray Vision, And More

    New Mars Rover Does Cool Tricks

    The Curiosity rover (or Mars Science Laboratory, as NASA wonks call it) has been an immensely successful mission so far. But now NASA is planning the next mission to Mars, and today the agency ... More >
  • Milky Way Has The Mass Of 800 Billion Suns, Study Finds

    How Much Does The Milky Way?

    Astronomers have performed yet another checkup on our home galaxy, this time asking it to step on a scale. The Milky Way has a mass equal to 800 billion suns, according to the team of ... More >
Lindsay Handmer
at 11:52 AM Sep 1 2014
Birk Mobius
Science // 

Getting a photo of a lighting strike is hard enough. Capturing it as it overlays the curve of a rainbow is even more incredible. But to actually see lighting hitting a plane at the same time is an amazing piece of timing.

Lindsay Handmer
at 10:25 AM Aug 29 2014
Google
Drones // 

After Amazon teased us with potential aerial deliveries, the skies remained free of pizza winging its way to hungry mouths. But now Google's Project Wing has been outed - a secretive test by the Google X team into the feasibility of drone deliveries. Suddenly the future of package delivery is looking a whole lot brighter.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:27 AM Aug 29 2014
South China Morning Post

The submarine of the future may come to America in a super fast bubble, traveling under water. Researchers at China's Harbin Institute of Technology developed a new concept for submarine “supercavitation,” where an underwater vessel creates a pocket of air around itself. Inside this bubble, the submarine can travel much faster without friction of water creating drag and slowing it down. Theoretically, a supercavitated vessel using rocket engines could travel inside that air pocket at almost the speed of sound.

Francie Diep
at 09:27 AM Aug 29 2014
Wikimedia Commons

A team of researchers has found a part of the brain that controls how motivated mice are to exercise, according to a new study.

Francie Diep
at 09:27 AM Aug 29 2014
Andrey Rudenko

This is a castle that a man 3-D printed from concrete, using a printer he built himself. We like how variations in the concrete's color stretch perfectly across the castle—the product of care and engineering on the part of the maker, Andrey Rudenko. As he wrote on his website:

Charles Q. Choi
at 09:26 AM Aug 29 2014
V. SunSpiral et al.

This "Super Ball Bot" is the vision of NASA roboticist Vytas SunSpiral — yes, that's his real name — along with Adrian Agogino and their colleagues, who plan to have a full prototype by mid-September. In the process of developing this droid, they may have helped pioneer a revolutionary new class of robots.

Loren Grush
at 09:25 AM Aug 29 2014
Nature
Nature // 

The old idiom about “being a fish out of water” just lost some of its luster. Researchers from McGill University in Canada successfully trained a group of fish to live on land and strut around.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:25 AM Aug 29 2014
Project Nightjar
Gaming // 

Call it a case of virtual selection. Testing out Project Nightjar's experimental video game, I peered through the world in mongoose-tinted glasses, looking for the eggs of a nesting nightjar -- a nocturnal bird in the family Caprimulgidae. The clock ticked as I made my selection, and then I found the nesting mother. While I played the game, the researchers behind the project gained a little more insight into just how well natural camouflage works.

Andrew Rosenblum
at 09:25 AM Aug 29 2014
Photo Courtesy of Adam Simpson

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is most famously home to the Titan supercomputer, capable of performing more than 20 quadrillion calculations every second. But the lab also houses the lesser known “Tiny Titan,” whose nine processing units, or “cores,” are made from Raspberry Pis. Making a small-scale supercomputer is relatively simple—just yoke together microelectronics to run in parallel. The hard part, explains Titan support specialist Adam Simpson, is writing the code for it. 

Emily Gertz
at 09:25 AM Aug 29 2014
Nature // 

An unholy trinity of forces – levees along the Mississippi River, sea level rise due to climate change, and fossil fuel extraction – have caused about 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana to disappear into the Gulf of Mexico over the past eight decades. That's according to Losing Ground, a multimedia journalism collaboration between ProPublica and The Lens, offers an interactive, thorough, and thoroughly sobering look at it, with layered maps and satellite images, impressive photographs and first-person audio.

Lindsay Handmer
at 11:48 AM Aug 28 2014
SkySaver USA
Tech // 

In today's high-rise cities, emergencies such as fires can leave people trapped in buildings with no way out. Enter SkySaver - a portable escape route that lets you jump safely from a window and be lowered gently to the ground. Self contained in a backpack, the life saving devices can operate from up to 35 stories up.

Sarah Fecht
at 07:37 AM Aug 28 2014
NASA

In 1969, mankind got its first few whiffs of the lunar surface after astronauts tracked moon dust into the Apollo lander.

Francie Diep
at 07:37 AM Aug 28 2014
Internet map 1024 by The Opte Project - Originally from the English Wikipedia.

Some Americans who looked at the news or Twitter this morning -- or perhaps couldn't, because the Internet was malfunctioning -- might have heard: Time Warner suffered a major outage in its Internet service at about 4:30 a.m. Eastern. The outage, affecting much of the U.S., lasted two hours, Reuters reported. Maps created by the outage-tracker DownDetector showed problems throughout the country. So how exactly could this happen?

Loren Grush
at 07:37 AM Aug 28 2014

Ai Hin was all set to be a star. The 6-year-old giant panda had shown signs of pregnancy last month, and staff at the Chengdu Breeding Research Centre in China had planned to film her labor in the first ever live broadcast of a panda giving birth.

Lindsay Handmer
at 10:28 AM Aug 27 2014
Wikimedia Commons
Tech // 

The Iron Dome is a mobile all weather air defense system deployed in Israel. In operation since 2011, it has already shot down hundreds of missiles. The amazing technology in action reminds us of Atari Missile Command, but check out the video for yourself.

 
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