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Visit NASA’s newly discovered planets in ‘Elite: Dangerous’

Sadly, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever visit the Trappist-1 system’s newly-discovered Earth-sized planets in your lifetime… not unless someone develops near-light speed travel, anyway. However, you’ll at least have the option of a virtual tour. Fron…

Learn to Make Sense of Extreme Numbers Using Different Perspectives

When you hear stats and facts with extremely large numbers, it can be hard to wrap your head around what that number really represents. If you want to get a grasp on large numbers, you need to start changing perspectives and converting them into more u…

SpaceX Plans to Launch Humans Around the Moon in 2018

The mission will use two of SpaceX’s long-awaited technologies: a crew-rated capsule, the Crew Dragon, and the high-powered Falcon Heavy rocket. The post SpaceX Plans to Launch Humans Around the Moon in 2018 appeared first on WIRED.

SpaceX is sending two private citizens around the moon in 2018

It’s been a long time since humans orbited the moon — but Elon Musk’s SpaceX is going to try and change that next year. The company just announced that two private citizens approached SpaceX about a trip to the moon for late 2018. The two potential…

‘MythBusters’ revival gets its new hosts

The original MythBusters show ended with a bang, but Discovery was quick to plan a reboot and launch a reality show competition (Science Channel’s MythBusters: The Search) to find replacements for lead presenters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. And at…

A Bizarre Bacteria Could Be the Key to Controlling Mosquitoes

For 50 years, scientists have known that Wolbachia can cause sterility in mosquitoes and other insects. But now they finally understand exactly how it works. The post A Bizarre Bacteria Could Be the Key to Controlling Mosquitoes appeared first on WIRED.

Apple is headed for a clash with President Trump on some crucial issues

If President-elect Donald Trump stays true to his word, Apple should hope that a big wad of extra cash…

NASA goes social to take its case directly to the people

If you want politicians to give you money, you need to build public support for what you do…

Brain Preservation Breakthrough Could Usher in a New Era in Cryonics

Researchers from 21st Century Medicine have developed a new technique to allow long term storage of a near-perfect mammalian brain. It’s a breakthrough that could have serious implications for cryonics, and the futuristic prospect of bringing the frozen dead back to life.

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DARPA looks to implant computer to interface directly with human brain

A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world…

ResearchKit: The inside story of how Apple’s revolutionary medical research platform was born

On September 27, 2013, during a dimly-lit presentation…

Turn your iPhone into a microscope for $10

Taking macros of your monitor or American Apparel hoodie with your iPhone is so last year. MAKE Magazine has a tutorial up right now that shows you how to make a powerful microscope up to 375x magnification (if you use



Help NASA solve space’s mysteries with this asteroid app

There are millions of asteroids in the Solar System and relatively few astronomers to track them. They’d hate to miss that one dangerous rogue headed on a collision course with Earth. So NASA has made it easier for the amateur



Architosh publishes Mac professional workstation survey results

Apple needs to engineer a dual-CPU option for the Mac Pro…

New snail species is so punk, it’s named after Joe Strummer

This deep sea snail is covered in spikes, has purple blood and lives in the most extreme ocean environments. So of course the scientists that discovered it had to name it after their favorite punk rocker, Joe Strummer of The



DIY electric train lets you build your own Polar Express

For the kid expecting a Lionel model train set under the Christmas tree, unwrapping a pack of copper wire, a couple of magnets and a battery is sure to disappoint. But show them how to make a train out of



An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with nothing installed

Which weighs more? An iPad filled with media and apps, or an iPad with no media or apps installed? It sounds like a trick question — the digital age equivalent of “What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a



Scholars debunk claims of high-tech workers shortage, question tech industry’s ‘free pass’

our prominent scholars on Friday questioned why the high-tech industry gets a free pass…

Graphene: The totally amazing wonder material that could revolutionize technology

It conducts heat 10 times better than copper and electricity 100 times better than silicon, is transparent like plastic…

Graphene: The totally amazing wonder material that could revolutionize technology

It conducts heat 10 times better than copper and electricity 100 times better than silicon, is transparent like plastic…

Early testing reveals iPhone app screens for skin cancer more accurately than your doctor

Early testing of an iPhone app developed to detect melanoma…

NHM Alive Review

NHM Alive tries to distill the wonderment and discovery of London’s Natural History Museum into app form — and mostly pulls it off. Sir David Attenborough acts as narrator and guide through the experience, which includes a mixture of photos, descriptive text, CGI stills, and videos that shine a light on the current scientific consensus regarding a cast of 10 prehistoric creatures. Developer Colossus Productions clearly made an effort here to instill a playful, discovery-driven element to the experience, but it’s not clear just what there is to discover — or how — and that makes the app seem frustratingly simple at first. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of detail lurking beneath the surface.

A day mode presents the standard museum fare, using a full-screen photo of the creature’s skeleton in its exhibit paired with a menu that lets you read an interesting primer on its discovery, life, and cause of extinction. The Dippy and American Mastodon exhibits also feature a neat 360-degree view option. If you happen to visit the museum in person, you can search for special symbol codes hidden around the building that can be used to unlock video clips in the app. Even if you can’t make a quick trip to London, though, there’s loads of extra content to discover.

Night mode, which you can switch to with a downward swipe, is where NHM Alive gets really cool. The exhibits seem at first to be cloaked in darkness, but hidden away is a world of wonder. Activating a flashlight reveals the creatures in all their CG glory — replete with lifelike animations and sounds, plus a huge sense of scale — while Attenborough talks you through the key facts. Night mode also includes a selection of quick factoids that you can swipe through on each creature, as well as additional photos, interactive 3D models of them walking or flying, and videos that provide a fascinating glimpse into the process of bringing these long-extinct specimens to life.

The bottom line. Despite a few design missteps, NHM Alive presents a wonderful and imaginative complement to 10 of the most compelling exhibits in the Natural History Museum’s collection of extinct creatures.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Company: 

Colossus Productions

Price: 

$4.99

Requirements: 

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later

Positives: 

Excellent narration from Sir David Attenborough. High quality photography and animation brings the extinct creatures to life. Plenty of content to explore and discover.

Negatives: 

Only 10 creatures included. App features and content obfuscated by its design. Some videos require a trip to the museum to unlock.

Score: 
4 Great

Discover New Elements and Give Them a Name in Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider

If you thought Quantum Physics was boring and complicated, think again. With the recent launch of a new science-friendly arcade game, not only can you learn about the Periodic Table, but you can also smash together atoms to make new elements. That doesn’t sound too geeky. Does it? Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider is an arcade […]

The first 3D printed organ, a human liver, expected in 2014

Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant…

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