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Adulthood is kind of like the Olympics where the main event is trying not to fall apart under the weight of your own ennui. Sometimes, you've just got to let that internal tension out by screaming into the open air. Or a pillow. Or the frozen foods section at Whole Foods. But honestly, no creature shouts into the void better than the aptly-named Screaming Hairy Armadillo.
Suddenly, drones. In the last couple of years, that's exactly what it feels like. One day, no drones, the next day, your mate has a tiny one that can fly for four minutes indoors for the express purpose of tormenting cats and toddlers. So, yes, it's become a bit more important to conduct research on the damage a drone can do if it hits you in the head, something more likely to occur as the space around your face becomes increasingly more cluttered with autonomous, floating gadgets.
After revealing its hydrogen energy plan last week, the South Australian government has already signed up a potential manufacturer for its fleet of renewables-powered buses: Navya, a French company that specialises not only in electric vehicles, by autonomous ones too.
RED, the makers of super high quality cameras that probably cost more than your car, has been working on an equally ambitious phone with some of the most far out tech any company has ever tried to put on a handset. Yesterday CEO Jim Jannard took to the RED camera forums to give more details on the sci-fi sounding holographic display, and to announce a partnership with Leia Inc., "the leading provider of lightfield holographic display solutions for mobile."
You know what we could always use more of? Lasers. Maybe not for burning your eyes or scorching skin, but definitely for cutting and marking inanimate objects. If you've never seen a laser engraver in action before, you'll be amazed at how quickly they can work. In fact, you can make decent images on metal in less than a minute.
Humans create a lot of garbage. It's just something we love to do. Alongside the other madhouse idea of shooting all our refuse into the sun, so too has the notion been floated of dumping it into volcanoes instead. Except, well, doing that wouldn't work great either, as SciShow host Hank Green explains.
The classic US stereotype of attempted Iranian ideological indoctrination via chants of "Death to America" and such has been old hat for quite some time. As noted by the New York Times on Saturday, in the past few years Iranian pro-government propaganda efforts have increasingly taken the form of rap videos glorifying the country's military, spread on sites like local YouTube equivalent Apparat and apps like Telegram.
Robert Space Industries' big reveal for this year's Gamescom is the integration of Faceware's "3D facial motion capture" with Star Citizen, which will allow players to emote via their in-game avatar's face using, well, their face. The developer is labelling it as "Face Over Internet Protocol" or FoIP and will require sensor hardware from Faceware itself for the best results, however, it can work with a webcam though the "quality of facial detection may vary".
Blade Runner 2049 is just over a month away. You need to prepare for the experience. You've watched the original (and preferred cut), yet something inside you yearns for more. A token, perhaps? What better symbol for one's undying love of Ridley Scott's cyberpunk classic than the origami unicorn from the end of the film? The best part is you can make it yourself!
Few have the disposable income to casually drop $9000 on a camera like Nikon's D5. NASA, of course, has a couple of spare pennies to toss around on purchases such as this. And when NASA buys cameras, it buys cameras. 53 to be exact. Yes, the US space organisation has just unloaded close to half-a-million bucks on Nikon's DSLRs.
There will be no eclipse action for residents of the southern hemisphere, but that doesn't mean we can't watch someone in the US destroy the sensor of a DSLR using the sun and a Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens, while preparing for the celestial event.
An official, high-definition remaster of Star Trek: Voyager will almost certainly never happen. While arguably less popular than TNG and DS9, the show, which followed a Starfleet crew stranded in the Delta quadrant 70,000 light years from Earth, still had its moments — particularly any episode featuring Robert Picardo's holographic doctor.