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Photographer Turns Water Into Ghostly Faces

Seriously, try not to see faces in these images.<p>By using a special type of film that takes a physical impression of moving water, photographer Moses Hacmon created these totally astounding images. He calls the series "Faces of Water," and after hearing that, it's hard not to see some actual faces …

Nanotech roundup: a cheap oil guzzler, vitamin lasers, and quantum algae

Suck it up<p>Aerogel is a remarkable material. Made entirely from carbon, it is the lightest material on Earth, weighing a seventh as much as air. In addition, it can absorb 900 times its own weight in oil. Highly porous, ultralight solids such as this have many possible applications beyond mopping up …

N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

Ancient North Americans gouged elaborate rock art into a heap of big boulders northeast of Reno, Nev., more than 10,000 years ago and perhaps 15,000 years ago. That makes the carvings the oldest known petroglyphs on the continent, according to a paper published in the <i>Journal of Archaeological</i> …

APOD: M8: The Lagoon Nebula (2013 Aug 17) Image Credit & Copyright: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo Explanation: This beautiful cosmic cloud is a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius. Eighteenth century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged the bright nebula as M8. Modern day astronomers recognize the Lagoon Nebula as an active stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years distant, in the direction of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Hot stars in the embedded open star cluster NGC 6530 power the nebular glow. Remarkable features can be traced through this sharp picture, showing off the Lagoon's filaments of glowing gas and dark dust clouds. Twisting near the center of the Lagoon, the small, bright hourglass shape is the turbulent result of extreme stellar winds and intense starlight. The alluring color view was captured with a telescope and digital camera while M8 was high in dark, rural Argentina skies. At the nebula's estimated distance, the picture spans over 60 light-years. http://www.pampaskies.com/gallery3/index.php Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31932 #APOD

No Martian chronicle, just a declassified report: Area 51 does exist

For decades, it was the government's Cold War-era secret. Now, documents acknowledge the mysterious test site in central Nevada.<p>August 16, 2013|By John M. Glionna<p>Extraterrestrial Highway near Rachel, Nev. In newly declassified documents,… (Laura Rauch / Associated…)<p>LAS VEGAS — For decades, it was …

'Teddy bear' carnivore emerges from the mists of Ecuador

A small, wide-eyed beast with luxuriant orange fur has been identified as a new species more than 100 years after it first went on display in the world's museums.<p>The discovery brings to an end one of the longest zoological cases of mistaken identity and establishes the "olinguito" (which rhymes …

Hawaiian volcano serves as make-believe red planet for Mars researchers

Six astronauts emerged this week from four months spent living on Hawaii's isolated Mauna Loa volcano to simulate life on Mars, the latest elaborate make-believe staged in the name of science.<p>The astronauts wrapped up the Hi-Seas mission on Tuesday, leaving behind the vegetation-free lava fields …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Quantum Teleportation, A New Mammal Species, And More

<b>2 pounds</b>: the weight of the olinguito, an adorable carnivorous mammal species just discovered in South America<p><b>20 millikelvins</b>: the temperature at which scientists recently achieved reliable, on-demand quantum teleportation<p><b>700 miles per hour</b>: the speed at which Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop railway …

New to nature No 112: Lichenagraecia cataphracta

This brilliant lichen mimic's spiny legs set it apart from all other Australian katydids<p>A truly remarkable new genus and species of katydid, <i>Lichenagraecia cataphracta</i>, was described last year from a small number of locations in northern Queensland by David Rentz and co-authors You Ning Su and …