Incredible video of Mars stitched together by hand from 33,000 images

March 23, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with Mars , check out this incredible video recently released by NASA that shows the Red Planet’s surface in stunning detail. Entitled “A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars,” the video is a composite made from about 33,000 of the 50,000 high-resolution stereo images of the planet’s terrain made over the past 12 years by the powerful camera used in NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). These stereogram images depict the planet’s surface in incredible detail, which can only truly be appreciated in still images by using 3D glasses—or when merged together into an active, three dimensional, fly-over view, as was done by Finnish filmmaker Jan Fröjdman when creating this video. As Wired notes, Mars’ dusty atmosphere obfuscates its surface with massive storms so regularly that the only way to get a decent look at the planet is through imaging technology. So that’s what NASA did. “The best way to see the planet’s surface would be to take a digital image and enhance it on your computer, said planetary geologist and principal investigator for HiRISE, Alfred McEwen. Related: The UAE joins the race to build first city on Mars https://vimeo.com/207076450 Enter Fröjdman, who assembled the flyover shots piece by piece and colorized the monochrome images captured by the HiRISE camera. He was also responsible for identifying features like craters, canyons and mountains, then matching them between pairs of images. The 3D panning effect was the result of a painstaking process that involved stitching the images along reference points and then rendering them as frames in a video. Fröjdman spent three months working on the project, during which time he picked and stitched by hand more than 33,000 images. The result of his work is worth the effort—a truly stunning video. Via Wired Video and image via Jan Fröjdman , Vimeo

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Shell predicted the effects of climate change in its own 1991 film

March 1, 2017 by  
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A recent report by The Guardian reveals that Shell not only knew the extent of climate change as far back as 1991, but even made a film about it. The oil company’s film, called “Climate of Concern,” said the climate was changing “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the ice age – change too fast perhaps for life to adapt, without severe dislocation.” Despite that knowledge, the company has gone on to heavily invest in the Alberta tar sands, and lobby extensively against climate change action. Check out the video below. As The Guardian notes, Shell’s film painted a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by the effects of climate change : “Tropical islands barely afloat even now, first made inhabitable, and then obliterated beneath the waves … coastal lowlands everywhere suffering pollution of precious groundwater, on which so much farming and so many cities depend,” says the film’s narrator as images of people dealing with the effects of natural disasters and famine float by. “In a crowded world subject to such adverse shifts of climate, who would take care of such greenhouse refugees?” Related: Shell tells US it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed https://vimeo.com/205539515 At the time it was made, the film was available for public viewing by anyone – including schools and universities. But it seems to have largely gone off the radar in the decades since. And according to Professor Tom Wigley, who helped make the film during his time as head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia , the predictions made by the film 25 years ago remain pretty accurate based on today’s knowledge. “It was quite comprehensive on what might happen, what the consequences are, and what to do about it,” he told The Guardian, noting that predictions for temperature and sea level rise in the film were “pretty good compared with current understanding.” A copy of the 30-minute film was recently obtained by Dutch online newspaper The Correspondent , which posted the video on its website and Vimeo . Via The Guardian Images via Chris Light and dvidshub , Wikimedia Commons Video via The Correspondent

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The top 5 Inhabitat videos of the year

December 31, 2016 by  
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From foraging for mushrooms (and avoiding the poisonous ones) to eating your banana peels instead of throwing them away and touring NYC’s first micro apartment buildings , we had loads of fun bringing you all sorts of videos this year. Check out our top 5 videos of the year below and vote for your favorite. [poll id=118]

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Video: Why Plastic Bags Can’t Go with the Regular Recycling

December 22, 2016 by  
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Lots of people have good intentions when they throw their plastic bags into their regular recycling bin, or bundle up a group of recyclables in a bag to toss in a recycling dumpster. The problem with that? Plastic bags don’t play nice with…

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Apartment Tour: Inside the world’s tallest modular building

November 17, 2016 by  
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461 Dean , the tallest modular building in the world , opened this week in Brooklyn, New York. The 32-story rental property developed by Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by SHoP Architects launched its official start of leasing on Tuesday, and Inhabitat was invited to take a look at three different apartments inside of the groundbreaking new green property. Check out our video tour here . WATCH THE VIDEO >

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Giant squid brings the mysticism of the sea to a Portuguese island

