Watching a SpaceX Rocket Land on a Drone Barge Never Gets Old

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We usually see rocket launches and landings from above. But there’s something about seeing the whole thing happen from the ground-up that’s just so much better.

SpaceX just put up a little video clip showing its latest rocket landing from the perspective of the Of Course I Still Love You drone barge. It’s a solid landing, and the rocket doesn’t seem to be in any danger of tipping, either in the video footage or the high-resolution photo sequence that you can see below.

But, check out this alternate view of the rocket as it comes into port yesterday:

Yep, there’s a definite tilt to the rocket.

That’s because this particular rocket came in unusually hot and fast when it returned, after dropping off a communications satellite. SpaceX’s Falcon rocket series uses a crush core inside the landing legs to absorb extra energy when the rocket touches down—and the geostationary orbit this rocket was returning from left it with plenty of extra energy to burn.

All images via SpaceX flickr.

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Mount Everest Is Brutal, Strava Data Proves It

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Last week, thousands of fitness nuts had the chance to analyze the heartbeat of someone taking steps high on the towering slopes of Mount Everest thanks to the ingenious idea of two mountaineers and their Strava accounts.

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Ever wonder what your heart rate looks like on Everest, or the pace it takes to get to the top? Cory Richards and Adrian Ballinger’s recent socially-documented ascent to the highest point on Earth — without supplemental oxygen — provides day-by-day snapshots of the physical demands of Everest.

The duo tracked their data and posted in realtime to a rapt audience that encouraged them every step of the way — sharing route, climb, heart rate, pace, and distance data. Strava and Snapchat were the communication tools, and the pair used phones from their tents as well as on the mountain.

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There are some significant gaps in the data due to altitude and remoteness (and likely frozen batteries, too). But a look at the accounts (click their names above) provides some cool insights.

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On May 24th, Richards reached the summit alone after Ballinger’s core body temperature plummeted and hypothermia symptoms developed. The two safely returned home this month to scores of new Strava followers.

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In April, we reported as the two embarked on the remarkable climb — only 200 people are known to have summited Everest sans supplemental oxygen — and their announcement that they would Snapchat throughout their journey.

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Those ephemeral snippets entertained hundreds of thousands of curious Snappers (according to page view data), but the Strava information offered an unprecedented look at the exhausting slog up and down the mountain as the pair slowly acclimatized over the month-long climb.

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The data shows the erratic pace as Ballinger and Richards ascend at over an hour-per-mile pace, then descend to build blood cells at 16-minute-mile trots.

A lot has happened on Everest in the last few years, much of it tragic. It’s nice to see a story of perseverance that the whole world can rally behind – in realtime, via Strava and “snaps.”

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Most Buzzed Designs of May 2016

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Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in May 2016.

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The Bend is a medical finger-splint with a revolutionary design. Finger bone fractures can be painful, however dislocations of bones isn’t just about pain, if not treated well, you could lose functionality of that finger for life. The bend makes use of a polymer’s tensile strength, and clever design to provide a medical solution that is not just effective, it’s non-invasive too. Deviating from current medical procedures that require surgery, the Bend just needs a long fingernail. A piece of thread is tied to the fingernail at one end, and the Bend splint at the other. The string is then wound around the splint, so that the finger is pulled into shape again, allowing the bones to align properly. The bend even allows for finger movement, letting the patient heal as well as recover from the injury as quick as possible!

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This design, simply called Scooter, finally offers adults the same fun way of getting around that kids have been enjoying for years without the stigma of being… well… lame! This modern, big-size kick scooter also includes an electric motor that can propel the rider surprisingly long distances.

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“M1″ doesn’t aim to redefine the scuba or reinvent the snorkel. It’s something entirely new and unlike any other underwater breathing apparatus! The design allows users to take one additional breath when diving, extending their time underwater by one minute.

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The P`6400 is positioned as a Neowatch, an evolved timepiece dedicated to displaying and giving access to information that matters. The watch also comes with an analogue rotating dial that runs around the face of the watch.

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Sphere Drone by nepdesign is the big-daddy of that drone. Overwhelmingly pretty, it takes on a more organic shape, giving the drone a sort of alien-ish vibe.

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The Asome is a tiny bluetooth module that you can attach your headphones to. It then connects to your music source via Bluetooth, creating a bridge, allowing your music to stream wirelessly.

