2015 Pier 9 Artist in Residence Exhibition_

A look at artworks created at the Pier 9 workshop run by Autodesk, which offer state of the art facilities and seeks to explore the future of artmaking.

This exhibition celebrated the community and work created by the Autodesk Artist-in-Residence Program at Pier 9. Featured projects include work created by digital fabricators, fine artists, architects, furniture-makers, chefs, and a host of other creatives who have passed through Pier 9’s residency program over the past year. The exhibition included over 40 artists and more than 70 works, all of which were installed across the Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, including in the CNC labs, 3D printshop and test kitchen.

The Pier 9 space is currently taking applications – you can find out more here_

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Microbes Discovered In Massive Aquifers Two Miles Below Seafloor_

Scientists probing the mysterious world buried under two miles of ocean water and seafloor have discovered new species of microbes that live on sulfates.

The organisms, found by researchers at NASA and the universities of Southern California and Hawaii, have yet to be classified or named and appear to live in buried aquifers under the crust that makes up ocean bottoms.

Scientists now estimate up to a third of the planet’s total mass of living organisms exist in these isolated aquifers made of porous basaltic rock below the oceans. Such large stores of living microbes could play a major role in the global carbon cycle.

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We’re About To Visit A Tiny Planet In The Asteroid Belt For The First Time_

While the world awaits the first visit of Pluto this July, another space mission will reach a strange world much closer to home. And months sooner.

A small robot named Dawn is nearing the end of its seven-year, 3.1-billion-mile journey deep into the Asteroid Belt. By shooting ions out of its rear—and stealing a bit of Martian orbital energy back in ’07—Dawn putters along at about 450 mph toward the largest unexplored object between the Sun and Pluto.

This March, we’ll arrive Ceres. It’s the biggest thing in the Asteroid Belt, with a diameter of 590 miles, a surface area four times larger than Texas, and a mass about one-fourteenth that of Pluto. Though it’s technically an asteroid and a dwarf planet, some scientists regard Ceres to be a real planet—the tiniest in our solar system.

However it’s classified, we know shockingly little about it. Powerful, sophisticated telescopes like Hubble can only glean hints of what Dawn will see when it slips into orbit around Ceres. A brown, cratered, clay-like surface is likely. But it’s possible Dawn will spot some more exciting features from above, such as an atmosphere or “cryovolcanoes” that spew frozen water.

“Ceres is going to be a really cool-looking object when we get there,” predicts Mark Sykes, CEO of the Planetary Science Institute and Dawn mission scientist. Because Ceres contains a lot of water ice near its surface, periodic defrosting may have relaxed the planetoid’s features, erasing its older craters. “Maybe we’re going to have a Salvador Dali planet, where everything’s kind of melted,” Sykes says.

A Planet In The Asteroid Belt?

In the late 1700s, astronomers wondered about the large gap between Mars and Jupiter. Bode’s law predicted a planet should be there, and in 1801, scientists finally found one… sort of. For half a century, Ceres was classified as a planet. Then, as telescopes became better, scientists found a number of smaller objects in a similar orbit. Collectively, those objects came to be known as the Asteroid Belt, and Ceres was reclassified as an asteroid.

Ceres’ identity was called into question again in 2006, when scientists debated the status of Pluto and the definition of a ‘planet’. Planetary scientists like Sykes advocated for the name to apply to any object that has enough gravity to be round. The International Astronomical Union, however, defined a planet as something with enough gravity to clear everything out of its orbit. Pluto failed that test. And so did Ceres.

“It would have been cool, because if Pluto were a planet, then Ceres would have to be, too,” says Sara Seager, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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This Destructive 3D Printer is the Closest We’ve Come to Teleportation_

Many equate the 3D printer as being the earliest form of a real-life teleporter—or transporter, if you prefer to get your science from Star Trek. The only problem is that you’re not actually moving an object from point A to point B, you’re just creating a duplicate somewhere else. So “Scotty” might actually be the next step in developing a working transporter, since it goes the extra mile to destroy the original object.

Developed at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Scotty is actually made from a pair of off-the-shelf MakerBot Replicators that have been modified to include a 3-axis milling machine, a camera, and encryption hardware that allows the pair of 3D printers to communicate securely.

The object being sent is placed in one of the 3D printers, which uses its camera to snap an image from overhead. The image is analysed and sent to the other 3D printer, which creates its first thin layer.

What makes these modified 3D printers unique is that the sender machine then uses a mill to grind away a thin layer of the original object being sent, which it then photographs and analyses again to generate the data for the next layer to be 3D-printed on the other machine. This process continues until the original object is completely milled away, leaving only the 3D-printed copy in the second machine. Voila, it’s been teleported.

