Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.
Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.
The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.
"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.

Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.

The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.

"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

Here’s a blast from the past: Facebook’s homepage, at launch in 2004.

Here’s a blast from the past: Facebook’s homepage, at launch in 2004.

Photo: Dragon capsule approaching the ISS.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule about to dock with the International Space Station, on September 23. The capsule was filled with cargo, including 20 rodents to be live in a facility on the station to allow a study on the loong-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.
There’s a bunch of neat photos in the album from Alexander Gerst - check it out here on Flickr.

Photo: Dragon capsule approaching the ISS.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule about to dock with the International Space Station, on September 23. The capsule was filled with cargo, including 20 rodents to be live in a facility on the station to allow a study on the loong-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.

There’s a bunch of neat photos in the album from Alexander Gerst - check it out here on Flickr.

Image: Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun.
An older image but still interesting - NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the eruption from its base out into space.
Coronal mass ejections are giant, expanding clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth.
The base of the CME near the sun is seen in extreme ultraviolet light emitted directly from the solar material; the growing loop is seen in visible light.

Image: Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun.

An older image but still interesting - NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the eruption from its base out into space.

Coronal mass ejections are giant, expanding clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth.

The base of the CME near the sun is seen in extreme ultraviolet light emitted directly from the solar material; the growing loop is seen in visible light.

Video: Nvidia recreates moon landing photographs.

In an effort to debunk conspiracy theories about the Apollo moon landings (and promote their new Maxwell graphics chip), Nvidia have released this video showing how they simulated the conditions on the moon to prove the photos are legitimate.

Moon-hoax believers say Armstrong’s photos are fake—because no stars are visible in the background and the lighting in the photos seems too good to be believable—but by painstakingly modeling the lighting conditions on the moon, NVidia engineers were able to match Armstrong’s photo almost perfectly.

Mammoth skeleton going up for auction.
English auction house Summers Place Auctions are anticipating the near-complete skeleton to sell for up to £250,000, when it is sold at auction on November 26.
The specimen is 11.4ft (3.5 metres) high and 18ft (5.5 metres) long, with tusks measuring about 8ft (2.4 metres).
The auction house is giving the public the chance to name the mammoth ahead of the auction.

Mammoth skeleton going up for auction.

English auction house Summers Place Auctions are anticipating the near-complete skeleton to sell for up to £250,000, when it is sold at auction on November 26.

The specimen is 11.4ft (3.5 metres) high and 18ft (5.5 metres) long, with tusks measuring about 8ft (2.4 metres).

The auction house is giving the public the chance to name the mammoth ahead of the auction.

The World Needs A New Cobra Triangle Game
The concept of the “retro gaming” sub-genre, as it applies to modern games, is become a thing of, well, the past. While critics want to slap any term they can on a particular game to better describe it, there’s more to a lot of these throwback-looking titles than simply being “retro.” In some cases, they’re doing better than their big-budget, over-hyped contemporaries, especially when we look to the success of Shovel Knight. That title is not alone, of course, as many others are doing especially well on the console marketplaces (be it PSN or Wii U eShop) and Steam network.  This interest in gaming in its purest sense gives hope to developers and gamers alike who want to enjoy a title that is all about quality and little else. This also applies to developers looking to reboot their favourite series from the past, such as River City Ransom. The beat-‘em-up/RPG hybrid will live on soon in the form of River City Ransom: Underground following a strong campaign on crowd-funding platform KickStarter. And in thinking about all of this, it got me thinking, What other older games deserve a reboot? Instantly, my mind traveled to Cobra Triangle, a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that turned 25 years old past July and hasn’t gotten the love it deserves. Let’s change that.
For those unfamiliar with the Rare-created title, it’s a pretty straightforward affair. You take on the role of a speedboat armed with serious firepower, bullets and missiles, the latter of which you can upgrade throughout your journey. Speaking of, you essentially are tasked with driving the boat through a variety of levels, some way more treacherous than the next, to fight a series of epic sea monsters. These include larger-the-life versions of serpents, sharks, octopus, and the like, which you battle after destroying enemy speedboats, saving hostages, and beating the clock. There’s a bit more to it than that, such as the absolutely dreadful waterfall-jumping levels, but that about sums it up. Now, in an age when these more straightforward and simplistic games are so adored, where is the Cobra Triangle reboot? OK, you can make the argument that there are other games more worthy of a fresh take, but let’s take a step back and, at least, ask for a remake. Like, for example, Ducktales: Remastered, which is actually one of the best games on Wii U, looks stunning, and plays just like the original NES title! Not only that, but there remains a desire for games centered on the mysterious location after which Cobra Triangle is named. For example, Betfair’s online casino features an arcade game outfitted with much of the same imagery! You’ll see sharks and giant squids, though the developer (Playtech) favoured sea planes as the mode of transportation over Cobra Triangle’s speedboats. That’s fair—and it also bring to mind another idea: Flip the script on the old-school game and make it about planes instead. Think about it: The boat you drive in Cobra Triangle actually has a set of blades that emerges from its roof, and it’s used to transport you from one level to the next. What if they just went full-on plane (or even helicopter), embraced the motion controls available on consoles, and made something truly unique. Sounds like one hell of a game to me. Now, if only someone could create a KickStarter for this, we’d be all set. What say you, Internet?

