NASA shakes down granny for attempting to sell moon rock

Looks like one of NASA‘s latest priorities is to protect its lunar heritage from illegal black market trade of moon artifacts, evident in a recently highly publicized case in which a 74 year old grandmother attempting to sell a moon rock was intercepted by armed government officials. Part of an elaborate operation, federal agents tracked down Joanna Davis at a Denny’s dinner,

Portable devices that allow you to take your home with you

Portability is one of the best things brought by technology, but sometimes it just seems a little over the top, doesn’t it? I mean, now we can carry a computer with us at all time, a phone that is also a small computer, music on mp3 players, audiobooks, and so much more! You’d think that’s enough, right? Well, no… not

Milan’s Vertical Forest Towers

Bosco Verticale is an ambitious eco project in Milan, designed by architect Stefano Boeri, which tries to blend two discrepant mediums, urban and nature, into one harmonic whole. The project is comprised of  two towers with giant cantilevered staggered balconies that permit fairly big trees to be accommodate, since there is a minimum of two storeys over every balcony. Basically, it’s a

So here’s an idea, let’s teach both theories and let the kids decide

Feeling kind of whimsical today…

New Pentagon Tech: sky drones that identify faces

I’d like to divert from a potential discussion which might build around the trillions of dollars spent on defense by the US government or the more or less futile efforts enterprised in the middle east, and stick to the point at hand – spy drones! Yes, scary, paranoia inducing flying unmanned vehicles whose sole purpose is that of collecting intelligence about its

The physics behind Slinky drops – gravity vs tension

The Slinky is one of the most popular toys in the world, being used by children in the playroom and NASA scientists trying to demonstrate physical principles, alike. Surprisingly or not, slinky springs are filled with even more secrets of physics besides simple energy and momentum releases. For example, in these two incredibly entertaining videos below, physicists Rod Cross demonstrates

The only person in the world ever to get hit by space junk

In January, 1997 Lottie Williams was strolling through a park in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her friends around 3:30 AM, when a dashing fireball appeared over the sky, much to the promenaders’ admiration. Moments later, Williams was hit in the shoulder by a small piece of fabric-like metal that weighed as much as an empty soda can. No serious injury occurred, but

CO2 levels reach record height – 45% larger than in 1990

Recent figures published in a report prepared by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency show that the world’s CO2 emissions have been steadily and significantly growing during the past two decades, reaching an all time peak  this past year. Carbon dioxide emissions, the main cause of global warming, rose 45 percent between 1990 and 2010,

Russia approves $65 billion tunnel beneath Bering Strait connecting Asia with North America

A bridge or tunnel of some sorts which physically connects Asia with North America through the Bering Strait has been considered for many years now, but apparently each proposed project for such a titanic engineering feat has up to now remained in the fantasy stage. Recently, the Russian government put its seal of approval for the construction of the world’s

India – Pakistan border is so bright it can be seen from outer space (shorties)

Taken from outer space, this dazzling picture shows that the border between India and Pakistan unlike it has ever been seen before. The stunning picture taken from the International Space Station also shows busy cities as bright clusters hundreds of miles apart. The indian government made this decision toerect floodlights along the terrain separating India and Pakistan in the Gujarat

World’s first commercial spaceport is 90% complete. First sub-orbital flight by 2013.

Virgin Galactic, Virgin’s commercial space flight branch, just recently announced that the first phase in the construction of the world’s first spaceport available to civilian consumers has been completed, making the ambitious project 90% complete. ‘Spaceport America’, as it’s been dubbed, is being built on an 18,000-acre site in the desolate sand plains of New Mexico, 45 miles of Las

The fish with the transparent head

Just a short, offbeat fact, to remind us of the mind blowing mysteries which dwell hundreds or thousands of meters beneath the ocean waves: Macropinna microstoma, the only species of the genus Macropinna lives at about 600-800 meters below sea level. It has a small mouth, is covered almost entirely with scales, and it has a fluid filled transparet head,

Crime and Punishment Through the Ages

There has always been a lot of controversy over which punishments are appropriate for different crimes. But, after taking a look at this infographic, I think we can all agree that the most modern penal systems have come a long way from the torture that was common in the past. Still, even today there are some unbelievably harsh punishments under

Launch code for US nuclear arsenal was all zeroes until 1977

When you think about security password, most likely complicated lengthy combinations come to mind; especially when we’re talking about something that can kill 100 million people in a blast and start a world wide nuclear holocaust. But, as always, America is full or surprises. Imagine if you were to set up this password, what would it be? For me it

Missing link finally found! Beer’s missing link that is

For men everywhere beer lovers everywhere, yeast is probably the best microorganism there is, because it is used in one of the most popular drinks: beer. But its identity has puzzled researchers for decades now, as they were unable to pinpoint its exact origins. However, they now believed they have solved this puzzle and traced the yeast back to Patagonia,

5.9 earthquake hits the US East Coast

A small, yet frightening earthquake, registered at 5.9 magnitude, sent shivers down people’s spines all the way from Ottawa, Canada to North Carolina as it hit the North American east coast. The earthquake first caused ground shacking at 1:51 p.m. ET, when it measured 5.9 in magnitude and lasted only 45 seconds, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Now, although

Swedish explorers stumble across the Millennium Falcon beneath the sea?

Well, I guess Han Solo should be more careful where he parks his spaceship from now, since Swedish treasure hunters just recently found an unidentified object beneath the Baltic seas which portrays an uncanny resemblance to Star Wars’ most iconic of spaceships. The whole find occured while the Ocean Explorer team, led by researcher Peter Lindberg, were looking for cases

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower: the world’s soon to be tallest building [amazing photos]

UAE might harbor in its Dubai oasis the world’s current tallest building, its Burj tower, but neighboring Saudi Arabia isn’t keen on showing that it has a smaller ego and is planning on building the world’s tallest building in the world – the Kingdom Tower. They don’t intend on adding a few more feet to the top either – the

SpaceX founder wants man to become a multi-planetary species

More than just a SciFi dream, Paypal founder and billionaire Elon Musk wants to make “man on Mars” a reality. Speaking at a recent spaceflight propulsion conference held by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on Tuesday, Musk unveiled during his keynote how his company, SpaceX, plans on sending humanity to Mars in coming decades. “Ultimately, the thing that is

Arthur Ganson’s moving sculptures

Arthur Ganson is a mechanical engineer by trade and a kinetic sculptor at heart. His mechanized devices spur up spirit from cogs and wires, as his sculptures move with subtlety and grace, often in a chain reaction of energy à la Rube Goldberg. His creations are rooted inside deep philosophical concepts, but at the same time shine with an unparalleled