вторник, 3 октября 2017 г.

WailleeDemoscene production by Prismbeings is a moody…

WailleeDemoscene production by Prismbeings is a moody…






Waillee


Demoscene production by Prismbeings is a moody exploration of planetary terrains, the size of the code is 4kb:



Filesize: ca. 4089 bytes
Release party: Deadline 2017 Short film in 4 kilobytes The following tools were used:
4klang 3.1.1 by Alcatraz
Crinkler 2.0 by Loonies and TBC
Shader Minifier by LLB

More Here


Hold OnDemoscene production by holon is notable for running…

Hold OnDemoscene production by holon is notable for running…





Hold On


Demoscene production by holon is notable for running realtime generative graphics in-browser, using new web graphics visual programming tool cables.gl:





a 3D webgl digital arts project made with cables.gl.    
Parts of it are generated and simulated in realtime in your browser while it runs.



Link


El OrfelinatoExperimental visualization from oddviz is a…

El OrfelinatoExperimental visualization from oddviz is a…





El Orfelinato


Experimental visualization from oddviz is a follow-up from their previous ‘Hotel‘, a 3D scanned reconstruction of an actual building exposed with creative cross-sections:




Orphanages are dense and harmonious living spaces housing hundreds of children under same roof simultaneously. Abandoned Jewish Orphanage Building in Ortaköy (OHR-tah-keuy) Istanbul (also known as El Orfelinato) has been a home for thousand lives during its century old history. It holds the memory of the past in worn stairs and layers of paint.


oddviz sheds light upon the visual and spatial memory of El Orfelinato, documenting it as it is with photogrammetry and presenting it in doll house view.


El Orfelinato is the second piece of ongoing “Contextures” series by oddviz.



Link


Hellenistic sanctuary discovered in ancient Phoenician city of Tyre

Hellenistic sanctuary discovered in ancient Phoenician city of Tyre


The foundations of a Hellenistic sanctuary have been discovered on the promontory of Tyre in southern Lebanon during the course of excavations undertaken by the American University of Beirut’s Archaeological Museum.











Hellenistic sanctuary discovered in ancient Phoenician city of Tyre
Aerial view of the site of Tyre, of which only 70 sq. metres has been excavated [Credit: OLJ]

The sanctuary consists of two walls that delimit a rectangular surface with a square platform and a hard limestone altar whose upper and lower parts are carved with horizontal beading and measuring 0.62 metres in height and 0.32 x 0.32 metres on each side. Thick traces of ash were noted on the platform and altar.


The excavations did not yield remains of animal bones, suggesting that it was used for the ritualistic offering of incense, a rite common in antiquity, which symbolized the sacrifice and accompanied the prayers addressed to the deities. Some 20 coins, oil lamps, six of which are intact, as well as several ceramic objects, including plates, jars and almost complete bowls, were also uncovered.











Hellenistic sanctuary discovered in ancient Phoenician city of Tyre
Aerial view of the site excavated by Leila Badre’s team in Tyre [Credit: OLJ]

Most of the recovered ceramic material is unremarkable, with the exception of an oil lamp depicting a ceremonial scene in which a priest and a woman approach a sacred table used for the placing of offerings.


“This one, with its carvings, is identical to the altar we excavated,” says Badre, director of the American University of Beirut’s Archaeological Museum, pointing out that the lamp dates back to the Hellenistic period, around the 2nd century BC. “Once the coins are cleaned, they will be used to establish a more precise dating,” she adds.











Hellenistic sanctuary discovered in ancient Phoenician city of Tyre
The decorated piece represents an offering scene; the sacred table with its ornamental elements
 is identical to the altar unearthed on the site [Credit: OLJ]

The head of the project also states that the altar, in its proportions, stones and construction techniques, is similar to the temple of Sarepta, a Phoenician fortified city north of the present-day Sarafand. However, the sanctuary of Tyre, which measures 15 metres long by 6 metres wide, is twice as large as the sanctuary of Sarepta, which spans 6.4m by 2.6m. “The true extent of the sanctuary of Tyre – which has only been cleared on a plot of land of about 70 square metres in area – may still be revealed as a result of the excavations that will continue next summer,” says Badre.


