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So, I just saw the movie Tomorrowland.

I was completely skeptical about it in the beginning, that it was just another cute Disney movie about a girl and a guy who happened to get lost in the future and need to find their way home. Boy, was I completely proven wrong!

This movie was so much more than any other movie I had seen in a long time, in fact, it was one of the most relevant Disney movies I have ever seen! It looked at different subjects such as politics and wars, yet took a completely different view on the inevitable and thought about how we can change it.

It took into account today’s world with the dystopian novels we read in school, movies we watch, video games we play, and showed us what is wrong with how we are collectively thinking and how we should be thinking.

It emphasized the fact that in order to get things right, we need to stop thinking negatively and work together, all the thinkers, creators, dreamers, to make our future better. It may seem like we can’t do anything about all the negativity in the world, at least not all at once, but we can constantly be working up to a positive change.

There was one part in the film that I especially liked, when little Frank Walker (played by Thomas Robinson; the older Frank Walker played by George Clooney) brought his jet pack that he created to the World’s Fair in New York, 1964.

The judge was looking at his invention, asking about its practical use and if it worked. The young Frank replied with, verbatim, no it didn’t really work correctly, and asked why there had to be a big point to some of these inventions, why couldn’t it just be fun? The judge chuckled and said, so it could make the world a better place, fun doesn’t cut it. Frank said that his jet pack could make the world a better place, even if it’s fun. He said that if you saw someone flying around above on his jet pack, wouldn’t you be inspired to create something?

Basically, this is proving that inventing doesn’t have to be all hard work and number crunching, creativity is an important part as well. This movie pushed for the idea that people who work in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and people who are creative thinkers need to learn work together, and then we will find a perfect harmony in which we can help better our world.

All-in-all this movie has reminded me of what I wanted to do with my life. I recently went through some tough times mentally, emotionally and lost who I was. This movie reminded me of my passion for creativity and exploration. How much world is out there for us to experience and fix; as human beings it is in our DNA to go out and create.

It reminds me of wen I was little, growing up with my grandad rebuilding airplanes in his basement, I was always amazed with his contraptions. I drew small blueprints in every one of my notebooks with hover scooters and inventions that I wanted to create. I wanted to change the world somehow.

It may seem overwhelming now, how much destruction and hatred there is, but we can change our destiny of dystopia by taking our first positive steps towards a place like Tomorrowland.

Don’t give up hope, there is always a way to change things, there’s always a tiny bit of a chance that things will work out, we just need to find it and start working toward it.

Please reblog this to spread the word that the generation of thinkers, makers, and dreamers is finally here and we are ready to change the world for the better.


984-foot-high glass bottom bridge about to open in CHINA

China it is-the giant, massive country. The country always comes in a large scale and a state of awe. This time, China has taken height at a crazy level with the equally crazy idea for a bridge: the world’s longest, highest, glass-bottom bridge. 

The bridge is going to be settled in the national park of Zhangjiajie, which was once an inspirational location for planet Pandora in film, Avatar. The bridge is designed by Israeli architect, Haim Dotan and the bridge is going to be completed in July. The bridge connects the two massive cliffs, with its span of 1,247 feet long and 20 feet wide. There is nothing but a glass between visitors and certain death 984 feet below. 

The bridge can accommodate up to 800 people at one time. Prospectively, the bridge will serve as a runway for fashion shows, and feature world’s highest bungee jump- exceeding the current one in Macau that is 764 foot drop from tower. 



The Strandbeest: Art and Engineering.

Created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen, the Strandbeest is created by rudimentary objects such as PVC piping, wood and sails and contains no electrical or motorised parts; it is instead powered by the wind. 

The Strandbeest has steadily evolved into more complex working structures. Some even having the ability to store wind power in the absence of a breeze, being able to nail pins into the sand when wind power becomes too great, and even sensing when they have entered the water or encountered an object so they can then avoid the obstruction. 

Theo Jansen is ever improving and changing these creatures, and does have a final plan for them saying: “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storms and water, and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives”.



P-51D Mustang FPV

Hobbyist project from icastel101 takes a remote controlled plane, fits it with to-scale cockpit including pilot, and manoeuvrable camera to experience first person view within flight using an HMD:

I used an old 80’s GI Joe for the hands/jacket/pants and 5&9 gram servos for the pilot’s head camera pan&tilt, throttle and control stick. The head tracking in the goggles controls the Mobius camera movement, it’s actually very natural to look around while flying, it has been a fun project :)



The latest addition to our ever-growing list of must-see things in Japan is the Eshima Ohashi Bridge, a 144-foot-tall (44M) rigid-frame bridge that looks more like a roller coaster than a bridge when viewed from the right angles. Connecting the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato in Western Japan, Sakaiminato is also the home base for the Japanese fishing industry. The marine traffic is tremendous, so the bridge was designed with a steep angle to allow ships to pass underneath. It’s the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.

The bridge gradient is actually only 6.1% on its steepest side and 5.1% on the other, but it offers drivers a spectacular panoramic view of both cities. But when viewed from the right angle, especially using a telephoto lens, it looks steep enough to allow Godzilla to trundle by underneath.

Want to know what it’s like to travel over the Eshima Ohashi Bridge? Click here for a first-person video. And here for another.

[via Bored Panda and Laughing Squid]

The College Degrees With The Highest Starting Salaries in 2015

College graduates in the class of 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering can expect an average starting salary of $57,000. After the top two engineering degrees, employers are paying the most for grads with degrees in software design and computer programming. Here is CERI’s chart of 25 degrees and expected starting salaries for the class of 2015.


Materials scientists have designed an organic molecule that changes color and starts glowing under ultraviolet light at the slightest touch. They developed the molecule from a compound called diketopyrrolopyrrole, which is commonly used in pigments and polymers for electronic devices. Their derivative, called DPP8, remains in a liquid state far below the limit of 273 degrees Fahrenheit at which it normally solidifies, a condition called supercooling.  

The supercooled liquid has a couple of interesting properties. It stays liquid at room temperature down to 41 degrees F, but the lightest pressure, even that exerted by a cell being placed on it, triggers a crystallization process to occur. And when it does crystallize, it changes color from orange-red to greenish yellow and increases light emission by 25 times. The gifs above are shown in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum. 

At higher temperatures like those seen above, the pressure-induced crystallization quickly propagates through the liquid. At lower temperatures, the University of Michigan scientists who developed it were able to limit crystal formation to regions directly exposed to the force. That ability allowed them to write a message on the material using a stylus. They think their work could lead to diagnostic sensors for cells or even, in the distant future, computer memory that encodes information with light. Read their full paper published in the journal ACS Central Science here.

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3D printing is taking aircraft manufacturing to a new dimension. GE engineers at GE Aviation’s Additive Development Center are focused on developing additive manufacturing, a technique that can make complex 3D structures by melting powder layer upon layer. Over the course of several years, the engineers have tested the technology’s abilities, creating a 3D-printed mini jet engine that roared at 33,000 rotations per minute. Read more about how the future of aviation is being shaped by 3D printing at GE Reports.