Amazing photo of the Milky Way over Yellowstone's alien hot springs

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day has an amazing picture by Dave Lane today, a 16-photo panorama of the Milky Way arching over Silex Spring, Yellowstone National Park. The amazing pool colors—caused by bacteria thriving in the magma-heated waters—make this look like a picture from an alien world. » 8/28/14 12:17am 24 minutes ago

These walking fish raised out of water on land help explain evolution

We know that hundreds of millions of years ago that fish left the water and eventually evolved into land animals. But what if we could see it happen right now? We sort of can. Scientists are raising fish to survive outside of water and to walk on land and they're changing right before our eyes. » 8/27/14 11:54pm 47 minutes ago

Magic bookcase makes itself in neat stop-motion video

I don't know about you, but sometimes I daydream that I have the power to move stuff or make wonderful things with my mind alone—because I can't be bothered to move from my sofa, really. Superlazyass-Man. That would be my superhero name. Or Mary Poppins. And my superpower will look just like this video. » 8/27/14 11:28pm Yesterday 11:28pm

The beauty and scary power of Mother Nature in one GIF

Aw look, it's a rainbow. Maybe that means the rain is going to stop. Maybe that means the dark clouds are going away. Maybe it means we should go outdoors soon... NOPE. Maybe not. As these people were filming a rainbow, Mother Nature decided to blast out a lightning bolt right in their face. » 8/27/14 10:17pm Yesterday 10:17pm

Watch Out Moto 360, There's Another Gorgeous Android Wear Watch

Motorola's 360 was the first beautiful round Android Wear, but it's certainly not the last. LG is bringing one to the table as well, the LG G Watch R. Not to be outdone, LG's second Android Wear outing has a few fancy special features of its own: No "flat tire" on its screen and a ring of ticks etched around the… » 8/27/14 10:00pm Yesterday 10:00pm

Scientists find water clouds outside the solar system for the first time

This beautiful purple jewel is an artist rendition of W0855—a Jupiter-sized brown dwarf 7.3 light years from Earth. If the scientists who just published a new paper on its composition are right, it's the first object outside the solar system in which we have observed water cloudsan amazing discovery. » 8/27/14 9:21pm Yesterday 9:21pm

This $10.8 Million Crowdfunded Cooler Better Be Awesome

In the relatively brief but inexplicably deep-pocketed history of internet-enabled crowdfunding, people have proven their insatiable thirst for investing in stuff that may—or may not—ever make it to reality. Some of these proposals are very cool; some are very stupid. And some get a whole hell of a lot of money. "The… » 8/27/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

NASA gives the go-ahead to the world's most powerful rocket

Today, NASA has officially committed to build the new Space Launch System, the world's most powerful rocket ever, which hopefully will take us to Mars by 2030. The program is now set for development—the 'first time that an exploration class vehicle has gotten this status since the space shuttle.' » 8/27/14 8:41pm Yesterday 8:41pm

This is the coolest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video, period.

Check out famous race and aerobatic pilot Bruce Bohannon taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge inside his plane. He placed the ice water in a little bucket between his seat harness and his shirt, took off, and then did a loop. The only thing cooler than this would be if an astronaut did it in the ISS.* [Updated] » 8/27/14 7:22pm Yesterday 7:22pm

Keeping Bike Shares Running Smoothly Requires Seriously Complex Math

Here's kind of a dirty secret about bike share: Bikes don't end up distributed evenly across the system, so most cities use trucks and trailers to shuffle the bikes around to the kiosks where they're needed most at different times of day. Turns out it requires a complicated algorithm to determine exactly when and… » 8/27/14 7:15pm Yesterday 7:15pm

A Song That Sounds Like Vacation

Vacations are funny things: You pour so much time, energy, and daydreaming into them that, in the end, the reality rarely lives up to what you imagined as you refreshed Travelocity all those months. But if that imaginary perfect trip had a perfect sound, it would be the Portland-and NYC-based Akron/Family's Island. » 8/27/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Scented Duct Tape For Half-Assed Repairs That At Least Smell Good

At one time duct tape only came in a single color: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colors and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn't enough to satiate humanity's desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now… » 8/27/14 5:43pm Yesterday 5:43pm

The Mystery of Death Valley's "Sailing Stones" Is Finally Solved

On a dried-up lake bed in Death Valley are dozens of rocks that have puzzled us for decades. The rocks have each left a dusty trail, evidence of some unknown force propelling them forward. Scientists have now finally observed the rocks moving and settled on an explanation: Thin ice and a gentle breeze. » 8/27/14 5:33pm Yesterday 5:33pm

Harry Houdini Beat Death in a Staring Contest. Could You?

Amazement doesn't come easy in show business these days. With increasingly savvy audiences trained to dismiss the seemingly-unbelievable as a product of safety wires, stunt doubles and CGI trickery, it's easy now to forget that in the early 20th century, Harry Houdini was working without a net — and flaunting his… » 8/27/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Control Your Living Room with Your Phone, Three-Year Mouse [Deals]

Logitech Harmony remotes have always been among the best for wrangling massive home theater systems, but this particular version actually turns your smartphone into the remote. You'll also get a basic universal remote with physical buttons for when your phone isn't handy. [Logitech Harmony Smart Control, $91] » 8/27/14 1:15pm Yesterday 1:15pm