“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music." | Betrand Russell
"Beauty of Mathematics" by Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux
di matematica non ci capisco un’acca, ma chissenefrega, questo post è intrippante.
Halo: Spartan Assault coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this December
Microsoft has revealed that their Windows 8 game, Halo: Spartan Assault, will be released on the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Moon, Venus, and Athens National Observatory
Moon and Venus shine in a summer evening twilight of Athens. The historic building of the National Observatory of Athens is on the lower left and at lower right is the Temple of Hephaestus in the ancient Agora.
The national observatory is a research institute founded in 1842; one of the oldest research institutes in Southern Europe. But the astronomical history of this location goes much further back in time. The observatory is next to the Pnyx, a rocky hill in central Athens the Athenians gathered to host their popular assemblies, as early as 507 BC.
It was also where astronomer Meton made observations of the summer solstice in 432 BC, using an instrument named the heliotropion that made him identify his famous calendrical cycle (learn more on UNESCO Astronomy and World Heritage Portal). - Babak Tafreshi
Futuristic Concept Cleans Your House With Robot Flies
While we mostly like to post news about real robots doing real robot-y things, it’s sometimes fun to take a look at impossible concepts, especially if they’re a.) utterly insane and b.) provide enough foundation for us to convince ourselves that they’re not actually completely entirely totally impossible, even if they are.
Adrian Perez Zapata’s futuristic concept, which he calls “Mab,” envisions a swarm of tiny flying robots zipping around your house to clean surfaces, before returning to a spherical home base. Here’s the summary:Mab is a self cleaning system consisting of 908 robots which clean the surface of a floor with a drop touching and trapping the dirt particles on the floor. These robots also fulfill the task of feeding the system energy by capturing solar energy in its wings. The second component of the Mab is the core, which the robots returns to, and this central part handles multiple tasks: it generates the mixture of water with an additive that gives higher surface tension and a pleasant odor to the water; it is controlling the robot based on information they are providing of the environment; receiving contaminated droplets and filters it to remove the dirt from the water, saving the highest percentage possible and cleans its walking surfaces.The following summarizes the 7-step cleaning process:
- Mixes the water and the substance that gives greater surface tension.
- The mixture is distributed to subordinates - robots
- The robots fly with the load. The robots use a propeller for flying.
- The robots cleaning by touching the surface with their droplet of fluid
- The droplet captures the dirt and carries it back to the core
- The core filters the dirt out
- The core recovers the highest possible percentage of water to restart the cycleThe thought behind Mab is to restore a sense of wonder in the everyday life, and to recapture the magic in simple processes, providing human shelters an autonomous purification.
Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors
Researchers have simulated 1 second of real brain activity, on a network equivalent to 1 percent of an actual brain’s neural network, using the world’s fourth-fastest supercomputer. The results aren’t revolutionary just yet, but they do hint at what will be possible as computing power increases.
A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are both amazing and humbling.
The hardware necessary to simulate the activity of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses (just 1 percent of a brain’s total neural network) for 1 biological second: 82,944 processors on the K supercomputer and 1 petabyte of memory (24 bytes per synapse). That 1 second of biological time took 40 minutes, on one of the world’s most-powerful systems, to compute.
Sylvia is one of my favorite young women in STEM (or STEAM, as she likes to call it - adding ‘Art’ to the equation); she’s the host of a show called Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show! I first learned about her from her excellent exploration/tutorial on squishy circuits (I was a bit nervous about building my first circuit…) and now she’s bringing a cool painting robot to life through kickstarter. It’s like a CNC router, but instead paints what you draw on the computer with watercolors!
I really, really hope lots of young girls are seeing her videos on youtube and maybe making some of their own experiments at home or at school! She’s a great inspiration for makers of all shapes and sizes and skills!
Woohoo, Always been a fan of Sylvia’s. so glad to see she’s got her invention on kickstarter
Swimming Cities by Swoon aka Caledonia “Callie” Curry
One of my lifelong dreams since I was a wee Ian Brooks was to build my own ramshackle boat and sail away from all my problems, like homework and eating vegetables. It’s still pretty much the same dream except now replace boat with spaceship. Street artist Swoon collaborated with dozens of other artisans to craft these makeshift floating domiciles, scrapped together from discarded wood, foam blocks, car parts, and myriad other urban flotsam, before drifting down mighty rivers like the Mississippi and Hudson, stopping at abandoned sites along the way to play music and gather antiques as building blocks for their vessels.