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How to hack your air conditioner thermostat to make a wall explode

Sponsored by the game Watch Dogs, the folks at RatedRR explain how you can hack into anything in real life—from cameras to AC units to smart power …

Crazy camera trick takes the Hitchcock zoom to a whole new LSD level

You know the Hitchcock zoom effect: A camera on a dolly moves back or forward as the lenses zoom in or out, changing the field of view. French …

30 Photos Taken Straight Up

We look down at our feet all the time, while view directly above is often. Here are 30 photographs that celebrate the oft-overlooked view...no pun …

Why Freezing Yourself Is a Terrible Way to Achieve Immortality

What happens after we die? It's a question that has plagued the human mind since we first developed the concept of "death." The search for an …

Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time

Kasperkspy Labs recently launched a beautifully terrifying interactive map that shows online threats arounds the world in real time. In practice, …

Use Your Favorite USB Keyboard On Your Phone With This Backup Battery

It can be hard to choose a backup battery when the market is as flooded as Bluetooth speakers and iPhone cases have become. Manufacturers are now …

Hypnotic Flapping Wing Turbines Keep Working in the Gentlest Breeze

There have been many proposed alternatives to the spinning propeller blades used on wind turbines installed all over the county, but none as …

13 Umbrellas To Keep You Dry and Looking Fly

April showers bring May flowers, but April showers are also made of rain. Spring is nice, but with it comes immense amounts of precipitation. To …

Jessica

<b>Gawker</b> What Was <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> and Why Is Everyone Mad at It? | <b>io9</b> Why a Head Injury Can Be Far Worse Than You Realize | <b>Jalopnik</b> The People Of …

A Riding Mower That Transforms Into an ATV Is All Work and All Play

Riding mowers and ATVs can cost as much as a decent used car, but expensive or not, they're a must-have accessory if you have to maintain a large …

Computers Are Now Able to Teach Each Other Pac-Man, The End is Near

Until now, humans have had one significant advantage over computers and robots: We meatbags were the only ones who could teach them how to function. …

Someone Just Bought a House in L.A. for $102 Million... In Cash

When Los Angeles's most expensive house went up for sale at $125 million, no one expected it to go for that price in a million years. Well, someone, …

Watch more cute dogs get hilariously confused by a magic trick

Seeing dogs get confused by a magic trick was so darn cute the first time that magician Jose Ahonen decided to pull the same disappearing treat trick …

North Korea's New Space Agency Logo Is a Space Age Throwback

North Korea's space agency is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new logo. And the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> fittingly describes its design in …

Samsung unveils a new line of mid-range Galaxy Tabs

Earlier this year, Samsung finally launched some high-end Galaxy Tabs. But that doesn't mean the company is going to turn its back on the mid-range. …

Electronics Industry

How small is too small? Japanese home is just 3 meters wide

Imai House is located in the city of Okazaki, Japan, and was completed in 2013. The plot measures just 3 x 21 m (10 x 68 ft), of which the two-story …

Family Car

Smart Herb Garden provides fresh herbs at home

Gizmag first covered the Smart Herb Garden in March last year, when Click and Grow was raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. It's safe to …

Olympus brings 5-axis stabilization to compacts with the SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1<p>Design-wise, the Stylus SH-1 looks like an even smaller version of the Olympus PEN E-P5, which in turn paid homage to the …

Olympus

Sideways-traveling Baltika icebreaker begins sea trials

Last August we heard about the Baltika, a rather clever icebreaker that can temporarily increase its frontal area by traveling sideways into the ice. …

Rowing

American-made 270 mph+ Nemesis supercar to pack 2,000 hp

In 2012, Rich Patterson fulfilled his lifelong dream, leveraging nearly three decades in the automotive industry to found his own company, …

