A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* » 2/26/15 1:53pm Thursday 1:53pm

Amazing video shows how dust moves from the Sahara Desert to Brazil

Here's an awesome 3D visualization from NASA that shows how the Sahara Desert helps fertilize the Amazon rainforest even though they're on two different continents that are separated by an entire ocean. The Saharan dust is carried over by wind and the phosphorous in the dust is essential to the Amazon. » 2/26/15 12:05am Thursday 12:05am

Simple animation explains that yes, you should vaccinate your kids

There's a lot of hubbub and crap being spewed about not vaccinating your kids and letting measles creep back into our lives. The animation explaining shop Kurz Gesagt doesn't want to deal with the arguments of pseudo-science, they just want to explain what measles does inside your body. And why it's helpful for… » 2/24/15 7:26pm 2/24/15 7:26pm

How Wes Anderson uses red and yellow to paint his movies

When I think of the colors red and yellow together, I think of Big Macs and french fries and chicken nuggets. Yep, I think of McDonald's. But maybe I should think of Wes Anderson movies now. As you can see in this lovely supercut by Rishi Kaneria that shows Anderson's use of color, red and yellow a lot in his films. » 2/24/15 12:19am 2/24/15 12:19am

China used more concrete in 3 years than the US in 100 years

Bill Gates has an incredible statistic: According the USGS' cement statistics, China has used more concrete from 2011 to 2013 (6.6 gigatons) than the United States in the entire 20th century (4.5 gigatons). It blows my mind but, then again, as Gates point out, look at Shanghai's evolution in just 20 years... » 2/22/15 1:15pm 2/22/15 1:15pm

How one of the most complicated watches in the world is made

I don't wear a watch and I hate time and yet I'm still so very impressed with the movement of this watch by FP Journe. It's stunning and it is the most complicated watch that FP Journe makes because it's a grande sonniere watch. Which means, it's a complication that is able to audibly chime out the time. » 2/20/15 9:17pm 2/20/15 9:17pm

The crappy photos of NASA's golden era you never get to see

We are used to see the epic, awe-inspiring, perfect photos from the golden age of NASA, during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Those are not the photos that you will find in Drewatts Bloomsbury's auction. These are all pretty shitty—poorly exposed, badly framed, out of focus, or just plain boring. » 2/20/15 10:19am 2/20/15 10:19am

Fun infographic shows which Marvel superhero had sex with who

Here's a fact about living on Earth: it's hard to keep track of who boned who. Even comic book superheroes have a hard time remembering who they've had relations with and who they kissed and who they briefly dated. This infographic breaks it down for us, showing which superhero has been around where in the Marvel… » 2/20/15 12:19am 2/20/15 12:19am

The only fun fact about Apollo 13's dramatic failure is this invoice

I didn't know about this fun factoid: On April, 1970, the Grumman Aerospace Corporation—manufacturers of the Lunar Module—sent a $312,421.24 bill to North American Rockwell—who made the service module that malfunctioned in the Apollo 13 mission—for towing services. Why, you ask? Here's the story. » 2/16/15 3:10pm 2/16/15 3:10pm

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot photograph

25 years ago today, Voyager I turned around to take a photo of Earth on its way out of the Solar System. You are looking at it. Our planet—6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) away from the spacecraft—is that tiny pale blue dot, "a mote of dustsuspended in a sunbeam." It is one of the most important photos ever. » 2/14/15 10:41pm 2/14/15 10:41pm

Watch different layers of clouds move in completely different directions

This is cool. A time lapse, aptly named Highway in the Sky by the guy who filmed it, shows how different layers of clouds in the same sky can actually move in completely different directions. It's like seeing clouds respect different flows of traffic. It's like seeing multiple skies in one. It's like staring at a… » 2/13/15 9:06pm 2/13/15 9:06pm

Fascinating video shows how a live orchestra scores an entire film

This is interesting not only because you get to see the juxtaposition of the orchestra and scenes from The Great Human Odyssey or because you learn how 70 musicians score an entire film in 3 days without any preparation or how the filmmakers painstakingly do their job, but also because it's just cool to see people… » 2/12/15 9:50pm 2/12/15 9:50pm