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HD Video From Space Makes The World's Tallest Building Look Like A Toy

Static, low-res satellite imagery is so passé. Watching HD video from space satellites is the future, especially when looking down on the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.


SpaceX Is Sending Dinosaur Microbes To The Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon capsule that recently left Earth for the International Space Station is carrying many an important item: a new laser communication system, coffee (which they just ran out of!), a planter for fresh produce, and billions and billions of microbes swabbed from dinosaur bones, sneakers, and spacecraft clean rooms. Over the next few days, we’ll find out how well these bacteria grow in space.


Using Plastic Surgery To Keep Astronauts Human On Long Space Missions

A brief exchange in the back of last week’s issue of New Scientist asks: “I understand that the lines and sagging skin we acquire as we age are due to the sun and gravity. If I lived in a space station in zero or microgravity away from the sun, would I stay looking young?” A perfectly innocuous, if even somewhat boring, question — but the answer, supplied by a reader from London, touches on some fascinating terrain.


Here's What Flying Through The Universe Would Look Like (Warp Drive!)

If you want to feel like you’re on the USS Enterprise, watch this simulation of a fly through of our universe. It comes from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly catalogue and shows the positions of galaxies as they would look as you zipped by (they’re bigger for visual purposes). It kind of looks like snow flakes, dirty rain, bird poop and insects hitting your car windshield.


These Shiny Foil Screenprints Of Space History Are Fantastic

The UK designers at Astronomika have launched a limited edition screenprint series that they describe as their attempt to draw everything humans have sent into space. They call it “a growing compendium of beautifully crafted screenprints celebrating the past, present and future of spaceflight.”


What Would Happen If The Earth Spinned So Fast A Day Lasted One Second?

The Earth takes a little under 24 hours to rotates on its axis. But what if that leisurely paced pick up — and up and up and up?


You Haven't Seen Gravity Until You've Seen It In A Weightlessness Tank

Forget IMAX 3D. If you really want to see Gravity as it was meant to be seen, then this personal screening room/bathtub/human storage pod a la The Matrix is the only way to go.


The Largest Yellow Star Ever Could Almost Devour The Whole Solar System

A team of astronomers peering through Chile’s Very Large Telescope just realised that HR 5171 A, a massive star in the Centaurus constellation, is actually twice as big as previously thought. They already thought it was pretty big — but it’s actually the biggest yellow star they have ever seen.


What Will Happen When The Earth's Magnetic Field Switches

The Earth’s magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no.


Youth Lagoon Used Sounds From Space To Make This Dreamy New Song

You can’t hear sound in space. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make sound from space. Lefse Records recently did just that, inviting 14 artists to make songs using “sounds” from space. The first track released is by Youth Lagoon, and it’s pretty good!