A recent episode of the series Seeker Stories explains how photographer Christopher Michel was able to take a selfie at the age of space. While on assignment, Michel was given the opportunity to fly in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane that provided him some impressive views of the Earth.
Madame Tussauds wax museum in London has launched a new highly detailed Star Wars exhibit that features figures from all six current films. A making-of video shows the meticulous work that went into creating the exhibit, and a video of the exhibit’s VIP launch party shows the excitement of fans.
photos via Madame Tussauds
During his final episode of Late Show, host David Letterman shared a 1996 clip from the show that featured him working at the drive-through window of a Taco Bell. Letterman is widely accepted as one of the great talk show hosts of our time, but clearly would not have excelled in the fast food industry.
Colorado man Les Baugh lost both of his arms as a teenager, but has been participating in a study at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) that has given him the chance to test and help develop a set of advanced robotic prosthetic arms.
Baugh is the subject of a short documentary by The New York Times series Robitica titled “The Bionic Man” that also shows clinical prosthetist Courtney Moran working with Baugh to adjust and configure the arms. Once in place, Baugh attempts to control the arms to perform different tasks like picking up blocks. Moran says the development is a years-long process, so it will be some time before the arms are ready for Baugh to take home.
A video by the JHUAPL from 2014 shows Baugh working with different members of the team as he tests the arms.
The Electric Knife Orchestra, a team of knife-based robotic instruments built by artist Neil Mendoza, performs a dangerous-looking cover of the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive.” The orchestra features 16 knives and a meat cleaver built to produce a wide range of sounds including one knife-bot that plays the triangle.
For comparison, here is the original knife-free version of “Stayin’ Alive.”