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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a big fan of Game of Thrones and just before the Season 8 premier last night he Tweeted something along the lines of adding stainless-steel dragon wings to Starship. “With steel membrane wings like a Dragon, we may be able to lower Starship’s orbital reentry temp to ~1000 degrees C, which would allow the whole surface to be uncooled bare metal,” said Musk. Read more for a video explaining why Starship has a stainless steel design and additional information.
Researchers have discovered two new planets that might be orbiting the nearest star to our sun, a small red dwarf called Proxima Centauri, located approximately 4.24 light-years away from Earth. “We are pleased to show you, for the first time, what is for us a new candidate planet around Proxima that we call Proxima c,” said Mario Damasso of Italy’s Observatory of Turin on April 12 during the 2019 Breakthrough Discuss conference. It’s at least six times more massive than Earth, and the planet takes 1,936 days to orbit once around its star, thus making its average surface temperature much too cold for liquid water to flow. Read more for a video and additional information.
Fans at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago got their first look at the Disney+ series The Mandalorian on Sunday, when Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni revealed a teaser clip. This eight-episode series will make its official debut on Nov. 12 as one of the Disney+ streaming service launch shows. “If you look throughout history, it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly. The idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what sort of characters would survive, and what it was like until the new Republic took over. You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy,” said Favreau. Read more for the video, additional pictures and information.
Google Maps is known for its “ichnographic,” or flattened out plan, where all buildings and their features appear perfectly perpendicular to a single, aerial viewpoint, thus enabling users to grasp a city’s entire layout, relative to its environs and the cardinal directions. Today, creating these maps aren’t too difficult, but Leonardo da Vinci managed to make one of Imola, Italy way back in 1502. Read more for a video showing how he did it.
If you’re familiar with competitive gaming, “Evo Moment #37” is one clip that commonly pops up. For those who’ve never heard of it, the footage refers to a Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike semifinal match held at Evolution Championship Series 2004 between Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong in which the former made an unexpected comeback by parrying 15 consecutive hits of Wong’s “Super Art” move while having only one pixel of vitality. Read more for the alternate view of that moment and the original recording.
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To celebrate the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones on April 14th, British office supply company Viking employees teamed up with artist Andy Singleton to create a giant 43-foot, fire-breathing paper dragon. How long did this all take? Around 10-days, with an additional 10-hours required to piece everything together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Astronomers announced that they will be releasing the first-ever photo of a black hole, which are collapsed stars with gravity so strong that even light cannot escape their grasp, on Wednesday. What will you see? Possibly a dark mass surrounded by a ring of bright light to mark the event horizon, or the edge of a black hole where light can’t escape. The images are coming from the Event Horizon Telescope, a collection of telescopes in Chile, Hawaii, Arizona, Mexico, Spain and at the South Pole, designed specifically to peer at black holes. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters in just a few weeks, and for those looking to purchase merchandise ahead of its theatrical release, there’s this officially licensed Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Bluetooth speaker, which includes all six stones. Other features include a 3.5mm input, which means you could connect it to Google Assistant, Alexa, or other smart devices. Or, you can pair two of these devices together for stereo sound. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Thomas “Painter of Light” Kinkade paintings are known for their glowing highlights and pastel colors, but artist Jeff Bennett wanted to add a geeky twist to some of his favorites in the form of Star Wars. You’ll see plenty of Stormtroopers setting Kinkade’s idyllic scenes ablaze and even Star Destroyers appearing in the fluffy clouds. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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French street artist JR has just unveiled his latest work in Paris this past weekend, and it does not involve Photoshop. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Museum’s stunning glass pyramid, he, along with 400 volunteers, pasted 2,000 sheets of paper around an I.M. Pei design to make it appear as if it’s rising out of a quarry. “Once pasted, the art piece lives on its own. The sun dries the light glue and with every step, people tear pieces of the fragile paper. This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence,” said the artist. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.