Volcanic eruptions are often an economic nuisance (remember Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull?) and sometimes burgeon into major natural disasters resulting in loss of life. But like many of the natural world's most violent and disruptive events, they sure do make for some incredible photo ops. Chile's Puyehue, which began erupting on Saturday, is no exception.
We love digital, but the earthquake in Japan has made DSLR cameras and accessories a bit scarce and expensive. So why not look to film? There's the cool retro vibe, and even with the costs of film processing, SLRs are awfully cheap. Our sister site, Popular Photography, compiled a great list of 12 of the best film cameras out there that'll give you cred and some great photos.
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced the winners of its Hidden Treasures astrophotography contest. Hidden Treasures asks amateur astronomers with an artistic bent (or artists with an astronomic bent) to take the raw, greyscale data from ESO's archives and do what ESO hires a team of professionals to do: Translate that data into gorgeous images of the universe. We've compiled a gallery of a few of our favorites, and trust us, these are as good as any professional efforts we've seen.
CES 2011, like most years, requires wading through seemingly endless piles of gadgety detritus. But buried amongst the technophilic rubble are gems: Those products that genuinely excite us, the ones that make the trip not only worthwhile but actually fun. These few gadgets and technologies will set the tone for 2011: They're embracing new ideas, whether it's ridiculously fast wireless internet, shape-shifting gadgets, or groundbreaking ways to keep us safe. CES at its best is a glimpse into the near future, and these are the products that exemplify that.
We're not sure how your week was, but for a team of mechanical engineers, speed junkies, and gearheads from Ohio State it was anything but slow. This week the team took the Buckeye Bullet version 2.5, the team's battery powered, all-electric landspeed racer out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to break the electric car land speed world record, and they did exactly that, hitting a peak speed of 320 miles per hour.
The Buckeye Bullet team -- a collaboration between the Ohio State University Center for Auto Research and a handful of sponsors -- has been racing electric cars for well more than a decade, but the VBB2.5, as it's known, is their first landspeed racer that runs purely on battery power. Last year their hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered VBB2 set a world record for fuel cell-propelled land vehicles by running a mile at an average speed of 302.877 miles per hour (the two-way average was a slightly lower 300.992 miles per hour).
It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day today. To honor our beloved planet, it's nice sometimes to stop and envy the view enjoyed by such a tiny slice of humanity: the astronauts. Here we've compiled some of our favorite views of Earth from space.
Using a little astrophysical magic and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment Telescope in northern Chile, astronomers at Durham University in England captured the best view yet of individual star nurseries in a galaxy a full 10 billion light-years from Earth. And all they had to do was bend a little light.
By Clay Dillow and Denise NgoPosted 03.23.2010 at 1:25 pm 2 Comments
Billed as "a unique collaboration between science and design," IMPACT! – an exhibition that recently wrapped at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, UK – explored the many ways physical sciences and engineering overlap to leave their marks on our ecnomies, our policies, and our everyday lives.
Whether you clicked on a misleading banner ad, opened a file sent by a Nigerian prince or simply downloaded the wrong porn, everyone's dealt with a computer virus at some point. While bad programming or virus checking software contains most outbreaks, some malware has managed to reach pandemic levels. With the help of Golden Richard III, a professor of computer science at the University of New Orleans and an expert on computer viruses, Popsci.com takes a look at ten viruses, worms and Trojans that reached levels of digital plague.
NASA's baby gets a checkup and a bunch of new toys
By Michael MoyerPosted 11.09.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
For a gallery of Hubble's most incredible images, click "View Photos" at left The terrific thing about NASA chief Michael Griffin's decision to launch a Hubble servicing missionthe telescope's fifth since 1990isn't simply that the spacecraft will be able to limp along for another four years. After astronauts visit Hubble on this latest mission (set to launch no earlier than May 2008), the telescope will be more powerful than it has ever been, thanks to some incredible new instruments being tested now.