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  • 30 Stunning Photos of Saturn Gathered By A School-Bus Sized Spacecraft Named “Cassini”

    No way these can be real, right? While we humans carry on with our daily lives down here on Earth, perhaps stuck in traffic or reading blogs, or just enjoying a summer time stroll, a school-bus-sized spacecraft called Cassini continues to gather data and images for us – 1.4 billion kilometers (870 million miles) away. Since arriving at Saturn in 2004 NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has made several close flybys of Saturn’s moons, caught the Sun’s reflection glinting off a lake on Titan, and has brought us even more tantalizing images of ongoing cryovolcanism on Enceladus. Collected here are a handful of recent images from the Saturnian system.

  • Say Goodbye to Productivity with This App That Adds Futuristic Elements to Your Photos

    ‘Matter’ is a new phenomenal app that lets you add futuristic 3D elements to your landscape photos. The app has a wide variety of elements and shapes you can add into the sky, then play with shadows and sunlight to give it an authentic feel. Then, like magic, as if there was a little wizard with photoshop in your phone Matter cuts around buildings and objects, fusing the surreal with reality. You can also create looping videos—similar to a GIF—of these geometrical objects spinning around in your photo. A truly amazing app Salvatore Dali would have killed for. Matter App. Matter from Pixite Apps on Vimeo.

  • Scientists Program 1000 Robots To Work Together; Forgot To Watch “The Matrix”

    Some eggheads, including Michael Rubenstein, Alejandro Cornejo, and Professor Radhika Nagpal of Harvard’s Self-Organizing Systems Research Group, have released this video illustrating the capabilities of a swarm of Kilobots. The tiny robots, about the size of a penny, cost about $14 each. They are given commands to form two-dimensional shapes and are able to do so on their own, with no human interaction. After the command is given, four robots start off the process. Then the others follow, using infrared sensors to dictate their x- and y-coordinates in the shape. These 2D creations are fine and dandy and make for a decent parlor trick, but the hope is for the robots to next combine in three dimensions. What’s the deal, scientists? Are none of these nerds familiar with The Matrix or the Borg race from Star Trek? Robots coming together ever ends well for us humans. Thank God we have Neo on our side.

  • 45 Years Ago The Apollo 11 Astronauts Were Declared Free Of Moon Germs; Ticker-Tape Parade Held

    When you’re the first country to send men to the moon, there are certain precautions you must take. We’re talking, of course, about moon germs. How would you like to be the nation responsible for most epic accomplishment in human history only to have your astronauts return lousy with lunar bacilli that replicates exponentially in the rich Earth atmosphere and eradicates all of humanity? That would be a total bummer and a real bad PR move. NASA knew this and that’s why when the Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth they were placed in a Mobile Quarantine Facility just in case they had some alien disease. The MQF was a converted Airstream trailer that housed the 3 astronauts along with a doctor and assistant for cooking and cleaning. The trailer had a communications facility (read: telephone) which allowed the crew to meet with their families and President Richard Nixon. After almost 3 weeks in quarantine, it was decided that the astronauts were free of moon germs and they were freed on August 10. On August 13, the crew was officially welcomed home with a ticker-tape parade in New York city. Did NASA give up on quarantining their moonmen? Of course! But more »

  • The Insanely High Costs Of Being an Early Adopter

    We’re a competitive species and not just in displays of physical or mental ability. We even compete to have the latest and greatest of every product that hits the market. Thanks to quality of life increasing while production costs decrease, more people than ever are now able to take part in the fun competition of commercialism. But long before the days of every poor sap being able to line up and buy their annual iPhone, there was a time when the newest high-tech gadgets would make John Pierpont Morgan himself think twice before handing over a sack of cash. Were they worth it?

  • Get up Close And Personal With Celestial Hardbody Comet 67P [5 HQ Photos]

    Over 10 years ago, in March of 2004, the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta spacecraft. The robotic space probe was built with the intent of studying comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. On August 6, Rosetta entered into orbit around the comet, the first spacecraft ever to do so. For the next 17 months, Rosetta will orbit 67P while conducting the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. In November, the Philae robotic lander will land on the surface of 67P for further studies. Below are the first of the comet close-ups received from this incredible mission. Keep up with ESA Mission Rosetta on Twitter.

