Wired has created a short and sweet look at NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. The spacecraft–launched on January 19, 2006–is scheduled to fly by the former planet and current dwarf planet on July 14, 2015.
R/C builder Otto Dieffenbach of Flyguy Promotions recently built a custom remote-controlled quadcopter that looks like Snoopy, Charlie Brown‘s pet dog for the Peanuts comic strips, flying around on his doghouse for the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International. Dieffenbach was inspired to make his “World War I Flying Ace” version of Snoopy by the trailer for The Peanuts Movie, an upcoming 3D computer-animated film scheduled to hit theaters on November 6, 2015.
photos via Otto Dieffenbach
Two Greek architects have created a striking house design called ‘Casa Brutale’ that perfectly complements the powerful concrete style known as brutalism – they’ve embedded their luxury brutalist home into a cliff, creating a severe yet inviting structure with an at once beautiful and terrifying view.
Architects Laertis Antonios Ando Vassiliou and Pantelis Kampouropoulos, who formed OPA Works together, envisioned the building concept as a “poetic homage to pure Brutalism.” The roof-top pool (at ground level) and underground walls help insulate the building and keep it cool.
There’s clearly something about cliffs that excites architects’ imaginations, because the architects at Modscape Concept also created an amazing cliff-face house concept.
From far away Czech artist Jakub Geltner's works appear as flocks of birds, seagulls and pigeons gathered on clusters of rocks or resting just beneath a busy overpass. When one looks closer however they realize the groupings are not perched birds, but rather surveillance cameras and satellite dishes the artist has installed as a part of his series “Nest.”
Geltner’s most recent installation is titled ‘Nest 05,’ which was presented at the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark. The installation, which covers a stretch of mossy rocks, explores the notion of surveillance in even our most peaceful places—the areas we seek when we want to escape.
The Prague-based artist has been installing these works since 2011, bringing together groups of technological equipment commonly used to observe, and turning them into the focal point for the viewer. Within the last four years his works have been placed at a former elementary school, church facade, waterfront, and the skeleton structure of a former KV KSC (Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia).
Geltner lives and works in Prague and graduated from two universities also in the city, Czech Technical University in 2004 and the Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. (via iGNANT)
Photo by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic
At first I thought this was a picture of just someone having a normal get together but no,
It’s so much more.
Quando foi lançado lá em 2008 o Microsoft Worldwide Telescope fez Robert Scobble chorar. Com razão. É uma ferramenta agregadora de informações astronômicas, com dados de dezenas de missões, sondas, observatórios, satélites, tudo.
Você pode explorar o Universo, com imagens reais, em diversas faixas do espectro, acompanhar eventos históricos… é literalmente um universo a explorar.
Agora ficou melhor ainda. Seguindo com a determinação de nosso indiano favorito em transformar a Microsoft em uma Empresa Legal™, o Microsoft Worldwide Telescope foi transformado num projeto Open Source. Quem quer programa em .NET e tem interesse em fuçar como algo com esse grau de complexidade é programado, não poderia haver melhor notícia.
In the early afternoon on the 4th of July, as most Americans were on the verge of slipping into a food-induced nap, the New Horizons space probe went into a nap of its own. According to scientists, the probe’s onboard computer “detected an anomaly,” and it went into safe mode, resorting to using its backup computer to report back to its concerned earthling watchers.
NASA says it could take up to “one to several days” to get New Horizons back to full capability. Until then, its scientific data gathering abilities are scuttled. The probe is still on track to perform its flyby of Pluto, but if the folks back here on Earth can’t figure out how to pull it out of safe mode, then it won’t be able to gather any data as it speeds past the celestial body into the darkness of the beyond. Combine that pressure with the up to nine hour communication latency with the 3 billion mile-away probe, and you’ve got an engineering problem for the books. Best of luck, NASA.
Submitted here for your approval are our suggestions for just what the anomaly might be:
We’ll be waiting for your call, NASA. What are your thoughts, crew?
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The reason why Involute gears turn smoothly.
Fig 1) How to draw involute of circle.
Fig 2&3) Move and rotate the observing point.
Fig 4&5) The curves are tangent.
Fig 6) Involute gears turn smoothly.
architect: and remember - spaces are for people!brutalist: and remember - those people have Sinned and must be Punished
Hey look, it’s… wait, is that Boston City Hall? What the fuck, Massachusetts, I thought this was fucking North Korea.
Meanwhile, look at the beautiful building behind it…
When Ryan Palser is not working at Boss Key Productions as a senior animator, he’s usually busy building robots and replicas in his studio. Since fallout 4 will be released later this year, I thought you guys would appreciate seeing Ryan’s amazing plasma gun replica.
Here is the final product of months of work. I am beyond happy with the way it all came together in the end. I have to give major props to my painter wife Dena for really helping me take this gun to the next level with the amazing weathering job.
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I should print this picture out immediately and put it in a fucking frame.
Or just forget FB and use real RSS.
Photographer Matt Emmett doesn't pay attention to signs that say "do not enter." While traveling around Europe, the urban explorer looks for the eerie beauty found in the derelict and forgotten. Emmett has photographed everything from abandoned hotels to power stations; before entering a new location, he always reads up about the history first. He offers a detailed description of each picture he takes on his Flickr.
"I enjoy being in such magnificent places alone or in a small group," Emmett told mental_floss. "The atmosphere that hangs over a derelict power station or steel plant, for me, puts them on a level with the Angkor Wat's or Machu Pichu's of this world."
A rooftop view of an abandoned asylum in Northern Italy. A lot of the medical equipment and machines can still be found inside.
A ruined chapel at a private residence in Italy.
The inside of a cooling tower in Belgium.
A crane in an old factory.
A radome in Belgium.
Inside the radome.
The overgrown window of a UK manor house.
A decaying library in a manor house in England.
Faded fresco paintings cling to the walls of the entrance hall at a large abandoned Villa complex.
This strange structure was created by an artist to house himself and his sheep. It's located on private land in the Cotswolds, England.
Rusting radar dishes along the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coast in England.
The banister of an abandoned Italian villa. It was converted into a psychiatric hospital in the 1800s.
Light shining through the Oculus Tower in Italy. The factory was used to process sugarbeets in sugars and oils.
Wooden cabinets that were used to hold patient information at a psychiatric hospital in Northern Italy.
An old television sits by the window in Bull Manor in England.
A ruined colonnade encased in foliage. This photo is one of the photographer's favorites.
A home abandoned after a fire during World War II.
A statue of Neptune stands guard over a secret underwater dome in the UK.
A Victorian reservoir located under the streets of London, England. "The echo in here had fantastic delay to it, my whoop coming back to me around four seconds after it left my mouth," Emmett said.
A surgery room at an abandoned psychiatric hospital. "The hospital was famous in the 1930s for being one of the pioneering sites for the research and early practice of frontal lobe lobotomy," Emmett writes.
A long hallway of a military hospital used to take care of U.S. soldiers during the Gulf War. "Places like this remind me that [nature] always prevails and nothing we create can ever stand up to her and the passage of time," Emmett said.
Another view of the Oculus Tower in Italy.
A tunnel in underground London.
Photographer and son in the Box Quarry in the UK.
A jet engine test area at Pyestock NGTE, a Royal Aircraft Establishment facility in Fleek, UK, that has since been demolished.
Inside an empty castle in Italy.