These are the best kinds of snowflakes: the kind that are under the lens of a camera and not piled up outside my door. A Russian photographer uses a set up he made himself to take these photos. See more below!
Everyone has something that they work on and keep obsessively organized. It could be a calendar, a Bitcoin mining rig, or an entire life, but we all find that meditative, Container Store satisfaction somewhere.
The default emotions in airports are pretty much all negative. You're either late, exhausted, frustrated, hungry, regretting Panda Express, remembering all the crucial things that were in the checked bag you'll never see again, or composing a complaint letter/Tweet in your head. But airports are also beautiful.
Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of what would be dubbed the Higgs Boson, says that he wouldn't cut it if he were entering academic science today. Keep in mind that this dude won a Nobel Prize for physics a few months ago.
There are challenges to making art in any medium, and with sand the issue is clearly accuracy. How do you keep everything in place while you're working? David Bynoe, a kinetic sculptor in Calgary, Alberta, created this drawing machine for the Telus Spark Science Centre to solve that problem.
Last Sunday Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon was doing early R&D on delivery drones. And whether it was a legitimate revelation or more of a marketing ploy, the idea of Amazon drones burrowed quickly and deeply into the cultural consciousness.
As earth's population surges, mankind faces an increasingly limited supply of fresh water. Thankfully, Australian scientists report this week that they've found vast new fresh water supplies. Unfortunately, it's in one of earth's least accessible places: under the ocean floor.
On this day in 1972, the Apollo 17 crew snapped this photograph, later dubbed "The Blue Marble." Photographed using a 70-millimeter Hasselblad camera with an 80-millimeter Zeiss lens, and credited to all three Apollo 17 astronauts (Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Jack Schmitt), this rare image of a fully-illuminated Earth has become one of the world's most recognizable photographs. No human has since traveled far enough into space to see such a full view of earth, though similar shots have since been taken by unmanned spacecraft. [NASA History Office; image: Wikimedia]
Philadelphia-based Abby Ryan Design came up with this fun infographic of the most popular toys from 50 years of holiday shopping. If you were a child during any of that time, you'll doubtless recognize something. Then you'll scratch your head in bafflement at how damned expensive today's most-requested gifts are.
This week, a website called haveibeenpwned launched to help folks find out whether their accounts were compromised in recent hacks on Adobe and Yahoo. The site claims to identify over 154 million hacked accounts. That's a lot of people affected by just a few hacks, of which there are more every day. Have you ever been a victim?
This week we had some bad news: glaciers disappearing at a shocking rate and reports that the FBI can spy on anyone's laptop camera without the indicator light coming on. On the bright side, we also learned that someday you'll never have to worry about inserting a USB upside-down. So that evens out, right?
You probably think there are two ways to open a well-shaken bottle of soda: the tediously slow method, and the spill-it-all-over method. Turns out there's a third way, and it's awesome. You're definitely gonna want to try this.
Doesn't matter if you're going away for a few nights or a fortnight, there's no need to carry more matched luggage than Princess Vespa. With a bit of planning and these simple storage techniques, you'll be able to pack your holiday's worth of gear into a standard carry-on.
You must watch the entire US Congress' hearing on the search for alien life—it has so many awesome moments. It fills me with hope that at last some people in Washington are truly interested in the greatest discovery that Humanity would ever make.
Record breaking low temperatures are hitting the country, and the bad news is that they'll last into next week and are just getting started. If your home's heating system isn't up to snuff (or, if non-existent—hello Californians!) we recommend you check out these two space heaters, which we selected after 20 hours of research and testing by a physics PhD.
A well-drawn map isn't just a functional chart, it's a thing of beauty. National Geographic has been making gorgeous print maps for over 120 years, and thanks to a new partnership, over 500 of them will be available online, powered by Google Map Engine.
There's a pretty harrowing video making its way around the internet today of a Boeing 777 as it makes an attempt (and fails miserably) at landing. But it's no crash—thanks to an insane crosswind, it literally cannot land.