The Colour Of That Dress Poses The Same Problem As Colour on Mars

Human wetware is astonishingly good at pattern recognition and interpreting complex, noisy data, but it's also painfully buggy. Today, the internet came to a screeching halt debating a dress's colour, but the same optical illusion is responsible for how uncertain we are about interpreting colours on Mars. » 2/26/15 10:33pm Yesterday 10:33pm

The First People On Mars Could Have One Hell Of A Case Of Jet Lag

A day on Mars—or a "sol"—is 24 hours and 40 minutes long, close enough to Earth's that for a long time NASA didn't think much of it. But those 40 minutes a day add up, and sleep scientists now worry that our Earthly circadian rhythms could be one more major headache for the first humans on Mars. » 2/26/15 10:25pm Yesterday 10:25pm

Aerogel Sure Makes A Funny Sound, For A Supermaterial

If you're familiar with aerogel, you know that it's one of the lowest-density materials on Earth. But even if you're versed in this supermaterial's physical properties, you've probably never thought about what aerogel sounds like. This video answers that question. » 2/25/15 6:25pm Wednesday 6:25pm

Create an HD Fly-Through Video Tour in Google Earth Pro

In January, Google decided to make Google Earth Pro free for everyone—that means we can all make use of features that previously cost $400 a year, and one of those features is the ability to record HD video of your tours. From floating along the Grand Canyon to zooming into your local neighborhood, here's how to… » 2/25/15 4:42pm Wednesday 4:42pm

A Possible Explanation For The Mysterious Bright Spots On Ceres

The discovery of a bright spot on Ceres has given rise to lots of speculation. And now we've learned something new: it has a friend. The second spot is not quite as bright, but still weirdly reflective compared to the rest of the dwarf planet. The geological mystery keeps getting more interesting! » 2/25/15 11:20am Wednesday 11:20am

Curiosity's Latest Wide-Angle Selfie Is Its Most Remarkable Photo Yet

Now would be a good time to update your desktop wallpaper. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has snapped a spectacular — if not inexplicable — wide-angled self-portrait at the Mojave Site on Mount Sharp where the probe is currently drilling for samples. Here's how NASA created the extraordinary shot. » 2/25/15 1:36pm Wednesday 1:36pm

The Story Behind Earth's "Other" Moon And Its Completely Whacked Orbit


We all know and love the moon. We're so assured that we only have one that we don't even give it a specific name. It's just The Moon. But the moon is not the Earth's only natural satellite. Here's what you need to know about 3753 Cruithne and what its weird orbit reveals about the solar system. » 2/25/15 1:32pm Wednesday 1:32pm

This Paint-By-Numbers Drawing Was The Very First Image From Mars

On July 14, 1965, Mariner 4 sent home the very first television pictures of Mars during its historic flyby. But instead of waiting for time-consuming image processing, impatient scientists created this awesome colour-by-numbers wall chart from the raw data. » 2/24/15 10:30pm Tuesday 10:30pm

Now We Actually Have a Real Reason to Dread Solar Eclipses 

Superstitions have surrounded the eerie solar eclipse since time immemorial. And now, for entirely scientific reasons, it turns out we have good reason to fear them. Earth's biggest solar eclipse since 1999 is happening this March, and it could cause some real disruption—thanks to Europe's reliance on solar energy. » 2/25/15 1:23am Wednesday 1:23am

An Astounding Amount Of Saharan Dust Fuels The Amazon Basin

Using satellite data, NASA scientists have created the first-ever 3D model showing just how much dust makes its way from the Saharan Desert to the Amazon forest. Incredibly, this dust is seeding the rain forest with an essential nutrient, an indication of just how interconnected these disparate regions really are. » 2/24/15 8:45pm Tuesday 8:45pm