Category Archives: Fun Stuff

The revival of Jeri Ellsworth’s AR glasses

Tilt Five was started by Ceo and Ex valve engineer Jeri Ellsworth and a few castAR employees who put together enough funds to buy back assets of their former company castAR in 2017. after 2 years of reworking, they are all set to launch an improved version of their AR glasses that is encased in a sleek polycarbonate shell making it futuristic in design and also comes with a customisable nose piece. They aim to integrate the experience of board games and video games with AR and make tabletop gaming affordable. Read More>>

NASA Prepares for First Ever Female Spacewalk

In the latest of a series of firsts for women in STEM, March 29th of this year will see the first all-female extravehicular spacewalk. Timed perfectly to coincide with Women’s History Month, the seven-hour walk will be carried out by NASA’s Anne McClain and Christina Koch on the International Space Station. Coordinating the walk from the ground will be a crew of all female scientists. The walk gains special significance in the fact that McClain and Koch are both part of the NASA astronaut class of 2013, which was the first ever to have an equal number of men and women. This is another landmark in the history of women in space, a legacy that began in 1984 with cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becoming the first woman ever to do a spacewalk. This is an exciting step in the continuation of the reduction gender imbalance in space exploration and bodes well for the future of extraterrestrial expeditions. Read more>>

Welcome To The Age Of Digital Transcendence

Smartphones, and their apps, have become an extension of us, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.Technology changes the way we live — and it also changes us. Sticking with the telephone as an illustration, something quite remarkable has happened in the past 40 years, the approximate timespan between the rotary and the smartphone. The old machines belonged to the household and shared with families. Smartphones, on the other hand, are personal. People don’t share their smartphones. What is that? Read More>>

Musk Wants to Build a Rocket That Will Get You Anywhere on Earth in an Hour

Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has long dreamed of creating a human colony on Mars, is planning to build a new rocket ship code named “BFR” capable of traveling anywhere on Earth in under an hour. If the concept becomes reality, Musk said a journey from New York to Shanghai can be done in about 30 minutes. The surprise announcement means that his Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which has already disrupted the aerospace industry with reusable launches, plans to ferry humans not just to distant planets but across this one as well, setting up a potentially competitive challenge to the commercial airline industry. Read more>>

How Stress Influences Decision-making

Wharton marketing professor Gideon Nave  studies the relationship between biology and decision-making. His latest research focuses on how hormones and stress alter the way people think.

The way we make decisions is influenced by our biological state. Things like hunger, sleep deprivation and stress influence the process of decision-making. All of these things are measurable nowadays, and we can learn a lot about individual differences between people from these measures. Read More>>

Weather Channels Its Inner Nerd: Uses Science To Attract Viewers, Brands Too

The Weather Channel continues to draw big crowds with big storms and other extreme weather events. Hurricane Matthew, for example, drew 58 million viewers over five days of TWC’s coverage. New research of the network’s viewers saw a need for a deeper understanding of weather and the opportunity to utilize increasingly complex computer models and higher levels of Big Data to help explain it. Read More>>

NASA Launches Mission To Retrieve Ancient Asteroid Dust

As a part of a mission by NASA and the University of Arizona to send a robot to an asteroid to bring back ancient dust, a rocket took off Thursday evening from Cape Canaveral, FL. If everything goes as planned, a minivan-sized robot, moving oh-so-slowly, will lightly graze the asteroid in mid-2018. It’ll inhale somewhere between a few tablespoons and a few pounds of dust and gravel. Read More>>

How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

When it comes to waves, it doesn’t get much bigger than the gravitational variety. Einstein predicted that huge events — like black holes merging — create gravitational waves. Unlike most waves we experience, these are distortions in space and time. They roll across the entire universe virtually unimpeded. Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916, but none were spotted until recently. Given their incredible power, why did it take a century to locate them? To find out, the author went to see where the detection finally occurred. It is the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory. That’s kind of a mouthful, so scientists just call it LIGO. Read More>>