Life In Everyday Space Will Stun You

July 23, 2014

We think of astronauts as leading very dangerous and exciting lives when they are out there in space, pushing the boundaries of human exploration ever forward. And, of course, all of that is true, but life in space (specifically, aboard the International Space Station) also offers a lot of downtime. When they are not working, astronauts still need to live their lives, which are actually a lot closer to ours than you might think. Most of the everyday things you and I do at home, they also do them aboard the ISS. However, the lack of gravity surely adds a layer of difficulty to even the simplest of tasks.

Everyday Space ISS

At $150 billion, the ISS is the most expensive thing we’ve ever built. Source: AMS02

Let’s say you’re an astronaut and you just woke up. You would probably want to go through your morning routine, which might include trivial stuff such as brushing your teeth or washing your hair. Here’s where lack of access to running water makes things a bit tricky. Since you are living in a place with billions of dollars worth of electronics, water floating around is probably not a good idea. Therefore, you don’t get the benefits of a running tap or shower.

Astronaut brushing his teeth

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Barcelona As You’ve Never Seen It Before

July 19, 2014

The place? Barcelona. The medium? Film. The method? Flow motion — or an incredibly fast-moving short film. Hop from the opera to the Sagrada Familia to the Gothic quarters in seconds. As exhilarating as it is technically immaculate, this video cannot disappoint.

“Stairway To Heaven”, As Created By Floppy Disks And Hard Drives

July 17, 2014

Way more electro–and arguably less annoying–than Deadmau5, these floppy disk and hard drives recreate the quintessential Led Zeppelin song, “Stairway to Heaven”.

Recreating The Sound Of Rain With Four Individual Raindrops

July 15, 2014

Start with four raindrops falling on a few different surfaces. Multiply that sound sequence by itself, and then that product by itself a couple more times. In under a minute you have the sound of a mid-afternoon shower right at your fingertips. Sound artist Yugo Nakamura does just that in his inspired short, “Amaoto no Yurai”, or “The Origin of the Sound of Rain”.

Grill Not Working? Have A BBQ Anyway With An Aluminum Can

July 13, 2014

Grant Thompson calls it a Bitty-Q: an aluminum can “grill” that can cook brats just as well as your own gas grill. If you’ve got the patience, you too can have an individual-size grill when in a pinch (or want to impress some of your friends).

Sin City At Night

July 11, 2014

These guys spent five days at Las Vegas’ famous, hedonistic strip so neither your liver nor your wallet has to. Fast, bright and loud, the time-lapse was shot with an eMotimo TB3 and is in–wait for it–4K resolution.