GoPro is Literally Listening to Customers

I’ve still got my GoPro2, and despite the many times I’ve nearly crushed and/or drowned it, it’s still working. But this looks like a nice replacement The Hero5 now incorporates the best features of both of those cameras. It captures 4K footage at up to 30 frames per second like the Black, while also incorporating …

Pluto’s Heart May Be Beating

We Finally Know What Made the Huge Heart on Pluto “The half heart glacier lying inside is a really massive glacier, which is not impacted by the seasonal changes. It probably formed when the basin formed, and will remain there in the future,” Bertrand said. “However, it probably flows and retracts over a few hundreds …

The history of Patagonia

(the clothing company, not the place) How Yvon Chouinard turned his eco-conscious, anti-corporate ideals into the credo of a successful clothing company. In 1957, frustrated by the expense and unremovability of European pitons, the spikes one pounds into the wall to secure a rope, Chouinard bought a used forge, an anvil, and some hammers and …

Remembering David Bowie

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The Second Volume of 47 – 16: Short Fiction and Poetry Inspired by David Bowie is here! Writers, poets, and artists share their memories of Bowie. My short story, The Meditation Center at the Corner of the Dark Dao Universe, about accepting and/or cheating death – is included. All proceeds from the sale of this …

Using a Sponge to Generate Steam

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How do you boil water? Eschewing the traditional kettle and flame, MIT engineers have invented a bubble-wrapped, sponge-like device that soaks up natural sunlight and heats water to boiling temperatures, generating steam through its pores. The design, which the researchers call a “solar vapor generator,” requires no expensive mirrors or lenses to concentrate the sunlight, …

Scientists Built a Robot Octopus

But, really, it’s a good thing… “The struggle has always been in replacing rigid components like batteries and electronic controls with analogous soft systems and then putting it all together,” explained Wood in the Harvard news release. “This research demonstrates that we can easily manufacture the key components of a simple, entirely soft robot, which …

Earth 2 – Far but so Close

Could Proxima Centauri be our Interstellar Gateway? [R]umor has it that there’s a possible “Earth 2.0” orbiting Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star that’s right on our cosmic doorstep. Located only 4.25 light-years away, Proxima is believed to be gravitationally bound to the binary star system Alpha Centauri, a system that has also undergone much …