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The Only Thing NASA Is Better At Than Space Exploration: Making Up Acronyms

The sounding rocket you can see above will be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on December 4, and according to NASA it “will be MUSIC to the ears of aspiring and early career engineers testing new space technology on a suborbital vehicle.” That’s because the name of the payload stands for because the name of the payload stands for Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier (MUSIC).

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits

Handheld electronic games were the big hit at the beginning of the 1980s, when every kid wanted a small portable plastic device for playing video games wherever and whenever he or she wanted. Hundreds of games, created by dozens of manufacturers, swarmed the toy stores, showcasing unique colours, shapes, artworks, displays and designs. And all are the subjects of collectors’ dreams nowadays.

This Artist's Cheerful Renderings Of Space Exploration Look Like Stills From The Martian

As eager plans for revisiting the Moon and colonizing Mars fill the everyday news, Patrick Rawlings‘ scientifically and technically accurate paintings are more appropriate than ever. The following images from our ongoing aerospace artist series showcase one of the most optimistic, colourful body of space art ever created.

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Aeroplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Somewhere in the outskirts of the Thai capital, unused aeroplanes stored in a private field have become homes for three poor families. This is the darker side of the most populous city in Thailand.

17 Spectacular Photos Of This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower

The best meteor shower of the year is upon us right now. If you go outside to a dark enough place, far from the city lights, you may spot tons of shooting stars during the annual Perseid meteor shower. We’ve scoured the web for the photos, and we took a few of our own, too.

Eclair Bandersnatch: Street Artist For The Snowden Age

Walk pretty much anywhere in San Francisco’s SoMa, Haight or Mission neighbourhoods, and you’ll see one of Eclair Bandersnatch’s glittery stencils, often featuring “Saint Snowden” or Chelsea Manning. We talked to Bandersnatch about bringing art, tech and politics together on the streets.

Narcotics And Medicines Look Beautiful Under A Microscope

These stunning macro photos — micrographs — captured by Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers are going to show you a whole new world, which still seems familiar on many levels.

The Beautiful Secrets Of Tears, Revealed By A Microscope

What does a tear look like at the microscopic level? It’s more interesting — and beautiful — than you might expect.

The Last Of The Vulcans Retires After 55 Years Of Service

On July 1, 1960, Avro pilot Tony Blackman climbed into the cockpit of a Hawker Siddeley Vulcan delta wing strategic bomber in order to deliver her from the aircraft manufacturer (A.V. Roe and Company, Avro) for Royal Air Force service. The British four-jet aircraft dressed in antiflash white — military serial XH558 — was the 59th of the 136 Avro Vulcan medium range heavy bombers ever built. And this summer XH558, The Spirit of Great Britain, the last of her type is going to bid farewell to the skies.

Not Safe For Play? The Evolution Of Pinball Machines

Game of skills or evil gambling? It is hard to believe that there was a long period in the history of arcade games when pinball machines, these amazing mixtures of art, design, engineering, technology, gaming, sport, culture and so on, were banned. It was illegal to own even just one.

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