Watch home shopping hosts discuss whether or not the Moon is a planet… or a star… or just cheese

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Saturday 17 January 2015

Debates are fun to watch, but when they’re between two people who have no idea about the universe, it’s just hilarious. Because seriously, what is the Moon anyway? Is it a rock? A planet? Is it a star? The sun is a star so is the moon a star, too? Or maybe it’s just a hunk of cheese. So many thoughts, so little time.

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Chocolates that look like the 8 planets

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 24 April 2014

Poor Pluto, even in culinary circles it’s still not considered a planet. Chocolatier L’eclat of the Righa Royal Hotel in Japan is selling chocolates that look like the planets in our solar system. The delicious, celestial collection includes: Mercury (coconut mango), Venus (cream lemon), Earth (cacao), Mars (orange praline), Jupiter (vanilla), Saturn (rum raisin), Uranus (milk tea), and Neptune (cappuccino).

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Amazingly accurate layered planet cakes

Karla Courtney Reader Find

By Karla Courtney in New Food and Packaging on Friday 13 September 2013

Just in case you haven’t already seen these (they were shared by social media’s astronaut sweetheart Col. Chris Hadfield), these layered planet cakes are absolutely out of this world. Ha ha.

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Illustrations of planets, split apart

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 August 2013

German design studio For Real did a series of illustrations centering around the physical anatomy of the planets in the solar system and cheekily dubbed their client as ‘The Universe’. The works are pretty cool, showing planets with viscous liquid cores escaping from the bellies of their spherical hosts. The world can get messy — […]

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Planet 7: a new animation from Andy Martin

Andy Martin Reader Find

By Andy Martin in New Film on Saturday 10 August 2013

Here is my latest Planet animation from my ongoing Illustrated Aliens project. I’m now up to Planet Seven, where we find two of its inhabitant having a chat that gets a bit too much for one of them. If you’ve missed any of the other six planets, catch up with them on their dedicated Vimeo […]

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Incredible spherical Jupiter cake

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Cakecrumbs is a Australian Zoology graduate’s food blog where blogger Rhiannon posts some of her creative culinary endeavors. Her Jupiter cake has become quite the internet sensation, and we can definitely see why. Her hand-painted spherical cake looks incredibly realistic, and it even has Jupiter’s characteristic Great Red Spot and distinct inner layers. Who knew […]

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All of the water on Earth as a planet

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 17 July 2013

How big would a planet be if it was formed by all the water on Earth? According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the answer is, well, positively puny. Stretching at just 860 miles across its diameter, this hypothetical planet is unexpectedly small, especially when we think so much about the planet Earth as a water […]

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Universal laws of safe distance

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 7 January 2013

Wendy MacNaughton is a genius at making these choice illustrations that sum up the human experience simply. This one she did in collaboration with author Caroline Paul shows the Universal Laws of Safe Distance using planets as metaphors. Best to dodge disco balls, and keep your partners (‘most days’, it advises) and pets close to […]

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Trillions of photos taken from Earth’s orbit over 15 years

Jonathan Terhaar Contributor

By Jonathan Terhaar in New Art on Friday 21 December 2012

Taking advantage of the phenomenon know as geosynchronous orbit, artist Trevor Paglen worked with anthropologists, scientists and other artists to construct a photographic disk device that he sent into Earth’s orbit to take trillions of photos over a 15 year period. That’s how I understand it, anyways. The installation is called The Last Pictures and […]

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Now you can suck on the planets as lollipops

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 8 September 2012

For a quick exercise in ruling the universe, just shop at Chicago-based Etsy store Vintage Confections, where they offer a 10-piece lollipop set of solar system planets in two flavours: cotton candy and strawberry. Black-flecked at the back with silver edible glitter that pass off as stars, the ten planets in the set are: the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. 

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