Alexander Gerst’s Earth timelapses

Watch in 4K (2160p), by clicking on the gear shape and then select quality and select 2160p, it is worth the wait to let it buffer (also play in full screen)

 “Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by Alexander during his six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station this Ultra High Definition video shows the best our beautiful planet has to offer.

Marvel at the auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space. 

Often while conducting scientific experiments or docking spacecraft Alexander would set cameras to automatically take pictures at regular intervals. Combining these images gives the timelapse effect seen in this video.

Watch the video in 4K resolution for the best effect and find out more about Alexander Gerst’s Blue Dot mission here: “

Enter The Age of Human Augmentation

Will be interesting to see what can be done with this technology, like helping disable to walk, etc.


“An Iron Man-like solider suit is in development in Ekso Bionic’s workshop, the birthplace of the robotic exoskeleton that helps paraplegics walk. Forbes Managing Editor Bruce Upbin gets the first look at what Ekso is building as part of the government’s Warrior Web project and tries out the experimental wearable robot for himself.

Music: “Trip Hop” by Jorge Sacco, ” by “48 Hs.” Jorge Sacco, “Ambient #2” by Anikee, “Serenity” by Seth Williford”

Getting closer to flying cars

Urban Aeronautics – AirMule Unmanned VTOL Fancraft Flight Tests 


The video description (from the video):

“AirMule Achieves Major Milestone on the Path to Full Mission Demonstrations”

The AirMule, an unmanned VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft developed by Tactical Robotics Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, Ltd., has successfully completed a major milestone in preparation for full mission demonstrations scheduled for next year. The aircraft has completed several fully automatic test flights in which it carried out take-offs, flights to and from a specified location and landing back at its point of origination.

The 1-ton vehicle is unique from all existing vertical take-off and landing aircraft in that it has no exposed rotors. This allows the aircraft to fly in air space that is off limits for any other aircraft.

During these tests height above ground is maintained by two laser altimeters (to be augmented soon by a radar altimeter for dusty conditions). Accurate position is maintained through data fusion of GPS signals, INS data and optical reference to markers on the ground.

Acoustic signature (Sound Pressure Level in dBA) has been recorded as a function of distance from the aircraft to a calibrated microphone and has been found to be significantly lower than an equivalent helicopter.

Additional flight testing is planned for next year with a second prototype, now in construction, planned to join the flight test program in the second half of 2014.


Reminds me of all those futuristic shows & cartoons with flying cars

Thomas Jefferson had a Quran

Episode 30: Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an

And we know that Jefferson thought about Muslims as potential citizens because in 1776, a few months after writing the Declaration of Independence, he makes a note in his personal papers. He records that Locke said, “Neither pagan nor Mahometan,” meaning Muslim, “nor Jew ought to be excluded from the rights of the commonwealth because of his religion.” So even that early he was thinking about it.”


Some of the ideas of the US Constitution might have come from the Quarn, there are many similarities