Cameras in Jacksonville spotted SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in port earlier this morning, having just returned from the Atlantic ocean yesterday.
The barge exhibits significant debris on the surface, including what appears to be one of four landing legs and various components of the first stage. However, the barge suffered little damage, and most of the repairs are superficial once the debris is removed.
In a tweet sent out on April 15, the day after the landing attempt, CEO Elon Musk said, “Droneship is fine. No hull breach and repairs are minor. Impact overpressure is closer to a fast fire than an explosion.”
The rocket approached the barge from the right hand side of the image. It landed near where the large pile of debris is, which is likely the remains of one of the landing legs. The video of the landing taken from the barge itself, leaked yesterday, was filmed from the camera tower in the corner of the barge in the middle-left of this image.
An aerial view of the attempt, seen here, was taken from almost the exact opposite side of the vehicle from the previous video.
The American Museum of Natural History has always been one of the most popular destinations in New York City. With about 5 million visitors a year, an increase from 3 million in the 1990s, it—along with the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art—is among the top 10 most-visited museums in the world. According to its president, Ellen Futter, the museum (AMNH) is only behind Disney World and Disneyland as the top destination for families in the country.
Even with this influx of people coming to its doorstep, however, the museum is now equally focused on drawing a crowd beyond its campus.
“In the old days, a visit to a museum like ours would be a one-off. You come, you visit you go home,” says Futter. “Now people have a relationships with us very often before they get here. They come, and [their visit] is like a giant exclamation point—and then they return home and continue to engage with us wherever they are.”
AMNH today is a sprawling outreach institution that is using apps, social media, and educational programs to slowly grow its reach. About 70,000 people have so far enrolled in its free online courses, available through the platform Coursera. Many in the target audience are teachers themselves, who will presumably train students around the world in topics related to science, natural history, and today’s environmental challenges. (AMNH also became one of the first museums in the world to launch it’s own PhD program and recently received approval to start a masters program for teachers). In New York City, it hosts a wide array of programs for the general public, including seminars on how to understand climate change—and explain the science to others at, say, a cocktail party.
The Barisieur is an alarm clock and coffee brewer. It eases the user into the day with the subtle movement of stainless steel ballbearings that boil the water through induction heating, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee. It encourages a ritual before going to sleep, signalling to the body and mind that it is time to unwind and relax. Living slow even when times are fast.
New images of Ceres received from Dawn spacecraft.
Ceres sits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and until recently, not too much was known about it. Now that’s changing, with The Dawn mission arriving in Ceres orbit last month. It’s initial path took it around the dark side of the planet, but that’s starting to change.
The photos above were snapped on April 10th from a distance of 21,000 miles. By April 23rd, the spacecraft will enter its first science orbit at a height of 8,400 miles. That’s when the Dawn will start collecting all of the really juicy data. The spacecraft will begin searching for water vapor from Ceres’ possible atmosphere and ice volcanoes, as well as sending back images of the asteroid’s surface in gorgeous, unprecedented detail.
Without such technological innovations as the printing press, portable paint tubes, silkscreens, cameras, and computers, art history as we know it would look much different. To kick off Philly Tech Week,
we looked for some tech-related pieces in our collection.
Harold Edgerton invented the stroboscope, a flash-emitting device that gave the illusion of slow motion, to capture the paths of fast-moving objects. He used the device to create images such as “Tumblers.”
Beer head retention is one of the quality markers in a good beer.
Sadly, there also is an art in pouring the beer a certain way to achieve
that perfect, foamy beer head. I don’t have that talent. I’ve read
guides on how to pour a beer head and have kind of gotten it down but,
I’d rather cheat if I could.
The Portable Beer Foam Head Generator creates a foamy head on your beer giving you a frothy beer experience.
Turn on the gadget and then touch it to a glass partially filled with
beer. The ultrasonic waves will then pass through the glass into the
drink, generating a head to help quench your thirst.
The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust
Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
From where I’m standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge.
Dozens of pipes line the shore, churning out a torrent of thick, black, chemical waste from the refineries that surround the lake. The smell of sulphur and the roar of the pipes invades my senses. It feels like hell on Earth.