The Game Boy Camera (GBC) was first released on February 21, 1998 in Japan, and is compatible with all of the Game Boy platforms (including Super Game Boy, minus the Game Boy Micro). It has a 128×128 pixel CMOS sensor, and can store 128×112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. When connected to the Game Boy Printer, you would be able to print out photos onto thermal paper. There was also a limited edition The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time gold edition released, which contains different stamps from the standard versions and was available only in the US through a special mail order offer via Nintendo Power. Matt Gray recently decided to use red, green, and blue filters to attempt taking color photos with the camera. Read more for a video to see what happened next.
Even jewelry doesn’t shine this bright — only stars do. And almost every shimmering jewel in this glittering image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is a star, with some more red than our Sun, and a few that are more blue, but all of them are much farther away. It takes light approximately 8 minutes to reach Earth from the Sun, and NGC 1898 is so far away that it takes light about 160,000 years to get here. This massive globular star cluster, NGC 1898, resides in the central bar of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way Galaxy. Read more for another video and additional information.
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For those who haven’t heard about pareidolia, it’s a psychological phenomenon where the mind responds to an image or a sound by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. Those familiar patterns could take the form of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, water, or even hidden messages in recordings. In the image above we see what appears to be a dog-shaped cloud in a sitting position. Read more to see additional examples of pareidolia in everyday objects.
Earthrise refers to a photograph of Earth and a part of the Moon’s surface captured from lunar orbit by astronaut Bill Anders on December 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. It’s “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken,” claimed nature photographer Galen Rowell. To be more specific, it was photographed with a highly modified, electric-drive equipped Hasselblad 500 EL camera that had a simple sighting ring rather than the standard reflex viewfinder and was loaded with a 70 mm film magazine containing custom Kodak Ektachrome film. In 1969, the USPS issued a stamp (Scott# 1371) commemorating the Apollo 8 flight around the Moon featuring the Earthrise photograph, and the words, “In the beginning God…”, recalling the Apollo 8 Genesis reading. Read more for additional interesting images that you probably haven’t seen before.
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In Manchester, New Hampshire, four burglars smashed a glass door at the Hunt’s Photo and Video store just before 5 a.m. Thursday and grabbed about $50,000 worth of cameras and lenses before running out the front door, all in under a minute. “They busted through it and they just kind of shimmied through like a big doggy door. They threw in a whole bunch of bins, and they just immediately got to work. Smashed out all the glass in the cases, and one guy just jumps up on the case and starts shoveling it off into their bins from on high,” said store manager Harper Hodges. Read more to see just how quickly they made out.
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The European Space Agency has just released a new image that provides an incredible look at the ice-filled Korloev crater on Mars. This 50-mile wide crater in the northern lowlands of Mars has a mound of water ice about 1.8 km thick all year round, which forms a glacier comprising around 528 cubic miles of non-polar ice. It’s resistant to melting during the warmer summer because the plain of ice creates a “cold trap,” or the phenomenon that occurs when air travels above the crater, before cooling and then sinking over the ice like a shield. Read more for another video and additional information.
The Belle Époque (French for ‘Beautiful Era’) was a period of Western history dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914, characterized by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity, an apex of colonial empires, technological, scientific, and cultural innovations. In the climate of the period, especially in Paris, the arts flourished, with many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual arts that gained recognition. Film restoration specialist Guy Jones gives us a tour through Paris, France during the late 1890s, or the “Golden Age”. Read more for another video and additional information.
Matt Chasen, founder of uShip, has unveiled his new project, LIFT Aircraft’s Hexa, an electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that anyone will be able to rent and experience. It resembles a large drone with 18 sets of propellers, motors and batteries, with just one seat for the pilot. Since this weighs in at just 432 lbs, it qualifies as a Powered Ultralight by the FAA so no pilot’s license is required to fly. Electric multirotor aircraft fly using distributed electric propulsion (DEP), which allows an aircraft to be controlled simply by varying the speed of multiple electric motors, accomplished by flight control computers. Unlike traditional helicopters, Hexa can even fly with up to six of its eighteen motors out, has a ballistic parachute that autonomously deploys in the event of an emergency, complete with 5 floats to safely land on water, and can be controlled remotely by LIFT trained safety pilots in the event of an emergency. Read more for additional images from around the web.
Drone fans rejoice! Plague Fort, also known as Fort Alexander, is a naval fortress on an artificial island in the Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. Between 1899-1917, it housed a research laboratory on plague and other bacterial diseases. By the end of the 19th century, the fort was primarily used for ammunition storage, as the development of rifled artillery rendered the fort facilities ineffective for defensive purposes. During the 1890s, in wake of the discovery of the plague pathogen by Alexandre Yersin, the Russian government formed a special Commission on the Prevention of Plague Disease to facilitate research in this specific area of bacteriology. In August 1899, research work took off at Plague Fort, mainly focused on the study of plague disease and preparation of plague serum and vaccine from the immunized horses. Read more for another aerial drone video and additional information.
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National Geographic has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888, and it has always showcased the beauty of our planet. This year, the winners were selected from from nearly 10,000 entries in three categories – People, Places and Wildlife. The photo above was captured by Sarah Bethea of the Yosemite Firefall. “Each February, the sunset hits the right angle over Yosemite Valley to light up horsetail falls, resulting in a spectacular effect looking something like a lava-flow. we were fortunate enough to see this event two years ago during a clear break in an otherwise rainy day,” said Sarah. Did you know that the original Yosemite Firefall began as a summer event in 1872 and continued for almost a century? That’s right, burning hot embers were spilled from the top of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park to the valley 3,000 feet below, but ended in January 1968, when the National Park Service ordered it to stop because the overwhelming number of visitors that it attracted trampled the meadows. Read more to see ten more winners.