NASA and Google launch Curiosity Rover virtual reality site

Six years ago, NASA’s Curiosity Rover traveled a staggering 352 million miles to determine whether Mars is, or ever was, suitable for life. Google and NASA have teamed up to turn some of that data and those images into an online virtual reality experience. This is how the team explains…


Alibaba hit $25 billion in sales in 24 hours

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba hosted its annual Singles Day this week, similar to Black Friday or Amazon Prime Day, and recorded an astonishing $25 billion in sales within 24 hours. The sales numbers exceeded analyst expectations, which were sky-high to begin with, and well above last year’s record of $17.8…



Isaac Newton stuck a needle into his eye socket for science

Isaac Newton once stuck a bodkin, a long sewing needle, into his eye socket and pressed around, determined to learn about optics, the nature of light and the physiological processes that shape our reality. How do we know about the event? From his own detailed notes and illustrations. This is,…



Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? It was a massive success.

Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? It wasn’t just another slacktivism campaign. More than $115 million were raised for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The funds helped researchers discover an unknown gene linked to the disease. How did the ALS Association distribute the funds? $77 million (67%) went to research….


Chinese farmers created rice that can grow in seawater

After four decades of cross-breeding and trait selection, Chinese farmers have created rice that possesses the ability to grow in seawater and can be harvested on a commercial scale. Agricultural scientists estimate that the new species (plural) will boost the country’s rice production by up to 20% and turn over…


Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive

Marie Curie won her first Nobel Prize in 1903, for her work in nuclear physics. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and remains the only woman to win twice. Curie carried bottles of polonium and radium on her person for years. Radium’s most stable isotope has…


World’s first floating wind farm opens in Scotland

The world’s first floating wind farm just opened 15 miles (25km) off the coast of Scotland. It consists of five turbines, each over 830 feet (253m) tall. Nearly 256 feet (80m) of each turbine is submerged and tethered to the ocean floor with suction anchors. The farm will reportedly produce…