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A Very Special Message from Space Station Alpha

In the timelapse video “Further Up Yonder,” we hear snippets of speech from the crew of the International Space Station, also known as Space Station Alpha. There are three crew up there at the moment, and as you hear in the video — they are “the most forward-deployed citizens of the planet at this [...]

Faucet Changes Color with the Water Temperature

HANSA International’s Hansacanyon Faucet has LEDs that light up with different colors based upon the temperature of the water passing through it. Blue is for cold water, violet for lukewarm and red for hot. Link -via Dornob

Dragon capsule docks with space station

In a world first, a private spacecraft has successfully docked with the International Space Station. The SpaceX Dragon capsule was grabbed by the stat…

The 10 Largest Airports in the World As Seen From Above

I’ve always loved flying, especially the approach to a new airport from above – the joy of discovering the runway and terminal design for the first time, etc. Below you’ll find interesting aerial photos of the 10 largest airports in the world—largest defined by number of people passing through each year. These numbers are based [...]

ISS crew take refuge in escape capsules

The crew of the International Space Station took shelter when space debris was detected nearby. The exercise was mostly a safety precaution and has ha…

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

The International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge from Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation award honors to the best images, illustrations, videos, games, and graphs of the past year that clearly communicate scientific information. Smithsonian magazine is proud to present a gallery of the winners, with an explanation of what each represents. This illustration [...]

Giant Twisted iPhone

The Soviet architect Vladimir Tatlin wanted to build a massive spiral tower reaching four hundred meters into the sky. Tatlin’s Tower, as the idea was known, was designed to honor the Third International, a communist organization. The tower was never built, but artists Alexei Shulgin and Aristarkh Chernyshev have created this smaller replica that looks [...]

3,000 Rabbis

There were almost 4,500 Hasidic rabbis at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in Brooklyn, and 3,000 of them posed for a photograph together. Not all of them got into the frame, but this is still a big picture! There’s a link to the high-res version at NBC if you want to find someone you [...]

Will the space station be abandoned?

The International Space Station may soon become unmanned following the recent Soyuz crash. Without a reliable launch vehicle to ferry astronauts to th…

NASA’s humanoid robot is awake in space

NASA’s experimental “Robonaut” has been successfully powered up on the International Space Station. The humanoid robot is part of an effort to see how…