Wired has published a fascinating article discussing the size of the Universe - all 93 billion light years of it.
Amazing video showing both the wildlife underneath the Antarctic ice but also the extremely cool observation tube that scientists stationed there can use to observe divers at work. [via]
Earth as seen from ISS expeditions 28 and 29 in 2011.
A well made interactive guide to the scale of object in our universe.
An amazing photograph showing the ISS passing in front of the sun during the solar eclipse. The photograph was taken by Thierry Legault and the ISS only passed in front of the sun for 0.86s.
Finally, an informative article from the Daily Mail. It's a detailed piece about the undersea cables that stretch between the UK and US.
Scientists have simulated the sounds set to be made by sub-atomic particles such as the Higgs boson when they are produced at the Large Hadron Collider.
The sounds have been modelled on data from the giant Atlas experiment at the LHC and you can listen to them here.
The roadway across the Golden Gate Bridge rises and falls as much as 16 feet depending on the temperature.
A stunning shot of Atlantis shortly after launch on May 14th, 2010. The photo was taken from one of two F-15E Strike Eagles patrolling the area. [via]
Time lapse footage of a Space Shuttle preparation and launch.
This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)
More informaiton and a larger version.
A dramatic photo of Earth taken from the Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-125) on May 22nd, 2009. View a larger version here.
Measuring just 8.8-micrometers long, this 1-billionth scale model of the USS Enterprise "was made with a 30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas by Takayuki Hoshino and Shinji Matsui of the Himeji Institute of Technology." [via]
It may be aimed at children, but I found this periodic table very useful.
A NASA satellite photo showing a snowy Britain. It's not very often the entire country gets covered at the same time./p>
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.
Really well made multiple POV film footage of Nov 16th Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch
A cool animation showing how DNA replicates.
A selection of stunning photos taken with the newly installed camera in the Hubble Telescope.
A stunning photograph of a volcano erupting on Krakatoa taken from a neighbouring island. Read more.
NASA has released some photos of a volcano erupting in Japan. The images were captured by the crew of the International Space Station 220 miles above a remote Russian island in the North Pacific.
26 photos of Earth from space featuring disasters, natural wonders, cities and landscapes
Great photos as usual from The Big Picture.
150 stunning photos taken by the Hubble telescope. It's a pity they are low quality.
According to scienticians, this faint dot is the farthest thing we've ever seen. The light from the star started it's journey 630 million years after the Big Bang! I would try and explain how the scientists worked it out but it's way too complicated to understand. If you're feeling clever, you can read more at Sky and Telescope.
24 stunning photos taken by Cassini courtesy of The Big Picture.
VBS.TV has a three part documentary about the Body Farm field laboratory in Knoxville, TN.
A body farm is a research facility where human decomposition after death can be scientifically studied in a variety of settings. The body farm in Knoxville has been in operation since 1981 and over 700 bodies have entered the facility (Wikipedia entry).
The creator of the body farm, William Bass, wrote a book back in 2004 which I've read and is very interesting (if you're into that kind of thing).
Scientists have conducted a study about how gut instinct works and it appears that it isn't purely based on guesswork but when making a decision we access memories that we aren't even aware we have.
One of the test conducted during the study was related to recognising images. The test found that people were more accurate in selecting an image when they had been distracted than when they had paid full attention. They also were more accurate when they claimed to be guessing than when they registered some familiarity for the image.
I never get tired of viewing images like these.