Visualization of European Air Traffic Over A 24 Hour Time Span

This data visualization of air traffic in Europe is brought to you by National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the main air navigation service provider in the United Kingdom. It visualizes the airspace over a typical 24-hour period in the summertime using real flight data. Note the intensity from Heathrow (the busiest international airport in Europe) as compared to Gatwick (the busiest single runway airport in the world).

Find out more at nats.aero and nats.aero/blog

Kevin Bacon Explains The 80s To Millennials

The 1980s were a magical time but they are in danger of being lost forever. Two time Saturn award nominee Kevin Bacon is trying to make sure that never happens. Promoting ’80s awareness, Bacon reminds us that before Google there were phone books, instead of Apps we had the Rubik’s Cube, parachute pants were a joy unto themselves.

If there is anyone out there that can save the ’80s, it’s Kevin Bacon. Godspeed to you sir.

Meet WildCat. Then Run Away Screaming

WildCat, developed by robot-makers Boston Dynamics, is a four-legged robot that can run fast fast on all types of terrain. The DARPA funded company showed off Wildcat which has hit speeds approaching 16mph using bounding and galloping gaits.

For more information about WildCat visit BostonDynamics.com

These Two Guys Cover Beyoncé’s Whole Album in Under 6 Minutes

YouTube duo Superfruit couldn’t decide what Beyonce song to cover, so they decided to cover the entire album.

Decked out in “Surfboard” and “No Angel” sweatshirts, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying – members of the a cappella group Pentatonix – absolutely nail songs from “Rocket” to “XO” in this amazing five-minute medley.

The results are un-BEY-lievable.

Robotics and Ping Pong – A Match Made In Heaven

It’s not quite Skynet, but this robotic arm is fairly decent at ping pong. Matched up against table tennis star (yes, that is a thing) Timo Boll, the robot, UHTTR-1 developed by robot maker Kuka, is able to hit the ball back independently and hang in there.

The video is shot much like a Michael Bay film, but it is somewhat fun to imagine what this robotic Forrest Gump would be like at the olympics someday.

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator draws first comic in nearly 20 years.

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ is back!

Ok, well, not really, but the creator of the iconic cartoon about a boy and his tiger has drawn his first public art in 19 years. The following is the movie poster for the comic strip documentary ‘Stripped’, which is billed as ‘a love letter to comic strips’.  The film features interviews and stories from a variety of well known cartoonists such as Jeff Keane of ‘Family Circus‘ and Bill Watterson himself.

Stripped movie poster

More information available at the film’s website: Stripped.

The “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Trailer Is Here!

The first trailer for Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuted on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, with star Chris Pratt on hand to introduce it.

The movie stars Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and a slew of others as something akin to misfit Avengers meets The Usual Suspects. Here’s the official synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Guardians of the Galaxy premiers in theaters on August 1st.

Which Is the Biggest Monster?

Ever wonder who is bigger: Godzilla or the Kraken or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?

Thanks to DeviantART member lord-phillock now you can see for yourself. Take a look at this comparison chart of monsters and pray you meet a gremlin and not a bioraptor.

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Welcome To The 1932 Olympics

Four sports, fourteen events, seventeen countries, and two hundred and fifty-two athletes – welcome to the Lake Placid, 1932 Winter Olympic Games.

The third-ever Winter Olympics doesn’t quite have the pageantry of Sochi but it also lacks Bob Costas’ pink eye.  Check out the footage below and then see the table of the comparison of 1932 and 2014:


Source: Internet Archive via The Wire

Lake Placid Sochi
Country: USA Russia
Year: 1932 2014
Nations: 17 88
Events: 14 98
Athletes: 252 2800+
Opened By: Franklin Roosevelt Vladimir Putin
Stadium: Lake Placid Speedskating Oval Fisht Olympic Stadium