Where would we be without the world’s graduate art projects? In the case of Markus Kayser’s Solar Sinter, we might never have seen the day when a solar-powered 3D printer would turn Saharan sand into a perfectly suitable glass bowl. Well, lucky for us (we suppose) we live in a world overflowing with MA students, and awash in their often confusing, sometimes inspiring projects. Solar Sinter, now on display at the Royal College of Art, falls into the latter category, taking the Earth’s natural elements, and turning them into functioning pieces of a burgeoning technology. Solar Sinter uses the sun’s rays in place of a laser and sand in place of resin, in a process that is perhaps more visually stunning than the results. See for yourself in the video after the break.
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Among the many great feats of his career, film director James Cameron counts the rather unorthodox achievement of being able to convince NASA to use a stereoscopic camera on its next Mars rover project. Unfortunately for him, us, and the hard working folks over at Malin Space Science Systems, technical snags have been encountered in the integration of the jumbo mastcam (pictured above) with the rover’s hardware and the resulting delays have caused NASA to nix the idea altogether. You might think that 3D visuals of Red Planet gravel will be no great loss, but the MSSS cams also had zoom lenses attached, whereas the research project will now be returning to tried and true fixed focal length imaging. Ah well, such is the bumpy road to interterrestrial enlightenment. NASA’s rover, titled Curiosity, is set to begin its voyage in November of this year, while Cameron and co remain upbeat about the future, saying they’re “certain that this technology will play an important role in future missions.”
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LG disappointed by Windows Phone 7 launch, keeping the faith LG’s marketing director James Choi has made some remarkably frank comments about Windows Phone 7, giving a clear indication that the company has not been blown away by the launch of the new platform. “From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected,” he told Pocket Lint . Choi was nothing but positive about Windows … Read more on Ars Technica
LG rep: Windows Phone 7 launch underwhelmed Just a little more than two months after the launch of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, an LG marketing representative reportedly says consumers aren’t quite getting it. Read more on CNET
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Question by whatifgecko: Matters of Faith and the Soul: Does a “soul” exist? Some people seem to think that evolution defines everything; souls don’t exist, and we and our individual thoughts are only a random collection of genes and nerve impulses, generated randomly as a reaction to our environment. So here’s my theoretical experiment to prove them wrong. A single zygote is cloned from an early, unspecialized cell state. These cells are separated, and implanted into two different robotic “wombs”, each in identical, yet separate rooms, that will create identical living conditions. When the children are “born”, robotic humanoid look-alikes will care for these isolated twins, allowing them to grow and to learn speech, etc., but without any variation in environment of treatment. Then, a stimulus to thought, such as a book, would be supplied. Would they think identical thoughts? What I’m asking is: Do you really believe such a thing could happen, and that these children, down to every breath and heartbeat would be the same, souless, with no thoughts of their own? Just a slight note that wouldn’t fit in the description: I am not asking if you believe the experiment in possible, nor would I ever carry it out, seeing as it would tear my morality to shreds. I know there is a multitude of impossible proceedures involved, many of which probably cannot ever happen, but what I am asking is IF such a thing was possible, do you REALLY believe that they would be identical in thought processes? I think that thought equates to the existance of a soul, and therefore, want to get some peoples’ opinions on if the test subjects’ thoughts would be the same, and therefore, if souls exist.
Answer by Stupid GeniusAfter you get past the fact that you can’t clone a zygote without destroying it, and the ethics of carrying out this experiment (yes, I know you said it was theoretical) The clone would have more health problems etc. However, I think that chaos effects would cause the experiment to fail (you can’t make things identical enough). The similar biologies, however, would ensure that their thoughts would be similar–maybe enough that the experiment would be “successful”, whether or not the twins have souls.
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Tonight’s Stargate Universe episode – Faith – seems like it might be a classic Stargate episode. The team finds a random Earth-like planet that’s seemingly normal. But there has to be something wrong with it. Either it’s all a dream some sort of simulation controlled by an aliening being. Either way, a redshirt crew member will probably die. All I know is hopefully it will be better than last weeks episode. Click through for a short clip from tonight’s episode.
[Update] No no no no no! I had to pause my TiVo while watching the episode to update this post. I was seriously starting to dig SGU. In fact, I that to myself just a few minutes ago. Then T.J. revealed she was pregnant. NO! Babies ruin everything — especially sci-fi shows.
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