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Tesla Sparks and Miniature Thunderstorms Photographed by Marc Simon Frei | Colossal

<p>Photographer Marc Simon Frei snapped these interesting photos by arcing objects to a Tesla coil. He’s also been experimenting with different kinds …

Foggy Forests of Ancient Trees Pruned for Charcoal in Basque Country Photographed by Oskar Zapirain | Colossal

<p>Oskar Zapirain's photographs capture eerie forests cast in thick fog, hazy light descending upon the foliage in the same green shade that blankets …

NASA Says Nobody's Getting to Mars Without Its Help

NASA really wants humans make it to Mars, and it also really wants to be the one that gets us there. In fact, NASA administrator Charles Bolden went …

Space Science

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A Black and Blue Life: A Coal Miner Becomes a Photographer of Exquisite Waves and Seascapes | Colossal

<p>Australian photographer Ray Collins first picked up a camera in 2007 and used it to photograph his friends surfing around his home after long shifts …

Embroidered Paintings and Historical Photos by Mana Morimoto | Colossal

<p>Fiber artist Mana Morimoto spares no medium with her vibrantly stitched embroidery that spans sculptures, installations, weavings, and 2D materials …

How It Works: The Large Hadron Collider

To chaotically combine particles, you need a lot of space ... and a lot of power<p>The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), famously upended physics with the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. But it was only operating at half power. Since then, …

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Obliterate Humanity

It's not smart enough to turn sinister<p>Elon Musk is terrified of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts it’ll soon be "potentially more dangerous than nukes," and recently he gave $10 million toward research to "keep AI beneficial." Stephen Hawking has likewise …

How anesthesia numbs pain - Futurity

Knowing how anesthesia numbs pain could lower the amount needed, says Roger Johns. "Anesthetics at higher concentrations can have dangerous side …

Facing Polar Bears, Isolation, Researchers Explore Arctic Sea Ice

Scientists aboard the icebound R.V. Lance study the effect of warming temperatures on the Arctic.<p>82.44 Degrees North—We've drifted across the frozen Arctic for 30 days. Four miles here, ten miles there—a squiggly red line on the ship's digital chart is the only measure of progress.<p>Trapped in ice, …

16 incredible Northern Lights hotels

To watch the ethereal and elusive Northern Lights is to witness one of nature's most splendorous sights: a celestial dance across the Arctic sky that surely features near the top of most - if not all - travellers' bucket lists.<p>Those seeking this remarkable phenomenon have a decent pick of …

UK wilderness adventures: bothy to bothy in the Highlands

If you’ve ever been to the Alps, you’ll know that some of the most famous walking routes there are strung between series of mountain huts – placed, ideally, in prime peak country. These continental huts may even offer a little luxury (beds with mattresses, flushing toilets, the occasional shower …

Hiking

Head Over Heels: An Oscar-Nominated Stop-Motion Short About the Struggles of an Upside Down Relationship | Colossal

<p>It’s not often that a student film gets nominated for an Oscar, but such was the case with Head Over Heels, the graduate film of animator Timothy …

Cafeteria Trash Could Become Valuable Nanotechnology

A way to make graphene from waste<p>Trash into treasure indeed. A European Union-funded research project is working on turning thrown-away food into graphene, the <i>Guardian</i> reports.<p>Graphene is a sophisticated, man-made material discovered only a few decades ago. Okay, technically, you can make graphene …

APOD: The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble (2014 Oct 01) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; Reprocessing & Copyright: Francesco Antonucci http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141001.html Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded in 2009 by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and is presented here in reprocessed colors. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star's dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.spacetelescope.org/ http://hubblesite.org/servicing_mission_4/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141001 #APOD

New Type Of Chemical Bond Confirmed

Chemistry students around the globe are pretty familiar with ionic, covalent, hydrogen, and van der Waals bonds, but a study has demonstrated the …

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Visually Arresting New Sketchbook Spreads and Drawings by Pat Perry | Colossal

<p>Michigan-based artist Pat Perry (previously) spent most of 2014 living a transient life spread across the U.S. His travels took him backpacking, …

24 Historic Photos That'll Make You Want To Be An Astronaut

Featuring Buzz Aldrin taking the first selfie in space. And also a lot of American flags.

How The Measles Virus Became A Master of Contagion

Here are two recent stories about viruses. They started out alike, and ended up very differently.<p>In October, a woman in Guinea died of Ebola, leaving behind two daughters, one of them two years old, the other five. A relative named Aminata Gueye Tamboura took the orphaned children back to her home …

Public Health

Expansive Finnish Landscapes Photographed by Mikko Lagerstedt | Colossal

<p>Self-taught photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) is drawn into the night where he often finds himself camped next to his tripod, waiting hours …

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CES 2015: Avegant’s Virtual Reality Headset Is Actually Something You Might Wear

Or at least wearing it shouldn't start any bar fights<p>At first glance, Avegant’s Glyph looks like a sizable pair of headphones you might see on any young urbanite. It’s only upon closer examination that you see what sets it apart. Within its connecting band are two eyeholes that allow users to watch …

Virtual Reality

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