Home Depot is closing its last seven big-box stores in China, citing a lack of a DIY ethos among the Chinese. But while sales may be flat, China's maker culture still thrives. Have YOU ever built yourself a helicopter?
Our friends and office-mates over at Pop Photo just put up a sample image gallery of shots taken by the brand-new Nikon D800, and they are very impressed by its performance. The D800 replaces the D700, one step down from the very top-of-the-line (and absurdly expensive) D4, but it's got super impressive performance at high ISO and great overall image quality. Interestingly, it was the feel of the shutter that most wooed its testers, who called it "seriously satisfying" to use. Check out the gallery here.
It's been a busy week, what with the Consumer Electronics Show and the Detroit Auto Show showering geeks and gearheads alike with enough conceptual eye-candy to keep us all salivating for the next big thing all year.
But for those of us whose eyes are on the heavens more than on little screens, the 219th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society was the thing to watch this week.
A few years ago--by accident, really--Carl Zimmer became the de facto curator of science-based body art. The author of The Loom blog over at DISCOVER as well as numerous books, Zimmer asked his readers about their tattoos, and whether any of them had inked themselves up in science-inspired motifs. The response was greater than he imagined.
After realizing that the PopSci editors' chat room is awash in amazing pictures that don't necessarily see the light of day on our site (due to oldness, redundancy, or a host of other dealbreakers) we thought: why are we keeping these to ourselves? Here are the pictures this week that made us gawk, laugh, and email the .jpg links to our friends, from a perfectly geometrical haircut to a dude gliding through a giant Chinese cave in a wingsuit.
Click here to see this week's most amazing science and tech images.