When Curiosity came burning through Mars' atmosphere two-and-a-half years ago, it marked the planet with its landing, and the impact of shedding its sky crane, heat shield, backshell, and parachute. But the planet is recovering, obscuring the scars with unending wind and dust.
Here's an awesome 3D visualization from NASA that shows how the Sahara Desert helps fertilize the Amazon rainforest even though they're on two different continents that are separated by an entire ocean. The Saharan dust is carried over by wind and the phosphorous in the dust is essential to the Amazon.
In a freakish and honestly terrifying turn of events, a giant cloud of sand enveloped Tehran today. The temperature plunged from over 90 F to the 60s in minutes. Winds whipped at 70 mile per hour. Trees fell. The power went out. Tehran looked like an apocalyptic horror show.
This is a grain of interstellar dust. To get one of these, your best bet is to get into a spaceship for a couple hundred years and get close enough to a red giant star, near its atmosphere. That's where they're formed and ejected into space. Or, like NASA, you can create a machine to make one from scratch—for the…
We've followed the $10.8 billion East Side Access project, which will extend the Long Island Railroad from Queens to Grand Central, all year. But now that the tunnels have been blasted, new machines are arriving—and they're just as cool as the tunnel borers.
The largest ever census of dust in the local Universe has been carried out by the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory—and the results are huge and beautiful.
Called the "silent epidemic," a little-known fungal disease called valley fever has become ten times more common in the past decade. Its fungal spores are being spread by dust storms in the American Southwest. Exactly why valley fever suddenly increased has nagged at public health officials, but a piece in The New…
When it comes to planetary accessories, we've got our moon, but lovely as it is, it doesn't hold a candle to some of the flashier bits of flair out there. I'm talking about rings. Here's where they come from.
I know a lot of people like to throw on a lot of trinkets and flair and pizazz on your phone but would people really use this crystal dust plug? It's a little cubic zirconia diamond that plugs into your phone's headphone jack to add some bling and presumably protect the interior of your headphone jack.
This is what happens when a (gigantic) dust devil forms over reddish orange soil and the light is just right: a red dust devil so vivid and tall that it looks like a cartoon. I wonder if the Tasmanian Devil is inside.
There's only two ways to look at this: it's a ghastly looking serpent snaking its way on the red planet, swallowing everything in its path and burrowing itself inside the planet's core. OR it's a gigantic floating sperm looking to impregnate the red egg with hopes of a Martian baby.
I first met my terrible dust bunny, cowering under a soon-to-be replaced video card. It was 2003. Since then, he has puffed around in my periphery, a dusty daemon on my figurative shoulder. And in my literal apartments.
Astronomers and space geeks the world over have been waiting to hear confirmation from JAXA (the Japanese space agency) that the troubled Hayabusa mission did indeed bring back samples of asteroid dust. Today they got it.
Earthlings had scored moon rocks before 1970. NASA's Apollo 11 and 12 missions successfully hauled them back to study—immense scientific accomplishments, of course. One problem. It cost $142 billion in today's dollars. Russia's solution? Send a robot instead.
See that? It might be a dust particle from an asteroid! Or it might be a flake of dried skin from a man in the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency factory that built the Hayabusa probe. No one knows yet.
What happens when you put an iPad in a blender? For all those who've been griping for the past few weeks: catharsis. Catharsis, and dust. [Will It Blend?]
When I see dust, I start cleaning like crazy. When Paul Hazelton sees dust, he collects it, and turns it into statues. Yes, this skeleton was really made out of a pile of dust bunnies, just like Hazelton's other art.
I woke up Wednesday (Tuesday U.S. time), to a scene from Total Recall. Sydney had been blanketed by an apocalyptic glowing red dust storm. Red from iron-oxide: rust. And if I couldn't breathe, my tech gear wouldn't like this either…