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Here are the paths of the next 15 total solar eclipses

August's total solar eclipse won’t be the last time the moon cloaks the sun’s light. From now to 2040, for example, skywatchers around the globe can …

Astronomy

Why do cephalopods produce ink? And what's ink made of, anyway?

Cephalopods such as octopuses and squid have been known for their ink since antiquity. But what do we know about the evolution of ink and inking?<p>Cephalopods, the group of molluscs that includes octopuses, cuttlefish, squids, ammonites, nautiluses and belemnites, are a weird bunch. Not only are they …

Oxford University

Flir introduces new thermal imaging cameras for Android

<b>Update, January 12:</b> We’ve updated the post with hands-on images and a video walkthrough of the Flir One thermal camera.<p><b>Original post, January 4:</b> Thermal imaging tech manufacturer Flir Systems has revealed its new camera attachments for Android. The Flir One cameras connect to smartphones via a USB …

Imaging

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Apps

Join NASA for a Breathtaking 4K Tour of the International Space Station

If you’ve ever dreamed of spending even just 15 minutes floating around the International Space Station—of staring out at Earth through the Cupola …

Space Exploration

Google's beautiful new free font covers 800+ languages

In an effort to make it easier for people from all over the world to create and share information in their language of choice, Google has created Noto, a massive open source font family that spans more than 800 languages and 110,000 characters.<p>That covers every single symbol in the Unicode standard …

Nasa releases retro posters for its voyage to Mars – how to download the free artwork

Nasa has released a series of mock recruitment posters for its future voyages to Mars. The agency has published retro artwork seeking to inspire …

How To Automate Your Backup With NAS, Dropbox, Gdrive, OneDrive And Many Others

In this post I’ll explain the structure and scheme that I personally use for backup. It’s not the cheapest, not the easiest, and perhaps not the …

Google Drive

Is It Possible to Design a Personal Airplane So Simple That Anyone Could Fly It? Icon Thinks So

Their folding-wing A5 aims to "democratize aviation"<p>Personal flying transportation is coming. When we first looked in at the Icon A5, a folding-wing …

Product Design

Use Google Maps to see where you've traveled

Google's new Your Timeline feature shows all the places you've visited, using your smartphone's GPS. Learn how to use to your advantage.<p>Google Maps has been tracking everywhere your phone has gone, and now it's ready to share that data with you, and only you. Using a handy new feature called Your …

Google

A Practical Guide to Creating Superresolution Photos with Photoshop

We’ve seen it in plenty of thriller/crime solver TV shows and movies: upon reviewing some grainy and very low-resolution surveillance footage, …

Flappy Bird's Official Sequel 'Swing Copters' Is Arriving Later This Week

Swing Copters promises to be just as hard (if not harder) than its flapping predecessor, but the premise is simple: Fly as high as you can without hitting the swinging hammers.<p>Just as Flappy Bird only allowed you to fly up or down, Swing Copters only lets you fly left or right, creating a …

App Store

Mechanical Principles (1930) by Ralph Steiner

Periodic Table – Royal Society of Chemistry

Periodic Table<p>The Royal Society of Chemistry's interactive periodic table features history, alchemy, podcasts, videos, and data trends across the …

Android 4.4 KitKat Targets Google’s Next Billion Users, Adds Pervasive Search & Improves Google Now

Today Google announced details of its long-awaited Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the first time, going beyond just the candy bar branding. KitKat is designed around three major tentpoles, Google told TechCrunch, including reaching the next billion (it previously announced 1 billion …

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope and Macro Photography Stand for Only $10

If you’ve followed PetaPixel for a little while, you’ll already know that a laser pointer’s focus lens can be put to good DIY use helping you take …

Kevin Weir’s Fantastically Bizarre Historical GIFs

Bringing life to the old, black and white photograph, Kevin Weir'd historical GIFs are a must-see.<p>As cinemagraph GIFs take over the internet, graphic …

GIF Animations

YC-Backed Amulyte Is Building A Better Lifeline For Seniors On The Move

Commercial catchphrases like “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” have become the stuff of legend, but it’s not funny when one of your grandparents have been in that same situation.<p>University of Waterloo alumni Jaclyn Konzelmann and Perry Haldenby have been there with their own grandparents, and after …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …