Women Revealed Some Of The Seemingly Odd Qualities Men Can Have That Make Them More Attractive

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Women Revealed Things Men Do Make More Attractive

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I think it’s a pretty universal truth that almost all men truly have no idea about anything that goes on in a woman’s mind. It’s like we’re completely different species at times. Which is why it’s nice when they occasionally drop some bread crumbs to help us along the way in life so we’re not completely bewildered all of the time (just more like 96 percent of the time).

Unfortunately, for us men, it doesn’t happen on a daily basis so our muddled minds have a tendency to forget what they have taught us. And sometimes, even when they do teach us, it still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to us.

Today is one of those days.

A popular post on Reddit recently asked women, “What is something you think most guys would be ashamed of, but you find to be a turn on or attractive quality?”

Good question, right? Wait until you read some of the answers. (Might want to take some notes – that whole remembering thing, remember?)

Nerding out about something There’s nothing more attractive than being passionate about a hobby or ideal. An opportunity to learn somethimg new is hot. (Obviously a common thread needs to be shared.)” [samloveszombies]

“I find guys with bags under their eyes weirdly super attractive.” [PrettyLittleBird] “This is IT for me. I love guys that look like a Tim Burton character.” [perpetualsadgirl]

“Not making a lot of money but showing an incredible work ethic. My husband made $9/hr when I met him but he does everything with such dilligence and precision that I knew he and I were a match. I luckily got a degree that earns well so I am the primary breadwinner and he is now a stay at home dad. His attention to details keeps our house running and I am able to see his strengths outside of his earning potential. That’s the great thing about our more progressive society, we can ignore tradition and do what makes us happy.” [iaspiretobeclever]

Body hair. I love it, I love the way it feels on my body when I’m naked, love running my fingers through it. It’s so sexy to look at, too. I don’t know why but part of my brain starts to go crazy.” [mydadisindianajones]

Women Revealed Things Men Do Make Them More Attractive

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Messy hair — like, bedhead throughout the day. I like styled hair as long as it’s kinda like, still a bit messy or is a side part kinda? Like a grown out undercut. Or just overgrown haircuts that meet the ears. Hair is so important to me for some reason.

“I don’t like muscles, really, and I prefer really skinny men, usually, or guys that are average weight, but I just don’t like muscles. Never understood women who drool over magazine covers of the latest ‘hot’ Hollywood actor showing his abs, or whatever.

I love crooked teeth, I think they’re adorable.” [hubuhbuhbuhbuhbuhbuh]

“I don’t know if this is something men are actively ashamed of, but I find it really attractive when they have very put-together domestic lives. Doing their own laundry and ironing their clothes, planning meals and grocery shopping, and keeping their homes reasonably tidy are all ridiculously sexy. Also, having feminine interests and not feeling like less of a man!” [expiredlunchables]

“I like when a guys is going bald and completely shaves his whole head. Most guys seem touchy about it, but I kinda like it. Also grey hair. Me likey.” [Independent-worm]

Scars, they’ve made you the person you are.” [PhiFifi]

Guys who grew up in less than ideal situations. Poor, alcoholic parents, etc. People in general are sometimes ashamed of their backgrounds, but I admire the ones who get through it.” [friendlyghostgirl]

So there you have it, guys. Did that help? Like, at all? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Don’t worry. We’ll keep trying!

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2018 Year Marks The 50th Anniversary Of The First Electronic Printer, So Why Do They Still Suck?!

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According to Wikipedia, the first electronic printer was the EP-101, invented and released by Epson in 1968. That means that for fifty-freaking years people have been wondering when someone, anyone, will invent a printer that DOES NOT SUCK.

Since 1968, humans have invented the following…

• Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
• DNA fingerprinting
• Genetic engineering
• In-vitro fertilization
• Hybrid-electric cars
Virtual reality
• The Space Shuttle
The Hubble Space Telescope
• WiFi

And yet, as I sit here today, I still own a printer that sucks up ink like a man stranded in the desert for 10 days would drink a bottle of water. And don’t even get me started on paper jams, error messages, issues with WiFi, and the fact that a single cartidge of printer ink costs almost as much as the printer itself!

According to Consumer Reports, 75% of home printers are thrown away within a few years of purchase. You know why? Because home printers still suck!

To help alleviate some of this unending printer-related stress, Tercius Bufete, an associate editor at Consumer Reports, shares some ideas that might just help in the video below. Maybe.

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How to Beat a Drug Test

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You or I would never do drugs, or attempt to cheat on something as important as a drug test. But perhaps you have a “friend” who is curious about how the tests work. Here’s what your “friend” needs to know.

Depending on timing, you may not need to cheat

Urine drug tests are the most common type of testing, and in many cases they won’t reveal drugs you did last week, much less anything that happened months or years ago.

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Quest Diagnostics, which sells testing services to employers, has a chart here of what each of their tests can detect. Here’s what they can find in urine:

  • Amphetamines: 24 to 72 hours
  • Cocaine: 24 to 72 hours
  • Opiates: 24 to 72 hours
  • PCP: 1 to 5 days if you use occasionally; 30 days for heavy, frequent use
  • Cannabis: 1 to 3 days occasional use; 30 days heavy, frequent use

Hair tests are the opposite: they can’t pick up recent use (within the past two weeks or so) but they can reveal drug use within the last three months. Hair grows about half an inch per month, and a test will usually use a sample of your most recent (closest to the scalp) 1.5 inches of hair.

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The lab can’t test hair you don’t have, but if you suddenly show up to work bald the day of a drug test, you’ll look suspicious. (They may also be able to collect what they need from body hair, which is sure to be a fun experience.) But if you’re starting a job search now, why not try a cute, professional pixie cut to leave some ancient history on the salon floor?

Improve your odds

We’ll get to the outright cheating in a minute, but first, consider if these totally legal strategies might be all you need:

  • Find out the date (or approximate date) of the test, and adjust your drug use accordingly. Three days’ notice is enough to clear most drugs out of your system (see the chart above). Probation tests tend to be on a set schedule, and workplace tests tend to occur in a predictable pattern, so even “random” testing won’t necessarily take you by surprise. Watch the calendar.
  • Drink plenty of water. The more dilute your urine is, the less detectable any drugs will be. Don’t go overboard, though; the lab will reject samples that are too watery. (They do this through chemical testing, so no, turning your pee neon yellow with vitamin pills is not going to help.)
  • Pee (not into a cup) first thing in the morning. That first morning pee tends to be the most concentrated, so get it out of the way before heading to the lab.

Try these sneaky strategies—with caution

There are a ton of products, strategies, and home remedies that might work, but all of them are risky in one way or another. You could get caught. You also don’t know what exactly you might be putting in your body if you’re buying a sketchy “detox”—and isn’t taking questionable drugs the way you got into this mess?

Still, here are some of the things that could work:

Someone else’s urine

Typically, for employer tests, nobody watches you pee; they just give you a minute to do your thing. However, you probably won’t be able to bring anything like a bag into the bathroom with you. You also have to ensure that the urine is warm enough (sometimes they take the specimen’s temperature). Could you tuck a baggie of urine into your bra or underwear undetected?

Synthetic urine

This is a powder that, when mixed with warm water, will look like urine and turn up correct results on all the basic “is this urine” tests (they check pH, creatinine, and specific gravity, for example). The caution here is that there might not be warm water onsite to mix it with. Labs have been known to turn off water faucets (clean hands be damned), and even dye the toilet water blue.

Adulterants

These are chemicals you add to your sample to try to destroy traces of drugs. Many are effective. Hooray! But the testing labs know about them, so they just test for them. Quest says: “The most common adulterants screened include oxidizing agents – such as, nitrites, chromates and halogens (e.g., bleach and iodine).” The American Association for Clinical Chemistry describes some popular adulterants and their associated tests here. One interesting fact: one of the more effective chemicals, sold under the otherwise genius brand name Urine Luck, can actually cause a false-positive result for amphetamines on some tests.