It should be noted that Sarafand had been completely excavated by James B. Pritchard in 1972. The city, where the cult of the goddess Tanit-Astarte was practiced, was part of the kingdom of Tyre until the Roman conquest. It was famous for its blown glass techniques, an activity that still exists today in the region.











Hellenistic sanctuary discovered in ancient Phoenician city of Tyre
One of the oil lamps found on the Tyre site [Credit: OLJ]

The archaeologist also revealed that the foundations of one of the sanctuary’s walls rest on the remains of a construction linked to an earlier phase. “This means that this place of worship has been rebuilt several times. The tradition of preserving places of worship over several centuries is confirmed,” says Ms. Badre, who points out that five superimposed churches were discovered under the Greek Orthodox Saint George’s Cathedral in Beirut. Moreover, this plot on the promontory of Tyre had aroused her interest because it is located just a few metres from the remains of two Byzantine churches, discovered in the past by Emir Maurice Chehab.


“It was clear that it was a sacred area and our site had to be linked by an unmistakable continuity. We have obtained permission from the Director General of Antiquities, Sarkis el-Khoury, to conduct excavations, with the encouragement of Dr. Ali Badaoui, Director of Excavations in Tyre,” said the archaeologist.











Hellenistic sanctuary discovered in ancient Phoenician city of Tyre
One of the oil lamps found on the Tyre site [Credit: OLJ]

Tyre was a city built largely on an island reputed to be impregnable, and was already considered one of the oldest cities in the world, founded according to tradition in 2750 BC. After eight months of siege, it succumbed to an assault by Alexander the Great (332 BC) who had blocked the strait with the help of a causeway.


“Important archaeological remains from the Roman and pre-Roman periods have been discovered, but the splendid Phoenician period has revealed only a small part of its secrets. There’s so much more to explore,” concludes Badre.


Source: L’Orient Le Jour [September 29, 2017]




TANN




Archaeological site of Idalion in Cyprus to be opened to public

Archaeological site of Idalion in Cyprus to be opened to public


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces the opening of the Archaeological Site of Idalion which will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 18:30 at the Local Archaeological Museum of Ancient Idalion. The ceremony will be inaugurated by H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nicos Anastasiades.











Archaeological site of Idalion in Cyprus to be opened to public
Aerial view of Idalion [Credit: Department of Antiquities, Cyprus]

The Archaeological Site of Idalion consists of the excavated part of the administrative centre (palace) of the ancient city-kingdom, that functioned during the Cypro-Archaic and Cypro-Classical period (c. 750-310 BC).











Archaeological site of Idalion in Cyprus to be opened to public
Olive press installation, Idalion [Credit: Department of Antiquities, Cyprus]

It was a monumental edifice and its remains are impressively well preserved. An unusually large olive press installation, storage rooms with large pithoi, the rooms of the guard and monumental wings possibly used by the administrative elite were excavated.











Archaeological site of Idalion in Cyprus to be opened to public
Large storage pithoi, Idalion [Credit: Department of Antiquities, Cyprus]

A total of almost 800 inscriptions (mainly Phoenician but also Greek, in the Arcadocypriot dialect) were also recovered within the palace. This is the largest corpus of inscriptions dating to the era of the city-kingdoms ever found in Cyprus and they provide ample documentation pertaining to the political and economic management of Idalion’s catchment area.


With the opening of the Archaeological Site of Idalion one of the most important monuments dating to the era of the city-kingdoms will be revealed to the public. Together with the nearby Local Archaeological Museum of Ancient Idalion, it will be a major landmark in the island’s cultural routes.


Source: Press and Information Office, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Cyprus [September 29, 2017]




TANN




2,000 year old toys discovered inside children’s tombs in ancient city of Parion

2,000 year old toys discovered inside children’s tombs in ancient city of Parion


2,000-year-old ancient toys from the Hellenistic Period have been discovered inside tombs belonging to children in the ancient seaport city of Parion located in northwestern Turkey’s Çanakkale province.











2,000 year old toys discovered inside children's tombs in ancient city of Parion
AA Photo

Researchers have discovered toys and other articles during excavations at the ancient site, Professor Hasan Kasaoğlu from Atatürk University, who is the excavation leader at Parion, told the Anadolu Agency.


He noted that the toys were presented as “gifts for the dead” children and provide significant information about the sociocultural structure of the period.











2,000 year old toys discovered inside children's tombs in ancient city of Parion
AA Photo

For instance, Kasaoğlu highlighted that female figurines were found in tombs belonging to girls, while male figures were found in tombs belonging to boys.


“2,000 years ago girls played with ‘Barbie-like’ dolls, the same way they do now,” Kasaoğlu said, adding that although objects have changed shapes and features, humans have always had the same mentality.











2,000 year old toys discovered inside children's tombs in ancient city of Parion
AA Photo

Besides the human figurines, animal and mythological figurines were also found in the tombs, believed to be buried with the aim to accompany the children on their journey to the afterlife, the professor added.


Earlier this month, researchers discovered a baby bottle around the same necropolis.


video

Parion, also called Parium, was an ancient Greek city founded in 709 B.C. It had two major harbors during the Roman era, and served as the main “customs station” for Istanbul-bound goods from the Aegean.


Archaeologists have been carrying out excavations at the ancient site since 2005. Sarcophagi and graves, as well as ancient artifacts were found in the area.


Source: Daily Sabah [September 29, 2017]




TANN




It would be amazing if someone could make these Robot-Honeys…

It would be amazing if someone could make these Robot-Honeys…


It would be amazing if someone could make these Robot-Honeys smoothly dance forever 


GIFs Зацикленные ГИФ


Happy National Techies Day!

Happy National Techies Day!

October 3 is National Techies Day…and here at NASA we have quite a few people who get REALLY excited about technology. Without techies and the technology they develop, we wouldn’t be able to do the amazing things we do at NASA, or on Earth and in space.


Our Techies


image

We love our techies! The passionate engineers, researchers and scientists who work on our technology efforts enable us to make a difference in the world around us. They are responsible for developing the pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed to achieve our current and future missions.


Research and technology development take place within our centers, in academia and industry, and leverage partnerships with other government agencies and international partners. We work to engage and inspire thousands of technologists and innovators creating a community of our best and brightest working on the nation’s toughest challenges.


Technology Drives Exploration


image

Our investments in technology development enable and advance space exploration. We are continually seeking to improve our ability to access and travel through space, land more mass in more locations, enable humans to live and explore in space and accelerate the pace of discovery.


Techie Technology


Advanced Manufacturing Technologies


When traveling to other planetary bodies, each and every pound of cargo matters. If we can reduce the weight by building tools once we arrive, that’s less weight we need to launch from Earth and carry through space.


image

Additive manufacturing is a way of printing three-dimensional (3D) components from a digital model. If you think of a common office printer, it uses a 2D file to print images and text on a sheet of paper. A 3D printer uses a 3D file to deposit thin layers of material on top of each other, creating a 3D product.


image

Thanks to techies, we’re already using this technology on the International Space Station to print wrenches and other tools. Our Additive Construction for Mobile Emplacement (ACME) project is investigating ways to build structures on planetary surfaces using resources available at a given site.


image

Discover more about how our techies are working with advanced manufacturing HERE.


Technology Demonstrations


Our techies are always innovating and developing new cutting-edge ideas. We test these ideas in extreme environments both here on Earth and in space.  



Science missions in space require spacecraft propulsion systems that are high-performance, lightweight, compact and have a short development time. The Deep Space Engine project is looking to meet those needs. Our techies are currently testing a 100lbf (pound-force) thruster to see if this compact, lightweight, low-cost chemical propulsion system can operate at very low temperatures, which allows long duration storage capabilities.



Another technology in development is PUFFER, or the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot…and it was inspired by origami! This robot’s lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can’t fit. PUFFER has been tested in a range of rugged terrains to explore areas that might be too risky for a full-fledged rover to go.


image

With our partners at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., we’ve also collaborated on the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), which will flight test a “green” alternative to the toxic propellant, hydrazine, in 2018. GPIM is the nation’s premier spacecraft demonstration of a new high-performance power and propulsion system — a more environmentally friendly fuel. This technology promises improved performance for future satellites and other space missions by providing for longer mission durations, increased payload mass and simplified pre-launch spacecraft processing, including safer handling and transfer of propellants.  


Find out more about our technology demonstrations HERE.


Aircraft Technology


What if you could travel from London to New York in less than 3.5 hours? Our techies’ research into supersonic flight could make that a reality! 


image

Currently, supersonic flight creates a disruptive, loud BOOM, but our goal is to instead create a soft “thump” so that flying at supersonic speeds could be permitted over land in the United States.


We’re conducting a series of flight tests to validate tools and models that will be used for the development of future quiet supersonic aircraft.



Did you know that with the ability to observe the location of an aircraft’s sonic booms, pilots can better keep the loud percussive sounds from disturbing communities on the ground? This display allows research pilots the ability to physically see their sonic footprint on a map as the boom occurs.


Learn more about our aircraft technology HERE.


Technology Spinoffs 


Did you know that some of the technology used in the commercial world was originally developed for NASA? For example, when we were testing parachutes for our Orion spacecraft (which will carry humans into deep space), we needed to capture every millisecond in extreme detail. This would ensure engineers saw and could fix any issues. The problem was,there didn’t exist a camera in the world that could shoot at a high enough frame rate – and store it in the camera’s memory – all while adjusting instantly from complete darkness to full daylight and withstanding the space vacuum, space radiation and water immersion after landing.



Oh…and it had to be small, lightweight, and run on low power. Luckily, techies built exactly what we needed. All these improvements have now been incorporated into the camera which is being used in a variety of non-space industries…including car crash tests, where high resolution camera memory help engineers get the most out of testing to make the cars we drive safer.


Learn about more of our spinoff technologies HERE.


Join Our Techie Team


We’re always looking for passionate and innovative techies to join the NASA team. From student opportunities to open technology competitions, see below for a list of ways to get involved:


NASA Solve is a gateway for everyone to participate in our mission through challenges, prize competition, citizen science and more! Here are a few opportunities:


Vascular Tissue Challenge 



The Vascular Tissue Challenge, a NASA Centennial Challenges competition, offers a $500,000 prize to be divided among the first three teams that successfully create thick, metabolically-functional human vascularized organ tissue in a controlled laboratory environment. More information HERE.


For open job opportunities at NASA, visit: https://nasajobs.nasa.gov


For open internship opportunities at NASA, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/stu-intern-current-opps.html


Stay tuned in to the latest NASA techie news, by following  @NASA_Technology on Twitter, NASA Technology on Facebook and visiting nasa.gov/technology.


Happy National Techies Day!


Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com.


Antico Egitto. Periodo Predinastico (3400-2920 a.C.). Figurina maschile. Avorio di ippopotamo. The...

Antico Egitto. Periodo Predinastico (3400-2920 a.C.). Figurina maschile. Avorio di ippopotamo. The...


Antico Egitto. Periodo Predinastico (3400-2920 a.C.). Figurina maschile. Avorio di ippopotamo. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Источник
ROMA : le origini e l’età regia.
https://www.facebook.com/romaleorigini/


We, robot: the computer co-authoring a story with a human writer

We, robot: the computer co-authoring a story with a human writer

by Leah Henrickson



In Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, a collection of nine short stories about robotics, Asimov explores the possibilities of human-computer interaction. How can humans and computers co-exist? How can they work together to make a better world?


A research group from the Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam and the Antwerp Centre for Digital Humanities and Literary Criticism recently introduced a new digital creative writing system. Using a graphical interface, an author drafts a text sentence by sentence. Then, the system proposes its own sentences to continue the story. The human and the computer work together to create what the system’s developers call “synthetic literature”.


The paper detailing this project describes the text generation system as an attempt to:


Create a stimulating environment that fosters co-creation: ideally, the machine should output valuable suggestions, to which the author retains a significant stake within the creative process.


NASA May Extend BEAM’s Time on the International Space Station

NASA May Extend BEAM’s Time on the International Space Station

NASA – Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) patch.


