Manakamana Captures The Entire Country Of Nepal In Just One Cable Car

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’ Manakamana isn’t a film for everyone. Labelled as experimental, it comes with the territory that this isn’t your average doc with an identifiable beginning, middle, and end. Instead Manakamana is something you’ve never seen before, and that’s why it’s worth watching.


Learn All About Positrons And Antimatter In Three Minutes

MinutePhysics is a YouTube channel that aims to deliver complex science to your brain in short, easily digestible videos. The channel has hundreds of eye-opening bits of science you can click through, but the team’s latest video seemed ambitious — explaining the concepts of antimatter in only three minutes.


After 10 Months In Space, NASA's MAVEN Is Preparing To Enter Orbit Around Mars

Having travelled over 700 million kilometres, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution is getting ready to enter orbit around Mars. Hopefully, it will gather enough information to give scientists a better understanding of the planet’s atmosphere and how its climate and structure has changed over time.


What It Takes To Build The Largest Particle Collider Ever Made

The Large Hadron Collider is an enormous feat of engineering: A 27.36km tunnel packed with fragile scientific instruments that took 25 years to imagine and 10 to construct. But now, scientists at CERN have chosen an engineering firm to build its successor — a collider that will be triple the size of the LHC.


Fingertip Sensor Makes Robots Better (And Far Scarier)

Good as robots are at repeating the same motion over and over, they can’t adapt to situations nearly as well as good ‘old flesh-and-bones. That’s where MIT’s new fingertip sensor comes in. The technology employed to make a robot version of our fingertips is sophisticated, but surprisingly simple.


The Chemistry Behind The Different Colours Of Autumn Leaves

At some point, when you were a wee child, your parents or teachers probably gave you a simple — but incomplete — explanation of why leaves change colour in autumn: green chlorophyll fades to reveal the yellows and oranges that have been there all along. That’s true, but that’s not the whole chemical story.


This Artificial Tongue Can Taste The Tannins In Wine

Wine-tasting notes are famous for their verbal flourishes — for example, “kirsch, dried beef and baker’s chocolate” — but the liquid is ultimately just a collection of molecules, some sour, some bitter, some dry. And we’re getting better at quantifying taste. A newly developed artificial tongue uses the very proteins from our mouths to measure the dryness of wine.


The Four More Likely Places To Host Alien Life In The Solar System

Briefly: NASA’s astronomy picture of the day is nothing special today for some people. For me, it is special, because I like to look at the four moons that tantalise Earth scientists with the possibility of life — four moons that we should explore soon, shown here to scale. So beautiful, they never get old.


Radio Tornadoes Could Deliver Never-Ending Wi-Fi Capacity Some Day

Coaxial wiring — like what runs into your cable box — revolutionised data transmission by drastically widening the wire’s data pipeline. Two years ago, a research team from University of Southern California accomplished the feat using a vortex of lasers. Now, that same team is back with a means of coiling radio waves around themselves that could provide us with theoretically limitless, long-range Wi-Fi connectivity.


NASA Is Blasting The First 3D Printer Into Space Today

A few minutes after 2am EST (4pm AEST), a SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft will lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying something that’s never been taken into space: Aa3D printer. When it docks with the ISS, it will deliver the first machine capable of making things in orbit — a huge step forward for exploration.


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