A University of Florida scientist has created a living “brain” of cultured rat cells that now controls an F-22 fighter jet flight simulator. Scientists say the research could lead to tiny, brain-controlled prosthetic devices and unmanned airplanes flown by living computers.
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If you’re a marketer in awe of Steve Jobs, take heart. This long-lost sequel to Apple‘s epic “1984″ ad shows that even Jobs stumbled sometimes.
The clip above is an excerpt from an almost 9-minute film that the brand created for an international sales force meeting in Hawaii in 1984. Network World obtained the footage from Craig Elliott, an Apple employee at the time who is now CEO of Pertino Networks, a cloud-computing startup. (For the full version, see below.)
Recalling Apple’s battle with IBM, the film presents Jobs as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944, the year the Allies turned the table on the Nazis in Europe. “General, you and your brave fighting force have a rendezvous with destiny,” says Jobs, mimicking FDR’s clipped, patrician delivery. “Your battle will be long. It will be hard, but it will be won. I’m sure your victory will be great. Insanely great.”
The longer version digs deeper into the metaphor, showing a general rallying the troops against IBM’s dominance.
Look at this star turned into a fire dragon by a single point of nothingness with the mass of three million suns—its body twisted and deformed as a black beast 2.7 billion light-years away devours it with infinite hunger.
The synthetic image has been published in Nature along with photos directly taken by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Mount Haleakala in Hawaii. It was created from data collected in real time since 2009. The astronomers have been closely observing this event since the very beginning, which is quite exceptional: this is a rarely observed phenomenon that has only been detected once before.
In fact, according to the paper coauthor Ryan Chornock—of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics—”black holes, like sharks, suffer from a popular misconception that they are perpetual killing machines. Actually, they’re quiet for most of their lives. Occasionally a star wanders too close, and that’s when a feeding frenzy begins.”
Which is exactly what the images and the data show. Apparently, says Chornock, “this star barely survived one encounter with the black hole, only to meet its unfortunate end in round two.” As it sucked the star in, the supermassive blackhole—comparable in mass to the one in the center of our galaxy—also ejected gas at high speeds into space.
I want to see this close. Interstellar travel is not coming soon enough. [Smithsonian Science]
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Developed by international ad agency I&S BBDO for the umino seaweed shop, ‘design nori’ is a series of intricately laser-cut seaweed for rolling sushi. each sheet of five designs– ‘sakura’ (‘cherry blossoms’), ‘mizutama’ (‘water drops’), ‘asanoha’ (‘hemp’), ‘kikkou’ (‘turtle shell’), and ‘kumikkou’ (‘tortoise shell’)– is based on an element of japanese history or symbology, meant to bring beauty, good fortune, growth, happiness, and longevity.
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