The Cassini spacecraft has discovered what appears to be a new moon being formed in the rings of Saturn. The new moon, named Peggy, is being formed from the ice that makes up Saturn’s rings. While this baby moon is still currently too small to see, the gravitational effects on the rings are visible. Peggy joins the 62 other moons that Saturn has, both official and provisional.
The moon might be named after a real person, but all I can think about is the guy from the Capital One commercial.
Leave it to the folks at MIT to determine that our furniture is too lazy. They seem to think it should be doing more for us. The Transform projects created a table-ish structure that moves and responds to people. The system senses when a person is nearby using a Kinect (from an Xbox). The table uses 1,152 plastic pins to provide motion. There is also a fantastic video of the table rolling a ball around. Yes, you just read that right, the surface is moving a ball around, in a controlled and complex manner.
Maybe it won’t be too long until we have hospital beds like Yashida’s in The Wolverine. Seems like it could be comfy.
Scientists in Russia have successfully grown a new esophagus and implanted it in a rat. What is an esophagus? When you drink something and you start coughing because it went “down the wrong pipe,” it should have gone down the esophagus. It’s the part of the body that takes food and liquids (e.g. beer) from the mouth to the stomach. The Russian scientists were able to accomplish this by using a scaffold of existing cells and then allowing stem cells to develop around that scaffold. Not only is this a fascinating advance, but an interesting technique for doing it as well.
I’m pretty partial to my own esophagus because of the whole loving beer and food thing.
Warner Bros. has announced that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. I’m not sure how I feel about this. We all remember Daredevil, which wasn’t entirely Affleck’s fault, but I’ve heard more than one person say that he wasn’t particularly believable in any superhero role.
If Affleck is Batman, can we get Damon to be Robin?
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he will be stepping down and Microsoft’s stock jumped 7%. Ballmer has had a mixed career, overseeing the amazing Xbox, but also the less than amazing Windows 7 and 8. Apparently he has a thing for developers, too.
I never thought I’d have a good use for that clip, but I was wrong.
I know a lot of people who live in studio apartments and they have some serious space issues. A Swiss designer has taken care of this problem for them (and apparently for himself). Not only does his Living Cube look good, but it is extremely practical.
I don’t know what is going on, but European designers have been coming up with great looking stuff lately. Even more impressive is that IKEA isn’t involved at all.
Now that HBO’s Game of Thrones is over for the season, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my newly found free time while I wait nearly a year for the next season to start. Given how dedicated geeks can be to our favorite shows and movies, I’ve compiled a few suggestions on how to pass the time while waiting for the next season to start:
1) Catch up on chores around the house. While that eight foot tall, Leaning Tower of Pisa made entirely of dishes may not bother you, it’s still probably a good idea to take care of it before your neighbors or roommates call the Health Department.
2) Exercise. I’m sure that the couch is really comfortable (mine is), and you really don’t like sweating (Amen!), but we geeks have a reputation for not being in the best of shape. Just think of it as playing an RPG: if you don’t level up, you will get your ass kicked. Maybe it’ll even help you pick up that hot booth babe at your next con (Look, a man can dream, can’t he!).
3) Learn a new skill. Maybe you can learn woodworking, or how to cook. You can even give your creations some geek flair. What better way to start off your season premiere party than with a huge platter of Klingon Gagh? A few weeks ago we shared an article from Popular Mechanics explaining how to make a vintage style gaming table. How cool would it be to show this off to all your friends? It would make them greener than the Hulk!
4) Spend time with your family. Remember those people who love you? Yeah, them. You’ve probably been ignoring them for the last few weeks while you’ve been obsessing. Time to remind them you’re still alive. Go ahead! Give grandma a call. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.
5) Expand your geek knowledge. Recently we mentioned that knowledge is a key element of being a geek, so take this down time to expand your horizons. I know I am. Check out that run of X-Men you’ve always meant to read; or maybe finally get around to playing that X-box game your friends have been raving about for the last 5 years (I’m kind of ashamed of the stack of games I’ve got that I have yet to play).
There are approximately 300 days left until the Season 4 Game of Thrones premier. Go forth, and use them wisely!! (Or just read all the posts on the Song of Ice and Fire Forum.)
Ding Dong! DRM IS DEAD!
In a victory for the consumer, Microsoft has just announced that the much anticipated Xbox One will no long require the console to be connected to the internet 24/7. As someone who plays single player games almost exclusively, and often does not connect his console to the internet, I am very glad to hear this news. Also, the current system of pre-owned will continue unchanged, much to the rejoicing of many avid, yet thrifty gamers. Maybe this will teach Microsoft to listen to what the consumer wants, and not just what they think we should want or worse, what pads their bottom line.