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Darkflame 2009-12-08 17:02

Radiation as constantly proved to be less deadly then first thought. Every revision estimates for deaths goes down.

And on to the truely epic;

SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnight2 in their glory.


The unveiling ceremony took place in California's Mojave Desert, at the base of legendary designer Burt Rutan and his company Scaled Composites. Rutan has revolutionized carbon composite aircraft and in light of his SpaceShipOne prototype winning the Ansari X PRIZE in 2004, British entrepreneur Richard Branson teamed up with Rutan so Scaled Composites could build the first passenger spacecraft to carry fee-paying space tourists 65 miles into the atmosphere.

SpaceShipTwo is on schedule for its first test flights in 2010 and it is hoped that the first Virgin Galactic passengers will be carried on a suborbital trip in 2011.


The 59-year old British entrepreneur, who hired designer Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites to build six passenger spacecraft, plans to be on the first flight, along with his children and 94-year-old father.

About 300 people have put down deposits for the $200,000 ride and three-day training program.
"One of the good things about this space program is that it almost doesn't matter how young or how old you are," said Branson, adding that 90-year-old scientist James Lovelock and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, a paraplegic, are among those planning to fly.

Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Virgin Atlantic Airlines, hopes to bring the price down to roughly the cost of airfare between the United States and Australia -- and perhaps be able to make such a trip, via a suborbital hop, in 90 minutes.
The mother ship is also planned to be used for orbital satalite launchs;

Only light satellites, but $2million is cheap.

ChaosFish 2009-12-08 19:30

Nice, I'll definitely be going to space. And I'm totally looking forward to be one of the firsts to populate cities built in space stations.

....On a personal note... I thought I developed a brilliant method to compress data to almost nothing, and now I've been stupefied by a flaw that makes it stupid. Argggh math is a bitch.

Jasiek 2009-12-17 14:12

So yeah, who's getting one when they're xactly like a human's? :P

ChaosFish 2009-12-17 14:20

Wow, that's pretty rad. Next up: artificial eye. (personally I can't wait to have my eyes replaced with bionic ones, it'd be so cool)

This feeling hand thing reminds me of the comic Academy X where this girl got completely paralyzed from the neck down, so she used a telekinesis-amplifier helmet to move her muscles Wi-Fi-style. But she couldn't feel anything.

Darkflame 2009-12-17 16:11

Amazing indeed.
Really shows not only how fast tech's advancing, but also how amazing our brains are at adapting.
Not sure Id see the nessceity for having it perminately implanted though. Emulating nature is great upto a point, but surely keeping it detachable makes it easy for maintenance and upgrades?


Wow, that's pretty rad. Next up: artificial eye. (personally I can't wait to have my eyes replaced with bionic ones, it'd be so cool)
Yeah, last time I checked though they only had 32x32 pixal resolution or something.
Interfacing optical signals direct to the brain is very,very tricky because the brain moves about. (weirdly though, as long as its in the right area, given time, the brain can learn to understand dont need to be exactly emulating the optic nerve).

ChaosFish 2009-12-17 22:10

Unrelated; next up you should edit the thread title to "The Hi-tech thread (Water EVERYWHERE!!1!)".

Jasiek 2009-12-19 18:02

Dark matter possibly, maybe, perhaps found:

Jasiek 2009-12-30 03:54

Dude talks about fusion. There's too little real science vids on TED lately, only all of that sociological boredom.

James Randi talks about the bullshit that is homeopathy.

ChaosFish 2009-12-30 12:49

Cellular voice calls encryption cracked for the first time since 1988 and the code is available to everyone.

Darkflame 2009-12-31 14:39

More cool robotic hands;

Medur 2009-12-31 15:44


Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 392021)

So yeah, who's getting one when they're xactly like a human's? :P

This is amazing! In 15 years or so I guess they'll be nearly as good as they're in Star Wars. And maybe in 30 years they'll be affordable? Seriously, incredible stuff. I had no idea prosthetic technology was this advanced.

Darkflame 2010-01-03 17:14

Yeah, theres these moments where I think "holy fuck we really are living in the future now"

ChaosFish 2010-01-03 17:39

We lived in the future 10 years ago. Now... we're past the future.

Darkflame 2010-01-03 18:53

Dunno, seems to have been some particular incredible developments in the last two years especially.

ChaosFish 2010-01-03 19:36

Yep. Development that's been increasing in an accelerating rate since the age of the prehistoric man and is now about to reach a its peak... a metaphorical explosion... and then chaos. And then we'll slowly get ourselves back together and start progressing in an accelerating rate towards the next peak.

Darkflame 2010-01-04 15:29

This is pretty neat;
Demostration of head tracking done in flash.
If you set it up, shut one eye and move your head slowly you get a pretty good 3D effect.

Its not as fluid as Jonhney-Lee's Wiimote based version, but its pretty nifty you can do this in flash with just a webcam.

Of course, for practical use in games youd need a much smoother/more accurate refresh (and a good webcam) and z-axis and rotation also done in software...but still, cool for just a software thing.
I wish more people were looking into this, as, (imho) for games this sort of 3D actually is more important then steroscopic 3d. Giving a person their own viewpoint which moves precisely to the subtle movements of the head helps us build a model of our environment.

Mouserz 2010-01-04 18:06

it doesnt work

Darkflame 2010-01-05 14:24

Care to elaborate?
You do have to move your head pretty slowly, as most webcams blur when you move fast, but thats a limitation of the camera not the software.

Darkflame 2010-01-07 15:37

Not exactly technology, but a demonstration of the power of the internet/crowd sourcing;

Saw this on The Daily Show the other day.
Finding all those balloon locations in just 8 hours 50 minutes....thats just "wow".

Darkflame 2010-01-14 14:09

AR being used to treat some brain-based medical conditions;

Darkflame 2010-01-27 00:18

Ok, we have all seen stuff like this before, but here's a particularly interesting collection;

Seamless controllable flash-zoom from the smallest thing we know, to the largest.
Lots of interesting comparisons along the way too.

I never knew HIV was the same size as a CD pit, or that there's a star we know of more then half the size of our solar system O_o

ChaosFish 2010-01-27 04:26

That's so cool, I love it. Reminds me of The Wonderful End Of The World a bit.

I don't think there's anything "outside" of the universe, but I'm sure there is a lot outside of the dimensions that make the universe.

Jasiek 2010-01-27 17:12
Cool documntary about Chaos, Alan Turing, Mandelbrot Fractals, self organizing systems, increasing complexity arising from simple systems and Evolution.

ChaosFish 2010-01-27 18:15


The Secret Life of Chaos
Oh shi-

(that documentary looks interesting though, I shall watch it)

Darkflame 2010-01-29 22:32

This is really neat;

Look at the Movie of SPIDAR device at the bottom. It seems low tech and high-tech at the same time. The user is feeling the rubix cube as they manipulate it.

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