All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘cool’

Curiosity Beams Back First Color Panorama of Mars

Well, this is cool. Earlier in the week, NASA promised us bigger, color photos from the surface of Mars. And what do you know, mark them good on their word. That’s because the Curiosity rover has just sent the first color panaroma image from Gale Crater. Ok, it’s not in full resolution, but instead pieced together from 130 different 144×144 …

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Look! Another Angry Birds USB Slingshot Controller

Back in May, Rovio announced that downloads for the Angry Birds series had topped 1 billion. Simply put, that’s a hell of a lot of Angry Birds, Rio, Seasons, and the new Angry Birds Space being played. So it’s clear that people still have an interest in birds as projectiles. And if you’re someone who still loves a little pig …

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These Glasses Let You See the World Through the Blinks of Others

Imagine that you’re sitting in a room with a few other people, and suddenly the lights flicker for just a brief second. Everyone looks around and then eventually turns to one another. What’s the first thing that everyone says? “Whoa, did everyone just blink at the same time or did the lights go out?” Well, this installation from artist Michal …

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Watch 138 People Break The World Skydiving Record

Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and Gabby Douglas aren’t the only people setting records through amazing physical achievements. In an effort that took over three days, nearly a gross of skydivers took to the skies over Ottawa, Illinois to break the world record in vertical skydiving. 138 divers, to be exact. The previous record was 108, and people traveled from all …

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Curiosity Rover Descends To The Martian Surface [VIDEO]

Like many people who dreamed of being an astronaut when they were kids, I’m pretty awestruck when it comes to anything NASA (and space in general). Because of that, I’ve been anxiously awaiting any updates from NASA concerning the Curiosity rover (MSL), the one-ton exploration vehicle that just landed on the surface of Mars. We know that all of the …

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New Mars Photos Coming Later This Week; Bigger, and in Color

UPDATE: NASA has released the first video of the descent. Since the Curiosity rover landed safely on the surface of Mars earlier today, we’ve only been treated to a few black and white photos from the rover’s rear Hazcam. Of course, “only” kind of sells it short, and simply is relative to what’s coming. The few images that we’ve received …

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Curiosity Rover Photographed Parachuting To Mars

Earlier this morning, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity made a safe and intact landing onto the surface of Mars, inside the Gale crater next to a three-mile high mountain. The nearly one-ton rover completed a nine-month journey by acing the landing, making way for a two year expedition to determine whether the planet’s past included some traces of microbial life. If …

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Someone Thought a Robot that Swims Like a Human Was a Good Idea

I no longer feel the need to preface anything about robots with the phrase “it’s my belief that,” because it’s now a mathematical certainty that humans are slowly but surely engineering our violent and imminent overthrow by continuing to make smarter, faster robots. Google’s busy making spider robots, some scientist with a death wish is teaching them how to learn …

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This LEGO Wheelchair Can Transport A 200-Lb Guy

I’m sure you’re well-versed in the amazing things that can be built using everyone’s favorite childhood (and adulthood, for that matter) toy, LEGO. So, it’s probably not surprising to hear that someone has managed to make another awesome machine using just a couple different sets of LEGOs and a few multi-directional wheels. There are plenty of unfortunate reasons why a …

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Short Film “Sight” Shows Us The Dark Side Of Project Glass-Like Technology

Much of the talk around the tech world recently has been focused on Project Glass – aka Google Glasses – the wearable heads of display that many think could revolutionize the way we interact with apps, photos, video, and really the internet in general. But Google’s not the only company that’s dying to put a computer on your face. Even …

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This Robot Trashcan Will Catch Your Inaccurately-Tossed Empty Beer Can

Is it necessary? No. Wildly inventive? Yes. Do you wish that you had one? Absolutely. That Q&A session is indicative of many products we see that are created in the minds of the Japanese. And now, those crazy innovators have just created every college student’s dream dorm room item. It’s called the “Smart Trashbox,” and its “smartness” comes from the …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Live-Tweets The MLB All-Star Game With Predictably Awesome Results

Neil deGrasse Tyson is about the only truly famous astrophysicist we have these days, but boy has he taken off like a rocket (pun most definitely intended). Through countless televisions appearances and a strong online presence, the Hayden Planetarium director has gained quite the pop culture status. Science is fascinating, fun, and invaluable. That’s what I take from Neil deGrasse …

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