  • Calorie Counting Device Will Make You Feel Bad About Everything You Eat

    GE Global Research is working on a device that will be able to tell you how many calories are in everything you eat with the touch of a button. The team has already developed a prototype that estimates the caloric content of foods based on water and fat content. Because fat and water interact differently with microwaves, the device can read the microwave signature bounced off of the food and calculate the caloric content within 5-10% accuracy. Eventually the team hopes to build a cover that can be placed over a plate of food and display a calorie count with the press of a button. The device will then be paired with wireless diet apps to track caloric intake. Now the question is do you really want to know just how unhealthy your diet is?

  • A Super 8 Camera For The Digital Age

    Digital video is a fantastic medium, allowing for simple transfer of high definition footage to editing software without having to mess with tapes or film. But sometimes filmmakers want the grain and warmth of those old home movies recorded on Super 8. There are software plug-ins that can emulate the look, but nothing compares to using a real Super 8 camera. The only problem is that no new cameras have hit the market in the last 30 years. Until now. The Logmar S-8 is a new camera combining classic analog and cutting edge digital technology. Using Super 8 film, which is still available from Kodak, you can record old-fashioned video with the aid of a contemporary swivel LCD display. Syncing sound was always an issue with those old cameras, but not anymore. All you need is an SD card for real-time digital sound recording. The first 20 cameras will ship in December and will sell for $3500. After that batch sells out, the price will jump to $5000. For more info, visit Logmar Camera Solutions.

  • How To Turn Off Candy Crush Notifications In 5 Seconds (Or Less)

    The Candy Crush notification plague is singlehandedly turning me off Facebook. The invites are constant and from acquaintances (if that)I haven’t heard from in years. I know they aren’t the ones consciously sending me invites to play, it’s the brilliant development behind the candy curtain that allows it to spread like a plague, but this madness needs to end. To solve the problem I started unfriending anyone who sends the invites, but even that doesn’t seem to work. It seems as though the Candy Crush Commander is always one step ahead of me. It stops now. If you’re not the only one who is pissed off, we’ve unlocked the secret to stopping Candy Crush notifications.

  • Walter White Goes To Space

    Last month, tvtag set their sights on the stars. After thousands of votes from Earth-folk like you, Walter White was nominated to be tvtag’s first space ambassador. Over the course of his journey to space, Walt braved speeds of 95 mph (153km/h), temperatures as low as -65F (-54C), and a maximum altitude of 85,000 feet (25,908m). He soared to new heights, carrying along with him the hopes and dreams of TV watchers everywhere. Long live Heisenberg. Long live TV.

  • Vines From Space Are Better Than Anything You Post

    Former Naval aviator and test pilot Reid Wiseman was selected to join NASA back in 2009. On May 28 of this year, the 38-year-old began his first mission in space at the International Space Station as part of Expedition 40/41. Besides being an astronaut, Wiseman also happens to be keen on social media, posting regularly on Twitter and Vine. 18 months after launching, many people are still not quite sure what Vine’s six-second video clips are best suited for. Well it looks like we have an answer—space videos. What, you’re not an astronaut? Good thing Wiseman’s mission last until November. After that it’s back to being bemused with the service.

  • This Portable Video Game Console Is A Work Of Art

    Thanks to PC-powered emulators such as the ever-popular MAME, revisiting classic games form your childhood is easier than ever. However, if you wanted to play these games without feeling like you were sitting in front of your computer, your choice was pretty much limited to building a big, bulky, arcade-style cabinet—not a viable option if you want to keep your girlfriend. But now you can play classics like Metal Slug on the go with the R-KAID-R. Available in 5 different finishes, including walnut, black ash, and emerald green maple, the R-KAID-R is a portable gaming console encased in solid wood. An 8-inch LCD screen, 8-way joystick, and 9 buttons allow you to play your favorite classic games that are easily imported via USB or SD card. The battery offers 8 hours of gaming on a full charge. The console will be available in September for €2,499 ($3400), but don’t dawdle—only 50 of each color will be available. Pre-order yours today at R-KAID-R.

  • 9 Mind Blowing Photos Of Typhoon Neoguri From Space

    Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering Okinawa as it moves torwards Japan’s main island of Honshu. The storm, expecting to reach Tokyo on Thursday, is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 123 mph and gusts up to 168 mph. Early this morning, Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency currently aboard the International Space Station, captured these incredible photos as the ISS traveled over the Pacific. The size of the storm has been compared to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US east coast in 2012. Keep up with Gerst’s photos from ISS at Flickr.

  • Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Finalists Announced [8 HQ Photos]

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the finalists for its sixth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award. The competition ends September 17 and on the following day, an exhibition of the winning images opens at the Royal Observatory. The overall winner will be awarded £1500 ($2500), while winners of each of the different categories will receive £500 ($850). For more info on the contest and exhibition, visit Royal Museums Greenwich. More of the submitted photos can be viewed at the contest’s official Flickr album.

  • Photo of the Day: Hurricane Arthur As Seen From Space

    Beach-goers along the East Coast are going to have a soggy 4th of July…unless Tim Howard saves us all. The first tropical system of the Atlantic season, Tropical Storm Arthur, formed off southern Florida on July 1, 2014, and is moving north along the coast. NASA snapped the following image from their Terra satellite on July 2 at 11:35 a.m. when Arthur was 105 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • Visit Space In A Luxury Balloon

    Everyone is aware of Virgin Galactic’s space voyages that are set to begin commercial service soon and it would be awesome if we could all go, however not everyone who’s not a celebrity or billionaire adventurer can afford the $250,000 ticket. What many people don’t know is that another company, World View, will be offering tours into space via a luxury balloon for the low, low price of just $75,000. Relatively speaking, that’s not too bad! A joint venture from Arizona’s Paragon Space Development Corporation and British studio Priestmangoode, who designed cabins for Virgin Airlines, World View will take passengers 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. The capsule is carried up via large balloon, reaching the 100,000 feet mark in about 90 minutes. The capsule will then float around for a few hours before returning to terra firma. Inside the luxury capsule will be a bar, snack area, and a bathroom and plenty of viewing areas. Reserve your seat with a $5,000 deposit at World View.

  • Japan Unveils First Android Newscaster, Rest Of World Is Creeped Out [Video]

    In an effort to remind the world that they are the weirdest nation on Earth, Japanese scientists unveiled the world’s first android newscaster. For now, the android will be working at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Sciene and Innovation conversing with visitors and gathering information on human/android interactions. Designed by leading robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, the hope is that the android will learn to better communicate with real people so that human will be more open to an ever-increasing android presence. Hopefully it won’t turn out like an anime version of the classic “They took our jobs!” South Park episode.

  • Google Launches World Cup Trends Landing Page

    For the next few weeks the globe will be engulfed in a sea of soccer, while the World Cup commences during an information age like no other. With digital trends spiking and falling as the games are previewed, played and reviewed the World Cup has snowballed into a massive scaled internet phenomena. Google has created a landing page for all searches and timely trends for teams and match ups. On the trends site, if you click “Upcoming Matches” and chose a country you’ll find: sentiment (“Brazil is feeling hopeful”), top questions, people of interest, people on the rise, global interest, and more!

  • What If Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?

    Visualization by Ron Miller @ Black Cat Studios Our moon is a pretty big object. If it was orbiting the sun and not Earth it’s big enough to be a respectable planet in its own right. The Moon is a quarter the diameter of the Earth. Only Pluto has a satellite that is larger, in proportion to the size of the planet it orbits. What if a celestial body like Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, was as close to the Earth as our moon? Would it fill the night sky? Illustrator and author Ron Miller sought to answer the question using the reference photograph above.

  • Google Street Art Project Lets Temporary Works Live Forever

    Thanks to international celebrities like Banksy, street art is an increasing popular art form. However, despite its popularity, the products of the art form tend to be temporary, painted over by other artists or scrubbed away by property owners at any moment. Google is now using its Cultural Institute along with its highly addictive Street View to grant immortality to former street art meccas such as New York’s 5 Pointz and Tower 13 in Paris. So far, over 5000 images can be found in 100 exhibitions as part of the Google Street Art Project. There are works from all over the world and the collection will continue to grow. Begin your trek down the rabbit hole at the Google Cultural Institute.

  • This Pen Will Change The Design World

    Have you ever wished that you could use Photoshop’s eyedropper tool in real life? A unique new coloring device called the Scribble may soon make that dream a reality. Using the built-in scanner on the pen, you scan the object whose color you want to replicate. Different colored ink cartridges inside the pen then mix to make the exact color you want, with 16 million colors possible. You can even save the color for future use. For digital artists, a stylus version of the Scribble will allow you to scan a color than transfer it to your iPad or other mobile device using the Scribble App. The devices aren’t available yet, but are expected to cost $150 for the pen and $80 for the stylus. To get updates on the release date, sign up at Scribble.

  • 10 Rare Photos Of Apollo Astronauts Training In Hawaii

    On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Over the next 3 years, 5 more Apollo missions would land on the moon. But how did NASA train the astronauts for this mission? By vacationing in Hawaii, apparently. Last December, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, Executive Director Rob Kelso searched through the photo archives at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and found these images. NASA digitized the images and sent them to PISCES earlier this year. Now, for the first time, the public can see the little-known role Hawaii played in the Apollo program of the early 1970s.

