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Outer Limits
Outer Limits

Hong Kong’s Government Is Spending Billions Taking Land from the Sea

The scale of land reclamation in the semi-autonomous territory is revving up to unprecedented heights.
Justin Heifetz​​
11.10.17
enter sandman
enter sandman

The Oddly Satisfying, Strangely Soothing World of Sand Slicing Videos

I spoke to the person behind a new Instagram account that has me obsessed.
Kaleigh Rogers
5.30.17
CGI
CGI

Video Game Diarrhea Is Going to Look So Realistic in the Future

The researchers say this technique is for modeling mud, but we know what this is really about.
Daniel Oberhaus
5.11.17
alien sand castles
alien sand castles

Saturn’s Moon Titan Has Electrically-Charged, 'Sticky' Sand

"If you grabbed piles of grains and built a sand castle on Titan, it would perhaps stay together for weeks due to their electrostatic properties."
Becky Ferreira
3.27.17
granules
granules

Sand Is Wiping This Tunisian Town Off the Map

Like a half-dozen other villages in a region increasingly choked by desertification, Old Mahlel has been obliterated by advancing sand dunes.
Sarah Souli
3.9.17
Mars
Mars

It Looks Like Someone Was Raking Sand on Mars

New images show eerie ripples on Martian dunes.
Madison Margolin
2.8.17
DESERT
DESERT

A New Type of Dune Has Been Found on Mars

No evidence of sandworms yet.
Becky Ferreira
6.30.16
sand
sand

The Ancient Physics Quest of ‘Perfect Packing’ Has a New Solution

Thanks to a computer algorithm and super-fine 3D imaging.
Michael Byrne
3.5.15
Space
Space

How to Recreate Alien Wind Patterns on Earth

A long-defunct wind tunnel was the pièce de résistance in explaining the moon’s bizarre surface ripples.
Becky Ferreira
12.8.14