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The fully assembled International Space Station is a wonder of engineering. But its fully completed elements only occurred after a series of assembly flights from multiple countries. Here, we'll take you on a brief tour of the space station elements....
Radio waves from our Milky Way galaxy are reflected across the surface of the moon in a stunning new image....
"New design is very exciting! Delightfully counter-intuitive."...
In the middle of a lengthy spacewalk to assemble part of the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao could see nothing but a blue-marbled Earth swirling above his head....
NASA and Russian space agency Roscosmos are celebrating the space laboratory's 20th anniversary with a fantastic series of photos that capture the scale and awe of this one-of-a-kind spacecraft....
Released in August, Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones are the latest in Sony's line of flagship headphones, following on from the WH-1000XM2 model that debuted at IFA 2017 and the original MDR-1000X that launched in 2016. The line was designed to compete with Bose's QuietComfort line, especially in terms of noise cancellation, and we've wrapped our ears in a pair of the third-generation cans to see how Sony's latest effort stacks up... Continue Reading Review: Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones bring the noise cancelling Category: Music Tags: Headphones Noise Canceling Sony ...
There have been a number of electric motorcycles that have broken away from the traditional designs of their gas-powered brethren, including the Rocsie and Zeus. But what would happen if a moto was specifically designed for Fused Filament Fabrication printing? Germany's BigRep has debuted a number of automotive and e-mobility prototypes at this year's formnext additive manufacturing exhibition, including the world's first 3D-printed working electric motorcycle... Continue Reading BigRep rolls out 3D-printed electric motorcycle prototype Category: 3D Printing Tags: 3D Printing BigRep Electric Motorcycles Prototype ...
The City of London may soon receive an unusual new addition to its skyline courtesy of Foster + Partners' aptly-named Tulip observation tower. Assuming it goes ahead, the building will offer viewing points and glass slides, as well as pod rides on its exterior. .. Continue Reading Striking Tulip observation tower planned for London Category: Architecture Tags: Building and Construction Foster and Partners London Skyscrapers ...
Factory workers at Ford’s car assembly plants are using exoskeletons to help with their gruelling work. Leah Crane visited the factory to try one out  ...
Jezero crater on Mars is thought to have once had a river flowing along its rim and could hold signs of ancient life...
Back in 2012, Bruno Zamborlin revealed a tiny device that could transform any surface into a musical instrument. After some refinement, Mogees launched on Kickstarter in 2014, and again as Mogees Play in 2016. Now Zamborlin has unveiled HyperSurfaces, which taps into the power of AI and machine learning to turn "any object of any material, shape and size" into a user interface... Continue Reading HyperSurfaces uses AI to make object interfacing more natural Category: Computers Tags: Artificial Intelligence natural user interface Sensors System-on-a-chip Touch-enabled ...
James Carter would be the first to admit that he is a children's book writer, not a scientist....
Paul Sutter's new book, "Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence" (Prometheus Books, 2018), takes readers on an informative and entertaining tour of their cosmic home. Read an excerpt here....
Astrophysicist Paul Sutter's new book, "Your Place in the Universe" (Prometheus Books, 2018), takes readers on a far-reaching tour of the cosmos and explains how scientists tackle the biggest of questions....
Scientists have identified 24 ancient lakes on Mars that once overflowed and burst through their walls, forming steep-sided canyons — and NASA's Mars 2020 rover will explore the neighborhood of one of these paleolakes, looking for traces of ancient life....
Astronauts living and working onboard the International Space Station enjoy one of the most stunning views of planet Earth — and fortunately for the rest of us, they're generous in sharing the spectacle....
