Huntsville, Alabama is a lot closer to space than most places on the planet. Not, like, literally--the elevation is just 200 metres above sea level--but culturally and metaphorically. During the space race, Huntsville tested and developed many rockets for the Apollo program. Home to the Marshall Spaceflight Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center museum, and IMAX, Huntsville wanted to share the joy of space in a way only a town full of rocket nerds could: with a full-size fan-built Millennium Falcon.
Circus music haunts me to this day. I should have known what to expect, after the dark aurora extinguished the lights at Shining Time Station. A delicate balance was forged in the industrial revolution, binding sentient trains to the tracks in exchange for their continued care and maintenance at the hands of human crew. We lived, joyously, for years like that. The aurora changed it all. Thomas, brave young Thomas, was the first to experience The Transformation.
Super colliders are already massive. The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland features a circular track over 16 miles long. Today, Chinese state media announced the nation's plan to construct a super collider twice as large, with construction beginning in 2020. Like the Swiss project, it will smash particles together looking for the elusive snowflake that is the “God Particle”. Unlike the CERN project, it will do so with a ton more energy.
October 21, 2015, is Back To The Future Day, the day Marty McFly travels 30 years into the future to 2015, in 1989's Back to the Future Part II (set in 1985, stay with us)! Marty famously rides a hoverboard in the film, but we're all still waiting to freely fly around here in the real 2015. Leave it to Twitter, though, to let the world know what it would do if users had hoverboards by tagging tweets with #IfIHadAHoverboard
Railguns scream science fiction. Hobbyists love making these rifles, which use electromagnetic forces to rapidly accelerate a magnetic metal slug before hurling it into the air. This design, by YouTube user xtamared, is hardly the first homemade railgun, but it's one of the biggest. Here, watch as it knocks a cantaloupe off a pedestal: