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How Big Rockets Break Apart Buildings

The engineers who designed and built the Saturn V rocket knew it was a behemoth, but no one was totally prepared for what it would be like to actually witness it leaving the Earth. As Apollo 4’s five F-1 engines roared to life on the morning of November 9, 1967, it shook the ground and rattled …

Space Exploration

Experience Pompeii before the volcano thanks to 3D scanning

A fabulous ancient Roman home from before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius has been digitally restored using 3D scanning and archaeology.<p>The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD is famous, not just for the destruction it wrought, wiping out the entire city of Pompeii, but for what it left behind. The …

Archaeology

But Really, What is SpaceX Going to Do with All This Poop?

It might seem like a joke, but it's a serious question.<p>At the end of Elon Musk's big Mars event yesterday, there was a Q&A session riddled with weirdness, but one question really stuck out. It wasn't the guy who wanted to give Elon a comic book or the Funny Or Die rep with a plan to send Michael …

Apollo Missions

A Map of the United States' Mythical Lake Monsters

While Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and the Mothman might get most of the attention on land, there are plenty of cryptozoological myths surrounding the …

Original Star Wars Trilogy As Maps

Philadelphia artist and teacher Andrew DeGraff illustrated a great series of maps that each represent a film from the original <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy: <i>A New</i> …

‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers.<p>Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse …

Environmental Health

ZeniMax claims the Oculus Rift was built on stolen technology

The messy legal battle over consumer VR<p>ZeniMax filed suit against Oculus VR in May 2014, claiming that the Facebook-owned company misappropriated trade secrets after benefitting from years of ZeniMax’s research and experimentation with virtual reality technology.<p>An amended complaint, filed on Aug. …

Researchers ask public for old photos of Lake Tahoe algae

With all their modern scientific equipment and state-of-the-art computer models, researchers trying to better understand the effect of algae growth in Lake Tahoe are searching for new tools to aid in their mission: old photo albums.<p>Experts at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center said in …

Tahoe

The Fiery Birth of Earth's Largest Ocean Exposed

The Pacific Ocean was born from a geological spasm that started 190 million years ago, when Earth’s crust ripped apart and fresh lava welled up from …

11 cats that probably didn't want to go camping

When it comes to travel, dogs have all the fun.<p>Cats may get the run of the local outdoors, but are rarely encouraged into the car for a far-away adventure. Canines are always taken on road trips, while cats are stuffed into catteries.<p>homeward bound gif<p>Many may assume felines are too cynical, too …

A stunning prediction of climate science — and basic physics — may now be coming true

A lot of people deny climate change. Not many, though, deny gravity.<p>That’s why a recent animation released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory — well, it came out in April, but people seem to be noticing it now — is so striking. Because it suggests the likely gravitational imprint of our changing …

Global Warming

A laid-off TV reporter in a Culver City Starbucks first uncovered borrowed passages in Melania Trump's speech

Since he lost his TV reporting job last year, Jarrett Hill has been looking for his next opportunity. It presented itself in an unexpected way.<p>Hill was sitting at a corner table Monday night in a Culver City Starbucks, drinking a venti iced coffee and watching the Republican National Convention on …

Donald Trump

Apollo 11 Flight Plan for 1st Moon Landing Getting Crowdfunded Re-Issue

It was the minute-by-minute plan that put the first men on the moon in July 1969.<p>Now, almost 50 years later, NASA's Apollo 11 Flight Plan is being …

Young and Old Volcanoes East of the Sierra Nevada: New Map, Report and Public Events

Release Date: July 13, 2016<p>A new geologic map of the Long Valley Caldera, Mammoth Mountain, and the Middle Fork canyon of the San Joaquin River …

Terrapattern search engine finds patterns in the Google Earth landscape

Imagine Google Earth injected with AI capabilities, scanning geographical regions for specific visual features and patterns.<p>You can spend a long time …

News Helicopter Captures Police Beating the Shit Out of Car Chase Suspect As He Surrenders

Police either did not notice the helicopter loudly whirring above them or did not care as they approached a car chase suspect in Nashua, New …

Fancy cardboard cat houses will make you question who owns whom

Who run the world? Cats.<p>If you needed more proof that cats own their humans, you're in luck. Cacao Furniture just created some purr-fect cardboard …

Moon Rocks' Radioactive Iron Suggests Supernova Blasted Earth

Radioactive iron in moon rocks collected by astronauts on NASA's Apollo missions suggests that a nearby supernova blasted Earth a few million years …

More Magnificent Mount Saint Helens Photos for Your Viewing Pleasure

I'm still going through the USGS image database for Mount St. Helens. It's going to take me a while - there are almost two thousand images to sort, …

Camping in Canada – Creepy Story

Scariest moment of my life happened while my friend and I were camping in eastern Canada as teenagers. We decided to sleep in this abandoned camper …

Pulp Fiction

Ratchet & Clank Looks Like An Achievable PS4 Platinum

The Trophies for upcoming PlayStation 4 platformer Ratchet & Clank are online – and they look like a nicely designed set. In addition to making your …

interesting-maps: “ Map of the ancient courses of the Mississippi River Valley prepared by Harold Fisk of LSU, 1944. ”

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

Ubisoft Exec Calls PSVR Price 'Ridiculous'

We in the gaming/tech world are pretty exited about VR, as you may have been able to tell from three or so years of fawning previews and think pieces. But not everyone shares that view: VR is far from holodeck perfect, and even people that preordered the Oculus Rift are starting to get awfully …

Virtual Reality

A case for historic joint rupture of the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults

• S. D. Townley,<br>• M. W. Allen<p>, Descriptive catalog of earthquakes of the Pacific Coast of the United States 1769 to 1928.Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. 29, …

Earthquake threat to California may be greater than thought, warn scientists

Measuring the level of threat posed by severe earthquakes that could bring havoc to southern California should be reviewed, according to scientists who believe the risk could be greater than previously thought.<p>The warning follows latest research from a US geologist who found that two large faults …

San Andreas

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe

Pluto’s clouds might make it a planet again

Pluto has been a planet for most of the time we’ve known of its existence, but astronomers decided to demote it to a dwarf planet back in 2006. …

Far Cry Primal's Map Is Made From Far Cry 4

It appears that much of Far Cry Primal's geography has been pulled from Far Cry 4. According to findings reported by Gamepressure, the map in Far Cry Primal replicates the topography of the map in Far Cry 4. A source close to Ubisoft allegedly confirmed to Kotaku that Far Cry Primal developers used …

Gaming