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Northern lights as seen from ISS - timelapse video

Timelapse video filmed by an astronaut shows the view from the International Space Station as it circles the Earth completely over 90 minutes. Each orbit the station moves around 1,367 miles to the west in relation to 90 minutes before. During this period, astronaut Alexander Gerst passes from …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

NASA’s Maven spacecraft arrives at Mars after voyage of nearly a year

NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 710 million kilometre journey that began nearly a year ago.<p>The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet late Sunday night.<p>"I think my heart's about …

A Volcano Has Erupted In Iceland, And The Pictures Are Stunning

One of the most troubling aspects about Icelandic volcanos for foreigners is that they are so hard to pronounce. This time it's the Bárðarbunga volcano in Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla that has erupted.

High School Band Performs Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

The coolest high school band teacher award goes to this guy, for teaching his class Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name”.<p>*EDIT Chris over …

Satellogic Aims To Launch A Constellation Of Small Imaging Satellites Around Earth

Satellogic is an Argentinian startup that says it just had its third successful satellite launch.<p>The company was founded by CEO Emiliano Kargieman, who previously founded Core Security Technologies and came up with the vision for Satellogic while attending Singularity University in 2010. Describing …

See the construction of Apple’s new headquarters from the sky

Two years before Apple’s new spaceship-like campus lands, the 2.8-million-square-foot site in Cupertino, California, is still mostly a big pile of dirt. But that dirt pile is getting shapelier by the day, as the foundation is laid and preparations begin for constructing the building proper.<p>Since …

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Skynet Watch: Android Anchors Now Read the News

Robotic Ron Burgundy is coming to a broadcast near you.<p><i>(Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)</i><p><b>Coming straight out of my nightmares, these creepy and realistic "Kodomoroids"</b> made in Japan can read and report the news. With the written text entered into the system, the androids never stumble and …

Earth will bombard Mars with videos, photos, and messages in 2017

Students at MIT and other universities are building a time capsule that they hope will soon contain messages, photos, audio clips, and videos gathered by tens of millions of people across the world. But this won't be just any other time capsule, because this one is destined for Mars.<p>"we go to space …

You're Getting 250 Brand New Emoji — Here Are 22 We Wish Existed

Everyone was very excited about the news, especially because there are a few emoji added to the roster that we always felt were missing — a middle finger, for instance!<p>The "official" emojipedia has a list of what's being added, but they missed some pretty important images we think should already be …

Shadow network hits speeds up to 100 times faster than Google Fiber

Moto G on T-Mobile 3G in Portland, OR<p>What do you consider to be fast internet? 10 megabits per second? What about 100mbps? We’ve heard that LTE-A service in South Korea is pushing upwards of 400mbps, and that Google Fiber clocks in up to 1Gbps, but is that good enough? We are learning that certain …

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Driverless Cars For $10,000? This Startup Is Challenging Google With A Simple Sensor

Google’s driverless car project has been getting plenty of attention for the kinds of changes it could bring to transportation, but buying an entirely new, self-driving car is out of most people’s budgets and many years away. Cruise Automation is a San Francisco-based startup that thinks it can get …

For $10,000, your car can drive itself

Cruise's new kit wants to help your car find its own way on freeways<p>I've seen the abandoned airport runway in front of me a dozen times, but this is my first time actually being here. I'm in Alameda, a city right across the bay from San Francisco, at the same disused Navy runway where the popular …

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like …

Springtime on Marias