Oct. 3, 2017


NASA is exploring options with Bigelow Aerospace to extend the life of the privately owned Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Known as BEAM, the module is attached to the International Space Station and continues to perform well during its technology demonstration mission. NASA has issued a synopsis of an intended contract action to partner with Bigelow Aerospace to extend the life of the expandable habitat and use it for long-term in-orbit storage. This step continues NASA’s commitment to expand private-public partnerships, scientific research and commercial applications aboard station to maximize the benefits from humanity’s premiere laboratory in microgravity.



Expandable Habitat on International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s use of BEAM as part of a human-rated system will allow Bigelow Aerospace to demonstrate its technology for future commercial applications in low-Earth Orbit. Initial studies have shown that soft materials can perform as well as rigid materials for habitation volumes in space and that BEAM has performed as designed in resistance to space debris.


BEAM launched on the eighth SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service mission in 2016. After being attached to the Tranquility Node using the station’s robotic Canadarm2, it was filled with air to expand it for a two-year test period to validate overall performance and capability of expandable habitats. Since the initial expansion, a suite of sensors installed by the crew automatically take measurements and monitor BEAM’s performance to help inform designs for future habitat systems. Learning how an expandable habitat performs in the thermal environment of space and how it reacts to radiation, micrometeoroids and orbital debris will provide information to address key concerns about living in the harsh environment of space. This extension activity will deepen NASA’s understanding of expandable space systems by making the BEAM a more operational element of the space station to be actively used in storage and crew operations.


Space station crew members have entered BEAM 13 times since its expansion in May 2016. The crew has conducted radiation shielding experiments, installed passive radiation badges called Radiation Area Monitors, and they routinely collect microbial air and surface samples. These badges and samples are returned to Earth for standard microbial and radiation analysis at the Johnson Space Center.


The original plan called for engineers to robotically jettison BEAM from the space station following the two-year test and validation period, allowing it to burn up during its descent through Earth’s atmosphere. However, after almost a year and a half into the demonstration with positive performance, NASA now intends to continue supporting BEAM for stowage use and to allow Bigelow Aerospace to use the module as a test-bed for new technology demonstrations. A new contract would likely begin later this year, overlapping the original planned test period, for a minimum of three years, with two options to extend for one additional year. At the end of the new contract, the agency may consider further life extension or could again consider jettisoning BEAM from the station.



The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Image Credit: Bigelow

Using the space inside BEAM would allow NASA to hold between 109 to 130 Cargo Transfer Bags of in-orbit stowage, and long-term use of BEAM would enable NASA to gather additional performance data on the module’s structural integrity, thermal stability and resistance to space debris, radiation and microbial growth to help NASA advance and learn about expandable space habitat technology in low-Earth orbit for application toward future human exploration missions. Given that the volume of each Cargo Transfer Bag is about 1.87 cubic feet (0.53 cubic meters), use of BEAM for stowage will free an equivalent space of about 3.7 to 4.4 International Standard Payload Racks, enabling more space in the ISS for research.


With an extension of the partnership, Bigelow also would be able to continue to demonstrate its technology for future commercial applications in low-Earth orbit. The public-private partnership between NASA and Bigelow supports NASA’s objective to develop deep space habitation capabilities for human missions beyond Earth orbit while fostering commercial capabilities for non-government applications to stimulate the growth of the space economy.


Related links:


Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1804.html


Commercial Space: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/index.html


International Space Station (ISS): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html


Images (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Erin Mahoney.


Greetings, Orbiter.ch


Градовый покров в вилайете Батна ( Алжир, 1.10.2017)…

Градовый покров в вилайете Батна ( Алжир, 1.10.2017)…










Градовый покров в вилайете Батна ( Алжир, 1.10.2017)


Северное сияние на территории Канады, 27-30 сентября 2017….

Северное сияние на территории Канады, 27-30 сентября 2017….











Северное сияние на территории Канады, 27-30 сентября 2017.


Featured

Полет на параплане с обрыва на мысу Куяльницкого лимана, соленого озера. Экстремальный развлекательный полет проводится для любителей. ...

Popular