Benjamin McQuigg

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What Happens If An Astronaut Floats Off In Space?

In short: he's in trouble.<p>In the film <i>Gravity</i>, which opens this month, two astronauts are on a spacewalk when an accident hurtles them into the void. So what would actually happen if you went, in NASA's terminology, "overboard"?<p>NASA requires spacewalking astronauts to use tethers (and sometimes …

Grand Theft Auto 5 Banshee made into real sports car you can win

The Bravado Banshee is one of the most well-known vehicles from the Grand Theft Auto series, and now you can win a real-life recreation of its 2013 model from <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>.<p>Rockstar Games had West Coast Customs, the car remodeling shop featured on MTV's <i>Pimp My Ride</i>, build what the studio calls …

This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

Draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press can translate it into a real, playable game<p>Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding …

Pitch Drop Experiment Scientist Dies Without Ever Seeing A Drop Fall

Nobody has ever witnessed a drop fall from this demonstration, which has run continuously for 86 years.<p>The drop never fell for physicist John Mainstone, but many of his colleagues and students may get to witness it later this year.<p>Mainstone, the custodian of the world's longest-running science …

Cat sheepishly closes drawer after being caught rummaging for food – video

We’ve all been caught looking somewhere we shouldn’t have, so this video of a cat reacting sheepishly after being caught rummaging through a drawer …

Here's What Happens When You Put Flaming-Hot Nickel On Gummy Bears

Your burning question, answered<p>Might want to set aside an hour or so to watch this video several times. The mad geniuses at YouTube channel carsandwater, who've captured some pretty amazing footage of stuff being burned by a Red Hot Nickel Ball, have taken the RHNB mechanism to the heads of …

How To Grow Your Own Photo

Use microbes to make black-and-agar still lifes<p>Microbes aren't known for their artistic merit, but that hasn't stopped scientists from using bacteria to find their inner Ansel Adams. Bioengineer Chris Voigt and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have hacked a harmless strain of</i> …

Watch A Giant Hovercraft Land On A Crowded Russian Beach

Just out enjoying your day at the beach when, boom, giant military hovercraft. The worst.<p>This 5.5-ton Russian military hovercraft landed on the beach of the Baltic Sea port city Kaliningrad, between Poland and Lithuania, where people were out enjoying their day. A Russian Defense Ministry …

Wolodja, the two-year-old polar bear, cools off at Tierpark Berlin – in pictures

Watch the polar bear – who was born in a Moscow zoo and only arrived in Berlin earlier this month – as he dives into the water