What if Earth was hit by a meteor?

Ever wondered what would happen if a 500 KM (300 miles) wide meteor would hit Earth during our lifetime? Here’s a simulation presenting the apocalyptic result: Apparently, our planet was hit approximately 6 times in the past by a meteor around that size. Cheery thought for a Friday morning isn’t it? [Via Neatorama] Advertisements


Windows XP has been retired but you can still get it

By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] June 30th 2008 was the day that Microsoft officially pulled the rug out from under Windows XP. It was the day that the OS was given its gold watch, its long service medal and told to sod off and retire because it was hogging Vista’s limelight. But as this […]

Your genes are not your fate

In the following presentation, Dr. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go run a […]

What happens when you crap in outer space?

As a kid, I’ve asked myself this question many times: how are space toilets designed so that when you sit down on them for a big job, everything that comes out of your body doesn’t start floating around and basically just creating a big mess? The following video provides the answer, and comes straight from […]

Robots with a mind of their own: The beginning of our end?

Scientists are now building a completely new kind of robot capable of self-assembly and doing tasks too difficult or too dangerous for most people. Is this the beginning of the robots era, where human beings will soon become useless as the component that keeps our society evolving.

The future is sooner than you think

By Mark O’Neill Doctor Ray Kurzweil is no ordinary predictor of the future. He doesn’t just make up random predictions and cross his fingers, hoping they come true. He has actually made some predictions that have been mostly spot-on. For example, back in the 1980’s, he predicted the rapid growth of the internet in the […]

Dance of Magnetic Fields Exposed to Human Eyes

Unfortunately, magnetic fields are by their nature invisible, but scientists from NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratory have managed to put on film what these natural phenomenons would look like if we could see them with our own eyes. Please note that this is a simulation and has been created using sound-controlled CGI and 3D compositing. Enjoy!

Hat Creek Radio Observatory about to start

By Mark O’Neill In what is being touted as a “new switchboard for aliens“, the 42 telescope dishes at Hat Creek Radio Observatory will soon kick into action. When the full 350 telescope dish display is finished in a few years time – initially funded by $30 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – it […]