Category: Sci/Tech

Happy 15th Birthday Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Chandra, one of NASA’s current “Great Observatories,” along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is…

Want Kids to Eat More Fruits and Veggies? Make Recess Before Lunch

Photograph by another sergio on Flickr A new study has shown a simple, no-cost trick to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption by as much as 54%—switching recess to before lunch in elementary schools. Photograph by USDA on Flickr Joseph Price, an economics professor at Brigham Young University, collaborated with Corenell’s David Just for the recently…

This Guy Built a Millennium Falcon Quadcopter and It’s Awesome

Quadcopter enthusiast Olivier_C transformed his RC helicopter into the iconic Millennium Falcon from Star Wars using polystyrene and LED lights. The builder posted the step-by-step process on reddit and Imgur. Aside from the cost of the actual drone and radio, which he estimates at 1000€, the remaining materials were incredibly cheap: 10€ for the 2…

40 Before and After Shots That Demonstrate the Power of Visual Effects

When people say, “we’ll fix it in post”, they’re referring to visual effects. While many people may use special effects (SFX) and visual effects (VFX) interchangeably, there is a difference. It’s easiest to think of SFX as effects that happen ‘in-camera’ while the VFX magic happens in post-production, after the shoot. Below you will find…