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Are we alone in the universe? Not likely, according to math

By flipping the question of possible alien life to a question of whether we are unique, researchers find it much more likely the universe has seen many civilisations come and go.<p>One of the most vexing mysteries of the universe is whether or not we're alone. There are potentially hundreds of …

University of Washington

The Best Photographs From Scott Kelly's Year In Space

"#Jimena in the Pacific is a massive storm. Makes the moon look puny. #YearInSpace"—via Twitter on Aug. 30, 2015.<br>Scott Kelly—NASA

Animated Light Paintings

Photographer Lucea Spinelli based in New York, is behind animated gifs representing light painting scenes. The might movement plays the role of …

Foshan New City Village Walkway Bridge / ADARC Associates

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Footprint of traditional architecture, love of homeland, coexistence of city and countryside, …

Articles about modern rooms nail industrial look on Dwell.com - Dwell

Space, light, and twists on color use define this collection of some of our favorite modern living rooms from issues past.<p>Driaan Claassen combines a variety of materials and a love of history to create distinct objects.<p>A commercial-to-residential renovation nods toward the building's industrial …

Rhode Island

A Photographic Celebration of America’s Vibrant Textile Industry by Christopher Payne | Colossal

<p>Typically focusing on obsolete or decrepit architectural structures, photographer Chris Payne's most recent project, Textiles, documents the …

Lush Hand-Embroidered Portraits by Artist Lisa Smirnova | Colossal

<p>Artist Lisa Smirnova hand-embroiders colorful works that appear like delicate colored pencil drawings, appropriate since she couples the craft with …

First sight of Perseid meteor shower in Europe – in pictures

Early signs of this year’s Perseid meteor shower – the annual display of natural fireworks – in Europe. The shower is set to be particularly spectacular on Wednesday evening, with extra-dark skies expected to create optimal stargazing conditions – the best place to watch in the UK is tipped to be …

Meteor Showers

Astronomers find 'teeny supermassive black hole'

University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the centre of a galaxy<p>As supermassive black holes go it’s really not that super or massive,<p>In a dwarf, disc galaxy 340 million light years away, University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black …

Bombo Nightscape

Hubble Finds a Little Gem: This colorful bubble is a planetary nebula called NGC 6818, also known as the Little Gem Nebula. It is located in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), roughly 6,000 light-years away from us. The rich glow of the cloud is just over half a light-year across - humongous compared to its tiny central star - but still a little gem on a cosmic scale. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt #nasa #hubble #hst #hubble25 #nasabeyond #space #nebula #science

White Wall

Watch the sheer joy of astronauts eating the first ever space-grown lettuce

We choose to do the lettuce things, not because they are leafy, but because they are chard<p>Astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui all munched on red romaine lettuce this afternoon, except unlike your sad desk salad, this produce was grown on the International Space Station. It was …

Baby And French Bulldog Best Friends Are Almost Too Cute To Handle

Cutest buddies ever.<p>Dilan and Farley might not be the same species, but they sure are best friends.<p>Baby Dilan and French bulldog pup Farley were both born on May 26, 2014. Dilan's mother, Chicago photographer Ivette Ivens, took this as a sign and brought Farley into the family. The baby and the new …

Cute Animals

One Small Bite For Man: NASA Astronauts Eat Space-Grown Food

<b>Update at 5:20 p.m. ET: Space Lettuce Tastes 'Awesome'</b><p>Monday morning on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren and astronaut Kimiya Yui of Japan sampled the "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce, the first plant grown in space. The trio first sanitized the …

Space

Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The winners of the 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced. Winning first prize, Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Mexico, will receive an eight-day photo expedition for two to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for a photograph of divers swimming near a …

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box—things like …

Chemistry

World Record Paragliding Infinity Tumble

The Universe

Lavender Field & Milky Way I

Arch Rock

New Glass Labyrinth is the Ultimate Disorienting Experience

On May 22, at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's sculpture park in Kansas City, artist Robert Morris unveiled <i>Glass Labyrinth</i>, a huge installation that will might just have you walking into walls. Fully transparent, the clear structure is made up of 1-inch thick glass. It's 62-foot by 62-foot by 62-foot, …

Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Hi-Res Images Online to the Public

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently made public an extensive archive of 400,000 high-resolution images available for download and non-commercial use. Divided into categories ranging from Asian Art to European Paintings to American Decorative Arts to overall Highlights, the collection is a …

Art

Incredible Retro House Made Entirely Out of Cardboard

How would you like to live in a house made entirely out of cardboard? Following that train of thought, Zoey Taylor and David Connelly of the artist collective Dosshaus created <i>House of Cardboard</i>, a series of photos showcasing the interior of a retro-style home constructed out of the humble material .<p>…

Retro

UpSwing: A Portable Swing That You Can Take Anywhere

If your bus ride is a bit boring or you'd like to amuse yourself at the public library, then you can use Kevin Shay's <b>UpSwing</b>. It's a portable swing …

Ultra Small Bonsai Plants Give New Meaning to the Word Miniature | Colossal

<p>What happens when you apply of love of small things to an art form that’s already all about small things? In recent years Bonsai—Japan’s art form of …

20 Wise and Witty J. K. Rowling Quotes

Jo Rowling has imparted comfort, strength, and inspiration to her global readership of children and adults through the voices of Albus Dumbledore, …

Medical Diagram Portraits Created from Found Objects by Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn | Colossal

<p>With an assortment of trinkets, doodads, and thingamajiggers worthy of the mightiest junk drawer or flea market bin, artist husband and wife Edwige …