Detoxes

The idea of “detoxing” your body for health is basically bullshit, but there are a few supplements you can take that can alter the results of a drug test. Some are just diuretics, so they make you pee more and can help water down your urine. Others, like zinc, can actually bind to certain drugs so they end up in your poop rather than your pee. The brave folks at Vice tested three brands of detoxes that seemed to work as advertised. But, again, the testing companies may be looking for telltale signs that you’ve used these, so proceed with caution.

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There’s kind of an arms race going on between the people who make and advertise stuff to help you cheat, and the people who develop the lab tests. Each wants to outsmart the other, and you’re caught in the middle.

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For example, tests exist for almost every popular adulterant, but the more diligent the testing lab, the more expensive the test. So if your employer (or whover ordered the testing) is cheap, some of the cheats might get through. The trick is knowing which one.

On the flip side, some adulterants and detox formulas may be considered difficult or impossible to detect, but how do you know the lab didn’t figure them out recently? For example, the AACC implies that Visine eye drops can alter results and aren’t detectable, but that article is from 2015 and I’m not sure I’d trust it to be up-to-date.

Fortunately, two experts who spoke to Vice have a way to get some inside information on what’s likely to work. Go to a local head shop and ask, in oblique terms, for their best “detoxifier.” The people who work there will have a sense of what tends to work with your area’s most popular testing labs. Their information isn’t guaranteed correct, but it might be the best you can get.

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NIU’s Latest E-scooters are a Bright Future for Two-wheel-transportation

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NIU’s literally been making waves. With its scooters having clocked in over a billion kilometers worldwide, NIU is officially the largest e-scooter company in the world. Sporting a lovable design (courtesy NIU’s Design VP and personal design hero Carl Liu) that feels like the Vespa got modern touch and some incredible under-the-hood upgrades, NIU hopes to reimagine electric two-wheeling.

Launching not one, but two models simultaneously, NIU’s NGT promises to be the company’s most powerful model yet, and the M+ powerful mobility with a rider as well as a pillion passenger.

Armed with a 3kW Bosch motor, and not one, but two 60V 35Ah (that’s 35,000mAh) batteries courtesy Panasonic, the NGT is sleek, and comes with a bold racing stripe that’s slightly offset, giving it a speedy vibe. The incredibly powerful Bosch motor lets the NGT hit speeds of 70km/h, while the dual battery setup gives it a range of over 100km, which means realistically, you’d need to charge your batteries twice in the entire week. The removable batteries can be easily plugged into a power outlet and juiced to 100% in just over 3 hours, or before lunch, as the narrator in the video says!

The M+ focuses on a rider+passenger experience, delivering a stellar 100km range even with two passengers. The M+ comes with a 1.2kW Bosch motor that gives the bike a top speed of 45k/h, while the battery on the inside is a lightweight 48V, 42Ah Panasonic Li-Ion battery that weighs a mere 11 kilos and can easily be detached and carried around anywhere. The M+ also features a cruise-control feature that lets you take your hand off the throttle as the scooter continues gliding at the same speed.

Both the NGT and M+ come packed with features that make the electric scooter a smart one. With a dashboard that’s completely reinvented for modern-day travel, and an app that syncs with the scooter to provide notifications like scooter health, battery status, and even a GPS function (to locate your vehicle) along with an anti-theft feature, the NIU NGT and M+ revolutionize electric two-wheel travel. And it helps that they come with an aesthetic and design that’s multiple-award-winning!

Designer: Carl Liu

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Today, NIU is introducing the all-new NGT and M+; two smart electric scooters that bring you the perfect balance of speed and range. Since all of their scooters are connected, you can check things like location, estimated riding range, and even anti-theft alerts straight from your phone.

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NIU have been designing and building smart electric scooters since 2015. In just three short years, their scooters have clocked more than 1 billion kilometers across the globe.

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The NGT is their most powerful scooter. The NGT has a 3kW Bosch motor that cranks out a top speed of 70km/h, and a range of well over 100 km thanks to its two removable Panasonic batteries. You can easily drive all week on just a single charge of your batteries.

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The NPro is the addition you were all asking for. It is an NGT that is capped at 45 km/h. No other differences, exactly the same specs. So in countries like Germany, you only need a car license to drive it, NOT a motorbike license. You asked, they listened.

