New NASA video shows a massive Sun explosion like never before

For the first time ever, NASA has been able to capture a massive solar eruption with unprecedented detail using IRIS, a highly sensitive instrument that can only cover a relatively small zone of the Sun at any give time. Catching this involved "some educated guesses and a little bit of luck." » 5/30/14 8:14pm 5/30/14 8:14pm

This Solar Satellite Will Shed Light on the Inner Workings of the Sun

The Sun actually gets hotter as you travel away from its surface, jumping from 6,000 K there to over 1,000,000 K a few million kilometers above in the corona. This effect contributes to solar flares that can damage earthbound electronics and we have no idea how it does this. But NASA is about to find out thanks to the… » 6/26/13 11:30am 6/26/13 11:30am

This Is the Bigoted, Racist, Anti-Abortion Search Engine That Powers…

I'm sure Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos doesn't know about this, but he's funding a seemingly Christian extremist search engine that is anti-abortion, anti-evolution, racist and even thinks that rape may be justifiable. It's called ChaCha, and it powers Android's most popular Siri competitor, Iris. » 2/08/12 8:51am 2/08/12 8:51am

These Steampunk Goggles Really Are Too Nice

When is a pair of steampunk goggles too nice to be just a pair of steampunk goggles? How about when the metal components have been swapped out for solid milled titanium that's then coated in golden colored titanium nitride? How about when the goggles feature irises that can be opened and closed through independent… » 10/22/08 2:30pm 10/22/08 2:30pm

Storm MK V Iris Watch: Time May Fly, But It Sure Can't Swim

To the Storm MK V watch, time is something fragile to be hidden away and guarded in secret. Because instead of just displaying the hour, the MK V tucks the face away behind tiny steel panels, shielding it from the harsh world outside. To check the time, one needs to open the mechanical iris a la 007 credits sequence.… » 10/21/08 11:45am 10/21/08 11:45am

Boynq's Iris Webcam Has a Touch of Anglepoise in its Design

*Squeak* Hello. I'm Pixar's famous Anglepoise lamp... yes, the one from the CGI film. *Squeak* I'm here to complain about this new Iris webcam from Boynq, which takes a few too many design cues from me and my fellow lamp kind. Look at it: it's unmistakable isn't it? As well as a VGA webcam, it's got a 5W RMS speaker … » 8/05/08 10:40am 8/05/08 10:40am

Meridian iRIS Is World's First 1080p-Upconverting iPod Dock

Meridian, best known for building ridiculously expensive A/V gear, has just introduced a $379 iPod dock called the iRIS which, among other things, converts crappy little iPod video files to full 1080p-resolution HD. Though Meridian would be the one to pull this off, its specific claim is almost too bold: » 9/05/07 12:40pm 9/05/07 12:40pm

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