The quality of the copy isn’t perfect, however. The process of simply photographing an object, layer by layer, instead of scanning it in 3D first, results in the relocated object looking kind of like a photocopy of a photocopy. The Scotty system will need to be further refined when it comes to how it generates the copy on the other end before anyone seriously embraces it. But the potential is definitely here.

Scotty’s creators imagine the setup being the perfect tool for people buying something on eBay, but not wanting to wait a week for it to arrive in the mail. The purchased object could be scanned and destroyed by the seller, leaving just the duplicate that instantaneously arrives via the buyer’s 3D printer.

It could also help solve problems with copyright and questions of ownership that have been raised with the advent of 3D printers. The music industry was up in arms when Napster arrived, as it allowed users to share infinite copies of a song for free. And while you can’t just download and 3D print yourself something like an iPhone just yet, there are concerns that as the technology matures, that could one day be a reality. But with the Scotty system in place, endless copies aren’t a problem.

When it comes to making science fiction’s teleporters a reality, the Scotty concept sounds like it’s a step in the right direction. And while FedEx and UPS probably don’t have to worry about being supplanted yet, as these researchers refine their creation, there’s hope that filling out complicated waybills might one day be a thing of the past.

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Divers Engulfed by Apocalyptic Whale Poo_

Four divers have quite the anecdote involving whale poo, after a sperm whale unloaded an enormous flood of excrement in their direction while they were observing it in the Caribbean. “I had poop in my eyes, mouth, wetsuit, everywhere and I was soaked in it,” said one of the unlucky men.

So what we’re trying to say is, here’s what it looks like when a whale does a massive poo:

Thought to be a form of self defence, the diver explained the whale’s movements in detail, saying: “At first, it seemed like a regular bowel movement but rather than continuing its dive down, it remained at the surface and continued to defecate for a startling length of time, adding that: “…the whale bobbed up and down, spun in circles and waved the poo in every direction for several minutes while we just sat back and watched.”

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Lilium_

Latest motion graphics piece from BRDG employs an abstract watercolour look combined with volatile and energetic dynamics.

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Cactus Flower, Greg Krehel_

This time-lapse should give you a good sense of (1) just how briefly cactus flowers are at full bloom and (2) how fast they often grow in the last day before blooming.

72 Hours in the Life of Two "Windago" Flowers from Greg Krehel on Vimeo.

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‘Brands Saying Bae’_

Brands Saying Bae is a hilarious Twitter account that collects cringeworthy examples of major brands trying to use hip teenager slang on Twitter. Witness Burger King saying “THIS WHOPPER BRUH,” or IHOP telling us “Pancakes or you’re basic.” The account gets its name from the term “bae,” which if you were born before 2000, is a hot new slang term that means variously “cool,” “boyfriend,” or “girlfriend.” Hence this baffling tweet from Tostitos: “Bae is only bae if bae is down for #TOSTITOS chips and dip #BringTheParty.”

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Microsoft HoloLens, A Set of Computer Goggles That Allows Users to See and Interact With Holograms_

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Microsoft HoloLens is a set of computer goggles that allows users to see and interact with holograms. The goggles, which were revealed on January 21, 2015 at an event in Redmond, Washington, seem to be an important part of the strategy for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.

Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s first untethered holographic computer – no wires, phones or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to view holograms in high definition and hear them in surround sound, even if they are behind you. And with advanced sensors, Microsoft HoloLens can see what you are looking at and understand what you are communicating with your hands and voice. By putting you at the center of the Windows 10 computing experience, Microsoft HoloLens allows you to create, access information, enjoy entertainment, and communicate in new and exciting ways.

Wired also has a lengthy feature on the goggles from seeing it back in October 2014 when it was still being worked on under the codename Project Baraboo.

Project HoloLens’ key achievement—realistic holograms—works by tricking your brain into seeing light as matter. “Ultimately, you know, you perceive the world because of light,” Kipman explains. “If I could magically turn the debugger on, we’d see photons bouncing throughout this world. Eventually they hit the back of your eyes, and through that, you reason about what the world is. You essentially hallucinate the world, or you see what your mind wants you to see.”

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Meth Filled Drone Crashes Into Supermarket Parking Lot_

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.

Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said authorities were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California.

Six packets of the drug, weighing more than six pounds, were taped to the six-propeller remote-controlled aircraft. Morrua said authorities are investigating where the flight originated and who was controlling it. He said it was not the first time they had seen drones used for smuggling drugs across the border.

Other innovative efforts have included catapults, ultralight aircraft and tunnels.

In April, authorities in South Carolina found a drone outside the fence of a prison that had been carrying cellphones, marijuana and tobacco.

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