Build your own well-organized closet. Comstock Images/Thinkstock A neat, organized closet may seem out of reach when you look at yours – currently a jumble of mismatched hangers, shoes tossed on the floor, and bags crumpled on a top shelf – but making some smart decisions about how to maximize your space can turn it into a magazine-worthy space in less than one weekend. Follow these easy, DIY tips to organize your own closet and say goodbye to the mess forever. … [Read more...] about Expand Your Wardrobe Space with DIY Closets
The remains of seven service members killed in Vietnam in 1964 are carried by a horse drawn military caisson during a full honors funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery, March 21, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Back in 1864, the Union was running out of space to bury Civil War casualties. Military officials decided to solve the problem by appropriating part of the Arlington, Virginia plantation that belonged to Mary Anna Custis Lee, the wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and turning it into a military burial ground. Pvt. William Christman, a 21-year-old soldier from Pennsylvania who died of the measles before he got a chance to see combat, was the first to be buried there. In the years that followed, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), which covers 624 acres (252 hectares) across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., became perhaps the nation's most hallowed ground, the final resting place for many of the nation's military heroes, from Gen. … [Read more...] about Arlington National Cemetery Is Running Out of Space
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (center) has recruited some big names from the fields of literature and science, including (L to R) authors Neil Gaiman and George R. R. Martin, science educator Bill Nye and astronomer Amy Mainzer to help design a new video game. FilmMagic/Fox/Ulf Andersen/Steve Jennings/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Over on Kickstarter, astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson has a crowdfunding campaign running with the goal of funding a special kind of computer game. "Space Odyssey" is the title, and the production team behind it aims to build a game that is fun to play and simultaneously educational about physics, biology and space. Players will learn what goes into vehicle and robot design as they create their own unique machinery. In an open-world "sandbox" design, they'll explore alien worlds, some that may even have life on them. A player might spend a session piloting a ship through an asteroid belt or designing the next-generation … [Read more...] about Neil deGrasse Tyson Enlists Creative Dream Team for ‘Space Odyssey’ Video Game
The UV protection in sunglasses is just one of several innovations from NASA's research in optics. Jupiterimages/Getty Images/Thinkstock Has anyone ever told you not to look directly at the sun because it would hurt your eyes? It's true that the sun puts off massive amounts of energy. Fortunately, the Earth's atmosphere reflects and scatters that solar energy before it reaches the planet's surface, protecting us from some of its harmful effects [source: Pidwirny]. If you're orbiting above Earth's protective atmosphere, though, you need more sophisticated technology to protect your eyes and skin from the sun. When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) prepared to send astronauts into space, eye protection and other optical considerations were essential components in developing its space helmets. Optics is the science of light, including how it's created, how to change and control it, and light-related phenomena like rainbows [source: Merriam-Webster]. Through … [Read more...] about How have NASA space helmets changed optics?
An image of the Northern Lights above Alberta, Canada, taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. ESA/NASA You don't have your own spaceship. You don't even have enough money to ride in someone else's spaceship. But the harsh realities of today don't mean you can't have access to amazing views of our planet — that's where astronaut tweets come in. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station just blasted some truly awe-inspiring photos of the Northern Lights into the social-mediasphere. As seen from above, the aurora borealis appears above the northern stretches of the planet like an otherworldly radiance. Check out more images below courtesy Tim Peake, a European Space Agency astronaut from the U.K., and Scott Kelly, an American NASA astronaut currently serving a one-year term as the ISS commander. It's almost as good as being up there yourself. Now That's Cool Auroras occur in both the northern and southern hemispheres; these are the 10 best … [Read more...] about The Aurora as Seen From Space Is Prettier Than You Ever Imagined