Here’s What the South Pole of Mars Looks Like

South Pole of Mars is a region of permanently frozen ice, that happens to get additional layers of frozen carbon dioxide (dry ice) every winter. As the summer progresses, much of the dry ice goes away, but the water stays. Bill Dunford rendered this image of the Martian South Pole using various images captured by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Orbiter.

Via io9

Space Shuttle Concept Art From the 1960s and ’70s

Back in the ’60s and ’70s, space exploration was kicking all kinds of ass. In those decades, humans would set foot on the moon within just 65 years of humans learning to fly airplanes. Of course, the space industry and the world at large was abuzz with action. The drawing table saw a lot of work as space shuttles were required, and these renderings show what developed into the space shuttles we know today.

You Wouldn’t Have Any Love for the Scientifically Accurate ‘Finding Nemo’

Now that Pixar is hard at work on Finding Dory, it is only natural that we revisit the earlier awesome movie, Finding Nemo. The Pixar animation team working on Finding Nemo had to take a graduate class in fish biology so that the movements and natural habitats of the fish depicted were very close to real. Pixar also developed software specially for the movie, which made the jellyfish scene as close to reality as possible. Apparently, had Pixar been that interested in keeping the movie close to real, it would have had an entirely different story line.

Curiosity Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Itself, on Mars [video]

NASA’s Curiosity Rover completed a year on Mars this August 5. Martians being an unfriendly bunch didn’t quite show up for the party, and poor Curiosity was left alone on his birthday, working all day like the hardworking rover it is. NASA decided to play a little Happy Birthday tune for Curiosity, making use of the rover’s SAM (Soil Analysis at Mars).

NASA Shows Images of Earth From the Viewpoint of Saturn and Mercury

Humans have often looked into the sky and seen Saturn, but never have we known what our Earth would look from the vantage point of that planet. Well, now we do. As usual, it’s the pale blue dot in the sky. Saturn is 900 million miles from Earth, and the Cassini spacecraft has been hanging out with the beautiful ringed planet for a while now.

Disney Cooks Up Interactive Tactile Experiences in Air

Disney Research has found a way to make thin air tactile. Called Aireal, the device is a low cost, scalable haptic technology that can work in a number of ways. It can be used to create a sensation of touching virtual objects, textures and gain feedback on full body gestures. It is perhaps significant that these do not require the user to wear a full body suit, but rather work independently.

Phone Battery Running Low? Piss On The Sucker

Phone batteries have a bad habit of dying when you need them the most. Presumably, researchers at two British Universities were so pissed by the bad habit of phone batteries, they decided to charge them up with pee. Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a collaboration between University of Bristol and University of the West of England to have micro-organisms feed on urine and release energy in the process.