These Cross-Sections of Golf Balls Look Like They're From Outer Space

What is this? A pint of dragon fire ice cream? An alien planet model? Speckled clay? Amazingly, it's the cross section of a golf ball. Photographer James Friedman captured the innards of different golf balls and unexpectedly revealed a core that look more like they're from outer space than anything in this world. » 7/17/13 11:00pm 7/17/13 11:00pm

What Is This?

Looking like something out of the Matrix or some sci-fi horror movie, this stunning photo captures something rather impressive. But what the hell is it? A robotic surgeon, perhaps? Maybe the next generation of badass 3D printers? Or could it be a massive robotic eye? » 5/30/13 8:12am 5/30/13 8:12am

What Is This?

This bright, bobbly surface looks like something from another planet—but it's actually a photograph of something that's quite common on Earth. Can you work out what it is? » 2/07/13 4:21am 2/07/13 4:21am

What Are These?

These objects seems to vary from shapeless blob to chaotic scribble—but they are in fact short-lived structures that have been captured in fine 3D detail for the first time. Can you work out what they are? » 1/21/13 7:30am 1/21/13 7:30am

What Is This?

This ragged cloud of color looks messy and unstructured—but in fact it's a rare and unusual view of one of the most fundamental things in science. Can you work out what it is? » 1/10/13 7:45am 1/10/13 7:45am

What Is This? (Answer)

The mystery object is, in fact, the asteroid Toutatis. It was snapped last week by China's Chang'e 2 probe when it flew by the lump of rock. The three-mile-long asteroid was 4.4 million miles from Earth when Chang'e 2 passed it by, missing the tumbling rock by just 2 miles. » 12/18/12 8:30am 12/18/12 8:30am

What Is This?

The grain gives away that it's obviously made of wood, but what is this tshirt-shaped slab of lumber supposed to be? The latest in eco-friendly fashion? An alternative to undershirts that's easy to clean with a sanding block? Not even close. » 10/03/12 6:20pm 10/03/12 6:20pm

What Is This?

Is this some strange new GM flower? An awful piece of abstract art? Or just what happens if you take too much LSD? Actually, it's none of those things; keep guessing, you'll never get it. » 8/10/12 9:00am 8/10/12 9:00am

What Is This?

Garth Britzman's "Pop Culture" is an environmentally green art project, comprised of 1,500 recycled plastic beverage bottles. Each bottle is filled with colored water and hangs from a string of varied length. The result is a brilliant, stained glass-looking canopy meant to call attention to our consumer "pop" culture… » 5/14/12 11:30pm 5/14/12 11:30pm

What Is This?

The British artist David Marsh has devised a clever way to combine his two favorite things—Adobe design software Pantone color swatches and album cover art—with a nod to Pointillism. Each finished piece uses 1,369 Pantone swatches to recreate a pixelated version of some of the most famous album artwork of the past… » 4/17/12 7:40pm 4/17/12 7:40pm

What Is This?

Is that a stained glass window dedicated to man's excess? Nope. A MoMA exhibit capturing our disposable lifestyles? Sorry. A corporate logo treatment for a recycling facility? Not exactly, but it is related to turning trash into something beautiful. » 2/06/12 7:20pm 2/06/12 7:20pm

What Is This?

Is that a proton torpedo exploding through space? Nah. Maybe the world's most incredibly unsafe powerline crackling in the night sky? Or how about a CGI bit from The Hobbit? Well, no, but close. It has to do with a dragon, see. » 1/23/12 5:20pm 1/23/12 5:20pm

What Is This?

Is this a power pack? Nah. A pico projector? Nope. Is it a cube? It claims to be, but it looks more like a rectangular prism to me. Will it really redefine an entire category? Looks aside, we're not so sure about that, but Logitech sure thinks it will.. So what is this thing? » 1/05/12 4:00am 1/05/12 4:00am