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2 MIT students put together Project Icarus — an ultra low cost rig which they lofted a digital camera via weather balloon to the edge of space.
Ingredients: Helium, a styrofoam beer cooler, a cheap Canon A470 camera, and instant hand warmers to prevent the camera batteries from freezing.
They added a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone for tracking to recover the rig when it landed back to earth.
Total cost: $148.
The $150 Edge-of-Space Camera: MIT Students Beat NASA On Beer-Money Budget
Wired, September 15, 2009
I am totally looking forward to tonight’s premiere episode of the new Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO. I was a big Seinfeld fan, and am now an even bigger Curb fan. I love the concepts Larry David uses in the show — the Restaurant/Tourettes finale, the Mel Brooks/Producers arc, and now the Seinfeld reunion. Just…Read More
click for ginormous photo > This is the entire celestial sphere as seen from the best vantage points on Earth. The 800-million pixel image comes from the European Southern Observatory’s GigaGalaxyZoom project. The Milky Way, viewed edge-on, shows its central bulge and both dark and glowing nebulae – birthplaces of new stars. > Sources: ESO…Read More
There is an excerpt of Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor by ex-Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer in this month’s GQ. I wouldn’t have paid much attention to this — although some of it is hilarious — except for the knee jerk response from the former Bushies. See Bush vets: Who is Matt Latimer?. I…Read More
I grew up on Long Island. I was always conscious of the good and bad of the place. How can you not have mixed feelings about suburbia? The oppressive sterility of the central spine on either side of the LIE? Of the boredom of suburban life — especially as kids, of the Stepford wife/identical house…Read More
In 1609, Henry Hudson made his famous exploration of the river that now bears his name. One reporter hitches rides up that river today, to see what Hudson would find today.
I have a Pentax Optio W60 I use for snorkeling — its a fun toy to bring on vacations. Potential buyers should be aware that typically, underwater photos are less than great with amateur equipment — typically, the color scale is weak, a function of the difficulty of shooting through 6 feet of H2O vs….Read More
For those of you who actually like a car with 3 proper pedals and a stick (unlike the 458 Italia), have a look at this set of wheels: 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring. Edmunds noted “Compared to the 350Z it replaces, the new Z is shorter, wider, lighter and powered by a new 332-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6…Read More
Coming early 2010, the Ferrari 458 Italia will replace the F430 in the Ferrari line up. The two seat berlinetta is a mid-engine, 4.5-liter V8 pumps out 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, while getting better mileage and producing less emissions than the car it replaces. click for ginormous photos Nice view of the…Read More