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  • 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 »

  • Yup, This Fully Zoomable, Movable Martian Panorama Is Pretty Damn Amazing

    Панорама Марса – марсоход Curiosity: 613-ый марсианский день in out-of-this-world Sure, you might never be able to set foot on Mars (although never say never) but now, with this amazing panorama created by Andrew Bodrov using 138 individual shots that he stitched together will show you what it might look like.

  • SOL Republic Relay Earbud Giveaway

    We’re giving away SOL Republic Relay earbuds for free! RELAYS is a true crossover headphone. Whether you’re running for a train or training for a run, you can enjoy the fit of a sports headphone with all the sound and style you need to keep up with you all day, no matter what you’re doing. Win SOL Republic Relay’s From RSVLTS! in Contests on LockerDome

  • The 45 Most Popular Women On Instagram of 2014

    Back in January we published a story called The 50 Most Popular People on Instagram of 2014 and in the months since it has gone mega viral all over the web. To narrow things down a bit we’ll focus on the women of Instagram. As you’ll see from the list the Jenner/Kardashian family has a dominance over Instagram that is nearly unmatchable.

  • 4 Reasons Why You Won’t Be Using Google Glass

    Wearable tech; it’s fast becoming an industry in its own right. So it’s to be expected that there’s been a fair amount of chatter about the launch of Google Glass. But is the buzz really justified? If you’re not turned on by all the geeky talk about specs and functions, is there room for Google Glass in your life? Having played with it, I’m looking past the technology to give you a summary of what Google Glass gives you on a more practical level.

  • This Astronaut’s Twitter Puts Us All To Shame

    What’s that? You just had one of those Taco Bell breakfast tacos and though you weren’t that impressed you still felt the need to share it with everyone along with multiple pictures? That’s cool, I guess. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted pictures from his spacewalk, but I’m really glad you found time to retweet a funny picture from George Takei that everyone saw on Reddit the day before. Seriously though, Rick Mastracchio is aboard the International Space Station and his incredible tweets give us terrestrial folks a glimpse of life in Low Earth Orbit. Follow him @AstroRM and feel bad about posting pics of yourself wearing a trucker hat 10 years ago for #tbt.

  • Transform Your Old Stereo Into A WiFi System For Just $49 With Rocki

    Remember when those little cassette tapes with the wire that plugged into a portable CD player made it so that you didn’t have to update your car’s stereo system in the 90s? Well the Rocki Play cheaply and easily converts your car stereo, or any speakers with a 3.5mm or RCA port, into a WiFi system. Originally launched as a Kickstarter project that raised over $200,000, the Rocki Play is now available for just $49 and comes with 7 different colored skins so you can choose one that best matches your decor. How does it work? Just plug the device into the audio jack of your stereo and set it up using the Rocki app on your android phone. An iOS version is also in the works, but for now Apple users can use the Rocki via AirPlay. Order yours today at Rocki.

  • Travel Through Time With Google Maps

    Have you ever wished you were like Sherman and could travel through time with a WABAC machine? A new feature in Google Maps for desktop allows you to see street views from different moments in time and you don’t even need a smug, talking dog like Mr. Peabody picking on you the whole time. Using images from as far back as 2007, you can now use Google Maps to view the construction of epic edifices, such as New York City’s One World Trade Center, or the destructive forces of nature, such as Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2011 earthquake. You can even use it just to get an idea of seasonal weather when planning a vacation. If nothing else, it’s another way to spend hours looking at Google Maps and dreaming of the world outside your dismal cubicle. You know what a 2007 Street View of your office would like? The exact same, except you would look a tad more fit. Head over to Google Maps for more info then start planning your escape.

  • Far-Out Space Colony Concept Art From the 1970s

    Back in the 1970s, when our government actually encouraged innovation and gave money to scientific endeavors, NASA conducted three space colony summer studies at NASA Ames. These artistic renderings were the result, illustrating toroidal colonies and Bernal spheres containing populations of 10,000 and cylindrical colonies housing over 1 million. It’s easy to dismiss these works as fantastic notions of science fiction, but ideas need to start somewhere. And it’s a refreshing reminder that our government is capable of inspiring such innovation, or at least was capable not too long ago. Learn more about space settlements at NASA.

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    Samsung is determined to make a cannonball splash this time around with the release of their Galaxy S5. The Korean based company, who’s primary focus is on “The Next Big Thing” may have just found it. Their newest edition to the Galaxy S line is a 5.1-inch, 1080p AMOLED display which is vivid to say the least. However it’s also thin and light, weighing in at 5.1 ounces and 8.1 millimeters deep. The back is made of a easy grip perforated faux leather that makes handling the phone with one hand a little easier for someone without Andre the Giant size hands. The key distinguishing features, however, come in the form of an updated 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with a much faster auto focus thanks to a second sensor. The camera options are out of this world. A new great feature offered in the bevy of camera options is the “virtual tour” option that essentially puts a Google Street View type journey at the tip of your fingers. Another never before seen option is the HDR realtime photo option which let’s you see a preview of HDR quality photos before you actually take it, selective photo is another option that will have Instagrammers going more »

