Category Archives: Sci / Tech

Sci-fi 3D Heart // ze skills

Lately I got some free time so there is a crazy amount of new stuff i discover everyday classified as worth-sharing.

Just for you some mad 3D skills by

Aleksandr Kuskov AleksCG

Bonus

a quick image from one of his other projects

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Weather Weapon // Make the Sky bomb us

Lets mix up our game [az uzual] and throw out there some cool knowledge that most of you think it has nothing to do with what you came here for.

Bombing the Atmosphere

“Just weeks before the beginning of WWI, two weeks before the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, followed quickly by a cascade of war declarations a few days after that, came this rather footloose idea for bombing the atmosphere

J.M. Cordray came up with and patented this notion–a barrage of balloons, heavily armed balloons, sent aloft with dangerous cargo to be exploded in the atmosphere, which was supposed to initiate a chain-reaction of some sort which would end in supplying rain for the rest of us. Theoretically, anyway. The unspecified number of balloons would be sent aloft, laden with large amounts of crushed bone and concentrated sulfuric acid (to be combined to produce nitrogen), potash, water, and large amounts of crude oil for the fire’s fuel.  And a candle to light it all.”

via Longstreet (+) // take a look at their archive. [uber.cool stuff to be found]

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“The May 25, 1958, issue of The American Weekly ran an article by Frances Leighton using information from Captain Howard T. Orville. The article, in no uncertain terms, described a race to see who would control the earth’s thermometers. The illustration that ran with the piece pictured an ominous looking satellite which could “focus sunlight to melt the ice in frozen harbors or thaw frosted crops — or scorch enemy cities.”

^^
le bonus via Smithsonian
“Weather Control as Cold War Weapon”
(Link)

The Dream of Flying // JETMAN

Enough with photography and stuff for today, lets get going with some highly exciting toys; made for flying. !

Until now I was aware only of the WingSuit. I have never seen one but for your information here is a picture of this particular device.

Anywayz, just a few minutes ago I saw a new video from Evert Cloetens’ vimeo (link)

SUM VIDEO ACTION

The ultimate dream of flight – soaring through the air, with total freedom in all three dimensions, not within a heavy and complicated machine but with only one’s body and sensations – a dream everybody had at least once in their life.

JETMAN made it real.

Test flights in Swiss airspace.

 

FG MEGA-Archive // Star wars original drawings

yo yo yo.

sunday chiin at the office and we were going around some of the gems in our library.

this next post comes straight from the realm of George Lucas, where fantasy meets reality.

STAR WARS ARCHIVE

If you enjoyed this post better check out the “Blade runner Sketchbook” (LINK)
If not, gtfo and update ur facebook status to “rip” LOL

Science // Troll Physics

Science That Makes You Bang Your Head On The Wall

Ever wished to fly to the moon? Ever wished to travel around the world with minimal cost, avoiding airport security? The Troll Scientists are here to give you a solution, or not…
Apparently, Troll Science is what the name suggests. Fake “scientific” ideas to make the world better, which are not true, for the sole purpose to troll people who know their science. Nonetheless, we really wished this science was real.

ENJOY

hahahah

via : savthecoder (+)

Images turn Science into Art !

From the dark-matter web of the universe to the rainbow of a mouse’s retina, a new trove of award-winning science images reveals little-seen worlds.
The winners of the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, announced today (Feb. 2) turn dry data into vivid imagery. The informational poster “The Cosmic Web,” for example, used simulations and algorithms to create a fiery, beautiful representation of matter in the universe through time. The image, by Johns Hopkins University cosmologist Miguel Angel Aragon-Calvo, won a spot on the cover of the Feb. 3 issue of the journal Science, which co-sponsors the contest with the National Science Foundation.
The contest also includes interactive games. One honoree this year created one called “Build-a-Body,” in which players can drag and drop organs into a virtual human body, learning anatomy and playing surgeon. Another game allows players to “zoom in” to the human body and look at individual cells.
This year’s winner in the photography category is a stunning photograph of a mouse’s eye. Using a technique called computational molecular phenotyping, University of Utah neuroscientist Bryan William Jones reveals the metabolic diversity of the cells in the creature’s retina.

“The talent of these award winners is remarkable,”

Monica Bradford, the executive editor of the journal Science, said in a statement.

“These winners communicate science in a manner that not only captures your attention,

but in many instances strives to look at different ways to solve scientific problems through their varied art forms.”

#Lets take a look at the Winning.Entries

Teeny-Tiny Tubes

Credit:Joel Brehm, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Research and Economic DevelopmentThis three-dimensional illustration, which garnered an honorable mention, shows the production of carbon nanotubes. University of Nebraska-Lincoln electrical engineer Yongfeng Lu discovered a laser-based production technique that can create these nanotubes to careful specifications.

The Power of Minus Ten

Credit: Laura Lynn Gonzalez, Green-Eye VisualizationTaking an honorable mention in the gaming category, The Power of Minus Ten allows players to zoom in on the human body at different levels of magnification, all the way down to the molecular level as seen in this screengrab.