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The M+ is the newest model in their M-Series: winner of 5+ International Design Awards. It’s sexy, practical and built for 2 riders. The M+ effortlessly zips around urban streets, boulevards and alleys at 45 km/h with a real city riding range of well over 100 km.

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The NGT and M+ are both equipped with industry-leader BOSCH brushless hub mounted 3kW and 1.2kW motors respectively. The BOSCH 3kW motor easily accelerates up to 70 km/h.

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The NGT and M+ are electrified by their Panasonic Lithium-ion removable battery packs. A single charge takes just 3.5 hours and provides a range of well over 100 km of riding. At under 14/11 kg respectively, you can easily carry the battery into your home and charge it in any standard wall outlet, just like your computer.

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The NGT and M+ have an on-board computer that constantly communicates with the cloud so you can view real-time data on your smart phone like GPS, recent rides, and even anti-theft alerts. They also provide regular Over The Air Updates (OTA) that gets you the most updated software for your scooter.

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The NGT comes standard with CBS for safe-braking at high speeds. Both the NGT and M+ come equipped with regenerative EBS braking, which effectively adds around 5% more range on a single charge.

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NIU technology is making congestion and traffic problems of the past. Start your day with a fun commute that saves money, time and even helps the environment.

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Urban parking is always stressful. As cities cut down on parking spaces, the practicality of owning a scooter makes finding a spot unnecessary. With NIU, you can park closer to your destination for little to no cost at all.

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Weighing in at less than 14 kg and 11 kg respectively, their NGT and M+ batteries are easy to carry to and from your scooter. You can charge at home, or charge at the office and your boss will be paying for your “electric gas”.

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“Mounted Chimeras” Features Fantastic Creatures “Made” Through Multiple Exposures

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“Mounted Chimeras” demonstrates one of the most interesting and clever uses of analog double/multiple exposures we’ve seen so far.

Ever wanted to make something different using double or even multiple exposures with film cameras? Something that’s not a silhouette of someone set against cityscapes or flowers? We’ve found an interesting project that makes use of this beloved analog technique in a rather fantastic way — creating surreal, mythological creatures.

Aptly titled Mounted Chimeras, Italian photographer and filmmaker Silvia Kuro describes her project as “an analog photography bestiarium where fantastic animals, trapped inside museums, are created with multiple exposures on BW film.” Indeed, her creatures will tickle the imagination: an ostrich with the head of an antelope, a deer with the body of a cheetah, and a great horn bill with the body of what looks like a deer. With every creature — or Chimera — seamlessly “made” without post-production or manipulation, one can’t help but wonder about the ideas and process behind the project.

Kuro is currently raising $3,437 for Mounted Chimeras on Kickstarter, with the funds going to films and chemicals for making new Chimeras and printing a book. On the campaign, she described how the project began with a random visit in a zoology museum and seeing there some taxidermy animals. She also became inspired by the many representations of animals in prehistoric art, including peculiar petroglyphs and paintings of human-animal hybrids.

Likewise, the bestiarium of the Middle Ages, with its draws and descriptions of both real and fantastic animals, became another source of inspiration for the project. “This approach was dictated by the few notices of travellers about some of the animals, for example the crocodile was often drawn with ears and body similar to a dog. The manticore instead was a creature from Persia, the body was that of a lion, scorpion’s tail and human head!”

If this project is something you’d like to support, head to the Mounted Chimeras Kickstarter campaign to learn more and make your pledge.

 

All images from the Kickstarter campaign by Silvia Kuro

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Hubble Telescope Was Broken And NASA Fixed After Turning It Off And On Again

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The Hubble Space Telescope was broken and NASA engineers weren’t sure about how to fix it. So they turned it on and off. The Hubble Space Telescope now works perfectly again. The Hubble Space Telescope… it’s just like your internet router!

Two weeks ago, the Hubble Space Telescope entered a safe mode after a gyroscope failure. The telescope utilizes three motion-sensing gyroscopes in order to keep itself stable while freely floating in space. In early October, one of the gyroscopes failed and the backup gyro didn’t pick up the slack. The mechanism that had been deactivated for over seven and a half years was rotating too fast, which didn’t keep the telescope in place.

