The Cassini spacecraft has captured a stunningly detailed view of the "dark eye" of Saturn's vast south polar vortex, a feature so large that it could comfortably swallow planet Earth. The vista is a composite shot comprised of two separate images captured in July 2008 from a distance of roughly 392,000 km (243,578 miles) from the gas giant... Continue Reading Cassini glimpses the dark eye of Saturn's south polar storm
Paper is one of the most ubiquitous materials around, but it holds a lot of potential. In the past we've seen it used to create origami batteries and even diagnostic tools. Now, researchers have used it as the basis of what they call PaperID, a project that uses simple RFID tags to add smart functionality... Continue Reading Tagging paper to make it "smart"
A swimmer's snorkel can dramatically change the way you bang out laps in the pool. Unlike a regular snorkel, these devices typically have a single tube that extends from a special mask up the center of your head so that you can swim without the need to turn your head from side to side to breathe. Ameo announced that it was fundamentally changing the design of the swimmer's snorkel in 2012 with its Powerbreather model. The company has finally released it and we had a chance to try it out... Continue Reading Review: A snorkel that makes you feel like Aquaman
According to a team of astronomers making use of data from two powerful orbital telescopes, a dwarf planet known as 2007 OR10 orbiting in the far reaches of our solar system is significantly larger than previously believed. The results of the study makes the little-known planetoid the third largest dwarf planet behind Pluto and Eris... Continue Reading Dwarf planet lurking beyond Neptune's orbit is far larger than expected