New Donkey Kong world record set

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After two and a half years of practice, Robbie Lakeman is the new Donkey Kong world record holder, achieving a score of 1,141,800 last Friday morning - 3,200 points more than previous record holder Hank Chien.

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New Android Wear features announced.
Google have detailed new features for Android Wear in a blog post, with changes that will see runners or cyclists in particular excited.
Offline music playback and GPS support have been announced for the system, meaning you can go for a run or a bike ride and track your activity without taking the connected smartphone. Music can be streamed to bluetooth headphones directly from the watch. It’s worth noting that the GPS features will only be available in watches with a GPS sensor - at the moment that’s only the recently announced Sony SmartWatch3 (pictured on the right above), which Google says will be available ‘later this year’.
Another new feature is downloadable watch faces. Although some watch faces are currently available in the Play store, they have to be installed via an app on the phone and are difficult to develop. The new update will make new faces easier to develop and install, which should encourage more developers to create them.
I’ve been wearing the LG G watch for a few weeks now and really enjoy the voice commands, which weren’t available on my old Pebble watch. For me the only major flaw is the design, but judging from the look of the four new watches above, designs are rapidly improving already.

New Android Wear features announced.

Google have detailed new features for Android Wear in a blog post, with changes that will see runners or cyclists in particular excited.

Offline music playback and GPS support have been announced for the system, meaning you can go for a run or a bike ride and track your activity without taking the connected smartphone. Music can be streamed to bluetooth headphones directly from the watch. It’s worth noting that the GPS features will only be available in watches with a GPS sensor - at the moment that’s only the recently announced Sony SmartWatch3 (pictured on the right above), which Google says will be available ‘later this year’.

Another new feature is downloadable watch faces. Although some watch faces are currently available in the Play store, they have to be installed via an app on the phone and are difficult to develop. The new update will make new faces easier to develop and install, which should encourage more developers to create them.

I’ve been wearing the LG G watch for a few weeks now and really enjoy the voice commands, which weren’t available on my old Pebble watch. For me the only major flaw is the design, but judging from the look of the four new watches above, designs are rapidly improving already.

New satellite can see through smoke.
The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.
Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.
DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

New satellite can see through smoke.

The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.

Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.

DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

Galaxy Note Edge is a real phone that looks like a concept.
When I first saw this I thought it was another concept design photoshopped by some fan, but nope, this is a real phone coming soon to stores.
The Galaxy Note Edge was unveiled today alongside a new, regular Galaxy Note device by Samsung. The ‘Edge Panel’ is said to offer functions that many of the phone’s stock apps will take advantage of, although it’s not clear if regular apps will also wrap around the edges or simply display in on the front of the screen.
I can see it getting pretty annoying pretty fast having your fingers accidentally performing actions while just trying to hold the phone, plus it seems like just another part of the phone to damage if the phone is dropped or scratched, although it does look pretty futuristic.
Edit: The display only wraps around one edge of the phone.

Galaxy Note Edge is a real phone that looks like a concept.

When I first saw this I thought it was another concept design photoshopped by some fan, but nope, this is a real phone coming soon to stores.

The Galaxy Note Edge was unveiled today alongside a new, regular Galaxy Note device by Samsung. The ‘Edge Panel’ is said to offer functions that many of the phone’s stock apps will take advantage of, although it’s not clear if regular apps will also wrap around the edges or simply display in on the front of the screen.

I can see it getting pretty annoying pretty fast having your fingers accidentally performing actions while just trying to hold the phone, plus it seems like just another part of the phone to damage if the phone is dropped or scratched, although it does look pretty futuristic.

Edit: The display only wraps around one edge of the phone.

'Chairless Chair' exoskeleton.
The Chairless Chair attaches to the thighs and hips, and while it allows for generally normal motion when not powered on, it can be turned on anytime to lock into place and act as a chair the user can sit on. The creator claims the device can hold a required pose for about 24 hours on a single 6 volt battery.

'Chairless Chair' exoskeleton.

The Chairless Chair attaches to the thighs and hips, and while it allows for generally normal motion when not powered on, it can be turned on anytime to lock into place and act as a chair the user can sit on. The creator claims the device can hold a required pose for about 24 hours on a single 6 volt battery.

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Woolly mammoth research center to open.
A joint initiative between a Russian university and a South Korean research center will see the center open in Russia’s Sakha Republic this month.
The area, in the North of Russia, is home to 80 percent of Russia’s mammoth remains, thanks largely to the cold conditions which have been able to preserve some remarkably well preserved finds, including mammoth blood still inside one carcass.

"To send material to our [Korean] colleagues is not so simple," Semyon Grigoryev,  head of the mammoth laboratory at Yakutsk’s Northeastern Federal University, said in comments carried by Interfax.

