While NASA's Hubble Space Telescope keeps unveiling spectacular views of our universe, this weekend hear from a NASA scientist mistaken for a supervillain, follow the path of a cellphone into unfamiliar territory (that isn't so unfamiliar), explore a history of U.S. nuclear weapon testing and meet a gaming grandmother.
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A lost phone provides a keyhole view across the world, to a family not so dissimilar from the phone's original owners. via The Atlantic
A theoretical exercise, taken as a supervillain's plan, takes on a life of its own, to the chagrin of NASA scientist Gregory Laughlin. via Nautilus
The New Horizons probe is well into its phone-home phase, each day streaming new data that peels back darkness and distance shrouded layers surrounding Pluto. via NASA
Explore this interactive history of the nuclear weapon testing program of the U.S. government, and how a vast expanse of land northwest of Las Vegas was chosen. via The Guardian
What happens to a deep-water warrior when its nuclear remnants outlast the mission? via the BBC
• The New York Pizza Rat
While a pizza-conquering rat has captivated the Internet with rapt recoil, New York has been engaged in a perpetual struggle with the entrenched invasive species. via Motherboard
• Let's Play: Grandma Edition
Gaming is ubiquitous, across the young and old. Watch the wonderful convergence of a 79-year-old grandmother, a gaming computer, Bethesda Softworks' Skyrim game and a desire for connection. [Note: As a longtime fan of Bethesda's games, I find this simply heartwarming.] via reddit
Meet the jerboa. via Wired
Twenty-five years after rocketing into the sky, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is still unveiling spectacular views of our universe, this week revealing a new view of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant more than 2,100 light years away.