The Visual Artists Who Shaped The Work Of J.G. Ballard

Everybody acknowledges the huge influence that writer J.G. Ballard continues to have on science fiction and our visions of the future — but we don't pay enough attention to one of Ballard's own main influences. Over in The Arts Desk, there's a great look at the visual artists who influenced Ballard. » 12/01/14 10:42am 12/01/14 10:42am

Police composite software makes realistic portraits of literary…

We all use the physical descriptions of literary characters to form an image of how that character might look, but what if you translated these portraits using police software? In his portrait series The Composites, Brian Joseph Davis uses law enforcement composite software to see determine how these characters… » 3/18/12 1:00pm 3/18/12 1:00pm

A Russian cargo shipment to the International Space Station has crashed

An uncrewed Russian cargo shipment to the International Space Station crashed into Siberia just minutes after blastoff this morning. The Russian space agency is reporting that the Progress M-12M cargo ship (pictured above) failed to detach from its launch vehicle at the correct stage of the launch, and was… » 8/24/11 12:30pm 8/24/11 12:30pm

Watch Out for Spy Satellite Debris Raining from the Sky

A bus-sized spy satellite, made by and for the U.S., has lost power and will crash down on Earth as early as February. Apparently, nobody knows if the satellite has been dead for a year or just a few days. (Great going, intelligence geeks.) The best part? According to AP, the only comment the National Security Council… » 1/28/08 11:40am 1/28/08 11:40am