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Earth at Night

This remarkably complete view of Earth at night is a composite of cloud-free, nighttime images. The images were collected during April and October 2012 by the Suomi-NPP satellite from polar orbit about 824 kilometers (512 miles) above the surface using its Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). VIIRS offers greatly improved resolution and sensitivity compared to past global nightlight detecting instrumentation on DMSP satellites. It also has advantages compared to cameras on the International Space Station. While the space station passes over the same point on Earth every two or three days, Suomi-NPP passes over the same point twice a day at about 1:30am and 1:30pm local time. Easy to recognize here, city lights identify major population centers, tracking the effects of human activity and influence across the globe. That makes nighttime images of our fair planet among the most interesting and important views from space.

The Super Supercapacitor

THE SUPER SUPERCAPACITOR is a Finalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. Learn more about the Competition and FOCUS FORWARD at focusforwardfilms.com Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to...

Russian Badass Amphibious Truck

Designed to handle the harsh and unforgiving Russian environment, SHERP is an amphibious truck with self-inflating tires that can go across land, water and everything in between—including obstacles 70 cm (27.5 in) high. Based...

3 Ways To Get Paid & Meet New People

It’s often difficult for people to make friends and expand their social circles. Some jobs can help you meet new people, though. If you want to improve your social life, consider whether you would enjoy working in one of these three jobs. They are great ways to meet people outside of your current group of friends.