Keurig is best known for popularizing the coffee pod machine, designed to make your morning cuppa joe more convenient. But realizing it's always five o'clock somewhere, the company is now taking the concept out on the town with the Drinkworks Home Bar, which cooks up cocktails (or beer and cider, for some reason) from the same kind of premixed pods... Continue Reading Keurig switches from AM to PM with pod-based cocktail maker Category: Around The Home Tags: Alcohol Appliances Bars Beer Beverages Drink Drinking Kitchen ...
After five years, NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission has a landing site penciled in. From a list of 60 candidate sites, the space agency has chosen Jezero Crater as the touchdown point for the nuclear-powered unmanned explorer designed to seek out places where life might once have existed and collect soil and rock samples for return to Earth via a future mission... Continue Reading NASA selects Mars 2020 rover landing site Category: Space Tags: Mars Mars 2020 NASA ...
Opened last week, the Jameel Arts Centre is the latest impressive building to carry Dubai's grand ambitions as a cultural destination for the Middle East. Designed by award-winning UK-based firm Serie Architects, the boxy white structure overlooks Dubai creek and is built to host contemporary art installations, along with workshops and events. New Atlas swung by to check out the opening festivities... Continue Reading Jameel Arts Centre: Poking around Dubai's shiny new waterfront museum Category: Holiday Destinations Tags: Art Dubai Museum ...
With the power to unleash as much energy in 10 seconds as the Sun does in its entire lifetime, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most energetic events in the universe, second only to the Big Bang itself. Given how sudden they are, we don't usually get any warning, but now astronomers have spotted the telltale signs of a star system that could blow its lid any moment – and it's far too close to Earth for comfort... Continue Reading Star spotted on the brink of a gamma ray burst – and it's alarmingly close to Earth Category: Space Tags: Astronomy Explosion Galaxy New York University Stars Supernova University of Sydney ...
Designed for some of the biggest adventures of your life, the Nest Cuckoo is also one of the smallest camper vans you're likely to journey out in. But you won't want for anything in this Slovenian rental camper, thanks to its combination of long, comfy bed, tailgate kitchen with stove and fridge, and seating for four. The Cuckoo mini-campervan lets you write the script of your own European vacation, maneuvering nimbly between tight city streets, switchbacking mountain climbs and breezy coastal drives, all for less than the cost of a hotel room. .. Continue Reading Nest mini-campervan keeps your footprint small and path wide open Category: Automotive Tags: Campervan Camping Minivan Motorhome Motorhomes Outdoor Travel Van ...
Using a script written by IBM's Watson supercomputer, trained with a long list of award-winning luxury brand commercials and human emotional response data, Lexus has shot a TV ad digitally designed to make you feel things. Does it work? Well, kind of... Continue Reading Lexus' new AI-written TV ad, and the rise of emotionally manipulative algorithms Category: Automotive Tags: Advertising Artificial Intelligence Lexus ...
Nailing the landing will require technology developed since Curiosity's launch....
Merry Thanksgiving week! To show my appreciation for you, my readers, here’s a short story I wrote to read aloud while I was touring with The Consuming Fire. It’s called “Automated Customer Service,” and it’s what happens when, in the near future, something goes wrong with a household appliance and you have to navigate an […]...
The group motion is similar to fluid circulation, marked by two types of waves....
NASA's InSight Mars lander will touch down on the Red Planet...
A cache of sophisticated stone tools from a cave in China date back 170,000 years – perhaps a sign that our species arrived in East Asia earlier than we thought...
Pre-eclampsia affects up to 10 per cent of pregnancies and can have serious complications. A single injection may one day be enough to lower blood pressure...
“The vehicles flew like a dream today."...
A vast network of termite tunnels and 2.5-metre-tall mounds that covers 230,000 square kilometres may be the biggest engineered structure built by an insect...

