We know that a tranquilizer gun is basically a non-lethal air gun often used for incapacitating targets with darts that sport a hypodermic needle tip boasting a solution that is either sedative, comatosing or paralytic. Once injected, it temporarily impairs the target’s physical function to a level that allows it to be approached and handled in an unresisting and thus safe manner. Read more to see how these darts work in super slow motion.
What is the Pale Blue Dot? It’s a famous photograph of Earth captured on Feb. 14, 1990, by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft as it was speeding out of the solar system — beyond Neptune and about 3.7 billion miles from the Sun. At that point, mission managers commanded it to look back toward home for a final time and it photographed a series of 60 images that were used to create the first “family portrait” of our solar system. Read more for a video and additional information.
FPV drone racing (first-person view) is nothing new, but what happens when one of these pilots uses their skills to capture breathtaking landscapes, like a waterfall? That’s exactly what Andre Larson from Norway did. Typically, an FPV setup consists camera(s) and wearing a head-mounted display to show the live stream feed from the drones. Read more for the amazing video.
Photo credit: NASA/JPL/UArizona
NASA’s HiRISE camera has photographed an active dust devil on Mars. This phenomenon occurs when rotating columns of dust form around low-pressure air pockets, and are common on both Earth as well as Mars. This particular Martian dust devil formed on the dust-covered, volcanic plains of Amazonis Planitia, and its core is roughly 50 meters across. The dark streak you see on the ground behind is its shadow, suggesting the plume of rotating dust rises about 650 meters into the atmosphere. Read more to see what the Curiosity rover saw.
Nissan made the 2020 GT-R NISMO to be the pinnacle of the iconic nameplate, complete with an upgraded engine, enhanced aerodynamics, and using lots of weight-saving materials. There was just one problem…how does one film it from the ground level? Introducing Mauro Calo, a professional precision driver and automotive video expert known for his work on big-budget blockbuster movies. He modified another Nissan GT-R for the job. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
If you’re not a film buff, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat is touted as one of the most famous films in cinema history, shot by French filmmakers Auguste and Louis Lumière. When it debuted in 1896, the film was ahead of its time, but compared to the technology available today, the footage appears grainy and extremely dated. Denis Shiryaev decided to use modern machine-learning techniques, or in other words, AI-powered neural networsk to upscale it to 4K resolution. Read more to see both the upscaled and original versions.
Photo credit: NSO/AURA/NSF via Peta Pixel
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, installed on top of a volcano in Hawaii at around 10,000-feet above sea level, show the surface of the sun in the closest detail yet, revealing features as small as 18-miles across across. This telescope features the world’s largest solar (13 feet) mirror, and could enable a greater understanding of the sun and its impact on our planet. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Jessica Meir
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is one of the six people who call the International Space Station (ISS) home and she was joined this month by fellow astronaut Christina Koch for a critical upgrade of the space station’s batteries. These missions were carried out across three spacewalks and streamed live online firsthand by the astronauts. The first selfie above shows Dr. Meir’s face up-close, inside of her spacesuit’s domed helmet.Read more to see the full space suit shot.
China’s lunar robots Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 captured these amazing images from the far side of the moon, where they woke up for their 14th day on Jan. 18 and 19 respectively. This batch of images were captured by Chang’e-4 lander’s terrain camera and the panoramic camera on the Yutu-2 rover. The former just celebrated its first anniversary of landing in the Von Kármán Crater, within the gigantic South Pole-Aitken basin. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Enhanced image by Gerald Eichstädt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has captured an amazing photo of Jupiter’s dynamic surface, or to be more specific, a multitude of swirling clouds in the planet’s dynamic North North Temperate Belt with several bright-white “pop-up” clouds as well as an anticyclonic storm, known as a white oval. Two citizen scientists composited the photograph using data from the spacecraft’s JunoCam imager, and an anticyclonic storm, known as a white oval, can also be seen in the image. Read more for more stunning scenes from JunoCam and additional information.