CLOSE
Original image
Youtube.com/Kaneinf

Weekend Links: Comet Pan-STARRS Lights the Night

Original image
Youtube.com/Kaneinf

These time-lapse videos of the comet Pan-STARRS allow us terrestrial beings too busy to observe the night sky a chance to relive and appreciate one of the first great astronomical wonders of 2013. You’ll still have an opportunity to catch it in person: the comet will continue to shine on, though dimming gradually in brightness, through the end of March.

*

National Geographic is celebrating their 125th anniversary by releasing a series of images from their archives in a curated collection called FOUND, “showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past.”

*

Cats through the ages: a new collection called Puss in Books proves that our love of cat pictures predated the internet, with images of the furry little balls of cute appearing on Egyptian tomb walls and the pages of medieval religious texts.

*

YouTube science vlogger Vsauce explores the burning question of “What’s the most dangerous place on Earth?” At 2:39, you can find out what would happen if you fell into a volcano full of molten lava, and why it’s even more terrifying than you would expect.

*

A Reddit post asking users to submit “the happiest facts you know” resulted in this uplifting list of information about exactly the subjects you’d expect: love, laughter, and baby animals.

*

Jay-Z has officially been named the executive producer of, and original music contributor to, the soundtrack for Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

*

This infographic provides a brief history of video game driving, from Gran Tak, the first car-based racing game released in 1974 to the upcoming fifth installment of the ever-popular and morally controversial Grand Theft Auto series. Drive safe.

*

Breaking science news: CERN says it was the Higgs boson!

Original image
Henry Guttmann/Getty Images
The Real Gold Rush Wealth
Original image
Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

*

Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

*

An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

*

NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

*

The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

*

Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

*

Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

*

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

Original image
iStock
The Last Solar Eclipse
Original image
iStock

The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

*

Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

*

Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

*

This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

*

18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

*

The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

*

Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

*

6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios