NASA’s bizarre Super Ball Bot is unlike any robot ever built–it uses a net of wires and rods to move, and could someday explore harsh exoplanets. It also has an unlikely heritage: It was inspired by the ideas of a visionary from the 1960s building floating cities based on the same concept.
I love it when the dramatic and violent history of the Earth is laid bare for anyone to see. The fault, folds, and crenulations in this marble are the unmistakable evidence of a traumatic past for this tiny patch of the world.
No glue. No cables. No steel reinforcements. The only thing keeping this bridge intact is, well, physics.
Gravity forces galaxies that are relatively close together to form clusters, which in turn form superclusters between vast stretches of cosmic void. But now there's an even bigger level of organization...and we have no idea how to explain it.
The tallest person who ever lived stood nearly nine feet tall, making him nearly double the size of the average human. What creates such remarkable extremes, and what's the absolute tallest a human being could possibly be?
The illuminated, pod-like Youturn Pavilion looks like it belongs in a space ship. Or maybe it's better suited as part of the Tron: Legacy set. Out-of-this-world and video-game-world are pretty interchangeable, right?