BlackBerry users suffered through a service outage all this week, stranding most of Washington D.C. and a fair portion of lower Manhattan without a real reason to exist. CNN had a real scoop, pictured here: the outage affected not just users here on Earth, but also those on almost every other planet. Sorry, Martians. Maybe you should’ve gone with a Windows Phone instead.
There’s not really a ton to say about this. A gorilla at the Moscow zoo ate a lot of carrots. All at once.
Climbing the Tallest Tree
The new tallest tree in the world is 379 feet and four inches. That’s about the same size as two Statues of Liberty, sans foundation. And a few hikers actually climbed the tree, a redwood deep in northern California’s Redwood National Park. It’s been christened “Hyperion,” pictured as a collage due to its immense size. Read more over at NPR.
A pinhole camera made out of a beer can was left in the north of England for three months. This image, showing the movement of the sun across the night sky, is, according to New Scientist, an example of solargraphy. The highest peaks are during summer, lowest during winter.
Ceci N’est Pas Une Noix
Chef Adoni Luiz Aduriz, of Spain’s acclaimed Mugaritz, showed off some of his culinary creations–heavily influenced by science and tech. This dessert, a walnut served on a scoop of goat’s milk ice cream? Yeah, not a walnut.
Kraken, the Artist
In one of the weirdest stories of the week, a Triassic-era sea monster informally known as a kraken (like a colossal squid, but much, much more colossal) is now assumed to have somewhat artfully rearranged the bones of the sharks it ate–possibly even in the shape of a self-portrait.
The True Air Guitar
iOS 5 came out this week, bringing all kinds of welcome features (notifications, Wi-Fi syncing, iCloud) but our favorite mobile thing might have been GhostGuitar. It’s an augmented reality air guitar app that tracks your hands and plays along. You can even pick individual strings! Check out video here or pick it up at the App Store for $2.
This image of galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847 was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Why’s it important? Says NASA: “Galaxy clusters like MACS 1206 are perfect laboratories for studying dark matter’s gravitational effects because they are the most massive structures in the universe. Because of their heft, the clusters act like giant cosmic lenses, magnifying, distorting and bending any light that passes through them — an effect known as gravitational lensing.”
Your Face on Other Faces
A Japanese company called Real-F is making creepily accurate copies of people’s faces. You can read more about them here, if you feel like being unsettled today.
Siri Is Very (Too?) Helpful
Over at This Is My Next, Josh Topolsky has been playing with Siri, the hottest new feature in the latest version of iOS–and found that the “digital assistant” is witty, well-read, and sometimes, like in this case, a little bit too helpful.