Man of Steel from a Baby’s Perspective

This is so adorable. That is all.

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Enterprise Retires To New York

As the NASA space shuttle program comes to a close, a series of commemorative flybys by the remaining craft are producing some amazing sights as they glide over famous landmarks in the US. Here the Space Shuttle Enterprise flies over New York as it comes to land at JFK International Airport before being retired to the USS Intrepid Air and Space Museum. As one of the women being interviewed says in the news report, it is also poignant that the shuttle was able to fly over Manhattan with cheering crowds as New Yorker’s have taken back their skies. I’m sure Enterprise will be a very popular tourist attraction when it is installed on the Intrepid. It is a sad day though to be sure as it is an end of era for the US and it’s manned space exploration. Hopefully something new is being designed, a space craft that will continue the exciting work of its predecessor.

Autonomous Quadrotor

We are doomed!

You’ve probably seen these gizmos somewhere before now, but engineers and scientists have only gone and given them an upgrade. From what I understand, the components remain virtually the same, but clever programming now allows the flying machines to do some pretty spectacular manoeuvres. For instance, as this video shows, they have the ability to correct themselves from an awkward take off or sudden jolt and return to stable flight – all without human control. Also, and this is cool, they are able to fly through a hoop which has been thrown into the air, calculate where it needs to be and complete the manoeuvre without touching the sides of the hoop.

Pretty cool engineering but does this remind anyone of the Hunter Killers from the Terminator films? Complete with their own intelligence a la Skynet, these things single-handedly spell the end of human civilisation as we know it…but I’d still like one for Christmas.

Real-life Hunter Killer in action.

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