A massive cosmic cataloguing effort released a new crop of star and galaxy data last week, noting the locations and brightnesses of hundreds of thousands of objects. Now you can fly through some of them in this new video -- click past the jump for a "flight through the universe."
Face capture technology has come a long way, especially as 3-D stereoscopic imaging and the like have made leaps forward in recent years. It’s now relatively easy to capture a face in 3-D and reconstruct it digitally for applications such as the amazing CGI you see in movies like The Avengers (Ruffalo-Hulk was pretty visually awesome, no?). But facial hair is another story altogether. Current face capture systems don’t capture it well, and the skin that it obscures on the face then becomes an issue as well.
Soft, bendy robots could have a wide variety of benefits, from squishing into tight spaces to conduct surveillance, to crawling through a person's body to deliver drugs or take medical images. But it's hard to build entirely soft objects containing soft bodies, soft batteries and soft motors.
Space exploration doesn’t always go smoothly. For instance, the triumph of Apollo 11 was followed by the failed mission and near-disaster of Apollo 13. Prior to launching Alan Shepard into space in 1961, NASA blew countless space rockets to pieces on the launchpad. Russia still crashes its spaceships periodically. And lest last week’s euphoria over the Mars rover Curiosity landing have you thinking NASA’s got this spaceflight thing down to a pure science, please see the video below. Late last week, NASA’s experimental unmanned Morpheus lander failed spectacularly during vehicle tests. Really spectacularly. With fire and explosions and whatnot.
In July, we partnered with Red Bull on the Creation event, in which teams of makers competed to build, well, great stuff. To get in on the action, they had to create an Arduino-based project. (And if that term doesn't mean anything to you, here's our video explaining what an Arduino is.)
Winners were crowned in July—including Missouri’s Hack A Day team, with its dueling labyrinth tables, a sort of booby-trap pinball—and now we're spending the summer with Red Bull, as they profile other great creators from around the country, beginning with this portrait of Detroit-based builder and destroyer Ryan Doyle.
By Brian Merchant
Posted 08.09.2012 at 11:46 am 16 Comments
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The atomic bomb changed everything. It just did. It's all but impossible to point to a suitable contemporary analogue to the events of August, 1945, when the United States military dropped two atom bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, killed tens of thousands of people, irradiated vast swaths of land, and reduced entire cities to rubble, all in about the time it takes to post a status update on Facebook.
Little else compares to that; an unprecedented scientific achievement harnessed to become what remains the most feared weapon in the world. And we all deal with the fact that those bombs went off (and that they might again, someday) in different ways. Some protest nuclear power. Some lobby for non-proliferation treaties. John Coster-Mullen reverse-engineered the bombs in his spare time and produced the most accurate replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy ever built.
It's now two Olympics running that Usain Bolt has dominated the 100-meter dash, breaking Olympic records both times and being crowned fastest man in the world. He's so good that it's drawn the attention of top engineers and scientists who want to know the biomechanics--the physics behind his movement--that give Bolt his competitive edge.
Russia just set a speed record for a sprint that took place a long way from London. An unmanned Russian Progress cargo ship launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday and docked with the International Space Station just six hours later, marking the first same-day docking ever performed at the ISS.
America’s space shuttles may be settling into their retirement roles as national artifacts, but for space fans who miss their presence at Kennedy Space Center, Google has a new offering — Street View images of the entire complex, shuttles and all. The web giant unveiled the new images this morning, and we have a preview.
Giving video cameras to animals can yield some awesome results, especially underwater — remember the octopus guerrilla filmmaker? In a new video, ride on the back of a South American seabird as it captures footage of its 150-foot-deep dive.
As we approach the Mars rover Curiosity’s landing Sunday night, we’re having a lot of fun seeing all the promotions — there are all kinds of videos, museum exhibits and road shows to help explain what the newest interplanetary explorer will do. Below is a great new one from the American Chemical Society.
NASA is enlisting Hollywood to help promote its blockbuster new Mars rover, Curiosity, in a couple of new videos. Below you can watch both William Shatner and Wil Wheaton, vets of various "Star Trek" franchises, describe Curiosity’s “seven minutes of terror” as it touches down on Mars.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.