November 3, 2016 by  
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Created for the sixth annual public arts festival of the Azores , the character of Vernie was inspired by the vibrant sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. Moradavaga writes: “Influenced by the stunning landscapes and the mystic aura related to all that concerns whale hunting (in the past) and observation (in the present) our mind wandered through old tales like Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, and the presence of sperm-whales along the Azores coasts led us to devise a character, “Vernie” the giant squid, that came from the depths of the ocean to serve as a communicative playful tool for passersby of all ages at Portas do Mar in the city of Ponta Delgada.” Related: VIDEO: Watch giant squid flash different colors to communicate Made with long red tubes, Vernie the giant squid sprawls out across a green park with a length of 15.55 meters. The mantle with the head measures 1.9 meters in height and features two empty “eye-holes” large enough for visitors to stick their head through. The tentacles are extended in different directions and wrap around nearby objects, from a wire sculpture to trees. The site-specific sculpture was installed in July 2016. + Moradavaga Via ArchDaily Images via Moradavaga

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BIG releases video sneak peek of Hyperloop designed to connect Abu Dhabi & Dubai

October 24, 2016 by  
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Dutch architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released a teaser video showing off its design of a Hyperloop project that promises to link Abu Dhabi and Dubai . The ultra high-speed capsule transport aims to turn the 93-mile trip between the two busy cities into a minutes-long commute, offering an efficient means of moving both people and cargo. Jakob Lange, a partner and head of BIG Ideas (the design firm’s tech division), leads the video sneak peek ahead of the Hyperloop design’s November 7 unveiling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypab90bc1Yw BIG ’s design is the result of a partnership with Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies), which is one of the two companies racing to build the first working Hyperloop track in the United States. Hyperloop One recently tapped BIG to aid in the design of its Hyperloop plans for the United Arab Emirates, with architecture and engineering firms AECOM and Arup on board to translate the technology into actual infrastructure. Related: Hyperloop One raises $50M and hires former Uber CFO as an advisor “We are in a new time now where you can develop a new transportation system in very few years and change the world,” said Lange in the video. “We’re not waiting for new technology like carbon nanofibers or anything in order to do this. We have everything we need to do it.” BIG’s design involves Y-shaped supports that elevate the Hyperloop itself, a track that carries high-speed passenger pods from one stop to the next at speeds over 700 miles per hour. The technology behind Hyperloop One’s UAE project may not be that different from tests of its propulsion system in the Nevada desert, where the proof-of-concept prototype reached 116mph in a staggering 1.1 seconds this past May. Still, there is a lot we don’t know about how the UAE track will be built, when construction might begin or end, and how much the project will cost. BIG’s teaser video offers an early peek at the design, with more coming on November 7, but even that could change in response to the demands of the still-emerging technology. Via Dezeen Images via BIG

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World’s first ocean trash recon mission is complete – and the results are way worse than we thought

October 4, 2016 by  
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The Ocean Cleanup just completed its first aerial reconnaissance scan of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to assess how serious the problem of ocean plastic has become – and the results are worse than anyone expected. At a press conference in Mountain View, California, teenage inventor, CEO and founder Boyan Slat announced that the organization spotted over 1000 large pieces of plastic debris in just 2 hours. Aerial Expedition – Ocean Force One Tour Take a tour aboard the Ocean Force One, which is set to map the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this weekend. Posted by The Ocean Cleanup on Thursday, September 29, 2016 The Ocean Cleanup Aerial Expedition is using a modified C- 130 Hercules aircraft, finely tuned human observers, and a variety of scanning equipment based on lidar technology . Related: Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup takes to the air to survey the Great Pacific Garbage Patch They reported their initial findings, confirming the expected overabundance of plastic waste between the size of .5 meter or 1.5 feet and larger in the ocean garbage patch. While the crew only flew across the northern boundary of the patch for 2.5 hours, they still spotted over one thousand items. Anna Schwarz, a research assistant who was sitting right next to the open door on the flight, said: “It was unbelievable, there was trash floating everywhere, as far as the eye could see” Flight one successfully completed! Initial results will be shared at press conference Monday 11am PT. Posted by The Ocean Cleanup on Sunday, October 2, 2016 Watch the video above to get a glimpse of the first flight Laurent Le Breton, the Modeler on aerial research team described the cumulative impression of the ocean trash in this poetic way: “It’s like looking at the night sky filled with stars. You can see them everywhere you look, with space in between all of the large chunks. When you zoom in close you can only see one at a time, but from high up in the air, they extend infinitely in every direction.” Ocean Cleanup’s aerial solution to gathering data on this vulnerable stretch of ocean halfway between the California Coast and Hawaii began in August of 2015 with its breakthrough Mega Expedition project, which mapped an area of 3.5 million square kilometers. The follow-up Aerial Expedition in the Pacific Ocean is the first-ever aerial survey of of an ocean garbage patch and is focusing on the largest and most harmful pieces of debris, such as Ghost Nets. Once all of the flights are completed later this week, the findings from both expeditions will be published in a peer-reviewed paper early 2017. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a massive vortex of swirling plastic flotsam, in an area larger than the size of Texas – located about halfway between San Francisco, California and Hawaii. Floating garbage accumulates in this area due to the ocean currents, which swirl around in a vortex pattern, slowly consolidating floating garbage into the center of the gyre. The floating trash ranges from tiny microscopic plastic particles, to water bottles, plastic forks and spoons, plastic bags, to much larger chunks that can be over 1 meter across – including discarded fishing debris such as buoys and “Ghost Nets”. “Ghost Nets” are discarded nets, often many meters in diameter, which are notorious for ensnaring both sea life and ship propellers. + Ocean Cleanup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D41rO7mL6zM Images via Ocean Cleanup

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Medical hackers create $30 DIY EpiPen in defiance of corporate greed

September 27, 2016 by  
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This summer, news of price hikes affecting the EpiPen went viral. Since 2007, the cost of the drug has risen sharply from $57 a dose to $318 – an increase of 461 percent. This kind of price hike would be outrageous for any medication , but it’s particularly galling in the case of the EpiPen. The epinephrine autoinjectors are a lifesaving drug of last resort meant to halt anaphylactic allergic reactions long enough for people with severe allergies to seek emergency care. Now, a group of medical hackers has figured out how to create a DIY replacement from common drugstore parts for just $30. https://youtu.be/ldFFJRdhVs8 The “EpiPencil” created by the Four Thieves Vinegar collective consists of an auto injector device designed to help diabetics , paired with a hypodermic needle capable of piercing through the skin into the muscle – the location where the medication needs to be injected in order to be effective. The active ingredient, epinephrine, can be obtained from a pharmacy with a prescription from a doctor. For those who are unable to afford an EpiPen for their allergies, this DIY hack could literally prove lifesaving. However, it is worth mentioning that many experts have voiced concern about the EpiPencil and warned that it’s not advisable to try to create a piece of medical equipment at home – it can be difficult to ensure the correct dose is being administered, the epinephrine inside is delicate and might lose its effectiveness if stored this way, and of course, if someone were to create the device without paying close attention to hygiene , it could become contaminated. A miscalibration of the device could even cause the medicine to be injected into a vein, which can have dangerous side effects. Related: 6 designs that could save your life Drawbacks aside, the video from Four Thieves Vinegar proves that Mylan’s price hikes have nothing to do with the cost of actually producing the EpiPen. If nothing else, the DIY autoinjector highlights the out of control corporate greed which allows such unreasonable price hikes in the first place. + Four Thieves Vinegar Via Minds

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Local Motors unveils plans for self-driving 3D-printed car with drone tech

September 9, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjhl3UgbWxI The contest was based on the Strati , a 3D-printed car produced by Local Motors that vaguely resembles a dune buggy. The competition challenged engineers to create new electronics features that would be suitable for a self-driving version of the 3D-printed vehicle. (In the video above, you can watch Imahara ride shotgun with Local Motors General Manager David Woessner in the Swim, another 3D-printed vehicle and the first model the car company aims to put through highway certification.) Related: Local Motors unveils world’s first 3D-printed car for mass production The winning design, FLY-MODE, has an appeal that is easy to understand. One of the most exciting aspects of a self-driving car is the possibility for activities that people can engage in while they’re being transported from Point A to Point B, since staring at the road will no longer be necessary. The FLY-MODE has a video screen, internet connectivity, and the ability to connect with an actual flying drone and view live drone footage during the ride, giving you the feeling they are flying instead of riding in a car. The contest winner scored a trip to the Local Motors microfactory in Phoenix, Arizona and will be invited to participate in the final build process and production video with Local Motors and Imahara. We can’t wait to see that! So, let’s run that back a bit: my favorite Mythbuster (sorry, Adam and Jamie), self-driving cars, 3D printing, crowdsourced engineering, and drone technology. Yep, sounds like a good time to me. + Mouser Electronics + Local Motors Images via Local Motors

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