Technology

Not only did Kinora Limited sell the first at-home motion picture reel viewer at the turn of the 20th century, they also developed a camera that allowed amateurs to make recordings outside of a studio. However, priced at £19, the camera was too expensive for many users and was difficult to sell.

More on the Kinora Picture Reel in the Getty Research Institute’s special collections on the Getty Iris.

ESA Space Probe, Rosetta, has landed.

Just think – I witnessed the loss of her signal at the very same second that the scientists at the ESA did. We saw the end of this journey together. They sent her off 12 years ago, to see if humanity could yet again break the boundaries of what we think is possible. They built her with love. They gave her a voice.

Rosetta and Philae were named for the infamous Rosetta Stone, a legendary treasure that translated languages. The Rosetta Stone was deciphered with the help of the obelisk Philae. Together they helped unlock secrets of history. This is the lore we embed in our spacecraft. We send them off embodying the best we can offer.

Rosetta set a record the moment she awoke from hibernation - 957 days later.

When Philae landed on Comet 67P in 2014, he told the world. We all heard, and cheered. When he told us he’d bounced into the shadow of a crater, we waited. When his battery fell lower, and lower, and lower, he talked to us as he drifted off to sleep.

Our little champion had caught the world’s eye, and we all felt the same sadness in our hearts when we thought we’d never hear from him again.

But one year later -

He woke up.

The world was beside him through all of this. We searched for signs of him alongside Rosetta. We celebrated when he woke up.

Unprecedented scientific discoveries flooded in. Together, we’d changed history; everything is impossible until we get out there and do it.

We were - no, are, still. We are proud.

With Comet 67P drifting further and further away from the Sun, Philae and Rosetta’s mission had to come to an end. They would rest together, just as we had sent them out, proud they’d accomplished their goal.

I watched all of this unfold real-time. This was an experience shared by more than 500,000 people all over the world. And we all loved them.

Los Angeles is 5,000 miles away from Paris, France, the headquarters of the ESA. But with what we just witnessed, it seems like no distance at all. Rosetta is with Philae on Comet 67P,  Churyumov–Gerasimenko, 500,000,000 miles away from all of us…. and we are so proud.

Goodbye again, Philae. Goodbye Rosetta. We love you. And thank you for everything.

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Ingenious Leaf Stationery by Jay Lee

Korean designer Jay Lee has created a clever pen, bookmark and other stationery items which resemble real life leaves In forest green, spring green and yellow green, each piece is composed of silicone rubber.

The modern pieces are quirky and beautiful. The concept behind Lee’s piece is conceptually intelligent, as well as beautiful for interior decorating. Find the pens in their Etsy shop.

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Bluetooth technology is named after Harald Blatand, a 10th-century viking king whose last name translates to ‘Bluetooth.’ Whether or not he had a literal blue tooth is debated, but he was renowned for peacefully bringing people from different lands together. The symbol on Bluetooth’s logo is also Blatand’s initials in ancient Runes. Source