Anyone who’s traveled to popular touristic sites knows the feeling of being caught in the crossfire of countless camera lenses—the annoyed (and annoying) jockeying to capture the perfect shot…which in most cases looks exactly like everyone else’s. When we stumbled across Richard Silver’s photographs of iconic monuments, we were shocked—caught in the same tourist hustle, Silver manages to give us a new perspective on famous landmarks we didn’t think possible. Read more!
How to take the “monumental” out of the worlds monuments. Super cool.
Frédéric Moynier and his team at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered evidence that the Moon was created when a planetary body the size of Mars smashed into the Earth about 4.5 billion years ago.
Moon rocks have been shown to have a tiny excess of a heavier variant of the element zinc. In the Moon’s early formation its surface was hot enough to vaporise zinc. This enrichment likely occurred as heavier zinc atoms condense out of vaporised rock faster than lighter zinc atoms . The remaining vapour escapes before it condenses. This kind of sorting by mass is known as isotopic fractionation and has been looked for in Moon rocks since the 1970’s. Moon rocks are chemically similar to Earth rocks, except for a significantly lower amount of volatiles.
A team led by Princeton‘s Associate Professor of Physics Jason Petta has developed a new method that could eventually allow engineers to build a working quantum computer consisting of millions of quantum bits (qubits).
You’ve finally made it, after a breathless climb up the winding marble staircase, to the upper terrace of the Duomo di Milano — the famed Cathedral of Milan, Italy, and the fourth largest in the world. You flip through your guide book. A towering forest of ornate spires, the same ones that enchanted the literary likes of Mark Twain and Henry James? Check. The hundred gruesome gargoyles, staring down from their marble perches? Check. There is the precious white marble, quarried from Cadoglia, and a view of the Italian Swiss Alps in the distance (amid the smog). And yet, if you happened to be one of thousands of tourists who visited the Duomo two months ago, there was also something out of place — a bit of modernity sticking out among the 14th-century Gothic masterpiece.
There, slinking across the cathedral’s steps and roof, were dozens of bright blue plastic snails.