• The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

    Early Monday morning, a cable suspended over the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico broke and left a 100-foot-long gash in the dish of the iconic radio telescope. The 3-inch diameter cable also caused damage to the panels of the Gregorian dome that is suspended hundreds of feet above the dish and houses the telescope’s receivers. It is unclear what caused the cable to break or when radio astronomers using the telescope will be able to resume their research.

    “This was an auxiliary cable used to support the weight of the platform, and we are in the process of assessing why it broke,” says Zenaida Kotala, the assistant vice president for strategic initiatives at the University of Central Florida, which manages the observatory. “We are working with engineers to determine a strategy for repairs. Our goal is to get the facility operational as soon as it is possible to do

  • The more pixelated the image of these animals, the closer they are to extinction

    We all know that there are thousands of endangered animals out there.

    Despite statistics and charts, there has never been an effective way of visualizing just how dire the situation is for animals worldwide than this Imgur user’s images.

    JJSmooth44 has been creating a series of images where the more pixelated an image, the closer the animal is to extinction.

    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.
    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.
    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.

    The artist was inspired by a similar series of images created for World Wildlife Fund in 2008 called WWF Japan – Population by pixel.

    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.
    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.
    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.

    Some images don’t have enough pixels to form a clear image, a symbolic representation of how our future generation would probably see them in their mind’s eye.

    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.
    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.
    IMAGE: JJSmooth44 / Imgur.

    “I did

  • Turtle Beach’s new Stealth Gen 2 have a refreshed design and USB-C charging

    Turtle Beach is releasing new versions of its Stealth 600 and 700 gaming headsets, improving on the 2017 models with a refined design that moves its buttons to a more convenient location while swapping out Micro USB charging for much-needed USB-C across the entire lineup.

    The peripheral maker is still splintering the headsets by gaming platform, with a Stealth 600 and 700 for Xbox owners and options made specific for PlayStation gamers. Really, the major differences are what they’ve been for a while now: color and connection type. For the Stealth 600, you can get a headset that matches the color scheme of either console (or simply in white if you don’t feel like displaying your allegiance). And while the PlayStation version relies on a USB wireless receiver, the made-for-Xbox headsets can connect directly to the console or to a PC if you have an Xbox wireless adapter plugged in.