Crystal Clear Photo Of The Fiery Re-Entry And Destruction Of A Spaceship

Briefly: German astronaut Alexander Gerst took this crystal clear photo of the Cygnus-class resupply ship Janice Voss entering the Earth’s atmosphere on August 17. I wish they could attach a thermal-safe pod with a camera inside to send along these ships — I want see video of the re-entry from a close distance.


This Newly Discovered Dinosaur Was Basically A Dragon

Dragons. As featured in many a video game. Fictional creatures, right? WRONG. Dragons were real and and science has now (sorta) proven it.


How To Fix A Wobbly Table Using Maths

We’ve all been sat drinking a beer only to realise that the table wobbles irritatingly. But while a piece of folded paper can solve the problem for a few minutes, there is a better solution — and it uses some simple maths.


DIY Diagnosis: How One Woman Uncovered Her Own Genetic Flaw

When Kim Goodsell discovered that she had two extremely rare genetic diseases, she taught herself genetics to help find out why.


NASA Wants You To Sift Through Its Astronauts' Photos

NASA has a problem, and it wants you to help. Since the ’50s, it’s amassed 1.8 million images of Earth from space — and it needs your assistance in working out exactly what they’re of.


Your House On Mars Could Look Like This

Your house on Mars could be a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with six-sided rooms laid out in a hex-based grid. It’s designed to shield against the cosmic radiation that humans would be exposed to under the Martian atmosphere using depleted uranium panels, and stay warm using water piped through walls and heated using an exothermic chemical reactor buried under the ground.


A Little Blurry?

Briefly: A little blurry? Perhaps, but this is a three-second exposure taken from aboard the ISS. As astronaut Reid Wiseman points out, it “shows how crazy our atmosphere really is.” [Reid Wiseman]


MIT Explains How To Turn An Old Car Battery Into A Working Solar Cell

There are over one billion cars in the world, and the vast majority of them use batteries made from lead. As lithium batteries replace these old timers, eventually there may be many of the lead suckers sitting in landfills. Which is why MIT wanted to find a way to reuse them — by turning them into a new kind of solar cell. It’s surprisingly simple.


This Is What A Jellyfish Sting Looks Like In Microscopic Slow Motion

If you’ve ever been stung by a jellyfish, you’ll know how incredibly painful it is — but you might not know why. In fact, their tentacles are covered in explosive cells that are like miniature hypodermic syringes filled with venom — and in this video, you can see how they work in microscopic slow motion.


This Colour-Changing Camouflage Is Inspired By Octopus Skin

If you have not yet witnessed the wonder of an octopus changing colour instantaneously, then you should go do that right now. We humans are only slowly playing camouflage catch up. A new colour-changing sheet that adapts to the light it senses brings us a tiny step closely to octopi.