NASA releases Saturn 'hexagon' images like never seen before

A bizarre, funnel-shaped cloud formation churning around Saturn's north pole was first noticed in the 1980s in Voyager flybys. Eventually, this mass became known as "the hexagon."

Any images of this cloudy mass have been muted and blurry at best -- until now. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured new images of the hexagon that show it off in all of its unearthly glory.

The hexagon is a unique six-sided jet stream with a roiling rotating storm at its center. It spans roughly 20,000 miles and whips up 200 mph winds. According to NASA, no other … Read more

Observe the science of a snowflake

You might agree that the complex design in a snowflake appears almost comparable to a work of art. Do you know how that tiny frozen masterpiece comes to life, though? If you're like me, you may never have witnessed a complete representation of that journey from cloud to ground before.

The trip isn't as simple as you think. … Read more

Open Hexagon, an open copycat of Hexagon

Open Hexagon is a polygonal endurance run that draws heavy inspiration from Terry Cavanagh's Hexagon. Much like its former Web app game, Open Hexagon challenges players in a collapsing environment of walls that cave in. Your goal is to keep a dinky little triangle alive by orbiting around the core while dodging walls and crushing barriers. The game's overall design is a simple pixelated collection of lines and shapes, with some added chiptune tracks to appease the eardrums of our inner geek.

Since its release, the developer, Vittorio Romeo of Vee Software, has received mixed reactions for releasing … Read more

You spin my head right round, right round...

After only 15 minutes of play, I'm already disoriented and feeling queasy but I'm going back in; Hexagon is both dizzying and addicting.

Developed by Terry Cavanagh (known for VVVVVV), Hexagon throws you in an orbital endurance run where you must guide a triangle around a (you guessed it) hexagon and dodge collapsing obstacles. Sounds simple, right? Try surviving for even 20 seconds on your first couple of tries.

Each stage is separated by 10-second runs and themes itself after a shape. Each level throws faster, more-complex patterns to try and crush your three-sided friend. In addition to … Read more

Twitter strikes two media partnerships, expanding TV presence

Twitter today announced partnerships with Mass Relevance and Crimson Hexagon, two companies that help TV outlets sift through the more than 250 million tweets made each day as they try to find comments relevant to their programing. With more 100 million people using Twitter, networks and brands are eager to get their "follow."

"Expect to see additional partnerships of this kind as we look for new ways to help everyone get the best out of Twitter," explains the official Twitter blog, revealing few details.

Twitter says these partnerships aren't a revenue source, but instead are … Read more

Study: Kindle tweets outpace Nook tweets 2 to 1

Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble don't report sales figures for their respective e-readers, the Nook and Kindle. But one company, Crimson Hexagon, has taken it upon itself to formulate some opinions about the e-reader market by charting and analyzing Twitter conversations for both the Nook and Kindle, as well as the iPad as an e-reader.

This is one of the studies you probably have to take with a grain of salt because there are some mixed messages in the report. For starters, the title of Crimson Hexagon's blog post for the study is, "Nook emerges as … Read more

Check that mate with Spb online mobile game suite

I've been having a lot of fun playing checkers with my distant friend via MSN Messenger lately, and thought it would be cool if we could do that during the commute.

Well, wouldn't you know it? Spb Software, a maker of Windows Mobile applications, announced on Wednesday the release of its Spb Online Games, a separate suite consisting of four online games.

These games include two versions of checkers (yes!), plus Hexagon, and Reversi. They allow you to play against real people from anywhere in the world, in real time.

The games, of course, require a Windows Mobile … Read more

Hexagon speakers take a different angle

Given the recent popularity of an item about a 12-sided polygon speaker system, we're sensing a geometric trend in the making. But we also suspect that not everyone will be anxious to spend $2,500 to satisfy their angular inclinations, so we offer this alternative.

The "Microbon Hexagon Wooden Mini Stereo Speakers" bear a honeycomb shape with built-in amplifiers, according to Technabob. The tiny desktop speakers (3.86 x 3.35 x 2.24 inches) offer slightly less power than the 600-watt subwoofers of the "Dodecasub"--not to mention fewer sides. But at prices ranging … Read more