Health and Medicine

Mass Inhalation Of Laughing Gas In London To Protest Crack Down On Legal Highs

Photo credit: Protesters raise balloons filled with laughing gas. Aamna Mohdin/IFLScience

Illegal raves were popping up across post-industrial parts of London and Manchester in the late 1980s. These raves, where numbers sometimes swelled to tens of thousands, could go on for days. It was a hedonistic mix of thumping electronic music with an eclectic group of strangers swinging their hips and jaws.

The Conservative government responded accordingly – they shut it down. 

Environment

Awesome Time-Lapse Shows Five Weeks Of Stormy Weather In Just Five Minutes

Photo credit: Thunderstorm in the countryside, get your umbrella out. Jeff Boyce/Vimeo.

A storm’s a-brewin’ and it looks like it’ll last for five weeks.

Or for five minutes, as you can see below in the excellent time-lapse video filmed by Jeff Boyce of Negative Tilt Photography.

Boyce traveled across 15 states in America and Manitoba, Canada, for five weeks between May and June this year, chasing storms. Being a kick-ass photographer, he snapped over 70,000 high-resolution photos of the tumultuous weather to create this epic video.

 

Technology

Google Will Provide An Entire Country With Internet Using Balloons

Photo credit: The latest balloon from the Google Loon project, the Nighthawk.

The Sri Lankan government has announced plans this week to partner with Google to better distribute Internet throughout the country using balloons.

For some time now, the U.S. company has been developing and working on prototype balloons that can transmit high-speed Internet across an entire country.

Technology

You Can Now Build Your Very Own Powerful Telescope At Home

Photo credit: Designer James Parr assembling the 3D-printed telescope. Science Magazine.

If you’ve been astounded by the recent images from NASA’s New Horizons flyby of Pluto but can’t wait for the next super-sharp image to wing its way to NASA, there’s some good news for you.

Using a 3D printer, you can now build your own powerful telescope at home. It may not be able to snap the famous dwarf planet, but you should be capable of collecting a pretty impressive montage of closer objects. 

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