We currently think that the universe is some 13.7 billion years old. With that in mind, the zoomed-in cutaway above is pointing to a very, very distant galaxy, which we've observed 420 million years after the big bang. That means the light we're seeing from it spent 13.3 billion years traveling through the cosmos. Whoa.
The U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program started back in the '60s, and the dolphins and sea lions in it help defend harbors, retrieve sunken equipment and, most dangerously, identify mines for deactivation. By 2017, the Navy wants robots to do all that, instead.
Well, here's a difficult-looking trick we rarely see done with Lego: making an elaborate structure of blocks blossom up from a flat board like a pop-up book.
Today's umbrella provides some welcome portable storage and collapses down into a tube, and despite designs to the contrary, we've used the same shade-on-a-stick approach for centuries. Is there a better way? For designers Lin Min-Wei and Liu Li-Hsiang, a shield replaces the familiar dome, and it all breaks down into a disc instead of a cylinder.
Erin Kennedy, better known by her robot-building alter ego "RobotGrrl," is on a mission to not only get kids and novices excited about robotics, but give them a place to start, too. Kennedy is kicking off a humble crowd-funding campaign to help her project get off the ground, and it's not hard to see why she's already well on her way.
I grew up playing Zelda. A Link to the Past doubled as my favorite storybook, and I spent my time away from the game dreaming about what it'd be like to adventure like Link — or "Kevin," as the game lets you pick your own name. The character was mine, and now a father is going to great lengths to ensure his daughter can have that same experience.
It's a radical idea, but what would the United States look like without its current system dominated by Democrats and Republicans? To some, it may sound like an unthinkable change. To others, it's inevitable that the landscape will be altered. Sergey Brin sides with the latter, as he's calling for U.S. politicians to shed their red or blue trappings.
The first reviews of Microsoft's Surface are trickling in, and the verdict so far is that the tablet is a promising platform off to a decent start with room to grow, but reading the reviews, there's one person who the Surface may speak directly to that other tablets really don't: writers.
Today's observations suggest that our Milky Way contains hundreds of billions of stars — estimates go as high as 400 billion. If that doesn't make you feel small, then how about this: you can start counting plenty of those in this jaw-dropping 9-billion-pixel image that contains over 84 millions stars.
If artist Mads Peitersen ran the world, I wouldn't be telling you about the iPad Mini, but instead the new bioPhone 5, with a dual-valve processor and twice the intestinal track length of previous generations. Also, Apple now covers cracked bioPhone ribs under Apple Care. It's a bold new world!