Magic X-mas Card - Devzone Scan the Magic X-mas Card Click on the "Scan Wikitude's magic X-mas card" button. Once the camera opens, simply point it at the Happy Holidays image to the left, and prepare to be amazed! Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander NASA engineer Adam Steltzner led the team that designed a crazy new approach to landing on Mars. Rachael Porter for NPR hide caption toggle caption Rachael Porter for NPR NASA engineer Adam Steltzner led the team that designed a crazy new approach to landing on Mars. It's called the seven minutes of terror. During those seven minutes, the rover is on its own. The team that invented the EDL system has spent nearly 10 years together, designing, building, testing, tweaking, retesting and retweaking. Because the new Mars rover is five times heavier than its predecessors, NASA had to come up with a totally new landing system. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will approach Mars at 13,000 mph. Once the sky crane senses that it's no longer supporting the rover, it releases the cables and flies off to crash-land a safe distance away. So you won't be surprised to learn that this is a rather nerve-wracking time for Adam Steltzner, the EDL team leader. From Rock Star Dreams To Rocket Science
Violet By Ultra, Inc Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Men don’t seem to worry about skin cancer that much, but the fact is that they should. Yes, men aged 15 to 39 are more than twice as likely to die from melanoma as women. Maybe it’s time we start paying attention to how much sun we’re actually getting. Violet is a piece of wearable technology that will help monitor just how much UV you’re getting. Violet will serve as a big brother that watches over you while you’re out in the sun. The device itself is a sensor that comes with a bracelet and a clip. On the whole, this device is a step in the right direction. The problem is that at around $100, it seems like it will be too pricey for the common guy. Violet’s a good idea that can save lives, but it probably won’t have the type of appeal that it should.
Book written in DNA code | Science Scientists have for the first time used DNA to encode the contents of a book. At 53,000 words, and including 11 images and a computer program, it is the largest amount of data yet stored artificially using the genetic material. The researchers claim that the cost of DNA coding is dropping so quickly that within five to 10 years it could be cheaper to store information using this method than in conventional digital devices. Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA – the chemical that stores genetic instructions in almost all known organisms – has an impressive data capacity. One gram can store up to 455bn gigabytes: the contents of more than 100bn DVDs, making it the ultimate in compact storage media. A three-strong team led by Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School has now demonstrated that the technology to store data in DNA, while still slow, is becoming more practical. Writing the data to DNA took several days. DNA has numerous advantages over traditional digital storage media.
Showcase | SCARLET (Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching) SCARLET Project Working with materials such as the world-renowned St. John’s fragment at The John Rylands Library, we’ve used AR to surround ancient manuscripts with digital content so that students and researchers can connect with supporting resources that help them to understand and interpret the texts. SCARLET+ Project Screenshot of the AR app. The SCARLET+ Project took the lessons learnt from SCARLET, together with Mimas’s new understanding of the knowledge, skills and barriers to developing AR, to other institutions and different types of collections – mass observation and 20th-century crafts. ALT and SCARLET The ALT – Association for Learning Technology produced a super short video about the value of ALT and the work that was undertaken in the SCARLET project, the problems faced and how it was resolved, focusing on the teaching not the technology. A whole new view on Geospatial data Find out more… Discover geology: an Augmented Reality geological field trip Find out more… Find our more…
Translation Software For Music Makers : The Record hide captionJace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ Rupture. Xabi Tudela/Courtesy of the artist Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ Rupture. When you hear a song on the radio today, there's a good chance that song was made using a computer. That makes sense, of course, for Western musicians, who are used to things like a 4/4 time signature and a 12-tone scale. A plug-in is a little program that adds abilities to a larger software application, like a video player or a synthesizer. Sufi Plug Ins were created by Jace Clayton, also known as DJ Rupture. "Spain has a really active community of Moroccan musicians, and I was making music with a violinist named Abdelhak Rahal," Clayton says. In addition to rhythm, his software was not compatible with Eastern melodies. "It is a scale insofar as it's a group of notes with a specific tuning, but in a way its more than a scale. One maqam, for example, is used for love songs. "The difference is about two notes," he says. Clayton has a few questions of his own.
Museu do Amanhã | Experiência Através da ciência, cada vez mais reconhecemos hoje que somos interligados a todas as formas vivas com as quais dividimos este planeta. E, ao mesmo tempo, reconhecemos que a atividade humana se tornou uma força geológica: estamos transformando a composição da atmosfera, modificando o clima, alterando a biodiversidade, mudando o curso dos rios. Vivemos no Antropoceno. Toda a vida na Terra terá de se adaptar a estes novos tempos plenos de incertezas – e oportunidades. O Museu do Amanhã se apoia em dois grandes eixos narrativos: no campo da Sustentabilidade, perguntamos ao visitante “como poderemos viver?” Com curadoria de Luiz Alberto Oliveira, físico do CBPF e doutor em Cosmologia, o Museu do Amanhã proporcionará uma visão acessível a todos sobre o modo como estamos alterando o nosso planeta e como o habitamos. O amanhã é feito hoje.
Inception helmet creates alternative reality | Mo Costandi | Science Christopher Nolan's 2010 blockbuster Inception is set in a distant future where military technology enables one to infiltrate and surreptitiously alter other people's dreams. Leonardo Di Caprio plays Dom Cobb, an industrial spy tasked with planting an idea into the mind of a powerful businessman. The film has a complex, layered structure: Cobb and the other characters create dreams within dreams within dreams, but they cannot distinguish between reality and the dream states they fabricate. Most of us distinguish between real and imagined events using unconscious processes to monitor the accuracy of our experiences. "In a dream, we naturally accept what is happening and hardly doubt its reality, however unrealistic it may seem on reflection." says Keisuke Suzuki, the lead author of a recent paper describing the SR system. To test the system, Suzuki and his colleagues designed a simple, yet ingenious, experiment. Another factor is motion parallax, a depth cue associated with movement.
SCARLET (Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching) | Project blog of SCARLET What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? During the past 40 years, accounting for inflation, we have nearly tripled the amount of money we spend per student in public K-12 education. It was roughly $4,000 in 1971, and last year amounted to $11,000 per student. Over that same period time, our students’ math and verbal test scores have remained unchanged. I am no Warren Buffett, but I can comfortably say to you that that is a lousy return on investment. In an increasingly competitive world, it is clear that our education system--as currently designed--isn’t sustainable. Simply throwing more money at a system that produces the same results is, well, not smart. In a perverse way, I believe federal and state budget cuts will help focus us on doing things differently and more efficiently. Similar to the consumer tech revolution, this ed tech revolution will take some time and happen unevenly in waves. First Wave (0 to 5 years from now): A Change in Perception Second Wave (5 to 10 years from now): A Change in Purchasing an Empowerment
Collapsus - Energy Risk Conspiracy Collapsus is an immersive web experience set in a near-future world after peak oil, where conspiracy and treason are rife. Against a dramatic backdrop of global energy politics, Collapsus combines interactivity with animation, fiction and documentary, inviting the user to embark on a quest to collect information, find solutions, and make crucial decisions that will leave their mark on a national and a global scale.www.collapsus.com See also our interview with the creators and producers of Collapsus and our walkthrough of Collapsus with audio commentary by director Tommy Pallotta. Awards Collapsus received an Emmy nomination for Best Digital Fiction, a People’s Choice Award and Interactive Award nominations at SXSW 2011, the Dutch Spin Award, and a World Summit Award. Collapsus.com is a Submarine Channel production in co-production with VPRO Backlight.
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