Video: Sky Tower ‘ride’ at Danish theme park.

It’s a stretch to call this a ride, it’s more of a pants-wetting free fall. For a price, they’ll drop you 100 feet with no ropes attached.

Video: Jibo, the family robot.

Jibo’s makers claim it’s the ‘World’s first family robot’. The device sits on a table or bench, and uses two high resolution cameras, 360 degree microphones, and an HD touchscreen to recognise faces, take photos, tell stories, deliver hands free messages, and more.

What’s really striking about the device though is it’s movement - it looks like a cute cousin of Wall-E straight out of a Pixar movie. According to the team, it’s from their “ deep expertise in animation and social robotics with Huge Design’s stellar talent in sophisticated and cutting-edge industrial design” - check it out in the video above.

Jibo has just passed US$1,000,000 and is still taking pre-orders. They don’t expect to ship the first units until December 2015, although that’s still ahead of a planned public release in 2016.

Check out the Jibo Indiegogo page here.

Attention Portal fans.
You might like this community Portal 2 Mod: Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative.

The familiar Portal 2 gels are now contained within the Aperture Science Paint Gun Device and it’s your job to test it out! Featuring a new personality-core and an original story with 27 polished levels; the mod offers an exciting and fun experience in varied and interesting new locations throughout Aperture Science. Introducing gels as the core gameplay mechanic completely changes the way you solve puzzles, explore, and survive all the challenges thrown at you!

Attention Portal fans.

You might like this community Portal 2 Mod: Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative.

The familiar Portal 2 gels are now contained within the Aperture Science Paint Gun Device and it’s your job to test it out! 

Featuring a new personality-core and an original story with 27 polished levels; the mod offers an exciting and fun experience in varied and interesting new locations throughout Aperture Science. 

Introducing gels as the core gameplay mechanic completely changes the way you solve puzzles, explore, and survive all the challenges thrown at you!

Robotic device gives users extra fingers

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A robotic device developed at MIT mimics the movements of a users hand, essentially giving them two extra fingers. 

NASA: Lunar pits could one day shelter astronauts.

While the moon’s surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

The pits range in size from about 5 meters (~5 yards) across to more than 900 meters (~984 yards) in diameter, and three of them were first identified using images from the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft. Hundreds more were found using a new computer algorithm that automatically scanned thousands of high-resolution images of the lunar surface from LRO’s Narrow Angle Camera (NAC).

"Pits would be useful in a support role for human activity on the lunar surface," said Robert Wagner of Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. "A habitat placed in a pit — ideally several dozen meters back under an overhang — would provide a very safe location for astronauts: no radiation, no micrometeorites, possibly very little dust, and no wild day-night temperature swings." 

Earth, from the ISS.
Photo by Alexander Gerst: ”As a special type of Earth observation, sun glint pictures reveal an amazing amount of detail.”
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Earth, from the ISS.

Photo by Alexander Gerst: ”As a special type of Earth observation, sun glint pictures reveal an amazing amount of detail.”

Could Jupiter’s moon Europa hold answers about life in the universe?

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Compiled from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft data, this colorized surface image of Europa shows the blue-white terrains which indicate relatively pure water ice. Scientists are very interested in these features because they may offer a way to investigate the habitability of the moon’s interior ocean.

NASA is now calling for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, which would also seek answers to the question “are we alone in the universe?”