NASA engineers restarted the gyro on October 16th by turning it off for one second and then turning it back on. Then the Hubble Space Telescope did a series of maneuvers that switched the gyro from high-rotation mode to low-rotation mode to “dislodge any blockage that may have accumulated around the float.” The relatively simple fix worked and the gyroscopes started performing normally once again.

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They essentially turned it on and off, then wiggled the wires to get the space telescope working correctly again. So basically the same procedure that customer service provides you as a fix to any malfunctioning home electronics is the same that NASA uses to fix the $1.5 billion spacecraft.

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Watch as a ghostly creature swims through dark waters off the California coast

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On Tuesday at some 10,000 feet beneath the sea, marine scientists spotted a little-seen octopus swimming through the dark, black waters.

A robotic Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) piloted by the Ocean Exploration Trust filmed this genus of Octopus, the bell-shaped Grimpoteuthis, as the ROV maneuvered around a deep-sea reef off the central California coast. 

This specific area, near the inactive volcano known as the Davidson Seamount, is an uncharted deep-sea world, according to the exploration group. 

In these hard-to-reach, largely alien places, scientists regularly observe life that has never been seen or documented before.

A Grimpoteuthis octopus.

A Grimpoteuthis octopus.

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Grimpoteuthis, however, has been studied to limited degrees. But still, the species isn’t well known to science.

While these octopuses may generally be little-known, scientists have identified 14 species of the Grimpoteuthis genus, though Ocean Exploration Trust scientists couldn’t determine which species they captured on the ROV’s camera.

What is known, however, is that Grimpoteuthis are largely deep-dwelling critters, and they have two U-shaped fins on their sides that they often use to propel themselves through the water.

While moving through a light falling of marine snow, the octopus travels around the water almost like a jellyfish, before revealing its long, almost webbed tentacles. 

Marine scientists acknowledge that our vast oceans are poorly explored. Much of the deep sea remains uncharted — similar to distant moons orbiting Saturn and Jupiter. 

Earth’s undersea realm largely remains a mystery.

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The Concorde made its final flight 15 years ago and supersonic air travel has yet to recover — here’s a look back at its awesome history

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  • British Airways operated its final commercial Concorde flight on October 24, 2003, from New York’s JFK International Airport to London Heathrow. 
  • It was the last commercial passenger flight for the Concorde in a career that began in 1976.
  • A total of 14 Concordes entered service with British Airways and Air France
  • Co-developed by the British and the French, Concorde was the first and only viable supersonic commercial airliner. 
  • The Concorde could cruise at Mach 2.02 or around 1,340 mph at fly comfortably at altitudes of up to 60,000 feet.

For a fleeting thirty years during the 20th century, supersonic commercial air travel was a reality. But on October 24, 2003, that era came to an abrupt end.

That day, British Airways operated its last commercial Concorde service from JFK International Airport to London Heathrow. Air France pulled its Concordes from service a few months earlier. Thus, it would be the Concorde’s last ever commercial flight in a career that started in January 1976. 

The Anglo-French Concorde was co-developed by BAC, a forerunner of BAE Systems, and Aerospatiale, now a part of Airbus.

The Concorde was never the commercial success for which its creators had hoped. Environmental and operational limitations of the Concorde limited its commercial appeal among airline customers. Only 20 of the planes were ever built and just 14 of them were production aircraft. The Concorde saw service with only two airlines — Air France and British Airways — on just two routes. 

However, its lack of commercial success doesn’t diminish its role as an icon of modern aviation and as a technological marvel. 

In fact, 15 years after its last flight for British Airways, the world is still without a viable form of supersonic passenger service. 

Here’s a look back at the awesome history of the Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde supersonic airliner: 

SEE ALSO: The incredible history of the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, which went from airline status symbol to reject in just 10 years

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As soon as Chuck Yeager crossed the sound barrier in 1947, commercial aviation companies began planning to take passengers past Mach 1.

On November 29, 1962, the governments of France and Great Britain signed a concord agreement to build a supersonic jetliner, hence the name of the plane that resulted: Concorde.