"We have to obtain a license for this and the process can take nearly six months. Here at the center, scientists can conduct preliminary research on the spot rather than wait for a permit to export their material. This will make work significantly easier for everybody."

Woolly mammoth research center to open.

A joint initiative between a Russian university and a South Korean research center will see the center open in Russia’s Sakha Republic this month.

The area, in the North of Russia, is home to 80 percent of Russia’s mammoth remains, thanks largely to the cold conditions which have been able to preserve some remarkably well preserved finds, including mammoth blood still inside one carcass.

"To send material to our [Korean] colleagues is not so simple," Semyon Grigoryev,  head of the mammoth laboratory at Yakutsk’s Northeastern Federal University, said in comments carried by Interfax.

"We have to obtain a license for this and the process can take nearly six months. Here at the center, scientists can conduct preliminary research on the spot rather than wait for a permit to export their material. This will make work significantly easier for everybody."

Video: NASA test firing of their new 3D printed rocket.

NASA was able to reduce the number of components in this rocket’s injector from 163, down to just two, by using a printing technology called “selective laser melting”.

Tropical storm Marie, from the ISS.
Taken by Alexander Gerst.

Tropical storm Marie, from the ISS.

Taken by Alexander Gerst.

DIY Johnny 5 robot kit available.
The US$1,400 kit lets you create a fully functional model of the robot from the 80s movie Short Circuit.

The robot is made from Servo Erector Set aluminum brackets, custom injection molded components, and ultra-tough laser-cut Lexan structural components. The torso is fully articulated utilizing 8 x HS-645MG, 3 x HS-475HB / HS-485HB, and 3 x HS-422 servos, and our SSC-32 servo controller. By utilizing heavy duty polypropylene and rubber tracks with durable ABS molded sprockets the robot has excellent traction. It includes two 12vdc 50:1 gear head motors and the Sabertooth 2 x 5 motor controller.
The combo kit includes the powerful Lynxmotion Sequencer Program for PC. You can control the robot from a PC with the included DB9 cable, or use our DFRobot bluetooth/APC220/Xbee modules for wireless PC control. 

DIY Johnny 5 robot kit available.

The US$1,400 kit lets you create a fully functional model of the robot from the 80s movie Short Circuit.

The robot is made from Servo Erector Set aluminum brackets, custom injection molded components, and ultra-tough laser-cut Lexan structural components. The torso is fully articulated utilizing 8 x HS-645MG, 3 x HS-475HB / HS-485HB, and 3 x HS-422 servos, and our SSC-32 servo controller. By utilizing heavy duty polypropylene and rubber tracks with durable ABS molded sprockets the robot has excellent traction. It includes two 12vdc 50:1 gear head motors and the Sabertooth 2 x 5 motor controller.

The combo kit includes the powerful Lynxmotion Sequencer Program for PC. You can control the robot from a PC with the included DB9 cable, or use our DFRobot bluetooth/APC220/Xbee modules for wireless PC control. 

Worlds fastest camera shoots 4.4 trillion frames per second.
A Japanese team has created a recording device able to acquire 4.4 trillion images per second, at a 450 x 450 pixel resolution. The technique could be used to further research into heat conduction and chemical reactions, according to its creators.
If the resolution can be improved, it could also prove useful for manufacturing, where it could keep track of laser cuttings in real time.

The technique, known as a Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography, or STAMP for short, shuns the conventional methods employed by other superspeed cameras to achieve results up to 1,000 times faster than has been previously available. The current leading brand of high-speed real-time recording is a method unfortunately known as the pump-probe process, where light is “pumped” at the subject and then “probed” for absorption. STAMP differs from this by skipping the need to constantly probe, or measure, the scene to construct an image, instead it uses single-shot bursts to acquire images and maps the spatial profile of the subject to the temporal profile at a 450x450-pixel resolution.

Worlds fastest camera shoots 4.4 trillion frames per second.

A Japanese team has created a recording device able to acquire 4.4 trillion images per second, at a 450 x 450 pixel resolution. The technique could be used to further research into heat conduction and chemical reactions, according to its creators.

If the resolution can be improved, it could also prove useful for manufacturing, where it could keep track of laser cuttings in real time.

The technique, known as a Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography, or STAMP for short, shuns the conventional methods employed by other superspeed cameras to achieve results up to 1,000 times faster than has been previously available. The current leading brand of high-speed real-time recording is a method unfortunately known as the pump-probe process, where light is “pumped” at the subject and then “probed” for absorption. STAMP differs from this by skipping the need to constantly probe, or measure, the scene to construct an image, instead it uses single-shot bursts to acquire images and maps the spatial profile of the subject to the temporal profile at a 450x450-pixel resolution.