The International Space Station has been in orbit since November 20th, 1998. That’s almost 17 years! You can tell by all of the old wires jutting out from the walls that some of the tech is pretty old. I find it pretty amazing that we have a permanent human presence in lower Earth orbit.
This impressive robot is named “Hadrian” after the ancient Roman emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain. Mark Pivac is the Australian aeronautical and mechanical engineer who has been designing the machine, which is expected to hit the market sometime around 2017. Reportedly, the robot can lay up to 1,000 bricks per hour and build the brick frame of a standard house in one to two days, 20 times faster than a human brick layer.
Well, enough with the build-up, here’s the machine in simulated action:
I guess if you are thinking about going into bricklaying for a career, you’re out of luck. Otherwise, it seems like great news all around.
Serial Cut, a design studio based out of Madrid, worked in collaboration with art director, Bartholot, to create these stunning images for “OFFF Unmasked” — a new art book celebrating the 15th edition of Barcelona’s OFFF festival. The series depicts mysterious figures, each with their own yellow object of unknown significance.
Demiurges, the title of the work, means an “artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe”. So I suppose the figures are some sort of artistic deities. It all comes off rather cultish, but it’s a cult I’d probably like to join.
Check out this 360° video made as a demo by Samsung. If your internet speed can handle it, I recommend watching it in the full 4K resolution. It will be pretty amazing to hook up the Oculus Rift to video like this and get the fully immersive experience.
Use the ‘W, A, S, D’ keys to control direction on a computer.
Use the + and – keys to zoom.
I think you have to move your phone around if you are watching on mobile. But again, the real experience is to watch this type of video with an immersive virtual reality headset. FYI: you can cheaply get this experience with something like Google Cardboard and your mobile phone.
On January 16, 2006, the New Horizons space probe left Earth on a voyage to Pluto. 9 years, 5 months, and 29 days later, the spacecraft has successfully made it 3+ billion miles to the distant “planet.” The image above was shared via NASA’s Instagram page and represents the first look at the planet up close and personal.
“The color is real! The reddish hue is due to tholins, organic (carbon-based) molecules crated when methane, abundant on Pluto, is hit by ultraviolet light from the Sun. This breaks apart the simple molecule and allows it to reform into more complex molecules.”
The folks at NPR’s Skunkbear put together this short tribute video to honor the journey:
And here’s a quick 1 minute informational video to catch you up on the key statistics of the mission:
Look forward to many more detailed images in the days to come.