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APOD: Quantum Streampunk Fantasy Fractal Landscape (2013 Dec 30) Image Credit & Copyright: Jos Leys (Mathematical Imagery), Ultra Fractal Explanation: What strange world is this? Pictured above is no real place but rather a purely mathematical visualization of a generalization of a fractal into three dimensions. Classical fractal diagrams are typically confined to the two dimensions inherent in the complex number plane, demarking regions where an iterative function diverges. Recently explored additions expand the Mandelbrot set of fractals to three dimensions with prescriptions dubbed Mandelbox and Mandelbulb sets. The results are often visually stunning creations of virtual worlds with limitless detail, some of which you can fly through. Pictured above is one such mathematical fantasy, possibly reminiscent of some sort of steam-punkian, quantum-mechanical landscape. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

2013: The year in transport

The biggest, boldest, most ambitious vehicles and concepts we saw this year - from skyscraper-sized vessels to the Hyperloop.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in design and architecture<p>The year in wildife<p>People of the year

Solar Impulse

5 Asteroids That Nearly Hit Earth

A whole lot of space rock is floating around out there, and some massive asteroids have come pretty close to Earth.<p>On Jan. 13, 2004, for example, …


Google reportedly partners with Audi for on-board Android

The Web giant and the automaker will develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on Google's mobile operating system, the Wall Street Journal reports.<p>Google is reportedly hitting the road for its next battle with Apple for mobile OS market share.<p>The Web giant has teamed with …

Wall Street

Supermoon Dates 2014: Two New Moons Coming in January

There are five supermoon dates in 2014, with the first coming on January 1.<p>That will be a new moon, as will another new moon coming on January …


5 of the Craziest Science Facts Out There, Part 2

1. How heavy do you think a cloud is?<p>The typical cumulus cloud weighs 216,000 pounds, according to science correspondent for NPR Robert Krulwich. …