Made in America

APOD: The Antennae Galaxies in Collision (2014 Mar 16) Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Copyright: Davide Coverta http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140316.html Explanation: Two galaxies are squaring off in Corvus and here are the latest pictures. When two galaxies collide, the stars that compose them usually do not. That's because galaxies are mostly empty space and, however bright, stars only take up only a small amount of that space. During the slow, hundred million year collision, one galaxy can still rip the other apart gravitationally, and dust and gas common to both galaxies does collide. In this clash of the titans, dark dust pillars mark massive molecular clouds are being compressed during the galactic encounter, causing the rapid birth of millions of stars, some of which are gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters. http://hla.stsci.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140316 #APOD

APOD: Solargraphy Analemmas (2014 Mar 20) Image Credit & Copyright: Maciej Zapiór and Lukasz Fajfrowski http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140320.html Explanation: Today is the equinox. The Sun crosses the celestial equator heading north at 16:57 UT, marking the northern hemisphere's first day of spring. To celebrate, consider this remarkable image following the Sun's yearly trek through planet Earth's sky, the first analemmas exposed every day through the technique of solargraphy. In fact, three analemma curves were captured using a cylindrical pinhole camera by daily making three, separate, one minute long exposures for a year, from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014, on a single piece of black and white photographic paper. The well-planned daily exposures began at 10:30, 12:00, and 13:30, CET from a balcony looking south from the Kozanów district in Wroclaw, Poland. That year's two equinoxes on March 20 and September 22 correspond to the mid-points, not the cross-over points, along the figure-8 shaped curves. Apparent gaps in the curves are due to cloudy days. Two solid lines at the lower left were both caused by a timer switch failure that left the pinhole shutter open. http://analemma.pl/english-version Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140320 #APOD

APOD: The View Near a Black Hole (2014 Mar 23) Illustration Credit: April Hobart, CXC, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140323.html Explanation: In the center of a swirling whirlpool of hot gas is likely a beast that has never been seen directly: a black hole. Studies of the bright light emitted by the swirling gas frequently indicate not only that a black hole is present, but also likely attributes. The gas surrounding GRO J1655-40, for example, has been found to display an unusual flickering at a rate of 450 times a second. Given a previous mass estimate for the central object of seven times the mass of our Sun, the rate of the fast flickering can be explained by a black hole that is rotating very rapidly. What physical mechanisms actually cause the flickering -- and a slower quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) -- in accretion disks surrounding black holes and neutron stars remains a topic of much research. http://chandra.harvard.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140323 #APOD

APOD: Orion and Aurora over Iceland (2014 Mar 24) Image Credit & Copyright: Þorvarður Árnason http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140324.html Explanation: If you see a sky like this -- photograph it. A month ago in Iceland, an adventurous photographer chanced across a sky full of aurora and did just that. In the foreground lies the stratovolcano Öræfajökull. In the background, among other sky delights, lies the constellation of Orion, visible to the aurora's left. Auroras are sparked by energetic particles from the Sun impacting the magnetic environment around the Earth. Resultant energetic particles such as electrons and protons rain down near the Earth's poles and impact the air. The impacted air molecules obtain excited electrons, and when electrons in oxygen molecules fall back to their ground state, they emit green light. Auroras are known to have many shapes and colors. http://www.thorri.is/ http://facebook.com/ThorriPhotoFilm/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140324 #APOD

APOD: Orion Nebula in Surrounding Dust (2014 Mar 25) Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Fields http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140325.html Explanation: What surrounds a hotbed of star formation? In the case of the Orion Nebula -- dust. The entire Orion field, located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with intricate and picturesque filaments of dust. Opaque to visible light, dust is created in the outer atmosphere of massive cool stars and expelled by a strong outer wind of particles. The Trapezium and other forming star clusters are embedded in the nebula. The intricate filaments of dust surrounding M42 and M43 appear gray in the above image, while central glowing gas is highlighted in brown and blue. Over the next few million years much of Orion's dust will be slowly destroyed by the very stars now being formed, or dispersed into the Galaxy. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140325 #APOD

