The Future in Motion"E-Green Technologies (EGT) - 21st Century Airships, the leading developers of state-of-the-art technologies for mid, high altitude and heavy-lift airships, announces it has successfully completed its inflation test of the Bullet 580, which is now, the worlds largest airship. Find out more about the incredible potential of this new technology...." E-GreenTechnologies.
This stereo view of Mars' Victoria Crater combines two of the three images taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
A red-colored image was acquired with the orbiter pointed 3.84 degrees to the west and a blue-colored one with the orbiter pointed 16.2 degrees to the west.
For a 3-D view of the topography, view this image through glasses with a red filter for your left eye, and a blue or blue-green filter for your right eye.
The difference in viewing angle between the two images is about 12 degrees, which is greater than the convergence angle between the left and right eyes of humans while viewing distant objects, so the vertical relief appears much steeper than is actually the case.
While some of the cliffs around the crater are in fact vertical, the slopes below the cliffs are no steeper than 30 degrees. Images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment and additional information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/mro.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
(Neanderthal child reconstruction; Credit: Christoph P.E. Zollikofer)
"Today at Discovery News you can read about the earliest recognized species of Homo, the first known member of our genus. This latest addition to the human family, Homo gautengensis, was from South Africa and measured just 3 feet tall. It spent a lot of time in trees and had big teeth suitable for chewing plant material. H. gautengensis emerged over 2 million years ago, but died out at around 600,000 years ago..." Analysis by Jennifer Viegas.
As innocent as they look, those gloves are a major sign (I am a semiologist) and first step to a radical changement in our lifemodes.
Let's get a closer look:
- If unaware of their function, they just look good! Colorful, fancy pair of gloves anyone could wear (yet the geeks are going to love them).
- Looking forward, we can expect the technology to extend, spreading on further than just gloves, such as scanable jackets, musical trousers and so on. All allowing inter-activity with all sorts of devices including public services, security, access to 3D stimulation et c.
- It tolls the knell of fashion dictatorship when shapes, colors, materials, will not be defined by some poshy tycoon but by functions. Even if it seems to be modest, it is, per se, a revolution. Further than basic protection, clothes have always and mainly been status symbols for as long as mankind has been wearing them. Fashion has never had any other function: 80% of the classic occidental paintings' surface shows...material and clothing!
- It calls for whether the creation of a new term or the redefinition of what is hard/ soft/ ware. Until now it was easy (obvious?) to define and separate hard from soft but this is something entirely different. We have already seen hardware implanted on textiles but never textile hardware.
Those gloves are to the mouse what CD is to phonograph: a remain from the past.. A.D.
The hardware for a new gesture-based computing system consists of nothing more than an ordinary webcam and a pair of brightly colored lycra gloves. Photo: Jason Dorfman/CSAIL
"NASA's tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope on its 20th anniversary in space. This beautiful video surveys the incredible accomplishments of this revolutionary instrument: everybody's favorite telescope." SpaceRip
Face of mystery medieval knight finally revealed with modern-day CSI skills
This is a reconstruction of the knight's face. Forensic experts believe the scar on his forehead would have been caused by an blow from an axe. His skeleton was found under the floor of a chapel at Stirling Castle.
The facial reconstruction was completed using forensic techniques familiar to followers of TV crime dramas including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, pictured.
The University of Bradford's Dr Jo Buckberry examines a female skeleton which was found alongside that of the knight underneath the castle chapel
"The battle-scarred face of a medieval knight who was killed some 700 years ago has been revealed with the help of forensic skills employed in popular TV shows such as CSI.
The skeleton of the warrior, who was killed at the time of Scotland's Wars of Independence with England, was discovered under the floor of a chapel at Stirling Castle.
Now a team at Dundee University, led by world-renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black, have revealed what he would have looked like..."
"My overall research objective is to better understand the dynamical processes that govern the behavior of the stratified and rotating fluid that comprise the Earth's oceans, so as to improve upon existing capacity to predict evolution of complex geophysical fluid dynamical processes.
In pursuing this goal I have come to rely upon an approach combining theoretical, experimental and numerical techniques.
This is an exciting area of research, as it gives us insight into fundamental oceanic and atmospheric physics, and also has relevance to our interaction with the environment."
