Message From Above

Thursday May 16, 2013

We all know that the twinkling of stars at night is caused by [looks up Wikipedia] atmospheric turbulence, right? But what if there was more to it? Say, alien Morse code?

If wisdom comes with age then National Geographic, clocking in at 125 years young, is wise indeed. Hell, not even Attenborough can boast that much accumulative knowledge.

Dr Alice Gorman is a space archaeologist who studies space debris – old satellites, rockets and even human waste floating in the great unknown. She explains why we shouldn't be too worried about meteorites or getting hit by a propellant tank, among other things.

Welcome to the Multiverse

Wednesday April 17, 2013

Phrases like “proposed physical model” tend to bring back awful memories of high school science class we’d rather forget, but this video manages to explain the entire universe in under five minutes with stick figures.

The Man Who Owns The Moon

Tuesday April 02, 2013

Since time immemorial humanity has looked up at the night sky in wonder and awe, pondering how we might one day be able to call the Moon our own...

Dr Andrew Parker once solved a prehistoric mystery in one fell swoop – and it all had to do with an eyeball. Now, according to the author and biologist, it's time industry caught up. 

Kamer Maker

Tuesday March 26, 2013

3D printers may still be a hobbyhorse flogged by a fringe group of technologists, design enthusiasts and the odd architect, but soon there will probably be one in every household.

A Surprising Substance

Tuesday March 19, 2013

What’s black and white, looks like dirt but also cleans basically everything it touches? Charcoal. Apparently. 

Aerial eye charts

Tuesday March 05, 2013

They might not look like much on the ground but these calibration targets are basically eye charts for airplanes. 

The Super Supercapacitor

Tuesday February 26, 2013

The wheel, antibiotics, the steam engine and the printing press are inventions that have changed the course of history. But what if there was an accidental discovery that could not only change the world, but save it at the same time?