This is what the air looks like when a balloon pops

What happens when you blow up a balloon, fill it with corn starch, and photograph it when it pops? Apparently, you make a powderflower. And it looks amazing. » 10/18/13 12:40pm 10/18/13 12:40pm

Watch a model Enterprise fly into the stratosphere

There are few sights in science fiction as iconic as the various starship Enterprises cruising through the stars. Steve Schnier decided to create his own high-flying video of the Enterprise by launching a model into the stratosphere. » 5/18/13 11:00am 5/18/13 11:00am

The craziest experimental weapons of the 19th century

With weird western Cowboys & Aliens coming out next week, we couldn't help but wonder: were there any real 19th century weapons that could compare to Daniel Craig's alien energy weapon? As always, never underestimate the awesome craziness of the 19th century. » 7/20/11 9:00am 7/20/11 9:00am

Balloons over Antarctica aim to solve space radiation mystery

Earth is surrounded by two huge regions of charged particles like protons and electrons, and these areas are known as the Van Allen radiation belts. These belts can mysteriously change their intensity, posing a threat to astronauts and sensitive electronics. » 3/20/11 2:15pm 3/20/11 2:15pm

Edgar Allan Poe's Own Balloon Hoax May Have Inspired Jules Verne

Many were shocked when it was revealed that Falcon Heene's fictitious balloon ride was nothing more than a fame-grabbing hoax, but this is hardly the first time that a fake tale of a high-flying balloon captured people's imaginations. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a detailed piece about famed balloonist Monck Mason's… » 10/20/09 4:27pm 10/20/09 4:27pm