Space Photos of the Week: Florence, From Way Way Up Above

Florence, due to be the largest and most powerful hurricane to hit the Southeastern US in history, is seen here from the International Space Station. Yes, this storm is big, but to give you an idea of just how large, consider: The ISS orbits 254 miles above Earth, and astronauts …

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BMW’s Vision iNEXT SUV Concept Sets a New, Electric Course

Changing notions of what customers want from cars have pushed automakers to do plenty of weird things. They’ve unmoored the driver’s seat from the left side of the car, revived the rotary engine, and turned windshields into screens. BMW, though, is most likely the first to put down carpeting in …

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How to Easily Locate the Accelerometer in an iPhone

Everyone should probably know that I’m obsessed with both physics and smart phones. If I can use my phone for a physics experiment, I’m good to go. That’s exactly what I am going to do right now—use some physics to find the location of the accelerometer in the iPhone 7. …

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Get a grip on the natural world with this beautiful manual for the planet

Without functioning ecosystems, “everybody’s poop would be everywhere,” says Rachel Ignotofsky, the author and artist behind the new book The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth. “The world doesn’t work if stuff doesn’t decompose,” she says. It’s one of the many benefits humans get from our environment that Ignotofsky’s art-covered pages …

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