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Physicist creates color changing ice cream

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A Spanish physicist has created an ice cream that changes color as it’s eaten.

Lunar transit, captured from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
On July 26, 2014, the moon crossed between NASA’s SDO and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. This happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO’s point of view. Images of the eclipse show a crisp lunar horizon, because the moon has no atmosphere that would distort light.

By blending different SDO wavelengths, we can get an enhanced image of the sun. The left image was taken in 304 wavelength, the middle in 171 wavelength, and the right shows the blended result.

Lunar transit, captured from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

On July 26, 2014, the moon crossed between NASA’s SDO and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. This happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO’s point of view. Images of the eclipse show a crisp lunar horizon, because the moon has no atmosphere that would distort light.

By blending different SDO wavelengths, we can get an enhanced image of the sun. The left image was taken in 304 wavelength, the middle in 171 wavelength, and the right shows the blended result.

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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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."

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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.

'Optical cable' created from thin air

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A University of Maryland team has detailed how they created an effect similar to a fiber cable out of thin air.

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.