Before becoming a YouTube sensation, Mark Rober worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for around nine years, seven of which were spent working on the Curiosity rover, which is now on Mars. He was one of the main architects for “JPL Wired”, and even published a case study about applying wiki technology in a high-tech organization to develop an “Intrapedia” for the capture of corporate knowledge. Read more to see his latest creation.
Despite the pandemic closing down movie theaters nationwide, Christopher Nolan’s TENƎꓕ, an action thriller film based around time travel, is still set for a July 17 release. Stars include John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shooting it on 70 mm and IMAX. Read more for the new trailer just released tonight.
Surf Lakes contracted Australian engineering firm Engenuity Solutions to build a 5 Waves prototype in Yeppoon, Queensland. It’s currently the world’s largest wave pool and consists of a piston-shaped, wave-generating mechanism with a metal donut attached in the middle. This compressed air-powered system’s metal donut rises as air is pumped into it, then plunges down into the water as it’s released, generating waves. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA’s RASSOR (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot), pronounced “Razor”, is a lunar robot capable of autonomously excavating soil when it is near completion. Featuring a small tank-like chassis, complete with a drum excavator and side mounted arms that can help it climb over obstacles that may be in its way. Read more for two videos and additional information.
If you just can’t wait for GTA VI to be released, there’s the NaturalVision Evolved (NVE) visual overhaul mod for GTA V. It’s still being developed as we speak, but is in the early access stage. The most recent version has improved environmental weather effects, the lighting system, ambient colors, tone mapping, world textures, building models and lots more. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Inventor Ivan Miranda specializes in 3D-printed projects, and his latest is a massive tank that you can actually ride inside of. Yes, all of the parts have been printed, and took weeks to do so. There are electronics inside that make it move, including a battery bank and motors. Plus, when Miranda is actually inside, the tank can be remote controlled. Read more for a video and additional information.
Students are finding new ways to make life easier on themselves without getting caught, and the latest comes in the form of a seemingly normal Casio fx-991MS calculator. At first glance, this would not make anyone look twice, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that the small solar cells have been replaced with a 128×32 OLED and an ESP8266 Wi-Fi module. The result? An internet-connected cheating device. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Photographer Andrew McCarthy knows that capturing a perfect image of the moon in one shot is nearly impossible, even with a high-end DSLR, so he decided to stitch together dozens of shots to create the composite that you see here. To be more specific, it’s made from two weeks of moon waxing and he took the lunar terminator of the picture that has the most contrast (where shadows are the longest), aligned and blended them to show the rich texture across the entire surface. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other institutes have found a black hole that is just 1000 light-years from Earth, which makes it closer to our Solar System than any other found to date and forms part of a triple system that can be seen with the naked eye. It was discovered by tracking its two companion stars using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Read more for a video and additional information.
Lightning is amazing to say the least, as it only takes one bolt to heat the surrounding air to 30,000° C, or five times as hot as the surface of the sun. It can also be used to make glass, but when a bolt of lightning strikes a sandy surface, the electricity can melt the sand. When that substance is combined with other materials, it hardens into lumps of glass called fulgurites. Read more for a video on how to turn BBs into a lightning bolt and additional information.