Together, Aérospatiale — a predecessor of Airbus Industries — and British Aircraft Corporation agreed to produce a four-engine, delta-wing supersonic airliner.

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The winning photos of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 contest are out of this world

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Winners of the 2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest have just been announced. This is the tenth year of the competition, and just like before, the winning images didn’t disappoint. The judges had a difficult task of selecting 31 out of 4,200 images from 91 countries. But the selected best of the best will take your breath away.

The 2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Professional photographers, as well as the amateurs, submitted their work, competing in nine categories:

  • People and Space
  • Aurorae
  • Galaxies
  • Our Moon
  • Our Sun
  • Planets, Comets and Asteroids
  • Skyscapes
  • Stars and nebulae
  • Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Additionally, there are two special prizes: The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and the Robotic Scope prize.

American photographer Brad Goldpaint was selected as the overall winner for his photo titled “Transport the Soul.” He received the main prize of £10,000 (around $13,000) for his stunning photo, while the winners of subcategories won £1,500 (around $1,950).

Dr. Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich and judge for the competition, said that picking just 31 winners from the 134 shortlisted images was “fiendishly difficult:”

“With a competition that keeps on flourishing over the years, the growing community of amateur astrophotographers have time after time surprised us with technically accomplished, playfully imaginative and astoundingly beautiful images that sit at the intersection of art and science. This year did not disappoint. Their mesmerising, often astonishing photographs, show us the exquisite complexity of space, and movingly convey our place in the universe. And to see our young winners compete with seasoned photographers in their skill, imagination, and aesthetic sense, remains the greatest reward of all.”

The winning photos will be exhibited in the National Maritime Museum from 24 October 2018, so don’t miss it if you’re in London. But for all of you living far (like I do), here are the winning images from all categories. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them!

People and Space

© Brad Goldpaint (USA) – Transport the Soul
Category winner and overall winner
Nikon D810 camera, 14 mm f/4.0 lens, ISO 2500, 20-second exposure

© Andrew Whyte (UK) – Living Space
Runner-up
Sony ILCE-7S camera, 28-mm f/2 lens, ISO 6400, 15-second exposure

© Mark McNeill (UK) – Me versus the Galaxy
Highly commended
Nikon D810 camera, 20-mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 5000, 10-second exposure

Aurorae

© Nicolas Lefaudeux (France) – Speeding on the Aurora lane
Winner
Sony ILCE-7S2 camera, 20-mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 2000, 3.2-second exposure

© Matthew James Turner (UK) – Castlerigg Stone Circle
Runner-up
Sony ILCE-7R camera, 22-mm f/4 lens, ISO 1000, 30-second exposure

© Mikkel Beiter (Denmark) – Aurorascape
Highly commended
Canon EOS 5DS R camera, 17-mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 2000, 8-second exposure

Galaxies

© Steven Mohr (Australia) – NGC 3521, Mysterious Galaxy
Winner
Planewave CDK 12.5 telescope, Astrodon Gen II LRGB, Baarder H lens at 2541 mm f/8, Astro Physics 900 mount, SBIG STXL-11000 camera, Luminance: 33 x 1200 seconds [11hrs], H: 12 x 1200 seconds [4hrs], Red-Green-Blue: 450 x 12–18 seconds

© Raul Villaverde Fraile (Spain) – From Mirach
Runner-up
Takahashi FSQ 106ED telescope, Idas lps 2-inch lens, SkyWatcher Nq6pro mount, Canon 6D camera, 414-mm f/3.9 lens, ISO 1600, 24x30x400″ exposure

© César Blanco (Spain) – Fireworks Galaxy NGC 6939
Highly commended
Takahashi FSQ 106 ED telescope, LRGB Baader filters, ORION ATLAS EQ-G mount, QSI 583ws camera, 530-mm f/5 lens, 36 hours 30 mins exposure

Our Moon

© Jordi Delpeix Borrell (Spain) – Inverted Colours of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis
Winner
Celestron 14 telescope, Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro mount, ZWO ASI 224MC camera, 4,200-mm f/12 lens, multiple 20ms exposures

