Could a relationship between an astromech droid and an anthropomorphised articulated desk lamp ever really work? Debatable. But it’s worth a shot, because if it did, their offspring would be this fantastic lamp.
What could be more majestic than seeing a flash of lightning on Earth reflecting on the solar panels of the International Space Station, soaring at 17,150 miles per hour 250 miles above us? How about all of that, with the expanse of the Milky Way twinkling in the background. Thank you, NASA flight engineer Kjell Lindgren! [@astro_kjell via European Space Agency]
NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, records what’s happening on the surface of the Earth every day or two. This week that meant spying on a thick layer of smoke produced by a California wildfire. Read More >>
A magnetic power connector didn’t seem that revolutionary when first revealed, but over the years the Apple MacBook’s MagSafe connector has proven itself to be an invaluable feature. And as the Znaps magnetic adapter shows, it would be just as useful for your mobile devices too. Read more >>
Tesla coils are super cool. But while most of us will only encounter the archaic contraptions in museums, if you’ve got some pluck, you can use a portable version to generate your own lightning storms at home. Read More >>
During a thunderstorm, it’s normally the lightning bolts that take over Instagram. But, if you’re a heliophysicist armed with rockets, your own lightning bolt, and some heavy science, it is entirely possible take images of thunder – like this one here. See more >>