An interesting look at the exoplanet - GJ 1214b and its weather.
Clouds Detected on Alien Planet —New Hubble Discovery | TheDailyGalaxy
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today’s forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they have definitively characterized the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star for the first time. [Read more] Source photo 1: [Tyrogthekreeper]
Photo: America’s Next Rocket
NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, will be the most powerful rocket in history. The flexible, evolvable design of this advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle will meet a variety of crew and cargo mission needs.
In addition to carrying the Orion spacecraft, SLS will transfer important cargo, equipment and science experiments to deep space, providing the nation with a safe, affordable and sustainable means to expand our reach in the solar system. It will allow astronauts aboard Orion to explore multiple deep-space destinations including an asteroid and ultimately Mars.
The first configuration of the SLS launch vehicle will have a 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit to test the performance of the integrated system. As the SLS is evolved, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built and provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons) to enable missions even farther into our solar system.
CarbonX: Magic fabric doesn’t catch fire after being doused with molten aluminum
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
CarbonX is an acrylic fiber that is partially charred in an incinerator, a carbon sheath forms around an unburned acrylic core. When this charred fiber is exposed to heat, the acrylic core burns completely, absorbing the heat energy of the flame.
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Soon, it will be possible to buy a ticket to the Earth’s atmosphere.
Lesser known than Elon Musk and Richard Bronson’s space tourism exploits is World View, a luxury flight capsule that, in an estimated four years, will start taking travelers on five hour tours through our earth’s atmosphere.
Do we really have to wait that long?!
Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator
Here’s a video of the “Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator”, installed at the Tschumi Pavilion in Groningen / The Netherlands. The apparatus contains 1000 black sponge balls, which are sucked through 150m of transparent pneumatic tubes with the power of a regular household vacuum cleaner. The balls travel with a speed of about 4m/s. Visitors can operate the machine with a touch sensor mounted on the pavilion’s front glass: They can change the direction of the airflow and watch the balls speed up, slow down and reverse.
You can find out more at Roy’s website here
A very innovative pocket-sized printer.
Pocket Printer by Zuta Labs
Not only a portable design, but able to print on any size page.
it finally feels like 2014
Video: NASA rover roams the underside of frozen lakes.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on a rover that can be inserted under an ice sheet, before using its buoyancy to enable it to be driven untethered underwater, using the underside of the ice for traction.
One day such a system could be used on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, but for now it’s being tested in Alaska, measuring salt content and temperature of the water there.
Experimental electronic textile project by Judit Eszter Karpati with fabric that changes it’s colours with the help of an Arduino - video embedded below:
CHROMOSONIC project is an electronic textile that changes color, using the Arduino open-source platform.
The dynamic changes in the textile color derive from processed sound files. Silkscreen was used to cover the textile in a dye that changes with temperature. Sound makes the nichrome wires woven into the fabric heat up, changing the pattern.
The project investigates the relationship between digital world and textile arts, the everchanging boundaries between the digital and physical world.How the world of digital media becomes tangible through the textile medium. My intention was the broadening the field of textile craft and design, bringing together different mediums and looking for new possibilities in textile design. The project mixing different areas: textile design, electronics, IT.