Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NASA's long-lost spacecraft reappears, ice that's solid and liquid, diamond phone screens and more

1. Silent for 13 Years, a NASA Spacecraft Makes Communication The IMAGE spacecraft, an acronym of Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, launched back in March 2000 to observe activity in the Earth’s magnetosphere. It ceased communication with NASA in December 2005. Entirely unexpected and sudden, after years of successful data-gathering, the disappearance was considered quite mysterious. IMAGE was believed to be damaged beyond repair and …

“The Darkest Building on Earth,” Asif Khan’s Winter Olympics Pavilion

Anyone obsessed with Vantablack VBx2, a color which absorbs 99.9% of light, should make their way to PyeongChang for a glimpse at architect Asif Khan’s new pavilion. The astonishingly dark facade has been populated with thousands of tiny white light rods, lending it a cosmos-like experience. As part of Hyundai’s global mobility initiative, the interior of the space exists in stark contrast: a brightly lit, …

Previewing the 2018 Winter Olympics’ Holland Heineken House

Why the Dutch organize a national house open to the public for every Games

There are fewer than 100 days to go until the opening ceremonies at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea—the second time the country has hosted the Olympics, with the last being back in Seoul in 1988. There will be 102 medals up for grabs in winter sports, from luge to the fastest non-mechanical sport in the world, speed skating. And if you’re a Dutch fan …