From carnivorous robots to exploding stars and bizarre medical devices, here are your favourites from the image galleries new scientist posted this year.
Very little of the world's land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness.The maps are based on a model which calculated how long it would take to travel to the nearest city of 50,000 or more people by land or water.
I have been intending to write this essay for months. Why am I finally doing it? Because I finally found some uncommitted time? Wrong. I have papers to grade, textbook orders to fill out, an NSF proposal to referee, dissertation drafts to read. I am working on this essay as a way of not doing all of those things. This is the essence of what I call structured procrastination, an amazing strategy I have discovered that converts procrastinators into effective human beings, respected and admired for all that they can accomplish and the good use they make of time. All procrastinators put off things they have to do. Structured procrastination is the art of making this bad trait work for you.
Once more, we enter the month of December and the traditional western Holiday Season, and once again, I'd like to present a Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar for 2009. Keep checking this page, because every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the Hubble Space Telescope, some old and some new. I have felt extremely fortunate to have been able to share photographs and stories with you all this year, and I wish for a Happy Holiday to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone
The world's first commercial spacecraft was officially unveiled on Monday afternoon. Photos shot for Boing Boing by Alan Radecki, photographer and Mojave aviation and space historian.
Paulson makes no apologies. During our conversation in his conference room, he describes in detail how he pulled off the greatest financial coup in recent history--a two-year bet that the calamity we are now experiencing would take place. It was a megatrade involving dozens of financial instruments, along with prescient wagers that banks like Lehman Brothers would eventually go under. (
On Wednesday, October 28th, NASA launched its Ares I-X prototype vehicle, the first launch from Kennedy's pads of a vehicle other than the space shuttle since the Apollo Program's Saturn rockets were retired. NASA's Constellation Program's 327-foot-tall rocket produced 2.96 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and reached a speed of 100 mph in eight seconds. The two-minute sub-orbital test flight encountered a few problems along the way, as the launch pad was slightly damaged, a planned stage separation did not go quite according to plan, and a possible parachute failure led to a hard splashdown for its first stage. The Constellation program is under pressure as a recent committee report depicted it as overly expensive. The Obama administration is set to make a decision in the next several months about the near-term direction of U.S. Space Policy. (28 photos total)
Most board games (like Monopoly) we are familiar with rely far too heavily on luck instead of skill, and many have other marks against them as well, such as a far too long playing time or rulesets that make it clear from fairly early who is going to win. Here are fifteen of the greatest board games of all time; while they aren't all flawless we feel like they are vastly superior to traditional board games
The winners of the 2009 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been announced.The best photographs from the competition are on show at the Natural History Museum, London, from tomorrow
Andy Golub, 43, specialises in daubing exotic designs onto female skin, covering groups of girls from top-to-toe in his vivid designs.He exhibits his group paintings in local galleries, but also works on individual women on a commission basis.And sometimes he just takes his brushes to the street in search of willing 'canvases' to paint for parades and parties.He said: "I've been bodypainting for four years and I've been a professional artist for 10 years.