Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Introducing Handle

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

Source : Boston Dynamics – Introducing Handle


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

NASA & TRAPPIST-1: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.

Over 21 days, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of the star. Spitzer was able to identify a total of seven rocky worlds, including three in the habitable zone, where liquid water might be found.

The video features interviews with Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/IPAC; Nikole Lewis, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute; and Michaƫl Gillon, principal investigator, TRAPPIST, University of Liege, Belgium.

The system has been revealed through observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at Caltech/IPAC.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Face transplant recipient overwhelmed by result

A man who had a face transplant after shooting himself in the head has revealed the incredible results.

The first thing Andy Sandness wrote was ‘far exceeded my expectations’ after seeing the results of the surgery which saw him given the nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, jaw, chin and teeth of the donor. Gamer dies while taking part in 24-hour live-streaming marathon

He was just 21, when, overcome by depression, he survived an attempt to kill himself which almost destroyed his face.

As soon as he pulled the trigger he knew he had made a terrible mistake, and described pleading to paramedics to keep him alive as he was rushed to hospitals in Wyoming.

He was later transferred to the Mayo Clinic where he met plastic surgeon, Dr. Samir Martini.

Despite numerous surgeries, doctors could not repair his face. He had no nose or jaw and only two teeth.

After returning home he would lie about what happened, and barely had a social life.

‘You never fully accept it,’ he said. ‘You eventually say, `OK, is there something else we can do?”‘

He continued to make trips to the mayo clinic over five years but then received a phone call in 2012 that would change his life.

He was told the centre was about to launch a face transplant program and that he would be an ideal candidate.

Just over three years later, and after going rigorous psychiatric assessments, his name was added to the waiting list.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Okinawa,Miyako Island, Aerial Shoot

Miyako-jima has a long history with a distinct culture influenced from many different places in Asia, as it is also only 400 km east of Taipei, Taiwan. The Miyako language, one of several Ryukyu languages, is still spoken in the island and there are many unique festivals and rituals that happen annually.

The climate of Miyako-jima is considered subtropical like all of Okinawa with an average temperature of 22 degrees centigrade. Miyako-jima is one of Okinawa Prefecture's main islands because it is flat like a low plateau and much of the arable land is used for one of Okinawa’s main crops, sugarcane fields

Miyakojima is well-known for its beauty drawing many visitors to the Island each year to visit the white sandy beaches, emerald green and cobalt blue sea, wonderful nature, and top rate SCUBA diving spots at the islands many coral reefs.

Transportation to / from Miyako-jima Island

The only airport to service the Miyako Islands is Miyako Airport (MMY). It is a great little airport with daily flights from various airlines and airports in Japan.

The Port of Hirara is located on the northwest coast of Miyako Island. Surrounded by Ikema Island and Cape Nishihenna to the north, Irabu Island to the west, and large barrier reef to the southwest, the Port of Hirara is a good harbor with some of the best natural conditions on Miyako Island....

The Amazing Monaco

Monaco's exceptional location, between mountain and sea, its gardens, its athletic and cultural events...all qualities which make it the ideal destination for a romantic vacation or an unforgettable conference.

Although not always recognized and sometimes misunderstood, Monaco's economy is in fact very dynamic and oriented towards the future. An independant state in the heart of Europe, the Principality offers investors and businessmen an exceptional and secure lifestyle while simultaneously offering them all of the advantages of an attractive fiscal system.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lose Yourself in the Exquisite Beauty of the Alaskan Wilderness

American conservationist Bob Marshall believed that the enjoyment of nature is essential to human happiness. He began rousing other natural resource activists and outdoor enthusiasts in 1930, when his piece, “The Problem of the Wilderness,” was published in Scientific Monthly. Committed to protecting the nation’s wildlands, Marshall gathered these spirited individuals and founded The Wilderness Society in 1935. Still active today, the organization fights to preserve “that extremely minor fraction of outdoor America which yet remains free from mechanical sights and sounds and smell.”

With Bob Marshall’s poetic words as your guide, immerse yourself in the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness with this stunning short film by filmmaker Tom Welsh.

Macao: As You've Never Seen

Macao is located approximately 60 km southwest of Hong Kong and is four times smaller than the Manhattan area of New York City. But don't let it's size fool you, it is host to over 20 ancient monuments known as "The Historic Centre of Macao," inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005! Last November, the Beautiful Destinations team had the pleasure of visiting Macao with our friends Macao Tourism. We spent our days exploring the Ruins of St Paul's, Coloane old Village, Mount Fortress, Taipa Old Village and took in all the excitement of the famous Macao Grand Prix! Here is a little of what to expect within this culturally diverse destination!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Majestic Suilven & Canisp, Highland, Scotland from the air by drone

The approach to Suilven is a long but spectacular walk past the shores of beautifully crumpled lochs, but also through many a treacherous semiswamp of waterlogged peat. It’s hard going at times, but the terrain feels every bit as primeval as the rock beneath it. The watchful shapes of Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor kept a close eye on us as we walked, sentinels of their realm. Suilven itself remained hidden behind hillocks and folds in the landscape for much of the way, appearing only teasingly. There is something luxurious about the abundance of light in midsummer, such a contrast with the meticulous military-style planning and execution the harshly short days of winter demand.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Above Philippines - The Most Beautiful Places From Above

Join this incredible journey and watch the most beautiful places of Philippines from above. I travelled this amazing country for 6 weeks, carrying always my drone to capture the natural wonders from above.

Places included:
Rice terraces of Banaue & Batad
Lagoons and Beaches of El Nido
Puerto Princesa
Chocolate Hills of Bohol
Beaches of Cebu
Area of the vulcano Mayon

Sound: Tony Anderson - Dreamlife
By: Marcin Zabinski Filmmaking

Sunday, February 5, 2017

109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile

Meet Richard Overton, America's oldest veteran. Born on May 11, 1906, he has celebrated 110 birthdays (109 at the time of filming) and counting. The supercentenarian has lived through the Great Depression, served in World War II, and witnessed the rise of the Internet. From the Ford Model T to self-driving cars, more technological and scientific progress have occurred in Overton's lifetime than perhaps any other century in history.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

See the 1,000-Year-Old Windmills Still in Use Today

Made from clay, straw, and wood, the windmills stand up to 65 feet in height with grinding stones in a room below for pressing grain into flour. And while there are about thirty similar mills around the area, in 2002 the windmills of Nashtifan were registered as a national heritage site by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Department, unique in that they are one of the few still operational.

WATCH: Fire Tornado Captured in Rare Video

It’s a fire. It’s a tornado. It’s a firenado! Fire tornadoes, also known as fire whirls, fire devils, or even firenados, are a common occurrence, but because they typically only last for a few minutes, they’re rarely captured on video. This footage of a 3,000-foot-high fire tornado was captured in Western Australia by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

He Builds Space Robots for a Living | Best Job Ever

As a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Kobie Boykins has the awesome privilege of building stuff, only to blast it millions of miles away into space at thousands of miles an hour. He goes into work every day with the enviable job of revealing the remarkable mysteries of our universe, and as part of that mission, he's had a hand in building all of the rovers that have landed on Mars: Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity. #bestjobever

What Caused This Iconic Giant Sequoia Tree to Topple?

A giant sequoia tree that was barely holding onto life fell down recently during a winter storm. The iconic "Pioneer Cabin" tree was 150 feet tall and was a popular tourist attraction to visitors of Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California because of the tunnel that earlier landowners had carved in its base. At one point, visitors could even drive cars through the tunnel. Unfortunately, the tunnel weakened the tree and may have led it to eventually topple over in the storm.

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