The process of making an entire skateboard looks like a lot of fun

Skateboarding is fun but George Powell of Powell Peralta skateboard makes building skateboards look even more fun. It's always cool to see hands and machines and people transform wood into something completely different but especially neat to see how the whole skateboard—trucks and bearings and wheels—comes together. » 3/03/15 10:57pm Yesterday 10:57pm

A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* » 2/26/15 10:14pm Thursday 10:14pm

Amazing video shows how dust moves from the Sahara Desert to Brazil

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. » 2/26/15 1:07am 2/26/15 1:07am

China used more concrete in 3 years than the US in 100 years

Bill Gates has an incredible statistic: According the USGS' cement statistics, China has used more concrete from 2011 to 2013 (6.6 gigatons) than the United States in the entire 20th century (4.5 gigatons). It blows my mind but, then again, as Gates point out, look at Shanghai's evolution in just 20 years... » 2/22/15 2:00pm 2/22/15 2:00pm

The crappy photos of NASA's golden era you never get to see

We are used to see the epic, awe-inspiring, perfect photos from the golden age of NASA, during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Those are not the photos that you will find in Drewatts Bloomsbury's auction. These are all pretty shitty—poorly exposed, badly framed, out of focus, or just plain boring. » 2/20/15 10:59pm 2/20/15 10:59pm

How one of the most complicated watches in the world is made

I don't wear a watch and I hate time and yet I'm still so very impressed with the movement of this watch by FP Journe. It's stunning and it is the most complicated watch that FP Journe makes because it's a grande sonniere watch. Which means, it's a complication that is able to audibly chime out the time. » 2/20/15 10:01pm 2/20/15 10:01pm

Video: The delicate art of making bonsai trees

I love this video about Ryan Neil, an American Bonsai master, because not only do I get to watch him work but I also get to hear him talk about the art of Bonsai. Neil reveals the amount of respect and consideration you need to be able to craft these beautiful pieces of art from nature. It's just lovely. » 2/20/15 9:02pm 2/20/15 9:02pm

Fun infographic shows which Marvel superhero had sex with who

Here's a fact about living on Earth: it's hard to keep track of who boned who. Even comic book superheroes have a hard time remembering who they've had relations with and who they kissed and who they briefly dated. This infographic breaks it down for us, showing which superhero has been around where in the Marvel… » 2/20/15 12:31am 2/20/15 12:31am

Watch white blood cells swarm and attack a parasite

The human body is such a magnificent thing. Just check out this video that shows how our immune system works. When a parasite finds its way inside a place where it clearly shouldn't be, white blood cells immediately start rushing to the rescue. It only takes a few seconds for the parasite to get swallowed. » 2/16/15 10:30pm 2/16/15 10:30pm

The only fun fact about Apollo 13's dramatic failure is this invoice

I didn't know about this fun factoid: On April, 1970, the Grumman Aerospace Corporation—manufacturers of the Lunar Module—sent a $312,421.24 bill to North American Rockwell—who made the service module that malfunctioned in the Apollo 13 mission—for towing services. Why, you ask? Here's the story. » 2/16/15 3:12pm 2/16/15 3:12pm

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot photograph

25 years ago today, Voyager I turned around to take a photo of Earth on its way out of the Solar System. You are looking at it. Our planet—6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) away from the spacecraft—is that tiny pale blue dot, "a mote of dustsuspended in a sunbeam." It is one of the most important photos ever. » 2/14/15 10:43pm 2/14/15 10:43pm

Watch different layers of clouds move in completely different directions

This is cool. A time lapse, aptly named Highway in the Sky by the guy who filmed it, shows how different layers of clouds in the same sky can actually move in completely different directions. It's like seeing clouds respect different flows of traffic. It's like seeing multiple skies in one. It's like staring at a… » 2/13/15 9:51pm 2/13/15 9:51pm

Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

These are the contents of a mysterious white bag found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet: Weird looking lamps, wrenches, utility brackets, sights, and a film camera that later was identified as the one that captured the famous Apollo 11's descent on the Moon's surface. Nobody knew about it, including his widow. » 2/07/15 6:59pm 2/07/15 6:59pm

Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguardist air-breathing airplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth. » 2/07/15 4:09am 2/07/15 4:09am

Scientists created a transparent eggshell to see how an embryo grows

Damn, science. Researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China have created a see through eggshell to keep track of how an embryo grows over time. The material is made from a soft, silicon-based organic polymer that maintains the shape of a real eggshell but is completely transparent. » 2/06/15 11:39pm 2/06/15 11:39pm

How the Pentagon plans to launch rockets into orbit using jet fighters

DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access is not a new idea. In fact, they have been working on it for some time. Now the Pentagon's research arm have a neat concept video to show us how they are planning to put stuff in low earth orbit. You know, like satellites and other secret darpish things. » 2/06/15 10:08pm 2/06/15 10:08pm

Video: Making cast iron skillets the old fashioned way is pretty fun

Anthony Bourdain has a new show of sorts that explores the craftsmanship of certain items and the people behind them and the first episode focuses on Borough Furnace, a small metal casting workshop that makes handcrafted cast iron skillets. You see a bit of the process of how they turn recycled iron into cookware. » 2/06/15 9:09pm 2/06/15 9:09pm