Stan Lee

Nov19
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Stan lee passed away on Monday 12th November at the age of 95. His Marvel sci-fi characters were like his children which leapt off the comicbook pages and took on a life of their own in the movie universe.Fans are still coming to grips with the tremendous loss of one of our much loved superheroes, a Marvel Icon and Disney Legend who just loved the fans. Heres a brilliant Star Trek video with Stan Lee and like he says a lot - TREK ISOLATION: A Great Responsibility:) thanks to Trekmovie..  We will always love Stan Lee.R.I.P. STAN. YOU WERE GREATEST. Live Long and Prosper, Marvel, Trek, Sci-Fi, Fans. ...
Shrinking from human to ant size would increase metabolic rate and oxygen needs....
Company called Energy Vault has an agreement to build a pilot tower in India in 2019....
Its age is unknown—and a touchy subject....
Plenty of animals have ritual greetings. But most are not like this....

Krissy, 11/17/18

Nov18
John Scalzi
She’s pretty great. And she photographs well, as a bonus....
But we don't know of any mechanism that can create Pluto's "washboard" terrain....
The spacecraft will "arrive" at Bennu officially in about two weeks....
Once again catching up on new books and ARCs after my travels, here’s a healthy of stack of titles for you peruse. What here would you like to take to the couch with you after a Thanksgiving dinner? Tell us all in the comments!  ...
Scientists from around the world have unanimously voted for a new definition of the kilogram – one based on fundamental constants instead of “Le Grand K”...
The Gaia satellite has spotted a ghost galaxy with a lower surface brightness than any stellar system we’ve ever seen – but the discovery is being questioned...
Water contaminated with heavy metals, such as lead, could be cleaned up by thousands of microbots built from mushroom spores...
A love of family history and a desire not to wander the fairlanes in their spare time led Steve Nedvidek and his co-creators to make The Jekyll Island Chronicles, an alt-history graphic novel series. How did these motivations end up combined into a colorful artistic creation? Nedvidek explains it all. STEVE NEDVIDEK: I was a […]...
Players of a video game must kill a virtual parasite by changing the temperature of their gut, which is measured by an ingestible sensor...
A new genetic test that enables people having IVF to screen out embryos likely to have a low IQ or high disease risk could soon become available in the US...
I’ve been out in LA to promote Sacrifice and have made a couple of appearances here and there. Here’s me Dickbraining on the Late Late Show with James Corden: And […] The post JOE ROGAN AND JAMES CORDEN appeared first on Derren Brown....
Same tree, a week’s difference in weather. Looks like it might be one of those winters. I guess we’ll find out soon enough....
Here’s a painterly view out of my front door today — I’ve arrived back home from work-related travel, once again, and finally, for the rest of 2018. If I travel anywhere else for the rest of the year, and to be clear I have no plans to, then it will be for personal reasons only. […]...
Guest commentary from Ralph Keeling (UCSD) I, with the other co-authors of , want to address two problems that came to our attention since publication of our paper in Nature last week. These problems do not invalidate the methodology or the new insights into ocean biogeochemistry on which it is based, but they do influence […]...
And the weather is perfect, because it’s San Diego and why wouldn’t it be. Tonight: Come see me and Cixin Liu at the Clarke Center for Human Imagination as we talk about our work, worldbuilding, and all manner of things science fictional! Here are the details. We’d love to see you there!...
What did Michael Dorn consider his "crowning glory" when he played the Klingon, warrior Worf in Star Trek the Next Generation?WORF AND DEANNAHeres 3 answers, which is it?A. Being the architect for all Klingons in Star Trek.B. The simmering romance between Worf and Troi.....C. Avenging K'Ehleyr's murder?.Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers.WORF AND K'EHLEYR ...
It’s that time of the year again, and once again I am teaming up with Jay & Mary’s Book Center, my local independent bookseller, to offer signed and personalized books for gift-giving. It’s a great way to get a unique gift for someone you love (even yourself!) while at the same time supporting a fabulous local business […]...
When I was heading to France last week, I considered taking my Nikon d750 with me, because I thought, not unreasonably, that France might be a photogenic country and that I might want to get some high quality photos of the place. I decided against it for a number of reasons, but one of the […]...
This month’s open thread on climate science issues. A lot of interest in the new Resplandy et al paper (WaPo), with some exploration of the implications on twitter i.e. Interesting new paper “Quantification of ocean heat uptake from changes in atmospheric O2 and CO2 composition”But I’m not sure about their argument on the consequences on […]...
Summer 2018 saw an unprecedented spate of extreme weather events, from the floods in Japan, to the record heat waves across North America, Europe and Asia, to wildfires that threatened Greece and even parts of the Arctic. The heat and drought in the western U.S. culminated in the worst California wildfire on record. This is […]...
The thing that really gets me in the gut about global warming from fossil fuel combustion is how long it will last. Carbon mined from the deep Earth and injected into the “fast carbon cycle” of the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface will continue to affect atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and climate, for hundreds of thousands […]...
I have an op-ed in the New York Times this week: How Scientists Cracked the Climate Change Case The biggest crime scene on the planet is the planet. We know the earth is warming, but who or what is causing it? Many of you will recognise the metaphor from previous Realclimate pieces (this is earliest […]...

To Boldly Discover Star Trek

Oct24
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Are Fans Rejecting Star Trek Discovery?So with Netflix footing the bill for the entire season 1 of Star Trek Discovery. The question remains. Is the new show a financial success?As predicted by the licensees the ship and costume designs and overall deviation from Star Trek Canon has caused a backlash in the fan community.Discovery toys aren't readily available in stores except online...hmmm its a different story. Amazon is a good place to search. You can find a Sonequa Martin-Green STAR TREK DISCOVERY Autographed photo for $65... so if you've got the bucks to blow.. shes waiting for you!But lets get serious for a second, the new changes have caused an unmistakable rupture in the space time continuum between borderline fans who dislike ST Discovery and fans who love it.So which side are you on? Do you love the new Star Trek Discovery Costumes? or prefer the older kelvin timeline....... Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Seven of Nine perhaps or maybe... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/k2N7EnjzlLQ/to-boldly-discover-star-trek.html...

I Still See You

Oct18
Bear McCreary Blog
What would a score sound like if it were a collaboration between late-70’s John Williams, late-80’s Danny Elfman, and late-90’s Björk? This question ran through my mind as I composed a moody, thematic score for “I Still See You,” a … Continue reading →...