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Light may travel in a straight line, but the Spiral lamp collection doesn’t! This elegant series of sculptural luminaires is a literal twist on pendant and wall sconce style lighting. The artistic design is made possible with modern, flexible LED light strips wrapped in a warm wood veneer.

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Moonlight is a sleeve for cigarettes that allows the users to set their lit cigarette anywhere, even on paper! Made of a double-hollow casing, it collects ash to empty later. Best of all, it makes cigarettes completely fire-proof!

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The Ego “smart” chair lets you put your own twist on the design in a simple and fun way! Mix up the color scheme or create a different pattern simply by rearranging the position of the cushion elements to give it an entirely new look!

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This concrete cat/dog bed is made of ultra strong concrete, it’s form-poured and cured to its bowl shape in which pets will love to cozy up. Elevated on three slim, wood legs, it’s also easy to move and clean around.

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A New Study Found Your Girl Wants To Bone Way More Than You Think, So What Are You Doing Here Not Boning?

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Bro.

Why aren’t you boning now? Because your girl’s at the office? Doing email? And you think that she doesn’t want to bone because she’s doing email at the office?

That ain’t true. That ain’t true at all. She wants to be doing you. Not email.

At least that’s the findings from a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that found the girl you’re with — wife, girlfriend — wants to fucking BONE.

Right now.

Here’s the kicker from the study’s abstract:

In 3 dyadic studies, we provide evidence that men in established romantic relationships err in the direction of the opposite bias and underperceive their romantic partner’s sexual desire.

So you may think she doesn’t wanna bone, but she totally does wanna bone.

So fucking bone, yo.

Lot better than doing email, that’s for damn sure.

(As always please confirm her desire to bone before boning.)

The research comes by way of Canada, the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario to be specific. They looked at 229 couples to determine who was in the mood to screw. And what they found is that both man and woman want to fuck.

Fucking cray.

The interesting part, the study found, is that men are sad little insecure little bitches when it come to fucking in a relationship.

From Fusion:

The authors offer a few explanations [for the phenomena]. First, they write, men tend to underestimate how often their partner wants sex as a way to avoid rejection. For example, on days when a man’s motivation to avoid sexual rejection was high, he tended to underperceive his partner’s sexual desire.

**makes pouty face** “I want to have sex but I don’t want to ask my wife because she might say no so I’m just gonna go jerk off in the bathtub and hope she doesn’t hear me.”

God. We’re fucking losers.

Check that. We’re not fucking losers.

But we could be.

[Via Slate]

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20 amazing things you can do with Pebble’s new $70 device

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When Pebble announced its new Core fitness device, we immediately recognized it could be one of the best products of the year so far.

Pebble markets it as a fitness device since it can track your steps, distance and pace. But it’s also so much more, especially now that that it’s compatible with Amazon’s excellent voice-enabled assistant Alexa, the same tech that powers the Amazon Echo.

Pre-orders for the Pebble Core via Kickstarter are currently all gone, but the device will go on sale in January 2017 for $99.

There’s many reason to be excited about the Pebble Core. Check out everything you can do with it.

SEE ALSO: Pebble just unveiled two new smartwatches and a special fitness device — check it out

It tracks your steps.

Every step counts, even those you take to get out the door when you go for a walk.

Source: Boston Dynamics/YouTube

It tracks your speed and distance with built-in GPS.

It works with the new Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches if you want to see your fitness data in real-time without bringing your phone.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Microsoft’s Official Guide for a DIY, Raspberry Pi-Powered Magic Mirror with Face Detection

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Smart mirrors have been all the rage this year, and it looks like Microsoft’s getting into the game too. While Microsoft’s mirror is teased as a commercial product, they’ve released the source code if you’re interested in making one for yourself.

As you’d expect, the mirror uses Windows 10 running on a Raspberry 2 or 3. Like the various other DIY options out there, it simply includes a two-way mirror with a monitor strapped to the back. The real kicker that separates this one comes from the facial recognition software. Once you get things up and running, the mirror can display different information depending on who’s standing in front of it. It’s a complex project that’s not terribly well documented on Microsoft’s part, but if you know your way around Visual Studio, you’ll find everything you need to make it for yourself over on GitHub.

A Magic Mirror Power by UWP Hosted Web App | GitHub
Building an IoT Magic Mirror with Hosted Web App and Windows 10 | Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

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