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Incredible Images of our Amazing Star: 5 Years & 2,600 Terabytes

Incredible Images of our Amazing Star: 5 Years & 2,600 Terabytes

By Ben | science, space

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is celebrating its fifth year of continuously observing the Sun. [&hellip

That greenish mineral? Trilobite poop.

That greenish mineral? Trilobite poop.

By Ben | science

Investigating the composition of sand from around the world is a fairly common activity in many earth [&hellip

Flying through the Solar System at the speed of light

Flying through the Solar System at the speed of light

By Ben | science, space

It turns out the solar system is really, really big. From the video description: "In [&hellip

Animation: Pollution is never a local issue

Animation: Pollution is never a local issue

By Ben | environment, maps, science, weather

[Researchers] found that pollution from China affects cloud development in the North Pacific and strengthens [&hellip

Audio Illusions: You too can understand gibberish

Audio Illusions: You too can understand gibberish

By Ben | science

Your brain is really good at pattern finding, but as demonstrated in the audio clip [&hellip

3D Laser Scans of China's Supercave

3D Laser Scans of China's Supercave

By Ben | nature, science, technology

Southern China is home to some large caves, featuring some amazingly large chambers. A part [&hellip

Literally Visualizing Sound

Literally Visualizing Sound

By Ben | photography, science

Using a tricksy method called Schlieren imaging, it is possible to record differences in air [&hellip

Dead Whale Explodes [gross]

Dead Whale Explodes [gross]

By Ben | animals, science

Two sperm whales beached themselves and later died on the Faroe Islands. It was decided [&hellip

Chickens: Now with Artificial Dinosaur Tails

Chickens: Now with Artificial Dinosaur Tails

By Ben | clever, science

It's research like this that makes me love science. I mean seriously. They raised chickens [&hellip

Islands of the Four Mountains

Islands of the Four Mountains

By Ben | nature, photography, science

I love volcanoes. And their (not entirely) subtle reminder to us all that this Earth [&hellip

What is Sea Level?

What is Sea Level?

By Ben | nature, science

I'd never given too much thought to how the elevation we call "sea level" is [&hellip

Soda, Pop, Coke (American Dialects, part 2)

Soda, Pop, Coke (American Dialects, part 2)

By Ben | culture, infographics, maps, science

I've previously posted some of Joshua Katz's wonderful American dialect maps based on Bert Vaux's [&hellip

Saturn is Beautiful.

Saturn is Beautiful.

By Ben | photography, science, space

Holy Saturn, Batman! In perhaps one of the most beauteous pictures ever, this image was [&hellip

Magnet + FAT Copper Pipe =

Magnet + FAT Copper Pipe = "Anti-Gravity"

By Ben | science

OK, so it's not anti-gravity, but rather Lenz's Law. As the magnet's magnetic field moves [&hellip

What happens when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill?

What happens when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill?

By Ben | animals, art, science

The results are amazing and beautiful. They'd fit in beautifully in a sculpture garden. Next [&hellip

All the World's Water in a Big Cube

All the World's Water in a Big Cube

By Ben | infographics, maps, science

What would it look like if you took all of the Earth's water and put [&hellip

A Physics Definition of Velociraptor

A Physics Definition of Velociraptor

By Ben | science

  Personally, I'd've preferred using the slope of a displaceraptor-timeraptor graph... via Know Your Meme

Caught on Camera: The Pitch Has Dropped

Caught on Camera: The Pitch Has Dropped

By Ben | science

As previously covered in these pages, the Pitch Drop experiment involves setting up a funnel [&hellip

Cortex: 3D-Printed Exo-skeleton Casts

Cortex: 3D-Printed Exo-skeleton Casts

By Ben | science, technology

Fortunately, I've never broken an arm or leg and been forced to wear an itchy, [&hellip

What Other Planets Would Look Like if they Were as Close as the Moon

What Other Planets Would Look Like if they Were as Close as the Moon

By Ben | science, space

The Moon is approximately 1/2 a degree in diameter when you look at it from [&hellip

Disco Lava: Lava poured on ice

Disco Lava: Lava poured on ice

By Ben | art, science

Part volcanology research, part performance art, in 2010 & 2011, the Syracuse Lava Project melted [&hellip

50 foot long bead chain seems to defy gravity

50 foot long bead chain seems to defy gravity

By Ben | science

The video looks completely fake, but don't worry, it's just physics. They explain what's happening [&hellip

The Periodic Table of the Muppets

The Periodic Table of the Muppets

By Ben | art, clever, science

Artist Mike Boon has made perhaps the awesomest twist on the periodic table I've seen [&hellip

Thickness of Ice Sheets

Thickness of Ice Sheets

By Ben | science

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Motion Amplification Reveals Invisible Motion

Motion Amplification Reveals Invisible Motion

By Ben | science, technology

From the Bits blog at the NYTimes: "The amplification process is called Eulerian Video Magnification, and [&hellip

See-through Brains

See-through Brains

By Ben | science

"Scientists have come up with a way to make whole brains transparent, so they can [&hellip

American Dialect Differences: A Fascinating Time Suck

American Dialect Differences: A Fascinating Time Suck

By Ben | culture, infographics, maps, science

My wife and I seriously spent two evenings going through all 122 dialect maps from [&hellip

Earthquake Astrophotography Light Painting

Earthquake Astrophotography Light Painting

By Ben | photography, science, space

What happens when you combine a long-exposure photograph of Jupiter and the Galilean moons with [&hellip

Periodic Tables of Star Wars

Periodic Tables of Star Wars

By Ben | art, film, infographics, pop culture, science

Hey, if you're going to organize the characters from Star Wars into some type of [&hellip

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