Feature Post, Great Pics, Space

Amazing retro motivational space posters [IMAGE GALLERY]

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Here’s a great collection of retro space posters put together by some valiant bloke on imgur. It’s really amazing how far humans have traveled beyond our fragile home world, both personally or with their spacecraft contraptions. But some of us seem to forget this. With all this suffering and injustice happening in the world, it’s easy to discount humans as a plague. These artworks serve as a reminder that our species can be truly amazing, transcendental even.

Art, Design, Great Pics

LED hourglass lamp powered by falling sand reminds you to conserve energy

The Hourglass Lamps are powered by kinetic energy generated from the falling of sand.

Just like wristwatches in an age when everybody has a mobile phone, hourglasses today are kept out of aesthetic, and less for practical use. There’s something romantic about seeing sand crumbling piece by piece, just like the fleeting moments the hourglass keeps track off. Danielle Trofe, a designer from Brooklyn, NY, once again infused the iconic hourglass with a practical motif by fitting it with LED lights.

Feature Post, Great Pics

112 Elements from the Period Table Illustrated as Characters

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Science not only involves a lot of technical know-how, but also a great deal of creativity and imagination. Often science and art are seen as opposites, which can’t be further from the truth. Worst case, they complement each other. For one, art may actually be the best way to communicate science to those who have yet to take a class or lacked an inspired influence in its due time. Take for instance Kaycie Dunlap’s graduate thesis called Elements – Experiments in Character Design. For her project Kaycie decided to use her passion for character design to give chemistry a more human look. So she ambitiously sketched by hand a witty character for 112 chemical elements from the period table.

Great Pics, Science

How not to get hit by a car: 7 easy tips for kids and parents alike

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In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,092 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles and 59,000 were injured. These numbers represent a 22 percent drop from 1998. However, an unknown number of pedestrian crashes requiring emergency room treatment are not included in these reported fatalities and injuries because they did not occur in a public roadway (i.e., crash occurred in a parking lot or driveway). Some of these fatalities are caused by both driver and pedestrian negligence. Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner to avoid injury to others. This includes keeping an eye out for pedestrians and properly yielding when necessary. But that doesn’t mean pedestrians can’t be extra careful and avoid an accident even when poor driving is involved. Here are some sound tips aimed at kids, but which parents should take heed also.

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Photo of the Week: Baby Cobra

Image credits: Reddit User Watson009.

It looks incredibly cute, but this actually has the full strength of venom and can definitely defend itself! For this reason, I’m not sure handling it with an open hand is such a good idea. When they grow up, they’ll be fearsome predators. King Cobras are the longest venomous snake in the world! The average male grows 18 feet long, and some

Great Pics, Physics

‘Fire Rainbows’ – What they are, how they form, and of course, great pictures

Image: Raymond Lam

With the recent sighting of a fire rainbow in South Carolina, there seems to be a sudden surge of interest for this phenomenon, so I thought I’d come back with some more information. First of all, they’re not ‘fire rainbows'; in fact, they’re not rainbows at all. The correct name is circumhorizontal arc, and it’s an optical phenomenon formed by

Great Pics, Observations, Space

Indian Mars Orbiter Reveals Stunning 3D Images of Martian Canyon

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A while ago, we were telling you about the Indian Orbiter Mission to Mars – the cheapest Mars mission ever. The probe made history as it entered Martian orbit, and is still sending high quality data back to Earth, as well as amazing pictures. Now these photographs focus on the Ophir Chasma, a giant canyon on Mars that’s 62 km (38.5

Design, Great Pics

Modern minimalist chapel in Austria is a new take on an old concept

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Whether you’re religious or not, there’s a good chance this chapel will catch your eye – completed last year, the 7-square-meter Maria Magdalena family chapel is a unique architectural delight in the heart of the Austrian countryside. The minimalist design gives it a sense of tranquility and serenity. Religious references are found throughout the chapel, but other than that, you probably

Animals, Great Pics

Unique friendship between wolf and bear documented by Finnish photographer

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A female gray wolf and a male brown bear were spotted every day for ten consecutive days, spending time together, playing and even sharing food. “It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this” says Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, 56, who took these surprising photos. From what I could find, it’s actually the first time,

Great Pics, Science

Your favorite drinks – under the microscope

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Well, microscopic drinks are not really a thing, aren’t they? Not in the clubs where I go, anyway – we like our drinks large. But just stop a moment and think – how would your cocktail or beer look under a microscope? I’d wager this: it’s not like anything you thought. So, this awesome company called BevShots specializes on microscopic