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Bright Pink Slugs Reside on Australia's Mount Kaputar

<i>Triboniophorus aff. graeffei</i> is a bright large pink slug that resides only on Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, Australia. The mountain top is the …

The Week In Numbers: The Fastest Human, Nerf's Longest-Range Gun, And More

<b>5 hours and 39 minutes</b>: the time, from launch to docking, it took this week's Soyuz crew to get from Earth to the International Space Station. A new world record!<p><b>9.48 seconds</b>: the limit to how fast a natural human could possibly run the 100-meter race, according to a Stanford biologist. That's 0.10 …

'Rings of fire' blaze in outer space

A galactic ring of fire "burns, burns, burns" with starbirth in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The brilliant ring circling the core of the galaxy, known as Messier 94 or NGC 4736, signals a frenetic round of star formation inside the ring.<p>Here's what Spitzer's astronomers think is …

APOD: The Milky Trail (2013 Jun 01) Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130601.html Explanation: Have you ever hiked the Queen's Garden trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA, planet Earth? Walking along that path in this dark night skyscape, you can almost imagine your journey continues along the pale, luminous Milky Way. Of course, the name for our galaxy, the Milky Way (in Latin, Via Lactea), does refer to its appearance as a milky band or path in the sky. In fact, the word galaxy itself derives from the Greek for milk. Visible on moonless nights from dark sky areas, though not so bright or quite so colorful as in this image, the glowing celestial band is due to the collective light of myriad stars along the plane of our galaxy, too faint to be distinguished individually. The diffuse starlight is cut by dark swaths of obscuring galactic dust clouds. Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope on the Milky Way and announced it to be "... a congeries of innumerable stars ..." http://twanight.org/pacholka http://astropics.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130601 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0601

Autumn on Titan, a hurricane on Saturn and fire on the international space station – in pictures | A month in space

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/31/titan-saturn-international-space-station-pictures<p>720<p>This month's roundup of the best …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Images and video of asteroid 1998 QE2 flyby

No danger … and yet this asteroid captured the attention of astronomers worldwide.<p>The large asteroid that swept harmlessly past Earth yesterday (May …

Astronomy

Aurora over Oregon’s Mt. Hood this weekend

Beautiful aurora seen in Oregon on Friday night (May 31-June 1). Ben Coffman was at Trillium Lake, near Mount Hood, when he captured it.<p>Ben Coffman …

Astronomy

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

Zubenelgenubi is Libra’s alpha star

It’s now Libra’s alpha star. But Zubenelgenubi is an Arabic name indicating that this star was once perceived as the Southern Claw of Scorpius the …

Watch the northern lights dance in these surprising time-lapse videos

A surprisingly strong geomagnetic storm swept over our planet this weekend, resulting in a surprisingly strong set of videos showing the northern lights (and the southern lights, too).<p>A couple of the videos pack in some extra goodies. For example, Oregon photographer Brad Goldpaint's video of the …

Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter by Simon Mayo | book review

Have you wondered how to pique your kids' interest in science? Perhaps another child can help? In Simon Mayo's Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an …

Yes, nanoscience can enhance humans – but ethical guidelines must be agreed

Engineers are trained to try to figure out how to achieve things that humans cannot and in nanoscience and nanotechnology that challenge is no …

First Images Of How A Molecule's Structure Changes In A Reaction

Visualizing chemistry is awesome!<p>Researchers have for the first time captured atomic-scale images of molecules before and after a chemical reaction--a breakthrough that will help researchers and students better visualize chemistry and could eventually lead to improved electronics.<p>Traditionally, …

'What is time?' These grade-school explanations take the prize

The nature of time, like the nature of a flame, is easy to experience but tricky to explain scientifically — and that's exactly why the Flame Challenge took on time as the subject of its second annual contest for explanations that would make sense to 11-year-olds. Now, five and a half months after …

Cute or spooky? Seal wins approval in underwater photo contest

How could you resist a cute harbor seal looking at you from a kelp forest off the California coast? The judges for the 2013 Underwater Photography Contest clearly couldn't: They chose Kyle McBurnie's picture of a soulful seal as the competition's top image.<p>McBurnie, the 22-year-old co-founder of SD …

Remember Me steals multiple identities to find its own (review)

Memories define who we are. They shape our futures and influence our decisions. They can also be the source of tremendous pain. If we could wipe away the bad and keep only the good, who would we be?<p>That’s the kind of question the action-adventure game Remember Me (out tomorrow for Xbox 360, …

Remember Me review

<b>Say goodbye to privacy. In Remember Me's speculative future, mankind gives up this once-cherished ideal in exchange for the digitization of memories.</b> …

Exoskeleton gaming suit will replicate senses for $900,000 on Kickstarter

As Real As It Gets, a bodysuit designed to allow gamers to feel the rumble of in-game vehicles and bullets, hit Kickstarter with a funding goal of $900,000 to bring the new sense-replicating tech into mass production.<p>The suit features a microphone and surround speakers, while the developers claim …

2013 Into the Pixel collection showcases gaming industry artistry (gallery)

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today announced the winning entries in this year’s Into the Pixel exhibit.<p>Now in its tenth year, Into the Pixel is a chance for video game artists to have their work reviewed by their peers in both …

Microsoft considering major restructuring - Report

Microsoft is currently considering a major restructuring effort that will see the technology giant double down on devices and services, sources have told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>'s AllThingsD.<p>The sources said details pertaining to the rumored organizational shift are still being discussed and "could …

Music Industry

EA Games SVP Laura Miele is a Woman to Watch, according to Ad Age

Laura Miele, EA Games' senior vice president of marketing, was named one of Ad Age's 2013 Women to Watch because of her work with analytics, forecasting and customer feedback, according to Ad Age's profile.<p>Ad Age touts Miele's work on the "powerful forecasting, analytics and consumer feedback …

The best MMORPGs to play right now on PC and console

Although they might be a little overshadowed by the big multiplayer titles out there - Fortnite Battle Royale we're looking at you - there are still …

Mirror's Edge 2 - 15 things the sequel needs

We've had plenty of time to think...<p>It's been almost five years since Faith Connors first ran her way through the rooftops of "The City," which is …

Metro: Last Light first-week retail sales eclipse lifetime US totals for Metro 2033

<i>Metro: Last Light</i> launched to critical acclaim earlier this month, and 4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter has also proved to be a commercial success worldwide, said publisher Deep Silver today.<p>In <i>Last Light</i>'s first week on store shelves, its sales in the U.S. surpassed the lifetime sales numbers for</i> …

The monsters inside: Gaming's worst parasites and afflictions

Getting under our skin<p>Now, in preparation for the fungal outbreak in The Last of Us, we've collected our picks for the most deadly (and downright …

Metal Gear

Game of the year 2013

The best games of 2013<p>As we inch ever closer to 2014, December's light release schedule provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on all the great …

Nextgen

Ride to Hell: Retribution story trailer shows a colorful cast of hardened bikers

A new story trailer for Deep Silver's <i>Ride to Hell: Retribution</i> shows protagonist Jake Conway interacting with a slew of other characters from the upcoming action game.<p>Set on the West coast of the United States in the 1960s, <i>Ride to Hell: Retribution</i> chronicles Conway's quest for revenge against the …