The top 15 photos on Flickr in 2017

These are all beautiful images (even if many are staged and/or heavily Photoshopped) and some of them are utterly spectacular, particularly for me #9, #8, and #1.

iPhone X review – a week in Italy

I’m not a huge fan of the actual photos taken – I’ve been to the places shot and the photos seem washed out, colour-wise, but that may be the photographer’s editing – but the detail in the shots is remarkable.

A Supermoon trilogy

A “super blue blood moon”? Come on. They’re just making stuff up now.

Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

This is incredible. Voyager 1 is 13 billion miles away, running on ancient computer code and JPL was able to use dormant thrusters to give it a nudge.

The Periodic Table of elements, in pictures and words

Keith Enevoldsen: This pictorial periodic table is colorful, fun, and packed with information. In addition to the element’s name, symbol, and atomic number, each element box has a drawing of one of the element’s main human uses or natural occurrences. … Continued

Best train trips in the world

Like many people, I love trains but they aren’t the most efficient form of travel. If I had all the time and money in the world (many of these trips are not cheap), I’d definitely travel by train.

The history of cartography

Even though I’m directionally challenged, I love maps, especially ancient ones. While this is not a light read, check it out for the map illustrations alone.

Apple’s “Hour of Code”

I’ve got a (new!) 12-year-old and I really wish I could get him to one of these sessions. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

50 best albums of 2017

I’m officially old. Not only do I not own any of these albums, I’ve never even heard of three-quarters of the listed bands.

Apple’s Face ID ads

It will be interesting to see how these are received by average users unfamiliar with the technology.

Dual lens switching on iPhone X

One of the things I’ve seen people talking about is the much improved low light capability of the iPhone X. This is a good description of what happens in low light with the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X and how the X deals with it much better.