Boston Dynamics took the Internet by storm back in 2013 when they debuted a video of their four-legged monster, the “Wildcat.” Now they’re back at it, and this time they have a robot with artificial intelligence (A.I.) that can walk on two legs, pick up boxes, and master snowy terrain — well, in the same way a teenager has mastered the drunken stumble, at least.
55 years ago today, JFK established an organization to win the Cold War not just through weaponry, but relationships: the Peace Corps. Today, Barack Obama tweeted the Peace Corps, wishing it a…
Just after 8 p.m. EST tonight, the Soyuz spacecraft will undock from the International Space Station and, after an ISS record-setting 342 days in space, astronaut Scott Kelly will be heading home.
Three hours later, Kelly — along with Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov — is expected to touch down in Kazakhstan (watch live here). In the year since Kelly last felt earth beneath his feet, he’s contributed to a wealth of extraordinary research into the physiological and psychological effects of long-term spaceflight — and he’s posted a wealth of extraordinary Instagram photos.
Whether by satellite, plane, or even idly zooming around the planet via computer screen with Google Earth, it turns out there are still plenty of bizarre things to be discovered right here on our home planet. From immense holes appearing in the ground to bizarre blood-red waterfalls spewing forth from the snow, these strange aerial photos show 12 of the most bizarre things lurking on the surface of the Earth, while we explain how they came to be there:
To see the explanations behind many more strange and awe-inspiring phenomena, tune in to the season finale of WHAT ON EARTH? on Tuesday, March 1st at 9PM on Science Channel, as part of Super Tuesday on Science.
As the calamities of global warming grow more frequent and severe, some claim that technology is at odds with nature. The more our gadgets can do, these critics say, the less we value the natural world and the more we degrade its offerings. Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, however, uses technology to do the opposite: to raise awareness of the fragile splendor living and breathing all around us.
Burrard-Lucas regularly travels the world to document everything from annual wildebeest migrations in the Serengeti to Komodo dragons lurking about Indonesian forests. Lately, though, Africa has become “[his] primary focus.” In honor of World Wildlife Day, we selected a handful of our favorite photos Burrard-Lucas has taken and talked with him about his work: