a rocky start and some ups and downs, Junkrat and Roadhog are
officially partners, even if things haven’t progressed quite as far as
Junkrat would like. With his treasure at the heart of their grandiose
plans, they take their adventures overseas and leave their mark on the
world, for better or worse. (Mostly for worse. They’re criminals.)
Sequel to “Origins.”
The Boeing X-37, also known as the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), is an American reusable unmannedspacecraft. It is boosted into space by a rocket, then re-enters Earth’s atmosphere and lands as a spaceplane. The X-37 is operated by the United States Air Force for orbital spaceflight missions intended to demonstrate reusable space technologies. It is a 120%-scaled derivative of the earlier Boeing X-40. As of 2013 it holds the world record for being the smallest robotic, unmanned spaceplane.
The X-37 began as a NASA project in 1999, before being transferred to the U.S. Department of Defense in 2004. It conducted its first flight as a drop test on 7 April 2006, at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The spaceplane’s first orbital mission, USA-212, was launched on 22 April 2010 using an Atlas V rocket. Its successful return to Earth on 3 December 2010 was the first test of the vehicle's heat shield and hypersonicaerodynamic handling. A second X-37 was launched on 5 March 2011, with the mission designation USA-226; it returned to Earth on 16 June 2012. A third X-37 mission, USA-240, launched successfully on 11 December 2012.
The World’s Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines
This short documentary by the The American Chemical Society & the University of Nebraska about nanomachines is worth a watch. Not the ususal #transhumancyborgswilldisruptyourfutures stuff but a realistic look at science and opportunities.
Nanomachines – including nano-sized motors, rockets and even cars – are many orders of magnitude smaller than a human cell, but they have huge promise. In the future, they could deliver drugs anywhere in the body, clean up oil spills and might even be used as artificial muscle cells.
The Robot Spot (robotspot) You ought to trot to this hot spot. It’s got lots of robots.
Robot of the Dayblr (robotofthedayblr) It’s hard to fault the artist who promises to post “everyday-ish”. It’s an honest, forward-looking kind of artist who plans for family emergencies and lazy Sundays. Who knows that even the smallest of robot drawings might need to be put off—just for a little bit. You can trust that artist.
Valentin Stoll (valentinstoll) Not entirely devoted to robots; not entirely devoid of robots either.
Imagine Your Favorite Robot (imagineyourfavoriterobot) Imagine your favorite robot making a whole blog to make you think about him more because he’s trying so hard to make it work between you guys.