The World Needs A New Cobra Triangle Game

The concept of the “retro gaming” sub-genre, as it applies to modern games, is become a thing of, well, the past. While critics want to slap any term they can on a particular game to better describe it, there’s more to a lot of these throwback-looking titles than simply being “retro.” In some cases, they’re doing better than their big-budget, over-hyped contemporaries, especially when we look to the success of Shovel Knight. That title is not alone, of course, as many others are doing especially well on the console marketplaces (be it PSN or Wii U eShop) and Steam network.

This interest in gaming in its purest sense gives hope to developers and gamers alike who want to enjoy a title that is all about quality and little else. This also applies to developers looking to reboot their favourite series from the past, such as River City Ransom. The beat-‘em-up/RPG hybrid will live on soon in the form of River City Ransom: Underground following a strong campaign on crowd-funding platform KickStarter. And in thinking about all of this, it got me thinking, What other older games deserve a reboot? Instantly, my mind traveled to Cobra Triangle, a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that turned 25 years old past July and hasn’t gotten the love it deserves. Let’s change that.

For those unfamiliar with the Rare-created title, it’s a pretty straightforward affair. You take on the role of a speedboat armed with serious firepower, bullets and missiles, the latter of which you can upgrade throughout your journey. Speaking of, you essentially are tasked with driving the boat through a variety of levels, some way more treacherous than the next, to fight a series of epic sea monsters. These include larger-the-life versions of serpents, sharks, octopus, and the like, which you battle after destroying enemy speedboats, saving hostages, and beating the clock. There’s a bit more to it than that, such as the absolutely dreadful waterfall-jumping levels, but that about sums it up.

Now, in an age when these more straightforward and simplistic games are so adored, where is the Cobra Triangle reboot? OK, you can make the argument that there are other games more worthy of a fresh take, but let’s take a step back and, at least, ask for a remake. Like, for example, Ducktales: Remastered, which is actually one of the best games on Wii U, looks stunning, and plays just like the original NES title! Not only that, but there remains a desire for games centered on the mysterious location after which Cobra Triangle is named. For example, Betfair’s online casino features an arcade game outfitted with much of the same imagery! You’ll see sharks and giant squids, though the developer (Playtech) favoured sea planes as the mode of transportation over Cobra Triangle’s speedboats. That’s fair—and it also bring to mind another idea: Flip the script on the old-school game and make it about planes instead.

Think about it: The boat you drive in Cobra Triangle actually has a set of blades that emerges from its roof, and it’s used to transport you from one level to the next. What if they just went full-on plane (or even helicopter), embraced the motion controls available on consoles, and made something truly unique. Sounds like one hell of a game to me. Now, if only someone could create a KickStarter for this, we’d be all set. What say you, Internet?

Here’s a new thing that I want: the Pixel waffle maker.
As you can see, you poke whatever pixels you like in or out in this blue silicon tray, before cooking waffles on it (it fits into its own custom waffle maker). Looks tasty.

Here’s a new thing that I want: the Pixel waffle maker.

As you can see, you poke whatever pixels you like in or out in this blue silicon tray, before cooking waffles on it (it fits into its own custom waffle maker). Looks tasty.