  • Journey Through The Solar System, One Pixel At A Time

    It can hard to grasp the vastness of space when you just hear the numbers. The diameter of the Moon, at 3474 km, can be hard enough to grasp, let alone figures like the distance from the Earth to the Moon (384,000 km). Interactive web designer Josh Worth set out to make these numbers easier to comprehend with his project “If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel.” Using the scale of The Moon equal to 1 pixel, Worth takes us on a journey through our solar system, from the Sun to former planet Pluto. As you scroll for what seems like an eternity, facts about the sizes of and distances between celestial bodies offer a respite from the emptiness. After checking out the project, be sure to visit JoshWorth.com for more interactive and insightful work. 

  • Skype Translator Will Translate Speech Instantly [Video]

    The translator used by Captain Kirk and Spock on Star Trek that enabled them to speak to aliens will no longer be a sci-fi fantasy. By the end of the year, Microsoft aims to enable real-time translation in its Skype software. This means that people with no common language will be able to converse with their words being translated accurately and grammatically correct into each other’s native tongues. This will undoubtedly be huge for global businesses, but will diplomacy be handle through Skype in the future? An international incident caused by a computer mistranslation sounds like the makings of a fantastic film!

  • 27 Astounding Images Of Earth As Seen From Aboard The International Space Station

    Despite any political differences between the United States and Russia, the space agencies of the two countries continue their cooperative work in Earth’s orbit, aboard the International Space Station. Apart from the research being done in microgravity, ISS crew members continue to send back amazing images of our home world, photographed from low Earth orbit. Gathered here are recent images of Earth from aboard the ISS, and from a handful of other NASA satellites.

  • NASA Creates World’s Largest Selfie

    On April 22, Earth Day, NASA asked the question “Where are you on Earth right now?” on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. The space agency asked for answers in the form of selfies. The response was incredible. More than 50,000 photos from all 7 continents and 113 countries were posted. Ultimately, 36,422 of the selfies were used to create a zoomable 3.2-gigapixel image. See the image for yourself and learn more about the project at GigaPan.  

  • The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 May Indeed Be the Laptop Slayer

    Microsoft has made an egregious claim. They want your laptop. They want your tablet. They want it all. Yesterday the tech company revealed the newest generation in their Surface line, The Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The 12-inch display, 9.1mm thick, and lighter and 1.8 Lbs sends chills down the spine of every tablet and laptop manufacturer. It’s lighter, thinner and just as big as everything in it’s division. So to make it fit these standards, obvious sacrifices had to be made with hardware right? Nope. The surface Pro 3 offers Intel Core processors, running from an i3 up to an i7 with a revolutionary cooling system that’s quiet as a mouse. One of the many exciting improvements made on the Surface is it’s “friction-hinge.” If you’re not familiar, every generation of Surface came equipped with a metal flap to angle on a flat surface, while convenient, simply wasn’t good enough. Like a picture frame, previous models only had a single angle to display, an enormous problem for everyone who uses a tablet on their lap (roughly 100% of tablet users. Roughly.) But the friction-hinge allows a great deal of bend at almost every angle. Ideal for “lapability”, the term coined more »

  • Elon Musk Is Making “Progress” Towards A Mars Colony With His SpaceX Project

    When speaking of the most ambitious goal of his life Elon Musk, real life Tony Stark who founded PayPal and Tesla, says the human race could be a multiplanet species in our lifetimes as Discovery reports: Billionaire Elon Musk said his private spaceflight company SpaceX has made some progress toward establishing a permanent colony on Mars — a longtime goal in the entrepreneur’s push to help make humanity a multiplanet species. “The reason SpaceX was created was to accelerate development of rocket technology, all for the goal of establishing a self-sustaining, permanent base on Mars,” Musk told an audience here after receiving the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award during the 33rd annual International Space Development Conference on Friday (May 16). “And I think we’re making some progress in that direction — not as fast as I’d like.” Musk cited the success of SpaceX’s recent reusable rocket test on April 18 as a critical achievement on the road to Mars. During that test flight, SpaceX launched a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket from its Florida pad and then returned the rocket’s first stage back to Earth to make a vertical “soft landing” at a target in the Atlantic Ocean, before splashing down. The mission also delivered more »

  • 6 Chrome Extensions to Help You Maximize Google Drive

    Google Drive has unlimited potential. The feature that lets users upload documents, images, spreadsheets and more has millions of neat little ways to boost your everyday activity. It’s also a useful online warehouse that holds all the things you don’t have space for on your computer. Want to know how to boost its capabilities even more? Download these six nifty Chrome extensions that offer unique and handy features.

