Dr. Robotnik must have been driving.

Dr. Robotnik must have been driving.

First trailer for Atari: Game Over.

This looks awesome! The movie comes out this fall on Xbox.

In April, history was made in the world’s most famous garbage dump. After years of speculation spanning countless conspiracy theories, the legend was confirmed: unsold copies of the Atari game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial were found buried deep outside the dusty town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. While the result of the dig itself was big news (after all, E.T. almost single-handedly destroyed the game industry in the early ‘80s), it’s only one part of a much larger story. That story is finally being told in the upcoming documentary “Atari: Game Over.” Featuring interviews with everyone from the creator of the game to the denizens of Alamogordo, this is one story you won’t want to miss. We’ve got our hands on the first trailer for the movie, so check it out above and be sure to watch “Atari: Game Over” when it comes to Xbox this fall.     

Photo: Apollo 17 landing site, from space.
At the Apollo 17 site, the tracks laid down by the lunar rover are clearly visible, along with the last foot trails left on the moon. The image also shows where the astronauts placed some of the scientific instruments that provided the first insight into the moon’s environment and interior.
The image was taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter during a low orbit of the Moon at nearly 13 miles (21 kilometers) above the surface.
Larger image here.

Photo: Apollo 17 landing site, from space.

At the Apollo 17 site, the tracks laid down by the lunar rover are clearly visible, along with the last foot trails left on the moon. The image also shows where the astronauts placed some of the scientific instruments that provided the first insight into the moon’s environment and interior.

The image was taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter during a low orbit of the Moon at nearly 13 miles (21 kilometers) above the surface.

Larger image here.

Russian gecko sex experiment lost in space.
Well the internet seems to love this story and it does have a pretty funny headline.
A Russian research satellite carrying (among other things) five geckos has stopped responding to ground commands to start its engine to get back into a higher orbit. While life-support systems are thought to still be operating normally on the satellite, unless communication is reestablished with the satellite, it could burn up in Earth’s atmosphere within three to four months time. The geckos will likely have run out of food in around two and a half months.
The experiment was designed to test the effect of weightlessness on geckos sex lives, for some reason.
If communication is regained with the satellite it will be collected and returned to Earth in two months to further study the geckos.
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Russian gecko sex experiment lost in space.

Well the internet seems to love this story and it does have a pretty funny headline.

A Russian research satellite carrying (among other things) five geckos has stopped responding to ground commands to start its engine to get back into a higher orbit. While life-support systems are thought to still be operating normally on the satellite, unless communication is reestablished with the satellite, it could burn up in Earth’s atmosphere within three to four months time. The geckos will likely have run out of food in around two and a half months.

The experiment was designed to test the effect of weightlessness on geckos sex lives, for some reason.

If communication is regained with the satellite it will be collected and returned to Earth in two months to further study the geckos.

Most popular posts this week

Here’s what’s been popular on 8 Bit Future this week, based on likes, shares, and reblogs. Happy weekend reading!

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Pac-Man Graffiti. See full photo.

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The R-Kaid-R - an arcade machine in a box. See full post.

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Google and Novartis announced more plans for Google’s smart contact lens. See full post.

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Major console prices at today’s prices (inflation adjusted). See full picture.

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Caribbean Sea Viewed From the International Space Station. See full picture.

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The NES30 bluetooth controller. See full picture.

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The Moon, Venus, and Pleiades. See full picture.

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Sonic the Hedgehog birthday Cake. See full picture.

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300 famous characters, in 8-bit. See full picture.

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Earth, from the ISS. See full picture.

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Sonic the indecisive hedgehog. See full picture.

As always you should check out www.8bitfuture.com for more photos, stories and videos related to anything tech, science, space or gaming!

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This is the sunshield on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
This test unit was unfurled to full-size for the first time last week and “worked perfectly”, according to NASA.

The Sunshield is about the length of a tennis court, and will be folded up like an umbrella around the Webb telescope’s mirrors and instruments during launch. Once it reaches its orbit, the Webb telescope will receive a command from Earth to unfold, and separate the Sunshield’s five layers into their precisely stacked arrangement with its kite-like shape.
The Sunshield test unit was stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California.
The Sunshield separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold side where the sunshine is blocked from interfering with the sensitive infrared instruments. The infrared instruments need to be kept very cold (under 50 K or -370 degrees F) to operate.   The Sunshield protects these sensitive instruments with an effective sun protection factor or SPF of 1,000,000 (suntan lotion generally has an SPF of 8-50).

In addition to providing a cold environment, the Sunshield provides a thermally stable environment. This stability is essential to maintaining proper alignment of the primary mirror segments as the telescope changes its orientation to the sun.

This is the sunshield on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

This test unit was unfurled to full-size for the first time last week and “worked perfectly”, according to NASA.

The Sunshield is about the length of a tennis court, and will be folded up like an umbrella around the Webb telescope’s mirrors and instruments during launch. Once it reaches its orbit, the Webb telescope will receive a command from Earth to unfold, and separate the Sunshield’s five layers into their precisely stacked arrangement with its kite-like shape.

The Sunshield test unit was stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California.

The Sunshield separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold side where the sunshine is blocked from interfering with the sensitive infrared instruments. The infrared instruments need to be kept very cold (under 50 K or -370 degrees F) to operate.   The Sunshield protects these sensitive instruments with an effective sun protection factor or SPF of 1,000,000 (suntan lotion generally has an SPF of 8-50).

In addition to providing a cold environment, the Sunshield provides a thermally stable environment. This stability is essential to maintaining proper alignment of the primary mirror segments as the telescope changes its orientation to the sun.

2% of developers take 54% of app revenue

A survey of 10,000 developers by Developer Economics shows that two percent of app developers take in over $100,000 per month.

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The data also shows nine percent of developers getting $10,000-$100,000 per month, and 88% of developers on under $10,000 per month.

The study chose a ‘poverty line’ for developers of less than $500 per month - a figure which means their app is unsustainable as a business. A huge 50 percent of iOS developers and 47 percent of Android developers are below that line.

Most games — 57 percent of them — make less than $500/month.

To solve that revenue problem, many game developers release more than one app. In fact, the majority of those making over $100,000/month have published a minimum of 11 games in an effort to give themselves more chances at the app store lottery.

Real the full story at Venturebeat.

Watson gets a new job.
After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.
The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.
"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

Watson gets a new job.

After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.

The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.

"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

Possible new design for Steam controller discovered.

As spotted by Facepunch user DevinWatson, the latest update for digital distribution client Steam includes a new picture of the controller at the following location:
[Steam directory]\tenfoot\resource\images\library\alpha_conroller_lines_d0g.png
The analogue stick appears to replace buttons that were on the left side of the controller in its last public iteration.

Possible new design for Steam controller discovered.

As spotted by Facepunch user DevinWatson, the latest update for digital distribution client Steam includes a new picture of the controller at the following location:

[Steam directory]\tenfoot\resource\images\library\alpha_conroller_l
ines_d0g.png

The analogue stick appears to replace buttons that were on the left side of the controller in its last public iteration.

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Baxter is an (almost) affordable industrial robot.

Rethink Robotics industrial robot is notable for being only US$25,000, which is pretty surprising for an industrial robot.