Back to the Future was released exactly 30 years ago today on July 3, 1985. What are you doing to celebrate? »
The war between cats and mice just took a chilling turn, as a team of Russian researchers announces that early exposure to a chemical in cat urine can condition mice not to flee from an approaching cat. This can’t end well for the mice. »
If you tried to visit r/IAmA (one of Reddit’s biggest subs) recently, you were probably greeted by the image above. And if you’ve been absolutely anywhere else on the site at all in the past few hours, you probably noticed that everyone is flipping their collective shit over speculation that Victoria Taylor, the… »
In about half an hour, the Solar Impulse solar-powered plane is going to touch down in Hawaii, at the end of a record-setting flight across the Pacific. Attention and praise are quite rightly going to be heaped on pilot André Borschberg, who will have been peeing into a funnel for 120 hours straight. But behind the… »
It’s that time of year again, when you find yourself driving furiously across state lines because your puritanical lawmakers don’t want you sparking up some Black Cats in your backyard. Before you go, check this list of the fireworks that are allowed near you.
Last night saw the launch of a resupply mission to the ISS atop a Russian Progress rocket — a pretty routine event (as far as firing things into low-earth orbit will ever be routine), but an important one given recent events. Thankfully, it seems like everything went fine and nothing exploded this time around. »
On the 1st of July, 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… »
Ever wondered how high school graduation rates vary across the country? Well this map shows you exactly how.
It’s not wise to combine dangerous chemicals that create explosions at home. But this interactive YouTube video allows you to pick and choose from a variety of substances to create your own big bangs from the safety of your computer. It’s really quite fun. »
Because of the heat and haze and jet fuel power, the left side of this photo of F-15 Eagles on a runway looks more like an oil painting than a photo. It’s like an artist added some visual style and flair to the image. I like it. »
For 26 years, since researchers first identified the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis, scientists have attempted to use the knowledge to help treat the illness. Now, gene therapy has been shown to help sufferers for the first time. »
If you live near a hospital, you’ve probably seen the sight: a young physician in loose blue scrubs, standing in line at the grocery store. You can’t help but wonder if the young physician is lost. After all, it appears that he or she belongs in an emergency room – not the dairy section. »
Using a little bit of math and a lot of patience, anyone can watch the International Space Station go flying past the Moon. And if you’ve got a DSLR and a telescope handy, you can save that moment in a stunning photo. »
In its continuing efforts to show how cool and down with the kids it is, Microsoft has just added a video game from 1972 to Bing. Yes, this will consume all your remaining spare time this evening. »
Here’s an interesting video explainer that details why special effects and fancy CGI has ruined movies (or at least, made them less enjoyable). It all feels too fake! Story Brain breaks down how as technology for CGI improved and allowed movie makers to do more with visual effects, our brains interpret it negatively. »