John Haeberlin

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Podcast: Accretion Discs

When too much material tries to come together, everything starts to spin and flatten out. You get an accretion disc. Astronomers find them around …

Shots from Cassini

Glass rain may give planet blue hue

<b>For the first time, astronomers have determined the true colour of a planet orbiting another star.</b><p>The world, known as HD189733b, has a deep azure hue - probably the result of silicate (glass) rain in the atmosphere, which scatters blue light.<p>Details of the discovery, made with the Hubble Space …

60 insane cloud formations from around the world [PICs]

STANDING IN A CORNFIELD IN INDIANA, I once saw a fat roll cloud (like #4 below) float directly over my head. It’s a 12-year-old memory that remains …

Weather

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills

The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or …

47 unearthly lightning strikes [PICs]

IN THESE IMAGES, lightning appears close up, often seemingly just a few city blocks away. Don’t let the images fool you though — pro lightning …

Weather

Anamorphic Sculptures

London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz creates ‘Anamorphic Sculptures’ which only reveal themselves once facing a reflective cylinder. Hurwitz took an …

The 20 Pictures Of Miniature Pigs You Need To See Before You Die

Because you don't want to be that person on their death bed regretting not looking at that BuzzFeed list of mini pigs.

How to Make a Cone Hat for a Cat

A hat can be a fun toy for your cat. If it's your cat's birthday, or if you want to give him a Halloween costume, you can make a simple cone-shaped …

Little-known government agency could overhaul the NSA | Salon.com

These days, when a sharply divided Congress struggles to get nearly anything accomplished, there is little evidence that such an agency, armed only with the mandate to offer advice, can influence lawmakers. But the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board may have a better chance at reforming …