Jets and vortices in the atmospheres and oceans of the rotating planets
Laboratory model shows zonal currents and vortices similar to those occurring in the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn. The topography of the water surface is visualized in color by optical altimetry.
The soap bubble when placed on a rapidly rotating table can model a planetary atmosphere or an ocean. Convective motions within the bubble create color pattern due to interference of light. Baroclinic instability of the coastal current in the rotating tank.
This video shows baroclinic instability modeled in the rotating tank. The baroclinic meanders are often observed in satellite images of the coastal ocean. In our experiment the flow is visualized by optical altimetry.
Laboratory modeling demonstrates the dynamics of the flow generated by a cylinder moving either Eastward or Westward on the polar beta plane. Polar beta plane is modeled in a rotating layer of fluid with parabolic free surface. One can see von Karman vortex streets behind the cylinder as well as inverted vortex streets and Rossby waves. The surface of the fluid is visualized by optical altimetry.
Voyager 2 is about 13.8 billion kilometers, from Earth.
Voyager 1 is about 16.9 billion kilometers away from Earth.
Engineers Diagnosing Voyager 2 Data System
"Engineers have shifted NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft into a mode that transmits only spacecraft health and status data while they diagnose an unexpected change in the pattern of returning data. Preliminary engineering data received on May 1 show the spacecraft is basically healthy, and that the source of the issue is the flight data system, which is responsible for formatting the data to send back to Earth. The change in the data return pattern has prevented mission managers from decoding science data."www.jpl.nasa.gov
Voyager Makes an Interstellar Discovery
"Voyager flies through the outer bounds of the heliosphere en route to interstellar space. A strong magnetic field reported by Opher et al in the Dec. 24, 2009, issue of Nature is delineated in yellow...." science.nasa.gov
4581 Asclepius (pronounced /əˈskliːpiəs/ ə-SKLEE-pee-əs) is a small asteroid of the Apollo group that makes close orbital passes with Earth.
Discovered in 1989 by American astronomers Henry E. Holt (1929-) and Norman G. Thomas (1930-), Asclepius is named after the Greek demigod of medicine and healing.
Asclepius passed by Earth on March 22, 1989 at a distance of 680,000 km (0.68 Gm).
Although this exceeds the moon's orbital radius, the close pass received attention at that time, especially since the asteroid passed through the exact position of Earth only six hours earlier.
"On the cosmic scale of things, that was a close call," said Dr. Henry Holt.
Geophysicists estimate that collision with Asclepius would release energy comparable to the explosion of a 600 megaton atomic bomb.
NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
This image of Santorini was acquired on November 21, 2000 and covers an area of 18 by 18 km.
The eruption of Santorini in 1650 B.C. was one of the largest in the last 10,000 years.
About 30 cubic kilometers of magma was erupted, forming a plinian column 36 km high.
The removal of such a large volume of magma caused the volcano to collapse, producing a caldera.
Ash fell over a large area of the eastern Mediterranean.
The eruption probably caused the end of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.
The largest island is Thera, and the smaller is Therasia.
The Kameni Islands (dark in the image center) formed after the caldera., with the most recent eruptions occurring in 1950. The image is centered at 36.4 degrees north latitude, 25.4 degrees east longitude.
How many atomic bombs will it take to destroy the world?
"The total global nuclear arsenal is about 30,000 nuclear warheads with a destructive capacity of 5,000 megatons (5,000 million tons of TNT).
An air burst (detonating a bomb above the surface) would produce far more damage and death via radioactive fallout than one detonating at ground level.
A single 100 megaton air burst would be enough to cause a nuclear winter and pollute the Earth for many many years. Theoretically, a 100 megaton bomb detonated below ground could produce a massive earthquake and the constant explosions of a full blown nuclear war may also cause numerous earthquakes around the globe. But this would not destroy the world nor all human life.
Globally there are enough nuclear bombs to completely kill every human 50-60 times. It would only take the detonation of 500-600 bombs to kill every person."Eric M Jones
When cameras and mics are "warm" media (according to M. Mc Luhan) internet pages are "cold".
So how come we can feel people throughout graphic pages?
When you are playing online a simple game, such as a FPS, you will not only feel the players' attitudes but clearly grasp their way of thinking/ doing in the game, similar to how they act in real life.
