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The biggest ship in the world heads to Western Australia.
There’s a pretty harrowing video making its way around the internet today of a Boeing 777 as it makes an attempt (and fails miserably) at landing. But it’s no crash — thanks to an insane crosswind, it literally cannot land.
What’s blue and gold and has six sides? If you said a “blue and gold hexagon”, congratulations, you’re a genius! But you’d be an even bigger genius if you’d said “the Hexagon”, the nickname for a massive, yet orderly-shaped jetstream that hovers over Saturn’s north pole. While it was discovered back in the early 80s, it’s only recently that NASA has been able to snap high-res photos of it with colour filters.
So, the University of Adelaide takes the crown for the most awesomely-named facility ever: the Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory. Rather than sit in said lab, admiring the well-chosen moniker, researchers have discovered that there’s more to hunger than your stomach being empty or full — apparently, the time of day plays an important role too.
The universe — the gift that keeps on giving… and one that will continue to provide opals of awesome for as long as we need it to. One of the latest discoveries from the depths of forever is an extrasolar planetary system that shares a surprising number of characteristics with our own, which apparently, is an unusual occurrence.
Space junk is a serious problem: it threatens satellites and spacecraft, and can plummet unpredictably to earth. Australia’s Murchison Widefield Array is a high-sensitivity radio telescope that tracks space debris as small as one metre across, by observing how the objects reflect FM signals from Australian radio stations. It’s listening to pop music from space.
Destin over at SmarterEveryDay wanted to take an up-close look at the nanostructure of a butterfly’s wing, so he took a few samples to be looked at under a scanning electron microscope. The results are fascinatingly beautiful.
Beer and brick have both been essential to humanity for thousands of years, dual pillars that helped us build the societies we know today. Now, scientists have combined them, fortifying bricks with grains left over from breweries to create bricks that keep a building better insulated. Turns out beer really can keep you warm on a cold day.
When you put chains and physics together, you get results that are borderline magic, and this experiment from MIT proves it. No, this chain doesn’t seem to float in mid-air, but it does walk across the room.
While everyone else is interested in harvesting the Moon’s scrumptious supply of Helium-3 to solve all our energy needs, NASA’s pursing the answer to a more pressing question — can we grow plants there? Come 2015, after it’s sent a bunch of self-contained enclosures full of green stuff into the sky, the organisation should have the information it needs to put the issue to bed.