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The most dangerous drugs in the world.

In a recent study published in The Lancet, tobacco and alcohol ranked among the top ten most dangerous drugs in the world that are currently being used today. This is quite a surprise when you contemplate that they are considered more dangerous than the likes of ecstasy and heroin.

A Year of Sky on Earth

Each panel shows one day. With 360 movie panels, the sky over (almost) an entire year is shown in time lapse format as recorded by a video camera on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, California. The camera recorded an image every 10 seconds from before sunrise to after sunset and from mid-2009 to mid-2010. A time stamp showing the local time of day is provided on the lower right. The videos are arranged chronologically, with July 28 shown on the upper left, and January 1 located about about half way down. Although every day lasts 24 hours, daylight lasts longest in the northern hemisphere in June and the surrounding summer months, a fact which can be seen here as the bottom (and soon top) videos are the first to light up with dawn. The initial darkness in the middle depicts the delayed dawn and fewer daylight hours of winter. In the videos, darkness indicates night, blue depicts clear day, while gray portrays pervasive daytime cloud cover. Many videos show complex patterns of clouds moving across the camera’s wide field as that day progresses. As the videos collectively end, sunset and then darkness descend first on the winter days just above the middle, and last on the mid-summer near the bottom.

Colorizing history (40 pictures)

When looking back at history we only have a view of how things were in black and white, until now. In the age of graphic design many savvy photoshoppers are now going through the archives of history and colorizing photos to give us an idea of what things really looked like.

Syria in ruins (32 pictures)

Syria will never be the same. On February 13, 2013, the United Nations put out an estimate of 70,000 that had died in the civil war. March 2013 has been the bloodiest month since the beginning of the war in 2011. More than 6,000 people have died.

How Graphene Might Change The World

Graphene is the most promising new material out there, likely to revolutionize the way we do or build almost anything. It’s pure carbon, and totally amazing. Trace shows us all the different ways this material could change life on Earth.

Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea

  Photograph by NASA / Jesse Allen   Papua New Guinea’s Manam Volcano released a thin, faint plume on June 16, 2010, as clouds clustered at the volcano’s summit. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on...