Category: SCI/TECH

Mar 17, 2015

18 Stunning Green Auroras for St Paddy’s Day

18 Stunning Green Auroras for St Paddy’s Day

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here are 18 stunning green auroras as seen from Earth and outer space (aboard the International Space Station). For those unfamiliar, Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on the 17th of March each year. It signifies the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c.…

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Feb 24, 2015

Picture of the Day: Curiosity’s Latest Selfie from Mars

Picture of the Day: Curiosity’s Latest Selfie from Mars

Photograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS [NASA JPL Feb. 24, 2015] This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the “Mojave” site, where its drill collected the mission’s second taste of Mount Sharp. The scene combines dozens of images taken during January 2015 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end…

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Feb 19, 2015

Scientists Develop Artificial Skylight that Mimics Natural Light

Scientists Develop Artificial Skylight that Mimics Natural Light

A group of scientist in Como, Italy have developed an artificial skylight that creates realistic looking natural light for spaces that don’t have windows or access to sunlight. According to PetaPixel: The scientists who invented the light figured out how to use a thin coating of nanoparticles to accurately simulate sunlight through Earth’s atmosphere…

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Feb 10, 2015

Picture of the Day: Spirals of Light Bursting from Earth

Picture of the Day: Spirals of Light Bursting from Earth

Photograph by NASA/Barry Wilmore In this incredible photo we see spirals of lights bursting from Earth. The photo was taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Barry Wilmore, the commander of Expedition 42 and one of six astronauts currently on board. Expedition 42 has been on the ISS since September 2014 and will…

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Feb 9, 2015

This Guy Built a Millennium Falcon Quadcopter and It’s Awesome

This Guy Built a Millennium Falcon Quadcopter and It’s Awesome

Quadcopter enthusiast Olivier_C transformed his RC helicopter into the iconic Millennium Falcon from Star Wars using polystyrene and LED lights. The builder posted the step-by-step process on reddit and Imgur. Aside from the cost of the actual drone and radio, which he estimates at 1000€, the remaining materials were incredibly cheap: 10€ for the…

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Jan 28, 2015

The Largest Airplane Ever Built

The Largest Airplane Ever Built

The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft…

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Jan 27, 2015

Picture of the Day: NASA’s SDO Captures its 100 Millionth Image of the Sun

Picture of the Day: NASA’s SDO Captures its 100 Millionth Image of the Sun

Photograph by NASA/Goddard/SDO An instrument on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured its 100 millionth image of the sun. The instrument is the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, or AIA, which uses four telescopes working parallel to gather eight images of the sun—cycling through 10 different wavelengths—every 12 seconds. This is a processed image of SDO…

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