Receive $18,000 to lie in bed for three months

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 13 November 2014

As part of a NASA research program, one lucky (ok, that’s questionable) man is being paid $18,000 to lie in bed for three straight months. This man’s name is Andrew Iwanicki and in August he lost his job, so there’s no better time to lie in bed and get money for it, right?

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Now you can save space by hanging these beer bottles on the fridge ceiling!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 4 November 2014

Carolina-based Strong Like Bull Magnets, which, you know, supplies strong magnets, have hit on the ingenious idea of the Bottleloft, the world’s first magnetic bottle hanger with high-grade neodymium magnets that stick to your fridge ceiling so you can hang your six-pack beer from it!

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Guess what? The first bonsai tree has finally been sent into space

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Tech on Saturday 9 August 2014

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has taken a giant leap on behalf of mankind. The 38-year old recently became the person responsible for sending the first bonsai tree into space, a momentous occasion. Makoto is primarily concerned with installation art and this is no exception, except that normally his pieces are firmly on this planet. At […]

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Operating Manual to Space Ship Earth

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By James Hancock in Video on Wednesday 11 June 2014

I love Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Operating Manual to Space Ship Earth. Fuller is not technically an architect but I really dig his overarching way of thinking about things. There seems to be a groundswell of popular interest in this way of thinking about philosophy/design/politics/urban planning that is super exciting. Maybe it’s got something to do with […]

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Is 3D printing the answer to sustaining life on the Moon?

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By Jacob Paul Cherniayeff in Architecture on Thursday 10 April 2014

A consortium consisting of Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and design firm Foster + Partners has been busy exploring the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as […]

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Pretty psychedelic, that’s how Earth looks when you view it from space

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 9 January 2014

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s book, Earth from Space, contains 150 images of, well, our home planet’s terrains, as seen from space. Some, like the zappy one of the Gulf of Bengal’s Sundurbans mangroves, look positively trippy.

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How one man caught an exploding meteor on camera

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 5 December 2013

Photographer Scott Rinckenberger had been out in the American West for 5 weeks working on his fall landscapes project. For the entire duration, from dusk ‘til dawn, he’d capture thousands of images of the great outdoors; from the Olympic rainforest to the Tetons, from Yosemite to Zion. Though he’d taken plenty of great photos, he still wasn’t satisfied until he took, in his own words via PetaPixel, ‘a single transcendent image; an image that would make me want to burn my camera, a la Jimmy Hendrix’.

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Beautiful time-lapse video of the Milky Way

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Wednesday 16 October 2013

Star gazing in the city can be a pretty unrewarding thing to do. With all the light pollution, you’ll only be able to spot a few stars on a clear night. So from here you have two options: 1. Go camp out on a mountain 1. Watch the following video and realize you should have […]

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Failed astronaut shoots for the stars, builds his own spacesuit

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Thursday 26 September 2013

A 45-year-old anthropologist who couldn’t cut it for NASA’s aviation program decided to raid his neighborhood hardware store and the Internet for parts to build his very own space suit from scratch. It looks pretty cool. We guess the next step is to actually test it in space, or at the very least, Hawaii. This […]

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Remarkably gorgeous images of disasters, seen from space

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 27 August 2013

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell just how deeply steeped disasters have set in until we take a huge step back and look. In this case, NASA’s images from space are especially key photographic eyewitnesses, whether it’s Hurricane Sandy wrecking havoc to northeastern US states in 2012, or the recent haze from Indonesia’s Sumatra fires surrounding […]

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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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Fact: It’s a lot cheaper to go into space dead than alive

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 14 August 2013

While we’re talking about exorbitant prices for a ticket to go into space, a company based in San Francisco is now offering the opportunity of, er, the end of a lifetime, to get a space burial for a wallet-friendly US$1,990. The memorial spacecraft carrying a ‘symbolic portion’ of the cremated ashes will orbit Earth for […]

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Intergalactic Travel Bureau: For that trip to outer space

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Now this is an unusual tourist information centre: one that helps you plan your next intergalactic space holiday. Well, sort of. We’re talking the Intergalactic Travel Bureau which popped up for a fortnight in July near Times Square, New York. The science-art project by Guerilla Science purports to offer options to tour the solar system, […]

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X-rays of spacesuits

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Part of a collection at Smithsonian Institution, check out these incredibly detailed x-rays of a 1971 spacesuit worn by Alan Shepard, as well as a 1964 helmet and boot. Oh, spacesuits, we see right through you.

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Lightning storms, seen from space

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 29 July 2013

Astronaut Karen Nyberg captured some images of a morning storm in Southern California from her office in the International Space Station, and looking at these, as well as some other images by other astronauts of storms in Africa, we know we really want to go to space.

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