  • The Future Of Travel At Spaceport America [10 HQ Photos]

    With the American people electing more and more Luddites who refuse scientific evidence and are unable to understand any sort of technology, NASA’s future isn’t looking so bright. In fact, during the government shut-down last year, 97 percent of NASA employees were deemed “unessential” and sent home. It’s up to the private sector to explore space now and in New Mexico they’ve built the perfect headquarters. Spaceport America has been described as “the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport,” with tenants including Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, UP Aerospace, and Armadillo Aerospace. A visitor center in downtown Truth Or Consequences, the closest town to the Spaceport, is in the works and will offer shuttle bus services. With Virgin Galactic aiming to begin commercial space flights later this year, Spaceport America is the start of a new chapter in travel. For more info and photos, visit Spaceport America.

  • Why She Hides Your Status Updates

    Social media is a weird world that we have all accepted as normal. We had to learn how to be polite at the dinner table or considerate on public transit, but technology changes so quickly that we were never taught how to behave properly online. I bet you know someone who is insufferable when they get behind a keyboard. You don’t want to be that person, especially if you want to impress someone. Here are the reasons why she would hide your status updates or even un-friend you. Don’t give her any reason to ignore you! Nobody cares about your games. Your Slots/Farmville/Candy Crush obsession should stay between you and your devices. You can alter the games’ settings so that they do not post your scores or invitations to your friends. I’m just trying to save you from yourself here. We get it. You work out. I don’t know any women who log into social media just clamoring to know where you worked out and whether it’s an ‘Arm Day’ or a ‘Leg Day.’ You’re taking care of yourself and keeping yourself accountable – Good for you! …But I don’t really care to know about it. Did you run a more »

  • Live HD Stream From The ISS Is Amazing [Video]

    Last month, 4 high-definition cameras were delivered to the International Space Station. The cameras were mounted on the outside of the ISS and live video feed has been streaming since April 30. Aside from offering an incredible view of Earth like you’ve never seen before, the program also tests the viability of commercial cameras for future space missions. If these HD cameras prove successful, millions can be saved by forgoing expensive, custom-designed space cameras. With governments cutting back on space programs, every dollar counts. Check out the live feed below and get more info on the High Definition Earth Viewing program at NASA.

  • NASA Crowd Sourced Their New Z-2 Space-suit of the Future

    NASA left the design of their new space suit up to the internet. Giving the public three choices to choose from, NASA left the fate of the space-fashion in the hands of voters. With over 150,000 votes the internet chose wisely. Of the three options; “Biomimicry”, “Trends in Society” and “Technology”, “Technology” won. “”Technology” pays homage to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future. By using Luminex wire and light-emitting patches, this design puts a new spin on spacewalking standards such as ways to identify crew members. ” The suits have vibrant electroluminescent wire and patches across the upper and lower torso, exposed rotating bearings, collapsing pleats for mobility and highlighted movement and will be a more bearable suit for astronauts to weather the elements of the red planet, NASA’s next projected landing course for humans. Traversing Mars will be unlike any other environment NASA’s current suits have endured, which is why their Z-2 suit, will have a more durable surface for tough walk missions. Stay up to date on production at NASA.

  • LeBron & Samsung Collaborate on App

    Samsung has had some success in the past with exclusive apps and it looks like they’re continuing that model by partnering up with the most famous active athlete on the planet. Their Galaxy-exclusive software hopes to hone in on a younger demographic who wants exclusive content unavailable on other platforms. Their last major partnership was with Jay Z and featured an exclusive look at his Magna Carta album before it was avaible for purchase to the public. The “LeBron” app is an intimate look at the life of the superstar on his way to a third championship run. The app is broken down into 4 categories; Athlete: Photos and videos of his workouts, daily life as an athlete including his routine for getting ready for games, post-game remarks and more NBA Playoffs: LeBron’s season and career highlights along with live scores from the Heat’s playoff games Style: Photos and videos of his classic style, sneakers of the day, off-the-court looks, a radio that plays his favorite songs and more. Journey: Insight into what fuels LeBron off the court including, his charitable work with his Foundation, as well as his home life with his wife and kids. The app is available more »

 
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