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Hampture underwater colony established for science, leads the way for future hamster space exploration
Animals have had a rough time of it, when it comes to scientific exploration. Look no further than Laika, the first animal to orbit Earth, soon to become a the first animal to die in orbit, not too long after achieving that earlier distinction. The dwarf hamsters that occupy Hampture seem to be considerably happier in their own scientific explorations than the Soviet mutt, at the moment. Bob Averill brought the project to our attention last week on our visit to Portland, Oregon. According to the official blog, the project is an attempt to “learn firsthand what is involved in designing and constructing a complete underwater habitat capable of sustaining complex organisms.” It also may well be a gateway to sending the hamsternauts into space via Skystation Mk1. Averill is also looking to turn Hampture into a salable product, though Kickstarter, for one, has apparently balked at the idea. In the meantime, you can check out a streaming feed of the habitat after the break and read up on the making of the project in the source links below.
While NASA scrapes together money to get to Mars, and China slowly ramps up its space program, another spacefaring nation, Russia, has quietly been ferrying astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station. But now it seems the Kremlin wants to be more than a low-orbit taxi. A leaked document from the Russian space agency Roscosmos outlines the nation’s ambitious space exploration strategy until 2030. The plans include replacing the Soyuz rocket with the modular Angara next year; multiple plans to construct Russian space stations after the funding for the ISS ends in 2020; and landing men on the moon with the intent of establishing a lunar base sometime after 2025. Much of the program, which will be funded publicly and…
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Obligatory Minority Report reference. There, it’s out of the way, and we can enjoy this interesting video without worrying about when the allusion is going to drop.
The University of Lincoln in the UK recently hosted an interactive exhibition in which users can navigate a number of gigapixel photos by using over-sized gestures tracked by a Kinect. Meanwhile, your experience is enhanced by ambient noise recorded at the location of the photo. Of course, the people and cattle in the pictures don’t move, which kind of breaks the illusion, but it’s a nice touch.
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I’m surprised Microsoft hasn’t shown off something like this already. Their Seadragon demo for the Surface was one of the more impressive uses of the large, touch-friendly interface. Perhaps they have something in the works, but I doubt it’s as immersive as this super-sized exhibit.
This kind of thing is fun to think about in relation to teaching and presentations. Whether it’s actually more practical than a slide deck and a laser pointer is questionable, but it’s a hell of a lot cooler.
Unfortunately the exhibition was just this last weekend, so you’ll have to wait for the next one. Keep an eye on the GigaLinc page for news, and check out the images they had on show. As usual, it’s stunning to be able to zoom in from a panoramic view to the point where you can read the ads on the back of a guy’s newspaper a hundred feet away.
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In this www.WatchMojo.com video Sir Richard Branson discusses his Virgin offshoot, Oceanic, which aims to explore the worlds oceans and seas at depths not yet reached.