Video of All 135 Space Shuttle Launches Is a Rocket Tribute to Space

YouTuber lunarmodule 5 is back with another NASA compilation video. This time, it's a four-screen tribute to the Space Shuttle, showing every launch of the Shuttle's 135 missions. It'll make your spine tingle. » 8/02/14 10:00am 8/02/14 10:00am

This Is How NASA Could Have Rescued Astronauts Stranded In Space

The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, which killed all seven astronauts on board, effectively ended the US Shuttle Program. Now, a former engineer is proposing a radical (albeit hypothetical) solution to rescuing stranded astronauts that was inspired by the disaster. » 6/24/14 4:00pm 6/24/14 4:00pm

Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US Skiers Hide Bumpy Moguls Runs

We've already seen (or haven't) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could give them a small advantage in competition. » 2/10/14 3:00pm 2/10/14 3:00pm

New Olympic Zipper Technology Makes Seams Nearly Invisible

You won't find it in stores just yet, but if you look closely at the jackets and other gear worn by US, Canadian, and Russian athletes at the upcoming 2014 Olympics, you might catch a glimpse of Columbia Sportswear's new waterproof zipper technology. Or you might not, since it's been engineered to be almost invisible… » 1/15/14 1:00pm 1/15/14 1:00pm

The Columbia Shuttle Disaster Happened 10 Years Ago

On February 1st, 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia, NASA OV-102, disintegrated upon re-entry at the end of its 28th mission to space. The tragedy killed the seven brave crew members, in a moment of national sadness we'll never forget. » 2/01/13 5:50pm 2/01/13 5:50pm

Columbia Freeze Degree Short Sleeve Crew Review: This Shirt Sucks in…

Columbia's Freeze Degree Short Sleeve Crew contains a fabric filled with polymers called Omni-Freeze. They act like goosebumps—to cool the skin, the tiny rings swell up when they get wet. Innuendo aside, this kind of works. » 7/18/12 12:20pm 7/18/12 12:20pm

Mugger Rejects Victims' Non-iPhones

If you're worried about getting your phone snatched on a dark sidewalk, here's a top security tip: don't own an iPhone. A spat of attempted phone-jackings at Columbia University have one thing in common: thugs don't want your Android. » 12/15/11 3:44pm 12/15/11 3:44pm

This Is the Endeavor's Damaged Heat Tile

A damaged thermal tile on the shuttle Endeavor's heat shield has raised some eyebrows with the mission's management team. The tile will be inspected using the shuttle's robotic arm, outfitted with a high-res camera and a laser, for safety's sake. » 5/21/11 3:00pm 5/21/11 3:00pm

USB-Powered Electro Amp Jacket Trades a Little Dignity for Warmth

There are plenty of ways to stay warm. Luxurious scarves. Furry hats. Festive sweaters. And, now, USB-powered jackets that keep you toasty(er) with electricity. Columbia Sportswear's Omni-Heat line of outdoor gear is hinging on this novelty. Worth it? Mostly. » 4/27/11 12:09pm 4/27/11 12:09pm

Facebook Now Responsible for 25% of Hooker Hookups

There was once a time when you actually had to leave your home to get a prostitute. And what a long, seedy walk to the docks or brothel or alley behind Denny's it was. Now? Facebook does it for you! » 2/04/11 8:40pm 2/04/11 8:40pm

Columbia's Heated Bugathermo Boots Aren't Really So Hot

Outside spent two months wearing Columbia's $250 lithium-ion-packing heater boots through snow. Unfortunately, the promise of toasty winter feet is little more than a promise. » 2/09/10 3:40pm 2/09/10 3:40pm

Big Shot: Build Your Own Digital Camera

Sure, you own a digital camera, but do you know what's inside? Faeries, maybe, working in a darkroom to develop your photos instantly? The Big Shot's a camera kit for kids to put together, teaching them how digital cameras work. » 11/11/09 7:20pm 11/11/09 7:20pm

Columbia Bugathermo Boots Use Rechargeable Batteries to Keep Your Feet…

These boots will keep your feet extra warm, as they use built-in rechargeable batteries to heat them up for 4-8 hours straight. » 10/05/09 12:00pm 10/05/09 12:00pm

Wooden Squirrel Cage Machine Obsesses Over Your Thoughts For You

Columbia professor Douglas Irving Repetto designed this crazy looking project which allows humans to write obsessive thoughts on scraps of paper, deposit them in one of seven squirrel cages, and spin them round and round to let the machine obsess for them. Made with grape arbor, glue, rubber bands and a laser cutter,… » 9/18/08 12:15am 9/18/08 12:15am

Incredible Biblioteca Parque España Looks Like an Alien Rock Formation

This spectacular rock outcropping on a hillside in Colombia isn't a rock outcropping at all; rather, it's the Biblioteca Parque España, a library, museum and cultural center that offers amazing views of Santo Domingo. It both stands out from and blends in with its natural surroundings in a completely unique way. I… » 2/19/08 5:00pm 2/19/08 5:00pm