What is the massive green oceanic glow that surrounds Bangkok at night?

This stunning picture of the city of Bangkok, Thailand at nighttime was taken from the ISS by astronaut Reid Wiseman. Well, the concentrated bright white light was the city at least. The emerald green surrounding it? The astronaut had no idea. Was it nuclear waste? Glow in the dark algae? Alien sea monsters? » 8/21/14 12:14am Yesterday 12:14am

I wish these magically animated drawing journals existed in real life

Spanish illustrator Luis Pastor draws one vignette per day in his pocket-sized Moleskin journal. He put together a video that shows his tiny illustrations so far in 2014, making subtle animations using different digital tools. I wish there was a way to magically do this to my sketches in real life. » 8/19/14 11:46am Tuesday 11:46am

The present and future of the US Navy's aircraft force in one GIF

For the first time, the US Navy is showing how its manned and unmanned jets can seamlessly work together aboard its aircraft carriers. This video filmed on the supercarrier USS Theodore Roosevelt shows a manned F-18 and an unmanned X-47B taking off one right after the other, like any other jets would do. » 8/18/14 5:45am Monday 5:45am

Leonardo Da Vinci would be proud of these cardboard flying machines

These flying machines created by Daniel Agdag make me think of those designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century. The difference is that Leonardo based his designs in precise calculations while Daniel builds his spectacular cardboard sculptures guided only by his intuition, with no previous sketching. » 8/11/14 5:17am 8/11/14 5:17am

Fermenting beer time lapse shows one beautiful breathing sludge monster

Watching the fermentation process of beer is a lot like seeing a brown sludge monster grow in strength. It's not pretty. But then you remember how delicious beer tastes and how wonderful it makes you feel and you forgive it for looking so unsightly. Or at least I did. I think this time lapse is beautiful. » 8/07/14 10:59pm 8/07/14 10:59pm

The Palestine conflict history explained in one absurd animation

This animated short by Nina Paley—in the tradition of the best Monty Python music skits—might not be an orthodox history lesson, but it's an accurate depiction of the horrible 6,000-year bloodshed in the region of Palestine, with dozens of tribes and nations fighting each other to claim ownership of that land. » 8/07/14 9:13am 8/07/14 9:13am