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APOD: Perseids over Meteora (2013 Aug 10) Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130810.html Explanation: The two bright meteors flashing through this night skyscape from August 7 are part of the ongoing Perseid meteor shower. In the direction indicated by both colorful streaks, the shower's radiant in the eponymous constellation Perseus is at the upper right. North star Polaris, near the center of all the short, arcing star trails is at the upper left. But also named for its pose against the sky, the monastery built on the daunting sandstone cliffs in the foreground is part of Meteora. A World Heritage site, Meteora is a historic complex of lofty monasteries located near Kalabaka in central Greece. http://twanight.org/tafreshi Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130810 #APOD

Meteorite's age at center of Mars history debate

Planetary scientists dream of sending a geologist to Mars to study its rocks by hand. Until then, they have to settle for examining meteorites — chunks of the Red Planet that land on Earth after hurtling through space and surviving the searing fall through our atmosphere.<p>Though a little banged up, …



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Skateboarder's Unique Self-Portraits Highlight So Paulo's Architecture

Skateboarding expert and photographer Fabiano Rodrigues takes some really interesting self-portraits as he flips and grinds his way through So Paulo on his board. Unlike other action photography self-portraits, though, Rodrigues shares the spotlight with his surrounding setting. The landscape and …


Watch The Earth’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” From Outer Space

This simple animated GIF captures the seasonal cycle of snow and grass, death, and rebirth.<p><i>John Nelson is known for building extremely complex visualizations of weather patterns. But his latest creation is a simple animated GIF of 15 frames from NASA’s cloudless satellite photography collection.</i> …

Crowdsourced iOS 7 Designs

DesignCrowd is the name of a graphic design crowdsourcing venture that bills themselves as "The world's #1 custom design marketplace." Businesses …

Will the Skylon be the new Concorde? The obstacles for supersonic planes are still high.

Last month, the United Kingdom announced that it was investing $90 million in what was being billed as the most groundbreaking aeronautical …

Watch A Homemade Coilgun Destroy A Laptop

It's an electric gun, boogie woogie woogie.<p>This homemade gun uses electromagnetic coils to send steel rods flying at a speed of 138 feet per second. Pressing the trigger loads a steel rod into the barrel, where the first electromagnetic coil pulls the rod forward via magnetism, then turns off. The …

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What Font Is Your Beard? Use This Chart To Find Out

The Typography Beard Guide pairs popular beard styles with their font brothers.<p>How sans serif is your beard? Are your chin whiskers more of a Bodoni, a Times, or a Comic Sans? Exactly what typographical allegiances does your facial ‘fro owe? And what is your favorite font’s beard brother?<p>These are …

The Perseid meteor shower returns, peaks Sunday and Monday nights

Hey nerds, get some fresh air this weekend: there's gonna be hunks of burning rock falling from the sky.<p><i>Image courtesy of Roberto Porto</i><p>Source: Wired<p>Coverage: Space.com

Talking robot arrives at International Space Station

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Kiro Robot Project<p>During his solo stint aboard the International Space Station, commander Chris Hadfield–the first …

Funny Hollywood Stars Caricatures

Who doesn't love a good caricature? We've posted about this entertaining artistic approach before and are excited to share the latest work of the …

Sures Kumar & Lana Z. Porter Present 'Pixelate,' a Video Game that Gives 'Playing with Your Food' a New Meaning

<i>Earlier this year, Fox News reported that Dutch researchers found that video games that promoted fruit consumption failed to influence childrens'</i> …

Gorgeous Timelapse of European Architectural Landmarks at Night

23-year-old videographer Luke Shepard recently released an incredible timelapse that took him and his friend on an epic journey. Using a 90 day Eurail Pass, they traveled to 36 cities in 21 European countries with the goal of capturing the greatest European architectural masterpieces around today. …

Time-lapse Photography

Whimsical Scenes Created with Real Fish Heads

Parisian contemporary artist Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard does a little more than play with her food. The artist's ongoing body of work, known as <i>Les Temps Modernes</i> (translated as <i>Modern Times</i>), presents whimsical scenes featuring actual fish heads, which she later eats. In each eccentric frame, …


Symmetrical Patterns Arranged Into Dazzling Floor Designs

Dutch artist Suzan Drummen creates intricate designs that spread across gallery floors in brilliant, circular displays. From a distance, the simple lines and colors can be viewed as organized symmetrical arrangements. Upon closer inspection, viewers will be pleasantly surprised by the tiny, chaotic …


Bjarke Ingels Builds An Undulating Rec Center For His Old High School

BIG unveils its latest project, a new courtyard addition to Bjarke’s erstwhile high school.<p>Do high school reunions really exist outside of television and film? If so, Bjarke Ingels is showing up to his next one with the best (or second best) humblebrag ever: “Oh yeah, I’m an architect. I built …

Andy Murray has won his first match since winning Wimbledon - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/23608749 Do you think he can achieve victory at this year’s US Open?

Rafael Nadal bounced back from his shock first-round Wimbledon loss with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Canada's Jesse Levine to make the Montreal Masters third round on Wednesday. http://www.tennis.co.uk/atp/nadal_returns_in_style_after_wimbledon_horror_show_rss4359093.shtml

Eleven killed in bomb blast at football stadium

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2009 Golden Moment - Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick to win 6th Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has a ball busting some moves in Montreal: Video

<b>We all know that world No.1 Novak Djokovic can handle himself on a tennis court but the Serbian superstar surprised tennis fans in Montreal by</b> …

Andy Murray shook off his post-Wimbledon cobwebs with a fighting 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) opening win over Marcel Granollers to reach the third round of the Montreal Masters on Wednesday. http://www.tennis.co.uk/atp/wimbledon_champ_murray_returns_with_montreal_win_rss4359029.shtml

Ernests Gulbis handed Wimbledon champion Andy Murray a shock 6-4, 6-3 defeat in the Montreal Masters third round on Thursday. http://www.tennis.co.uk/atp/gulbis_sends_wimbledon_champ_murray_out_of_montreal_rss4360359.shtml

Usain Bolt to bring back feel-good factor to sprinting at World Athletics Championships 2013 in Moscow

The promotional posters featuring the eagerly anticipated World Championship showdown between Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay had already been printed long before it was announced that one half of the great sprint rivalry would be otherwise indisposed after failing a drug test.<p>The posters have since been …

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Novak Djokovic dropped the opening set but recovered quickly to earn a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin to reach the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters on Thursday. http://www.tennis.co.uk/atp/djokovic_rallies_to_reach_quarters_rss4360504.shtml