14 August 2014

Ring Nebula ~ Gaseous M57 Composite Image!

NASA APOD spots Ring Nebula M57! http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140813.html

Atoms & Bits ~ Negroponte Shares Big Think...

IEET spotlights MIT ML's Nicholas Negroponte's Big Think...

Hyperlapse ~ Smooth-Move Camera Timelapse!

Microsoft Researchers share Hyperlapse...
"We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyperlapse videos: time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera."

1 World ~ Lower Manhattan Rebuild Timelapse!

io9's Lauren Davis spots Benjamin Rosamond's 1 World timelapse...

OwnPhones ~ Wireless Custom-Fit 3DP Earbuds

The DM's Victoria Woollaston reveals No more uncomfortable earphones! Custom-made buds are 3D printed to fit...
"Each OwnPhone is custom made to fit the wearer’s ear perfectly. People order the customised phones using a smartphone app. Images of a person’s ear are then turned into 3D-printed models. Colours, styles and materials in individual OwnPhones can be personalised."
Kickstarting now...

05 August 2014

Shoulder Bot ~ MIT Body-Mounted Extra Arms...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2716781/Now-thats-extra-pair-hands-Shoulder-mounted-gives-wearers-extra-pair-limbs-carry-difficult-tasks.html The DM spotlights MIT's Robot on the Shoulder...
"Robotic arms that lift heavy objects, grab things out of the wearer's reach and can be used to hold objects steady. [...] There were built at the institute's d'Arbeloff Laboratory by Federico Parietti and Baldin Llorens-Bonilla, both in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The extra limbs created by MIT weigh around 10lbs (9kg) so they can be strapped onto the shoulders or hips, but can still lift heavy objects. While they may not use mind control, they can learn from the way a person’s body moves."

SterraClimb ~ Stair-Climbing Robotic Shifter...

Check out SterraClimb robotic hand truck goods shifter...
"A Princeton-based Robotics company that has Invented the World’s First Robotic Stair-Climbing Transporter that Solves the Problem of Transporting Heavy Goods Up and Down Stairs."
Here's a video of founder Steven Kamara speaking about the inspiration and market opportunities.  And video of usage cases.
http://www.sterraclimb.com/

Bicycle Innovations ~ Streetfilms on Copenhagen!

Mikael Colville-Andersen from Copenhagenize spotlights The Green Waves of Copenhagen and points to a nice little Streetfilm about Bicycle Innovations...
"The busiest bicycle street in the world has changed! Now the Knippelsbro Bridge boasts 40,700 riders per day! And speaking of bridges, Copenhagen is building SIX new bike/ped only bridges to help its citizens get around easier. Last month another cool bridge debuted -- the Cykelslangen "Cycle Snake" or "The Snake". You'll see lots of footage as we travelled back and forth over it. It is truly a work of beauty and the riding is incredibly smooth. Even going uphill seems pretty easy! You'll see lots of other things that will make you happy (or angry your city isn't doing it!) Including waste baskets angled for cyclists, LED lights that indicate whether riders have to speed up to catch the green wave, and a cool treatment for cobblestone streets that helps make biking easier."

29 July 2014

First Taste ~ Ivory Coasters Try Chocolate, Finally

MissC spots Ivory Coast cocoa farmers tasting chocolate...
"It’s touching that the first thing the farmer does is to gather his friends and show them what chocolate tastes like. However, the kids will only get to see the wrapper. The video is a clip from the Dutch show Metropolis."
See the whole Dutch Metropolis episode!

R.I.P. Sheik Umar Khan ~ Sierra Leone Ebola Doc

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2709509/Nigeria-admits-precise-number-people-Ebola-victim-infected-not-known-59-people-placed-close-surveillance.html
Exceedingly sad to hear that Sierra Leonean Dr Sheik Umar Khan, one of the leading fighters against epidemic Ebola, has also succumbed to that deadly virus after treating over 100 afflicted countrymen. This just underscores that this currently West African-centered situation is in fact a global public health emergency. More must be done ASAP.

25 July 2014

Carrington-class CME ~ Near-Miss Solar Storm...

A Carrington-class CME -- Coronal Mass Ejection or plasma burst -- narrowly missed Earth two years ago reports the Guardian's Maev Kennedy...
"The date of 23 July 2012 could have been the day the lights went out, along with suddenly not-so-smart phones, computers, satellite transmissions, GPS navigation systems, televisions, radio broadcasts, hospital equipment, electric pumps and water supplies. On that day an "extreme solar storm" did its best to end life on Earth as we know it. The sun forced out one of the biggest plasma clouds ever detected at a speed of 3,000km per second, more than four times faster than a typical solar eruption. Fortunately it missed. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," said Daniel Baker, of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado."
Here's NASA's ScienceCast

Rooftop Bars ~ Tasty Views with Brews...

It's time for another dose of Rooftop Bars courtesy CNN Staff... http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/25/travel/best-rooftop-bars/index.htmlhttp://www.cnn.com/2014/07/25/travel/best-rooftop-bars/index.htmlhttp://www.cnn.com/2014/07/25/travel/best-rooftop-bars/index.html

23 July 2014

Howtoons ~ Tools of Mass Construction 2014!

The ultimate Tools of Mass Construction are shipping!
"The Howtoons book is out in comic books stores! This 360 page book celebrates our 10th anniversary with over 70 projects!"

Mozambique LNG ~ Anadarko's African Dev'ts...

South-East Africa is a new hotbed for natural gas exploitation, perhaps best exemplified by Mozambique LNG project...
"Anadarko and its joint-venture partners are advancing one of the world's most important LNG developments in the deepwaters off the coast of northern Mozambique."

22 July 2014

Chandra Images ~ Four Supernovas Shared!

txchnologist spots NASA's Chandra anniversary images...
"To celebrate Chandra’s 15th anniversary, four new images of supernova remnants -- the Crab Nebula, Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58 -- were released by the space agency. These supernova remnants are very hot and energetic and glow brightly in X-ray light."
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/14-196_0.jpg

Tree of 40 Fruit ~ Van Aken's Art+Graft+Growth!

Thanks to io9's Ria Misra for spotting the Tree of 40 Fruit...
"An ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit."
http://www.treeof40fruit.com/Becky Crew at ScienceAlert spots TEDx talk too!