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Awesome Northern Lights sunrise display captured from International Space Station

Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this fantastic time lapse of the Aurora Borealis co-inciding with a sunrise over Earth<p>Astronauts on board the International Space Station were treated to a fantastic sight yesterday - the Northern Lights co-inciding with a sunrise over Earth.<p>The incredible footage …

Northern Lights

‘I was blind… now I have bionic eyes’

What is it like to see again after years of blindness? Rose Eveleth asks a woman whose sight was restored with a remarkable new eye implant.<p>Fran Fulton is 66, and she’s been fully blind for about 10 years. A few weeks ago, all that changed.<p>Fulton suffers from retinitis pigmentosa – a degenerative …

Neurophilosophy

Richard Estes’s Paintings Appear More Real Than Photographs

A retrospective of Estes’s photorealistic paintings features panoramas more luminous and detailed than what many cameras can capture.<p>With so many art critics declaring painting dead, photorealism can seem especially unfashionable, if not downright outdated. But American artist Richard Estes has …

Höweler + Yoon Architecture installs a glow-in-the-dark swing set in Boston

These glowing circular swings have been installed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture to brighten up a patch of Boston parkland and to encourage children …

Yacht-Designing Billionaire Wants To Build A Yacht-Shaped Hospital

Russian banker-turned-designer Vasily Klyukin wants hospitals to be more welcoming. So he’s creating one that looks like a giant boat.<p>If he could, Russian billionaire Vasily Klyukin would no doubt redesign the world. The banker-turned-designer released a book last year of 32 out-of-this-world …

No Limits For A Swim

Combining a prosthetic leg and swimwear in a clever design, Della Tosin hopes to sufficiently enhance an amputee’s swimming experience. The design …

Adventurous Mountaineers Scale the Alps for Incredible Photos

Although these stunning images might look like the work of Photoshop magic, photographer Robert Bsch (or Robert Boesch) captured these campaign photos for the Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut by carefully coordinating an entire team of mountaineers on the snowy Alps. Racing against time and …

Mountaineering

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The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

High-altitude wind contains enough energy to power the planet. A Boston start-up wants to be the first to bring it down to Earth.<p>Nothing about the grooved, inflatable body taking shape inside Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, resembles a wind turbine. It looks more like a jetliner's …

First zero-gravity 3D printer heads to International Space Station

3D printing is revolutionizing the way we manufacturer products in all sorts of industries, including retail and automotive. Now, a firm is looking …

SkyOrbiter UAVs will fly for years at a time and provide global internet access

Quarkson's SkyOrbiter program is similar to Google's Project Loon, which also seeks to deliver internet access to remote places. Where Google plans …

APOD: Aurora and Volcanic Light Pillar (2014 Sep 23) Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Vetter (Nuits sacrées) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140923.html Explanation: That's no sunset. And that thin red line just above it -- that's not a sun pillar. The red glow on the horizon originates from a volcanic eruption, and the red line is the eruption's reflection from fluttering atmospheric ice crystals. This unusual volcanic light pillar was captured over Iceland earlier this month. The featured scene looks north from Jökulsárlón toward the erupting volcano Bárðarbunga in the Holuhraun lava field. Even the foreground sky is picturesque, with textured grey clouds in the lower atmosphere, shimmering green aurora in the upper atmosphere, and bright stars far in the distance. Although the last eruption from Holuhraun was in 1797, the present volcanic activity continues. http://www.nuitsacrees.fr/ Land and Skyscapes Wall Calendar: http://friendsofapod.org/?page_id=42 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140923 #APOD

An Electronic Camouflage Cloak Inspired By Color-Changing Octopus Skin

Eat your heart out, Harry Potter<p>An octopus evading a predator has one of the coolest evolutionary adaptations up its (eight) sleeves; in a matter of milliseconds, its skin can change color and opacity to blend in with the surroundings, rendering the creature nearly invisible.<p>This camouflage trick …

Colorful Liquids Blend Together Into Captivating Abstract Forms

New York-based artist Kim Keever creates intriguing abstract photographs through an experimental exploration of form and color. To create each piece, the artist drops colorful paint pigments into a huge aquarium tank and then simply documents the interaction of liquids. The unpredictable process …

Modern Art

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of …

Scientists hail creation of working organ made from laboratory cells

British scientists produce working thymus, a vital immune system 'nerve centre' located near the heart<p>Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.<p>British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune …

Accueil - Hypercars - Le sommet de l'automobile.

Toute l'actualité, les vidéos et photos des voitures les plus folles. Les hypercars et les concept-car des meilleurs préparateurs sont à l'honneur.

Dive into the world's deepest swimming pool at 130ft

Dare you peer into the depths of Y-40, the world's deepest swimming pool, otherwise known as The Deep Joy?<p>Not for the faint-hearted, this swimming pool reaches a depth of 130ft, equivalent to the height of nine double-decker buses piled one on top of the other.<p>Renowned architect Emanuele Boaretto …

Swimming

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – in pictures

Natural History Museum’s new book released on Wednesday marks five decades of the WPY competition, celebrating the art of wildlife photography. Started in the 1960s, the 160 prize-winning and commended images represent 50 years of different times, styles and specialisms – showcasing some of the …

Mozambique Expedition: Singing Fishermen, the Perfect Alarm Clock

Changing Planet<p><i>For the month of April 2014, National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition leader Paul Rose will lead a group of key scientists and filmmakers, together with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Andrea Marshall and the Marine Megafauna Foundation, to explore, survey, and record what</i> …

Scuba Diving

Sony reveals Project Morpheus, its VR headset for PlayStation 4

Sony has revealed its plans for virtual reality technology on the PlayStation 4. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, showed off a prototype headset at a Game Developers Conference 2014 event entitled <i>Driving the Future of Innovation</i>. "Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better …

Virtual Reality

A Futuristic Look At The Nation Of San Francisco

By Chris Dannen9 minute Read<p>“The best part is this, the people who think this is weird, the people who sneer at the frontier, who hate technology, …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Growing food in population centres would increase yields, cut transport costs and overcome limited land area<p>Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in …