This Military Robot Can Jump From The Sidewalk Onto A Roof
Robonaut, installed on the International Space Station to perform chores for astronauts, just got its first pair of real legs.
NASA says that the new seven-jointed legs are designed for climbing in zero gravity and offer a considerable nine-foot leg span. Instead of feet, the legs feature “end effectors” designed to grapple onto handrails and sockets located both inside the space station and, eventually, on the ISS’s exterior. Robonaut’s end effectors have a built-in vision system—almost like a pair of eyes—that are designed to eventually automate each limb’s approaching and grasping.
Space Painter Robert McCall
Robert McCall is one of my favorite artists. You may know his work from 2001: A Space Odyssey. He painted historical moments in space and future possibilities of space exploration. His work conveys the awe and wonder of our space program and our Universe.
Over its lifetime, Earth has hosted countless species. But some of those species, like the dinosaurs, have managed to claw their way into a special place in our imaginations.
The Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft captured several stunning images of Earth during a gravity assist swingby of its home planet on Aug. 2, 2005. Several hundred images, taken with the wide-angle camera in MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS), were sequenced into a movie documenting the view from MESSENGER as it departed Earth.
Comprising 358 frames taken over 24 hours, the movie follows Earth through one complete rotation. The spacecraft was 40,761 miles (65,598 kilometers) above South America when the camera started rolling on Aug. 2. It was 270,847 miles (435,885 kilometers) away from Earth - farther than the Moon’s orbit - when it snapped the last image on Aug. 3.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of MST3K’s national debut, WIRED presents an oral history of the greatest talk-back show ever made. It all begins in the late ’60s in rural Wisconsin, where there was this guy named Joel, not too different from you or me …
Scientists have discovered a new exoplanet that could be Earth’s cousin (or something like that).
If you’re looking for the best in Android tablets, then nothing in Samsung’s Galaxy line will disappoint. The Tab series is cheaper than the Note since it loses the S Pen but keeps just about everything else—including that gorgeous screen. Yes, on paper the Tab Pro cuts a few performance corners to help lower the cost, but most users won’t be able to tell the difference. With expandable storage, a stunning display, a long-running battery, and the customizability of Android, Samsung delivers another great tablet—but also doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. The 12.2 Note Pro is a device designed for a serious media consumer on the go. If you’re looking for something a little more practical, the Tab Pro 10.1 isn’t a lesser option—just a more sensible one.
“The only thing you could compare it to is like a Macy’s Day Parade or something like that. But those are all inflatables. This thing is a massive machine, and an art piece in and of itself.”
As the hordes of festival-goers descend on the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, they’ve got a friend from outer space there to greet them. Read more>
In July 2015, we get our first close look at the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon, Charon, a fact that has scientists hypothesizing more than ever about what we might see there. One of the latest ideas put forward is that perhaps the collision that likely formed Pluto and Charon heated the interior of Pluto enough to give it an internal liquid water ocean, which also gave the small world a short-lived plate tectonics system, like that of Earth. Read more