APOD: Stephan's Quintet Plus One (2014 Mar 27) Image Assembly & Processing: Robert Gendler and Judy Schmidt Image Data: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Legacy Archive, R. Gendler http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140327.html Explanation: The first identified compact galaxy group, Stephan's Quintet is featured in this remarkable image constructed with data drawn from Hubble Legacy Archive and the Subaru Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea. The galaxies of the quintet are gathered near the center of the field, but really only four of the five are locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters taking place some 300 million light-years away. The odd man out is easy to spot, though. The interacting galaxies, NGC 7319, 7318A, 7318B, and 7317 have a more dominant yellowish cast. They also tend to have distorted loops and tails, grown under the influence of disruptive gravitational tides. The mostly bluish galaxy, NGC 7320, is in the foreground about 40 million light-years distant, and isn't part of the interacting group. Still, captured in this field above and to the left of Stephan's Quintet is another galaxy, NGC 7320C, that is also 300 million light-years distant. Of course, including it would bring the four interacting galaxies back up to quintet status. Stephan's Quintet lies within the boundaries of the high flying constellation Pegasus. At the estimated distance of the quintet's interacting galaxies, this field of view spans over 500,000 light-years. http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/ http://geckzilla.com/ http://www.naoj.org/Introduction/ http://hla.stsci.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140327 #APOD

APOD: Stripping ESO 137-001 (2014 Mar 28) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140328.html Explanation: Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 hurtles through massive galaxy cluster Abell 3627 some 220 million light years away. The distant galaxy is seen in this colorful Hubble/Chandra composite image through a foreground of the Milky Way's stars toward the southern constellation Triangulum Australe. As the spiral speeds along at nearly 7 million kilometers per hour, its gas and dust is stripped away when ram pressure with the cluster's own hot, tenuous intracluster medium overcomes the galaxy's gravity. Evident in Hubble's near visible light data, bright star clusters have formed in the stripped material along the short, trailing blue streaks. Chandra's X-ray data shows off the enormous extent of the heated, stripped gas as diffuse, darker blue trails stretching over 400,000 light-years toward the bottom right. The significant loss of dust and gas will make new star formation difficult for this galaxy. A yellowish elliptical galaxy, lacking in star forming dust and gas, is just to the right of ESO 137-001 in the frame. http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic1404/ http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2014/eso137/ http://heritage.stsci.edu/2014/14/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2014/14 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140328 #APOD

APOD: A Milky Way Dawn (2014 Mar 29) Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN), ESO Ultra HD Expedition http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140329.html Explanation: As dawn broke on March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile's Atacama desert, our galaxy's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units in this astronomical fisheye view. Along the top, Venus is close to the eastern horizon. The brilliant morning star shines very near a waning crescent Moon just at the edge of one of the telescope structures. Despite the bright pairing in the east, the Milky Way dominates the scene though. Cut by dust lanes and charged with clouds of stars and glowing nebulae, the center of our galaxy sprawls across the darker zenith even as the deep blue sky grows brighter and buildings still glint in moonlight. http://twanight.org/tafreshi http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/ultra-high-definition/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140329 #APOD

APOD: Io in True Color (2014 Mar 30) Image Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140330.html Explanation: The strangest moon in the Solar System is bright yellow. This picture, an attempt to show how Io would appear in the "true colors" perceptible to the average human eye, was taken in 1999 July by the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003. Io's colors derive from sulfur and molten silicate rock. The unusual surface of Io is kept very young by its system of active volcanoes. The intense tidal gravity of Jupiter stretches Io and damps wobbles caused by Jupiter's other Galilean moons. The resulting friction greatly heats Io's interior, causing molten rock to explode through the surface. Io's volcanoes are so active that they are effectively turning the whole moon inside out. Some of Io's volcanic lava is so hot it glows in the dark. http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/galileo/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140330 #APOD

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