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Over 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions are now on Flickr in high resolution

You've never seen the Moon like this<p>The process, perhaps unsurprisingly, was an extremely long one according to Kipp Teague, who runs the Project Apollo Archive. "Around 2004, Johnson Space Center began re-scanning the original Apollo Hasseelblad camera film magazines, and Eric Jones and I began …

Every Moon Photo Shot by Apollo Astronauts is Now on Flickr

Want to browse the entire collection of photos captured on the moon by Apollo astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras? You can now do …

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

Build a DIY Flexible Camera Mount for Just $8

If you need an accessory for mounting your camera to random places, instead of purchasing a Gorillapod (or something similar), you can go a thrifty …

DIY

Vin Diesel’s ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Birthday Cake Is The Geekiest Thing Ever

<i>Fast & Furious</i> star Vin Diesel is a huge geek. He loves <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> and isn’t afraid to spread the gospel far and wide. He attributes his acting chops to long role-playing sessions growing up and went so far as to Dungeon Master a campaign for the cast of <i>XXX</i>, including Dame Judi Dench.<p>It …

Dungeons and Dragons

The machines that rose to DARPA's robotics challenge

The robot apocalypse has been postponed. At DARPA Robotics Challenge in California, where the world's best and brightest robots came to compete, the machines were far from invincible. They moved at a glacial pace, stumbled and slammed to the ground and lay there motionless until their teams of …

Robotics

A SpaceX competitor just released plans they've been developing in secret for years that could revolutionize spaceflight

The warehouse belongs to one of Europe's leading aerospace companies, Airbus, and on June 5, the company unveiled design plans for a reusable Ariane rocket, made by the French-based company Arianespace.<p>Arianespace is a big competitor of the American company SpaceX, and SpaceX's promise for …

Homebuilt laser shotgun is every bit as dangerous as it sounds

If you thought building your own laser weapon at home was hot stuff, you haven't seen anything yet. Do-it-yourself fan Styropyro has built a laser "shotgun" whose eight 5W beams are adjustable with lenses, much like you'd adjust the choke on a conventional shotgun to narrow or widen its buckshot …

Why airplane windows have tiny holes

My friends laugh at me when I ask for a window seat. You're an airline pilot, they say. You have the window seat all the time.<p>True enough. But the cockpit, well, that's work. As a passenger I'm actually free to enjoy the experience—to listen to music or a long-postponed podcast while gazing out at …

Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space

‘I was surrounded by stars, floating without control,’ recalls the cosmonaut who made history 50 years ago on a mission that nearly cost him his life<p>Fifty years ago, Alexei Leonov opened the airlock of his tiny space capsule, which was orbiting the Earth, and stepped into the void. For 12 minutes …

Space Exploration

Fear of An AI Planet: What ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Ex Machina’ Get Wrong About Our Robot Overlords

So everyone was waiting for the viral tweet about how the villain of <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> merely reflects how evil the Internet is in real life, …

Singularity

Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

Vaccines don't always make it into the people who need them the most. Many require a syringe and a needle to enter the bloodstream and create immunity. And that means a doctor or nurse has to do the job.<p>But with if a vaccine could be delivered by simply applying a patch?That's Mark Prausnitz's …

Watch the incredible first test flight of Jeff Bezos's mysterious new rocket

Blue Origin, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, just tested its first suborbital rocket and the results were pretty impressive.<p>Just like SpaceX's Elon Musk, Bezos is trying to develop reusable rockets. Rockets that could be used over and over again would …

The Chandelier Of The Future Is Made From 1,100 Moving LEDs

LEDs are often discussed in technological or scientific terms, but increasingly common are experimental and artistic uses, demonstrating that the simple bulbs can be used for almost anything.<p>Russian creative agency Ascreen* along with Timeline and Atlantic Star** has created a spectacular LED …

The man who discovered Pluto is about to become the first person to visit it.

The Search Begins<p>In 1929, a young researcher named Clyde Tombaugh was handed a thankless, seemingly impossible task.<p>His bosses at the Lowell …

Op-ed | Why the U.S. Gave Up on the Moon

Recently, several space advocacy groups joined forces to form the Alliance for Space Development. Their published objectives include a mention of …

Space Exploration

Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.<p>A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found …