© Peter Ward (Australia) – Earth Shine
Runner-up
Takahashi FSQ85 telescope, Losmandy Starlapse mount, Canon 5D Mark IV camera, 500-mm f/5 lens, 9 exposures ranging from ISO 100 to 900, 150 2-seconds through to 1/4000th second exposures

© László Francsics (Hungary) – From the Dark Side
Highly commended
Homemade 250-mm f/4 Carbon Newton telescope, f/11, 250/1000 mirror lens, Skywatcher EQ6 mount, ZWO ASI 174 MM camera, 6250 mm f/4 lens increased to f/11, multiple 1/200-second exposures

Our Sun

© Nicolas Lefaudeux (France) – Sun King, Little King, and God of War
Winner
AF-S NIKKOR 105-mm f/1.4E ED lens, Nikon D810 camera on an untracked tripod, 105 mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 64, multiple exposures of 0.3-second, 0.6-second and 1.3-second

© Stuart Green (UK) – Coloured Eruptive Prominence
Runner-up
Home-built telescope based on iStar Optical 150mm f/10 lens, double stacked hydrogen-alpha filter at 5250 mm, Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro mount, Basler acA1920-155um camera, 150-mm f/35 lens, multiple 0.006-second exposures as an AVI

© Haiyang Zong (China) – AR2673
Highly commended
Sky-Watcher DOB10 GOTO telescope, Optolong R Filter, QHY5III290M camera, 3,600-mm f/4.7 lens, ISO 160, 0.7ms exposure

Planets, Comets and Asteroids

© Martin Lewis (UK) – The Grace of Venus
Winner
Home-built 444-mm Dobsonian reflecting telescope, Astronomik 807nm IR filter, Home-built Equatorial tracking platform, ZWO ASI174MM camera, 12.4-m f/28 lens, 6msec frame time, 5.3sec total exposure duration

© Martin Lewis (UK) – Parade of the Planets
Runner-up
Home-built 444-mm Dobsonian Newtonian reflector telescope (Mercury used 222-mm Dobsonian), various IR filters for Uranus, Neptune, Mercury, Saturn (L). UV filter for Venus, home-built Equatorial Platform, ZWO ASI174MC/ASI174MM/ ASI290MM camera, various focal lengths f/12 to f/36, various exposures

© Gerald Rhemann (Austria) – Comet C/2016 R2 Panstarrs the blue carbon monoxide comet
Highly commended
ASA 12-inch (300 mm) Astrograph telescope at f/3.62, ASA DDM 85 telescope mount, ASI ZWO 1600 MC colour CCD camera, exposure: RGB composite, 4.6-hours total exposure

Skyscapes

© Ferenc Szémár (Hungary) – Circumpolar
Winner
Minolta 80–200 f/2.8 telescope, tripod, Sony SLT-A99V camera, 135-mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 640, 50 x 300-second exposures

© Chuanjin Su (China) – Eclipsed Moon Trail
Runner-up
Sony ILCE-7RM2 camera, 17-mm f/4 lens, ISO 100, 950 x 15-seconds

© Ruslan Merzlyakov (Latvia) – Midnight Glow over Limfjord
Highly commended
Canon EOS 6D camera, 14-mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 400, 10-second exposure

Stars and nebulae

© Mario Cogo (Italy) – Corona Australis Dust Complex
Winner
Takahashi FSQ 106 ED telescope, Astro-Physics 1200 GTO mount, Canon EOS 6D Cooling CDS Mod camera, 530-mm f/5 lens, ISO 1600, total 6-hours exposure

© Mario Cogo (Italy) – Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula
Runner-up
Takahashi FSQ 106 ED telescope, Astro-Physics 1200 GTO mount, Canon EOS 6D Cooling CDS Mod camera, 383-mm f/3.6 lens, ISO 1600, 1, 3 and 6 min, total 5 Hours exposure

© Rolf Wahl Olsen (Denmark) – Thackeray’s Globules in Narrowband Colour
Highly commended
Homebuilt 12.5-inch f/4 Serrurier Truss Newtonian telescope, Losmandy G-11 mount, QSI 683wsg-8 camera, 1,450-mm 12.5” f/4 lens, 14 hours and 40 minute exposure

