Don’t you wish your pumpkin looked like this? Learn how it’s done at The Washingtonian.
Sean Baker filmed his previous film Tangerine on an iPhone. The film’s success helped provide funding for The Florida Project, his new film that features Bria Vinaite, a young woman he discovered on Instagram. It’s pretty cool to see how a smart phone and social media can launch the careers of relatively unknown people. Read more about it at NPR.com.
According to Avery Thompson at Popular Mechanics, juggling and math are interconnected.
“The connection between the two came out of juggler’s attempts to develop a kind of notation for their tricks. That notation, called siteswap, can be used to describe nearly any juggling pattern, and it turns out that standard mathematical tricks can be used to develop new patterns nobody has ever seen before.”
Check out the video of mathematician and juggler Colin Wright describing the math behind juggling at Popular Mechanics.
Remember when Princess Leia was shown in a hologram asking for help in the original Star Wars? While the hologram isn’t yet a reality, it’s slowly getting there.
“Earlier this summer, researchers at the University of Rochester unveiled the latest projection system to approximate Princess Leia’s immortal plea. Dubbed the Illumyn 3-D Display, the system uses laser projection to generate actual 3-D holograms in midair — no projection surface, no virtual reality goggles, no 3-D glasses, no augmented reality tricks.” Read more about it at NPR.com.
Move aside Barbie, here come the Lego women of NASA.
“Follow in the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration—America’s space agency) with this fun and inspiring LEGO® set. Build the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman. Develop the software for space missions with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. And launch the space shuttle with Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, and Mae Jemison, the world’s first woman of color in space. Build, play, learn and one day you too could become a science, technology, engineering or mathematics superstar!”
What do you think of a “handwritten” note being written by a robot? Does that qualify as handwritten? Does it matter? Read more about this idea at Wired.
Do you comprehend more information when you read from a printed page or from a computer screen? Does it depend on what you read? Read more at The Conversation.
Popular Mechanics features eight high-tech do-it-yourself costumes using CAD designs, fiber optics and LEDs. Get your costume ready for Halloween!
TechCrunch post an interesting story about Dash Robots teaming up with Mattel to sell Kamigami, a robotics platform that lets kids build their own robotic bugs. These might make great gifts for kids (and adults) this holiday season!