Archive of ‘Space, Robots, & Extreme Tech’ category
- When will the Star Wars merchandise end? From makeup to an entire Star Wars-themed land at Disney, it looks like the hype around the Force will continue to snowball until Christmas.
- Of course, even the Star Wars name couldn’t save this line of cancelled toys. Really, Chewie has a wife?
- Now onto the other big scifi name: Star Trek. William Shatner to host the first ever Star Trek cruise. My bet is that weddings based on this one between Troi and Riker will become popular on board.
- Nichelle Nicols (Lt Uhuru’s) workout while on the set of the original Enterprise. Stretch! (cool pics).
- Sir Patrick Stewart dishes on burgers, and arriving in Los Angeles.
- All 78 Star Trek episodes, in colorful minimalist posters (wow art).
- For the very first time, astronauts eat food grown in space (and it’s captured in ultra-high definition 4K video).
- Couldn’t get enough of NASA’s flyby of Pluto? Now someone has stringed together all the NASA Pluto flyby images into one awesome long shot (wow video).
- NASA’s Cassini will pass by Saturn’s moon Dione.
- A gecko-inspired space robot.
- A little closer to home, a new patent envisions an inflatable space elevator that can lift people up to 12 miles up in the air. Perhaps it will allow even closer shots of amazing northern lights footage (wow pic).
- The other pretty lights. Connecticut scientists solve the mystery of the firefly’s flicker.
- Tired of your ordinary thumb drive? You’re DNA can be the next big thing in data storage.
- Kickstarter project to save Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit reaches it’s $500,000 goal! Still 22 more days to donate, if you want to get in on the moon walking action.
- While we celebrate Neil Armstrong, let’s not forget Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to walk in space 21 years ago on July 25th, 1984.
- With all of these nifty spacesuits, maybe someday we’ll use them to get to Kepler-452b, an exoplanet that looks surprisingly like Earth. Let’s hope the IAU uses some of the exoplanet name suggestions of Randall Munroe (xkcd cartoon).
- A little closer to home is this ‘Trillion Dollar Baby’ asteroid. It has a pure platinum core – or Latinum, if you speak Ferengi.
- NASA wants to use windbots to explore gaseous planets. Maybe those bots will reproduce on their own when this artificial evolution stuff works out (mother bots making baby bots…uh oh…).
- Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking both believe that AI military bots could ignite a global arms race.
- Speaking of robot armies, these Japanese farmers created a Star Wars mural in their rice paddies (video).
- Maybe the robots have already taken over!!!! After all, they are running our hotels and playing our sports. Soon, they will be using these NYC trash cans as their Wi-Fi hotspots.
- At least robots (probably) can’t sing Fifth Element as well as this Armenian girl (wow video).
- If you’ve used Facebook, Youtube or Wikipedia – Isaac Asimov predicted those things (cool article). He also predicted robot armies.
- On an entirely different subject, Amanda Tapping talks science fiction, why Canada rocks at it, and her latest projects directing TV shows like Dark Matter. Wait, isn’t there a robo-Amanda Tapping as well? AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! (video)
- Mysterious dark spots appear on the planet Pluto, as NASA’s New Horizons prepares for its closest fly by of Pluto. Wonder if those intriguing dark spots will get Star Trek, H.P. Lovecraft, or Dune names?
- Timelapse of Mars Rover’s marathon mission (video).
- Liberty Science Center just created a tape wormhole – for kids.
- Virtual reality is not just for video games. NASA is using VR in space.
- Can hibernating bears hold the key to long-term space travel?
- X-Files releases teaser trailer ahead of #SDCC2015: 201 Days of X-Files (video).
- Lego Star Wars is not just about toys anymore. The Lego Movie directors are poised to do a Hans Solo Star Wars prequel film in 2018.
- Stormtrooper walks 800km to San Diego Comic-Con in memory of his wife.
- Patrick Stewart and Gene Roddenberry on Picard’s baldness.
- Scott Park poster features 63 women in science fiction and fantasy. Great resource for finding your next Comic-Con costume!
- Crowdfunded science fiction is here! Check out the latest pics from Star Trek: Axanar, and learn more about the making of this movie. In Space Command, Mira Furlan and Robert Picardo star in a crowdfunded series that explores artificial intelligence. Then we have the crowdfunded Nobility series – touted as a cross between Firefly and The Office.
- 10 lessons from science fiction about surviving in space (so true).
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, held this past Friday and Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, tested 24 world-class robot teams. These humanoid bots had to traverse a multi-tiered course designed to mimic emergency conditions, replete with rubble, communication problems, broken-down valves and wires. But enough from me – let’s see what the robots had to say about the course…
(All the images below are screenshots from DARPA’s live feed of the event. To go to the DARPA main page, click here.)by
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