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

© Fabian Dalpiaz (Italy – aged 15) – Great Autumn Morning
Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera, 50-mm panorama f/2.0 lens, ISO 6400, 8-second exposure

© Logan Nicholson (Australia – aged 13) – The Eta Carinae Nebula
Runner-up
Takahashi MT-160 telescope, f/4.8 reducer for MT-160, Celestron CGEM mount, Canon EOS 700D camera, 776-mm f/4.8 lens, ISO 800, 12 x 5 minute exposures

© Thea Hutchinson (UK – aged 11) – Inverted Sun
Highly commended
Lunt LS60 telescope, Celestron CGE Pro mount, ZWO ASI174MM camera, 1250 (500-mm with x2.5 Powermate) f/21 (f/8.3 x 2.5) lens, 2000 frames best 20% retained

© Casper Kentish (UK – aged 8) – First Impressions
Highly commended
SkyWatcher Skyliner 200 p, SkyWatcher 25mm wide angle, Dobsonian mount, Apple iPad 5th generation, 3.3-mm f/2.4 lens, ISO 250, 1/17-second exposure

© Davy van der Hoeven (Netherlands – aged 10) – A Valley on the Moon…
Highly commended
Celestron C11 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope, Baader red filter, SkyWatcher NEQ6 mount, Imaging Resource DMK21 camera, 2,700-mm f/10 lens, 1/300-second exposure

Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer

© Tianhong Li (China) – Galaxy Curtain Call Performance
Winner
Nikon D810A camera, 35-mm f/2 lens; sky: ISO 1250, 16 x 60-second exposures, total 16 pictures; ground: ISO 640, 4 x 120-second exposures, total 4 pictures

Robotic scope

© Damian Peach (UK) – Two Comets with the Pleiades
Winner
Takahashi FSQ106 telescope at 106 mm, Paramount ME mount, SBIG STL-11000M camera, 530-mm f/5 lens, exposure: four LRGB frames, each frame 30 minutes each

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Deep Synth combines a Game Boy and the THX sound

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Do you love the THX Deep Note sound – that crazy sweep of timbres heard at the beginning of films? Do you wish you had it in a playable synth the size of a calculator? Deep Synth is for you.

First, Deep Note? Just to refresh your memory: (Turn it up!!)

Yeah, that.

Apart from being an all-time great in sound design, the Deep Note’s underlying synthesis approach was novel and interesting. And thanks to the power of new embedded processors, it’s totally possible to squeeze this onto a calculator.

Enter Eugene, Oregon-based professional developer Kernel Bob aka kbob. A low-level Linux coder by day, Bob got interested in making an audio demo for the 1Bitsy-1UP game console, a powerful modern embedded machine with the form factor of a classic Game Boy. (Unlike a Game Boy, you have a decent processor, color screen, USB, and SD card.)

The Deep Note is the mother of all audio demos. That sound is owned by THX, but the basic synthesis approach is not – think 32 voices drifting from a relatively random swarm into the seat rocking final chord.

The results? Oh, only the most insane synthesizer of the year:

Whether you’re an engineer or not, the behind the scenes discussion of how this was done is fascinating to anyone who loves synthesis. (Maybe you can enlighten Bob on this whole bit about the sawtooth oscillator in SuperCollider.)

Read the multi-part series on Deep Synth and sound on this handheld platform:

Deep Synth: Introduction

And to try messing about with Deep Note-style synthesis on your own in the free, multi-platform coding for musicians environment SuperCollider:

Recreating the THX Deep Note [earslap]

All of this is open hardware, open code, so if you are a coder, it might inspire your own projects. And meanwhile, as 1Bitsy-1UP matures, we may soon all have a cool handheld platform for our noisemaking endeavors. I can’t wait.

Thanks to Samantha Lüber for the tip!

Previously:

THX Just Remade the Deep Note Sound to be More Awesome

And we got to interview the sound’s creator (and talk to him about how he recreated it):

Q+A: How the THX Deep Note Creator Remade His Iconic Sound

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