False Cliff

Credit: Babak Anasori, Michael Naguib, Yury Gogotsi, Michel W. Barsoum, Drexel UniversityIt’s not the edge of the Grand Canyon; this People’s Choice winner was created by placing a layered compound called Ti3AIC2 in hydrofluoric acid. The acid selectively etches away some layers of the compound, creating this odd scene.

Cell Separation

Credit: Andrew Noske, Thomas Deerinck, National Center fo rMicroscopy & imaging Research, University of California, San Diego; Horng Ou, Clodagh O’Shea, Salk InstituteThis image of cell separation garnered a People’s Choice award for its creator. The cell membrane is shown in blue and the cell’s chromosomes in yellow as the cell divides or undergoes mitosis.

Attack of the Antibody

Credit: Emiko Paul and Quade Paul, Echo Medical Media; Ron Gamble, University of Alabama, Birmingham InsightThis honorable mention illustration shows tumor death-cell receptors (DR5) on breast cancer cells targeted by the antibody TRA-8.

Cool as a …

Credit: Robert Rock Belliveau, MDThis honorable mention photo is the skin of an immature cucumber, magnified 800 times. These structures are called “trichomes,” and they act as little spears, protecting the young vegetable from plant-eaters. The lower part of the trichomes contains bitter, toxic chemicals that make herbivores go “ick!”

Ebola Unveiled

Credit: Ivan Konstantinov, Yury Stefanov, Alexander Kovalevsky, Anastasya Bakulina; Visual ScienceThis honorable mention poster reveals the inner and outer workings of the deadly virus Ebola.

Virtual Body

Credit: Jeremy Friedberg (Game designer/producer), Nicole Husain (Content & Writing), Ian Wood (Programming), Genevieve Brydson (Project Management), Wensi Sheng (3D graphics, Compositing/post-production), Lorraine Trecroce (3D graphics, Project Management),The final honorable mention in the gaming category goes to “Build-a-Body,” a game that lets computer users play surgeon — without all that messy blood and bile. Drag-and-drop organs and take anatomy quizzes and you’ll be ready for the OR in no time.

Foldit

Credit: Seth Cooper, David Baker, Zoran Popovic, Firas Khatib, Jeff Flatten, Kefan Xu, Don-Yu Hsiao and Riley Adams, Center for Game Science at the University of Washington.A screengrab from a winning interactive game called “Foldit” that allows players to compete against one another to fold the most efficient protein shape for a task.

The Color of Math

Credit: Konrad Polthier and Konstantin Poelke, Free University of BerlinThis honorable mention visualization shows the visualization of a complex function using colors to represent every complex number. Complex functions are important in math, physics and engineering.

Cellular Heros

Credit: W. Schneller, P.J. Campell, M. Stenerson, D. Bassham & ES Wurtele, Iowa State UniversityIn the plot of Meta!Blast 3D, you’re a hapless lab worker who has to rescue a team of scientists trapped inside a photosynthetic cell. To make matters worse, an unknown pathogen is decimating Earth’s vegetation. Designed for students and educators, this game garnered an honorable mention.

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sources:

mnm (+)
livescience (+)

WOW II // 3D scans n’ sh*t

forget the robotic arm you saw in Coop’s office which used to scan ur ACTUAL models.

lets take it to the next level …

OrcaM Orbital Camera System is the shit..-seriously havent seen a machine this impressive in a while-

-Scannin like a boss-

“Developed by a German company called Nek (site is in German), the OrcaM uses a system of seven cameras to create 3D models of any object placed inside its “reconstruction sphere.”

Currently, the machine is limited to objects that are no larger than 31.5 inches wide and 200 pounds in weight. Once placed inside the sphere and sealed shut, the cameras circle the orb taking high definition photos of the object at different angles. Meanwhile, inside the sphere a system of lights illuminate at different times to capture the object’s geometry.

After the photographing session, or the acquisition process as they call it, is over, a computer automatically processes the images to create a 3D model that accurate down to the submillimeter range.

Nek says the aim of the OrcaM Orbital Camera System is to provide high-quality digital representations of objects for use on the Internet, movies, video games, and other digital media. Some examples the company gives is using the 3D models to showcase items up for auction on the Web and creating virtual museums.”

lets check this BABY in some hot ACTION…

So long suckerz…

Note to Frank “hammer-free-form” Gehry

No Frank, unfortunatelly no scanner can fix your model..oh, wait…….

Intellectual Horsepower // Emergency Dwellings

yo & hello again my TOP IQ readers!

F*UCK DAT SHIT *

Mid-day AGGRESSIVE level up.. for you IN THE PROCESS

You are in a situation where something correctly planned takes an unexpected turn.

[we are gonna work in parallel..training our Intellectual Horsepower for Temporary Emergency Habitation]

In a weakened state, disaster victims need immediately to have shelter and safety. Emergency Shelters should be easy to install and to move location if its needed, wind-resistant, modular and of course like  feathers[whaa] combining compaction and lightweight to the maximum.

F*UCK DAT SHIT * thats why we are here

Cool Down. Excessive emotionality decreases the effective use of brain power. The emotional system hijacks the brain until the threat is removed. The brain works best under cool conditions. If you tend to get emotional about things, wait a minute or two to regain your composure and then try to solve the problem.

