Sunshades Bloom to Protect These Towers from the Brutal Desert Sun

When the sun comes up, the flowers come out. Inspired by the design of Arabic windows known as mashrabiya, these 45-foot wide, flower-shaped sunshades "blossom" in minutes to cover the facades of these twin towers designed for two (anonymous!) Middle Eastern media companies. » 4/17/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

New Solar Satellite Uses Pigment Found In Prehistoric Cave Paintings

The European Space Agency's new solar satellite will be partially shielded using a bone-based pigment found in prehistoric cave paintings. The result will be a surreal cross between the earliest era of human cognition and creativity—that underground cinematic world of flickering animal images found in European… » 2/12/14 12:20pm 2/12/14 12:20pm

A Bracelet to Keep You Safe From the Sun and Tell You What SPF to Use

Netatmo is slowly creating a reputation for itself of combining smart sensors with neat design, having recently teamed up with Philippe Starck to produce a sleek wireless thermostat. Now, it's joined forces with Louis Vuitton to produce a bracelet that'll keep you safe in the sun. » 1/06/14 5:03am 1/06/14 5:03am

NASA shows you the Sun like you've never seen it before (in colors!)

This video is for all the times you've been told not to look at the Sun (hopefully you listened and never did). But unlike other videos of the Sun, this one shows the Sun like you've never seen it before: in different colors. That's because it's made from data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and reveals… » 12/19/13 12:23am 12/19/13 12:23am

Watch a 200,000-Mile Canyon of Fire Rip Open on the Sun

Trying to watch the sun's explosions with your naked eyes is a recipe for blindness, but luckily NASA has a couple of telescopes that can show you all that fusion glory with none of the permanent ocular damage. Take, for instance, this 200,000-mile long canyon of fire. » 10/24/13 1:20pm 10/24/13 1:20pm

Could Humanity Possibly Survive the Sun's Explosive Death?

Despite the Mayan Calendar's and the People's Temple's best efforts, we've managed to avoid any sort of Apocalypse and/or End Times thus far. But don't let your guard down just yet, because we know for a fact that, one day, that warm, life-giving center of the solar system will turn its back on us and blow up, taking… » 10/08/13 1:20pm 10/08/13 1:20pm

Would Never Going Outside Really Be That Bad For Us? Sadly, Yes

When you think about all the forms of indoor entertainment available to us—the internet, cable TV, video games—it's no surprise that the outdoors is having a hard time competing for our attention. But it turns out that a little exposure to the sun is not just beneficial, it's actually vital to our health. » 8/28/13 12:45pm 8/28/13 12:45pm

Venus, Please Be More Of A Badass In This Photo

This looks like your brain on drugs, but it's actually a rare solar eclipse from last June in which Venus moved between the Sun and the Earth the way the Moon usually does. Venus looked like a thinner and thinner crescent until it was perfectly aligned with the Sun, creating a Venusian annular eclipse with a ring of… » 8/25/13 7:12pm 8/25/13 7:12pm

Behold the Glowing Glory of a Sunspot In Unprecedented Detail

When you stare at the sun it just looks like pain. But when the New Solar Telescope (NST) does, it can catch glimpses of truly mesmerizing solar activity, and all without going blind. Here, for example, is the most precise picture of a sunspot ever taken, in all its flaming glory. It's like a solar black hole in a… » 8/07/13 4:40pm 8/07/13 4:40pm