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Captain Kirk Sends Message into Space, Gets a Response

@williamshatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface. — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013 Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, is currently on the International Space Station. He got a tweet from James T. Kirk, the actor who played William Shatner on Star Trek. Hadfield showed the captain the respect due [...]

Plants able to grow without gravity

Scientists have determined that it is possible to grow plants in space despite the lack of gravity. Experiments on the International Space Station hav…

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 [...]

Sarah Brightman to become a space tourist

Singer Sarah Brightman will be the next tourist to take a trip to the International Space Station. The classical singer will conclude her 2013 tour an…

Droplet of Water Inside a Droplet of Water in Space

Photo: André Kuipers/Flickr Photo: ESA/NASA On his last day aboard the International Space Station, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers decided to have a little fun with antibubbles. So what’s [...]

Astronaut Touching the Sun

For all of you who’ve held up the Leaning Tower of Pisa in clever forced-perspective photos, take a look at this photo and weep: NASA spacewalker Sunita Williams looks as if she’s reaching out to [...]

Yo-Yos in Space!

In this video, astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates yo-yo tricks in space. Yes, he’s on the International Space Station making time to vlog about yo-yos and science. Pettit: “Because I’m in space, and I can, I get to name these yo-yo tricks as I invent them. I call this one ‘Shoot the Planets!’” [...]

10 of the World’s Most Expensive Beers

If you like sampling new beers or hate having money, you might want to try one of these. 1. Sapporo’s Space Barley Price: $110/six-pack ABV: 5.5% In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space. They rocketed barley seeds to the International Space Station and planted them aboard the Zvezda Service Module. After spending [...]

15 Dad Facts for Father’s Day

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill today. 1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a [...]

The Astonishing Portal Gun

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. The Astonishing Portal Gun Just when you thought that building an extra-dimension portal gun was a great idea… Reminds us of the 1940s Robert A. Heinlein story “And He Built a Crooked House”. See better quality version on Vimeo.com. Link Today’s pictures & links: Extreme Speakers Made From Supercar Exhaust System iXoost iPod dock [...]