We still don’t understand these spots on Saturn’s moon, but we’re not going back — The Cassini spacecraft made its final close flyby of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus in December, releasing its final up-close look at these weird little spots last week. Discovered over a decade again, we’re still trying to work out exactly how these spots formed.
~ They’re spots, OK?
Orion’s welding — The launch of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft isn’t slated for another two years, but preparations are well underway for the first mission into deep space: engineers have just completed welding together the Orion crew module. The Exploration Mission (EM-1) will take place in September 2018, with Orion perched on top of the Space Launch Systems rocket.
~ Quite a belt.
NSA not worried about encryption — There appears to be a reason NSA leaders aren’t worried about encryption. They can operate an extensive surveillance program just fine without it. The FBI and NSA have the ability to circumvent encryption and get to the content by hacking. Hacking allows law enforcement to plant malicious code on someone’s computer in order to gain access to the photos, messages, and text before they were ever encrypted in the first place, and after they have been decrypted.
~ And we were worried about Skynet!
Robot solves Rubik’s cube in just over 1 second — A pair of guys on YouTube, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose, built there own mechanical solver using an array of webcams, 3D printed frames and stepper motors. There’s nothing inherently complex about the setup — in fact, it looks like more work went into the software.
~ I still haven’t ever solved one. Mind you, I lost interest in 12 seconds in the 1970s. Is that a record?
Apple increasing interest in VR? A report last Thursday revealed Apple recently hired Doug Bowman, a top researcher in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality, suggesting the company is seriously investigating immersive computing and similar VR/AR solutions.
Surfing without a board — A uniquely modified wetsuit will help boost the popularity of bodysurfing by making it easier for everyone to learn, without needing to use a boogie board for added buoyancy. Over the course of about six years, Gadler created 27 different prototypes before settling on the final design that takes a standard wetsuit and upgrades it with 11 flexible foam fins. These increase the wearer’s buoyancy, but also gives them improved directional control as they skim across the water while riding a wave.
~ I want one, I love body-surfing.