So, dealing with Dynamic Tension Structures :

  • Human Dwellings—> Improve, or redesign if needed, their standard of structural stability and performance, having as a goal to make them have a rare probability to collapse or sustain damage in a catastrophe(human or natural made)
  • Patternize a way and design temporary structures(easily mass produced) using the minimum amount of materials to get the greatest level of effectiveness.

F*UCK DAT SHIT*

Learn to separate your opinions from facts you know. Help others do the same. Opinionated people are seldom clear thinkers and good problem solvers.

BE AWARE

Rigid or narrow beliefs decrease the use of your brain power. Our experience unknowingly creates boundaries for our thinking. Try to think outside your belief  boundaries. You don’t have to give them up,  just turn them off when your are thinking about a problem or challenge.

Applying Fullers invention, the spherical Geodesic Dome combines usage of the minimum amount of surface area, energy saving, low cost of materials and minimum labor. Fuller introduced the idea that when the sphere’s diameter is doubled it will quadruple its square footage and produce eight times the volume.[correct or what?]


Fuller writes in 1928, “These new homes are structured after the natural system of humans and trees with a central stem or backbone, from which all else is independently hung, utilizing gravity instead of opposing it. This results in a construction similar to an airplane – light, taut, and profoundly strong.” (R.B. Fuller, 4D Timelock)

F*UCK DAT SHIT * (haha i wrote that again)

Think Systems:Analyze everyday events and processes and try to see why they work the way they do. Take complex problems and try to show how almost all problems are some form of  models that already exist.

Spherical dome structures win on the efficiency/value stats as the most efficient interior atmospheres because air and energy circulate without any barriers. Take past examples on geodesic shelters (Biosphere–space living simulations) and see that because heating and cooling occur naturally, such human dwellings are proven to be the most effective and efficient shelter possible.

Visualize: People learn and think better using different media. Try studying problems and challenges and communicate the elements of a problem to others. Using a different media than you are used to, can help you see a problem differently and involve a part of your brain you don’t normally use to come with solutions.

It’s nearly certain that the first interplanetary human dwellings will be entirely geodesic in design.

Design Science Fuller Stuff(+)

In case you did not bother to read any of the content or understand anything from the post..todays’ concept is :

Sun Explosions ~ Shoot it Live

The previous days, after being a spacial part of one of the largest sun explosions of the decade, scientists around the world gathered to start a game predicting shows of  northern lights.( much the same as predicting the weather)

☀SOLAR STORMS ☀

[reminder]

Halloween Storms 2003

–ONGOING–

Jan. 22, 2012 – Over the weekend, the Earth’s magnetic field was struck by a coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME — a vast bubble of solar plasma that had erupted from the sun on Jan. 19 — took longer than expected to travel through interplanetary space, but on Sunday it made contact.

[Bjørn Jørgensen]

Jan. 23, 2012 — Serious sun explosions, the most powerful kind(X-flare),  focussed everyones attention leading to really big bets.

Jan. 24, 2012 –The promised aurora came at last, and hit Earth magnetic field.. creating some of the most beautiful auroras ever captured! [exact time of hit was a bit unexpected..10 min difference to the expected.. big payouts avoided]

[Göran Strand]


Northern lights travel over the sky with more than 500 miles per second. It lights up everything around us, and all snow was completely green. Fantastic night.

[Chad Blakley]

Jan. 25, 2012 –

-33 degrees celsius, lots of snow on the trees and great auroras. Can a night become better? The first show around 8 pm was great. Then nothing and nothing, just cold feets. But suddendly around 11 pm there was a second even larger show of dancing auroras. It became a late night…

[Peter Rogen]

—^—

Keeping on.. we may be protected from sun radiation due to our magnetic field.. but Mars has an atmosphere 100-times thinner than Earth’s and doesn’t possess a global magnetic field. When the CME hits Mars, it will experience an increase in radiation on the surface and may even have some of its atmosphere removed completely!

COM’ ON YOU SCIENTISTS..PLACE YOUR BETS ;)

Boids // by Graig Reynolds [Emergence]

Emergence…

you are all probably familiar with this term normally used in tutorials, crits or coffee chats with starchitects.

Emergence : In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.

Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels and of complex systems.

I believe its easier to understand complex terms and phenomena(z) through case studies, the so called examples if you like.

Lets take a look at “BOILDS” which is an artificially intelligent computer application utilizing emergent behavior for animation, in this case the swarming behavior of birds.

“In 1986 I made a computer model of coordinated animal motion such as bird flocks and fish schools. It was based on three dimensional computational geometry of the sort normally used in computer animation or computer aided design. I called the generic simulated flocking creatures boids. The basic flocking model consists of three simple steering behaviors which describe how an individual boid maneuvers based on the positions and velocities its nearby flockmates:”

I imagine you still do not really get it so here are 3 videos based on the above mentioned principles:

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If interested,

and want to learn more on Emergence, scripting or generally the work of Craig Reynolds,

follow the link to his website ☞ [Click]

c u leita

FG