Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in-between; we have witnessed a major milestone in astronomy. After many, many years of depending on computer-generated images based on the what the theory of general relativity has predicted for decades, we finally have an actual image of a black hole in space. I know, I know; IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED!!! A collaboration of scientists worldwide used the Event Horizon (heh-heh) Telescope to find this gigantic — that’s putting it lightly — black hole located in the Messier 87 galaxy that measures up to 6.5 million times the mass of the Sun. The image shows a sort-of-shadow made by the event horizon bending and sucking in light. Continue reading “Behold, the First Photo and Video of an ACTUAL Black Hole… [Update: Thank you MIT Grad Student Katie Bouman!]”
I thinks it’s fair to say that Dr. Evil had a point, and now Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich’s legendary 1929 Barcelona Pavilion will be reaping the benefits. This new laser light installation, titled Geometry of Light, was created by Luftwerk and Iker Gil, and aims to use light and sound to showcase the building’s architectural elements and materials. Since the structure is a shining example of the modernist/international style of architecture, its gridded/open plan and vertical planes allow the installed lights will develop a interpretive layer that re-imagines the pavilion through highlights, animates and traces along and past the travertine floor and steel-framed glass walls.Continue reading “The Barcelona Pavilion Just Installed Some Freakin’ Lasers…”
This is the M.A.Di., or Modulo Abitativo Dispiegabile, a new model of housing that is actually a folding and transportable house that can be put together in only six hours with only three people. Renato Vidal designed this model, which was built with safe and high-quality materials, including wood veneer lined exterior walls (the required standard in Italy) anti-siesmic certificate. There are some customizable models for you to choose from, with some of the most basic models coming with toilets, fully furnished kitchens, and technical installations like water and electrical systems.
According to the crew of Duke Engineering (the company, NOT the university with the recently impressive football program and detestable basketball fan base), their axial engine is the most efficient and lightest engine you can install in boats, small aircrafts, and power generators. In fact, this new axial engine can become THE mechanical engine of the future; a future that could truly be nigh! Now, you can take that with a grain of salt (because it’s the internet) or you can get 1000% percent behind this claim (ALSO because it’s the internet), so here’s a GIF above this text and there’s a video to watch after the break. ENJOY! Continue reading “Thanks Duke Engineering for this Weird, Yet Efficient & Light, Engine…”
I don’t know if you know this, but metamaterials are starting to become pretty useful for having some fun with the electromagnetic spectrum, and that ranges from the technology you can see in any science-fiction show, book and.or movie, or for use in the real world. It seems that engineers at Duke University have come up with a metamaterial imaging sensor that doesn’t require a lens to generate a picture. This means that this could lead to cheaper imaging technology in the near-to-distant future. Continue reading “Future Cameras To Have NO LENS?!? Crazy Science Talk!!”
OK Harry Potter fans: does the phrase “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good” ring any bells. If so, then you’re already pretty familiar with the invisibility cloak, and I’m sure you’ll be happy to know of the real-life-existence of the cloak. With the utilization of carbon nanotubes (rather than magic), university researchers have found a way to make objects seem to “magically” vanish by using similar principles on the existence of mirages. Continue reading “A Harry Potter “Invisibility Cloak” is Almost Real (Less Magic, More Carbon Nanotubes)”
|IT’S A CELEBRATION!!!!|
After the May 4th, 2011 announcement (“May the Forth be with you;” get it?), I have been looking forward to this release in possibly the worst way. Finally, I picked it up today at my closest Wal-Mart (one of the last two available before they had to restock), and took some pictures to serve as a walkthrough or unboxing. Enjoy!
**by the way, the movies look AWESOME; I’m watching “Ep. 4: A New Hope” right now** Continue reading “Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray; HOLY CRAP, GREAT GOOGILY-MOOGILY, OMG-BBQ!!!!”