There is a close, direct, relation between a player's behaviour in the game and his/ her true mentality.
Not only respecting the etiquette but also sharing, cooperating, or acting selfishly, cheating, lying et c.
Opposite to retrograde opinions, internet is a warm medium, if not sometimes hot (in the scientific sense).
If we categorise the entire internet population, there might be two fundamental attitudes: one would be to get lost in transaction, seeking and reaching a world of fantasy, the other would actually be to connect to people, ideas, and share, exchange, confront, seek, receive and give...
Internet is the first and sole interactive medium in the history.
Let us cultivate, enrich and develop it aiming at a better, humane humanity.
Radio, TV, Cinema are keeping you passive (and silent).
Stop being passive!
Computer Software Decodes Emotions Over the Phone
Article by Eric Bland
"A company called eXaudios has developed software that detects emotions during a phone call."
"Less than two minutes into a cell phone conversation, a new computer program can predict a broken heart -- literally and figuratively." Eric Bland.
"The Ponzo illusion is an optical illusion that was first demonstrated by the Italian psychologist Mario Ponzo (1882-1960) in 1913.
He suggested that the human mind judges an object's size based on its background.
He showed this by drawing two identical lines across a pair of converging lines, similar to railway tracks.
The upper line looks longer because we interpret the converging sides according to linear perspective as parallel lines receding into the distance.
In this context, we interpret the upper line as though it were farther away, so we see it as longer – a farther object would have to be longer than a nearer one for both to produce retinal images of the same size."
5Axis Machining cnc Daishin Seiki Corporation is a leading provider of prototypes to the motorsport industry and specializes in technologically sophisticated parts and 5-axis manufacturing.
5 Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter
"Industrial robots are getting precise enough that they’re less like dumb machines and more like automated sculptors producing artwork. Case in point: Daishin’s Seki 5-axis mill. The Japanese company celebrated its 50th anniversary last year by using this machine to carve out a full scale motorcycle helmet out of one piece of aluminum..." Aaron Saenz
3D Printer Creates Fully Articulate Metal Robot Figures
"I knew it was only a matter of time before someone used stainless steel 3D printing to make an awesome looking robot. Little did I realize that robot would be art, not automaton. Mani Zamani, an Algerian artist working in Europe, has taken his amazing looking digital designs and printed them using Shapeways’ stainless steel printing..." article by Aaron Saenzsingularityhub.com
This is an original creation by Mani Zamani called RetroroBo.
"As if 3D printing wasn’t cool enough, you can now “print” objects in stainless steel. That’s right, dust off your old Transformers designs, make room in the Monopoly box for a new piece, and get ready for the model budget at your office to sky-rocket..." Article by Aaron Saenzsingularityhub.com
"This is a metal 3D printed stainless steel moebius strip.
The design was made by Andre Bois, a Shapeways community member.
I ordered it for myself and now I have a moebius strip, 3D printed out in Stainless Steel! You can see how the moebius strip works by looking at the position of the ants."
Turn your 3D model into a metal object! Shapeways 3D metal printing service makes it possible. This video shows the production process. Also check out inspiring samples of models that can be 3D printed in metal.
This video shows the 3D Printing process of 'White Detail', an Acrylic-based photopolymer.
You can use it to create highly detailed objects that don't require much temperature resistance. The machine used is an Objet Connex500 machine.
"Ditch the keys and throw away the time cards, now all you need is your face. Wholesale electronics giant Chinavision is offering a facial recognition door lock for around $465..." Article by Aaron Saenz. singularityhub.com
The Lamborghini of 3D Color Printing and Scanning
"The Hub likes to highlight those groups that do things open source and cheap, but sometimes it’s good to look at the people who at the high end of the price bracket. MakerBot can put a 3D printer on your desktop, Shapeways can make you a neat object in stainless steel, but it takes a juggernaut like Z Corporation to bring you 3D printing with 450 DPI resolution in full color..." Article by Aaron Saenz. singularityhub.com
The ZScanner 700 is the first truly portable laser scanner. This state-of-the-art laser scanner helps engineers improve design and inspection throughout the manufacturing process. Connected to a laptop via a single FireWire cable, setup is quick and scanning objects is easy, fast, and accurate.