  • VIZIO’s E-Series 60” Has The Best Bang For Your Buck On The Market

    If you’ve done any online browsing for a new TV recently you’ll see that SmartTVs are all the rage with capabilities to connect to your WiFi, allowing easy access to a plethora of content across platforms like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, YouTube and more. If your current TV doesn’t allow you to enjoy the spoils of the latest entertainment technology then it’s time for an upgrade. At only $899.00 the VIZIO E-Series 60” delivers brilliant picture quality while allowing you to instantly enjoy the latest hit movies, TV shows, music and even more premium apps straight from the Internet to your TV. Stop by your local Best Buy for a walk through, we guarantee there is not another 50″+ Smart TV in this class that can compare. VIZIO was so confident  their product was superior that their allowed us to use a E-Series 60” for our Final Four viewing party at the new office. We paired it with a VIZIO 54” 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar and the visuals and audio from the big games filled the room with ease. All in all, if you’re looking for a crisp 60″ inch Smart TV you could spend $1,700+ or opt for the $899.00 VIZIO more »

  • Facebook to Notify Users When Friends are Nearby

    In a move that will fire up provacy watchdogs across America Facebook announced that users will soon be able to receive notices on their mobile app when they’re near friends, signaling an effort by the online social network to play a bigger role in real-world interactions reports the WSJ. TechCrunch has a deep analysis of how Nearby Friends works, how it was built, its privacy implications, how it impacts the competitive landscape, and its long-term opportunities for Facebook. But here’s the tl;dr version: Nearby Friends was built by the Glancee location sharing app team led by Andrea Vaccari that Facebook acquired in 2012. It adds a list of nearby friends to Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. It will also send notifications if you come within a short distance of a friend, and if someone shares their precise location with you you’ll see it on a map. Vaccari tells me “the idea is to make it really easy to discover when someone is around you, and meet up and spend time together.” It wants to facilitate those serendipitous meetups where you run into a friend and end up having a meal or hanging out together. It’s a meatspace manifestation of Facebook’s mission to more »

  • Open Sign-Up At Google Glass Today

    Google is now allowing any US resident over the age of 18 to sign up for Google Glass. They haven’t specified how many slots are open in the Explorer Program, but, like with anything tech-related, the offer is bound to be snatched up quickly. Sure, we all say how much we hate those Google Glass-wearing geeks undoubtedly recording our every move as they stare at us in Starbucks and on the subway, but plenty of us are also envious of the cachet the device bestows upon its wearer. I mean, I’m already staring at people, I might as well have the latest technology to maximize my ogling. But to get that cachet, you need cash. Google Glass will cost you $1500. If you have that sort of money to fork over to become king of the nerds, head over to the Glass Explorer Sign-Up and become an Explorer before it’s too late. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be in a dark corner pretending not to take pictures of you with my flip phone.

  • A Look At The Navy’s New $3 Billion Ship, USS Zumwalt [11 Photos]

    On April 12, the US Navy christened its lates ship, the USS Zumwalt. It is the first of 3 ships in the new DDG category of destroyers, featuring the latest technology at a cost of over $3 billion each. Initially offering two 155mm AGSs equivalent to 12 155mm howitzers, it is anticipated that one AGS will be switched out with the Navy’s awesome new rail gun beginning in the 2020s. And despite being 40% larger than the ubiquitous Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the new class of DDG is incredibly stealthy. The radar signature of the ship is akin to a fishing boat and the sound levels are about the same as the common Los Angeles-class submarines. All 3 DDG ships should be launched by the end of the decade, ushering in a new era of Naval warfare.

  • Astronaut Bloopers

    It’s pretty evident that walking on a surface area with completely different gravity might not be the breeziest of walks, but astronauts are people too. It’s just so hard to get those moon dust stains out of those million dollar suits.

  • Have A Space Party Celebration For Yuri’s Night [12 Photos]

    April 12, 1961 marked the monumental occasion of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight. On that day 20 years later, NASA launched the first space shuttle. To commemorate the importance of April 12, Yuri’s Night was established in 2001 to encourage parties and gatherings aimed at entertaining while celebrating these milestones and encouraging a new generation of space explorers. In 2011, on the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight, over 100,000 people attended 567 official events in 75 countries on all 7 continents. If you still haven’t made plans, find a party near you on the official Yuri’s Night site or use these photos from past events to give you ideas on planning your own. Check out more Yuri’s Night photos on Flickr.

  • 10 Retro Games That Are In Need Of a Remake

    Nostalgia is a vicious mindset—one that makes the reminiscing mind longing for days past. In the entertainment industry, musing retroactively can be especially powerful with the source of such past-longing being right in front of the ruminator—an electronic landmark from two decades ago. And, given the aforementioned industry’s obsession with rehashing the past in a nicer package—this exercise is seemingly more Dusting off the Nintendo 64, the Super Nintendo, the Sega Genesis, or the Sony Playstation; RSVLTS has come to the following conclusion—some games are simply too awesome to be trapped within the confines of their primitive technology. Hence, the gaming industry has a unique opportunity to make the past more tangible. But, what the ten best opportunities? Well, RSVLTS is here to countdown the top 10 Retro Games that deserve a full remake—not just an HD re-master.

 
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