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Man Who Released 1.5M Balloons Explains How He Did It

Our most popular story this week revolves around one day in Cleveland, way back 1986 -- the day Tom Holowach, the man behind Balloonfest '86, released 1.5 million balloons into the sky. Given you all had so many questions for him (such as how he could live with the environmental waste), he popped by to say the following: Read More >>

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Look What Happened When 1.5 Million Balloons Were Released at Once

Balloons! They're fun, delightfully whimsical environmental disasters. But in 1986, a mass balloon release in Cleveland went really, really wrong, when 1.5 million helium-filled floaters were let loose into the sky, got caught in a storm, drifted down to earth, and caused a hell of a lot of problems. Read More >>

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What is This?

No, this is not a deleted scene, or an abandoned set from a science fiction movie. But you're not far off. Read More >>

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This Stellar Sperm is Swimming Through Space

This bright blue sperm, in fact a swirling mass of dust and gas, doesn't need an egg to impregnate: it's producing baby stars all by itself. Read More >>

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Iconic Album Covers Merged With Their Real Locations in Google Maps

The Guardian has a nice collection of album covers embedded in Google Streetview images. I'm surprised they didn't make Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, but Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Beastie Boys will do it for me. Read More >>

This is the Largest Known Galaxy Cluster in the Distant Universe

You're looking at ACT-CL J0102-4915. To it's stargazing buddies, though, it's better known as El Gordo—literally, "the fat one"—because it's the largest known galaxy cluster in the distant universe. Read More >>

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Nine Ingenious Urban Hacks to Make New York City Smarter

We Brits think that we're resourceful, but New York's finest urban hackers have put us to shame. Did you know a bike rack can become a fold-down seat? Or that you can charge your phone at sign posts? Or that a barricade is easily re-purposed as a bench? These are just some of the small but imaginative hacks that make the concrete jungle a slightly more delightful and welcoming place. Read More >>

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Inside the Colourful Chaos of America's Ageing Textile Mills

America's industrial revolution was woven on looms and spun on spools, but it's been decades since the textile industry began declining. Chis Payne, an architect-turned-photographer, began shooting US textile factories in 2010. He's kept it up, too, amassing a visual diary of a changing industry. Read More >>

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The First Detailed Map of a Mammal's Neural Network

If this looks like an incredibly complex wiring diagram to you, it's because it is essentially that: you're looking at the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas, the first detailed map of any mammal's neural network. Read More >>

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Even the Packing for a Space Mission Looks Cool

The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle Georges Lemaître will soon deliver over 2,600 kg of dry cargo to the International Space Station—and even packing it looks fun. Read More >>

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8 Hours of Airplanes Departing From Los Angeles in One Photo

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a period of eight hours last Sunday. Read More >>

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A Stunning Picture of the Very Large Telescope (Oh, and the Milky Way)

This stunning fisheye photograph shows the towering wonder of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope—plus, you know, some galaxy called the Milky Way in the background, too. Read More >>

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Norwegian Street Artists Order Use of Silly Walks to Cross Road

This road sign can be found in the Norwegian town of Ørje, where artists have been allowed to install a pair of joke road signs either side of a pedestrian crossing by the local council. When we do it it's vandalism, but when Norwegians do it it's art? Not fair. Read More >>

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Playing Star Wars at Home in Mexico City

Darth Maul has probably made you a coffee—at least if you've been to Mexico City. This is one conclusion you can draw from photographer Marcel Rius's Fanatic Wars. He's spent years documenting Star Wars cosplayers and collectors in Mexico, visiting their homes and putting together a visual answer to the question: how do you live with Star Wars? Read More >>

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Beautiful Fields of Crops as You've Never Seen Them Before

If this image looks oddly familiar, it's because its a series of crop fields seen from the air—just as a wonderful, colourful radar composite image. Read More >>

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The Largest Earthquake in US History Happened 50 Years Ago Today

At 5:42 a.m. on March 27, 1964, a 9.2-magnitude earthquake erupted 78 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. The earthquake remains the most powerful earthquake to strike North America, and the second-largest earthquake ever measured. Read More >>


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