When it started in 1963, Doctor Who should not have succeeded. A committee created it, to fill a time slot. It had a small budget. The BBC intended for it to be a children’s educational show focusing on science and history. Oh, and it debuted the night after John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
And yet it worked, as seen in the incredible hype preceding Saturday’s 50th anniversary special—an extra-long, star-filled special called “The Day of the Doctor.”
What went right? It’s not just the always-exterminating Daleks, or the complex, wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey plots. Those are fun, but there’s something more primal that’s been with it since it’s start in 1963: adventure. A sense of the new. When William Hartnell debuted in November 1963 as the Doctor, showing off his time and space-traveling TARDIS, and asked his co-stars and viewers, “Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension?” And the truth was, they hadn’t. Not like this.
Disrupting the Pink Aisle - Awesome video from GoldieBlox. If you haven’t heard of GoldieBlox then go, now and visit http://bit.ly/1axg8Pf .
Description from the GoldieBlox site:
At GoldieBlox, our goal is to get girls building. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls’ strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.
In a world where men largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math…and girls lose interest in these subjects as early as age 8, GoldieBlox is determined to change the equation.
Construction toys develop an early interest in these subjects, but for over a hundred years, they’ve been considered “boys’ toys”. By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.
We believe there are a million girls out there who are engineers. They just might not know it yet. We think GoldieBlox can show them the way.
GoldieBlox, the super cool engineering toy set for girls (and the brainchild of TEDxPSU speaker Debbie Sterling), just released this amazing ad, which combines the Beastie Boys, a Rube Goldberg machine, and some dancing to show why there needs to be more diversity in the toys presented to girls. Not everything needs to be pink and princess-y!
We love this ad almost as much as we love Debbie’s talk, “Inspiring the next generation of female engineers,” which you should totally watch right now and learn why she decided to start GoldieBlox (Hint: It’s to help girls learn that they can be engineers, despite what anyone tells them.) Well — right after you watch these girls engineer one amazing backyard machine.
French filmmaker Thomas Jullien has taken 852 Instagram photos, from 852 different Instagram users and turned the shots into one impressive stop-motion video.
Jullien crowdsourced the images, which takes viewers around the world on bikes, planes, trains and automobiles all to the tune of The Black Keys.
Starting with the Arc de Triomphe and ending at the Statue of Liberty, the video features multiple angles and filters of famous landmarks as well as the photo sharing app’s popular themes like sunsets and make-up.
Take a two-minute mental vacation by clicking play.
The Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track used for the ’84 Olympics was situated on Trebević mountain overlooking the City of Sarajevo. During the games the track had 20,000 luge spectators and 30,000 bobsled spectators. After the Winter Olympics, the track was used for World Cup competitions until the start of the Yugoslav wars in 1991 that would include the Siege of Sarajevo the following year.
The track was damaged as a result of the siege which occurred during the Bosnian War. During the siege, the track was used as an artillery position by Bosnian Serb forces. Today, the tracks still remain mostly intact with war wounds of defensive fighting holes, drilled into one of the last turns of the course. [Source]
The abandoned, war-torn track is now a destination for urban explorers. Nature is slowly growing over the area and the remnants of the course is now covered in graffiti. Below you will find images of what the former Olympic site looks like today.
I vote for the Brooklyn Bridge. A tremendous achievement in engineering and aesthetics. The video included provides a nice (if sentimental) history of the bridge.
As described by Ken Burns:
Ultimately, the bridge’s enduring power as an engineering wonder and as a breathtaking work of art both derive from its designer’s singular vision. The genius behind the bridge, John Augustus Roebling (1806 – 1869), was a civil engineer who also happened to be blessed with something we rarely associate with practitioners of the utilitarian arts: namely, a sense of the sublime. How else explain the marvelous — one might even say playful — balance between the mighty stonework towers and the delicate but immeasurably strong spiderweb cables that support the mile-long span? How else explain Roebling’s unexpected and, all these years later, still-thrilling choice to carve graceful Gothic arches into the towers, lending a nobility and at the same time an airiness to the bridge’s silhouette that no other shape could possibly convey.
A 3D printed robotic prosthetic hand which is a fraction of the cost compared to current available models - video embedded below:
The Open Hand Project aims to make advanced prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. The Dextrus hand is the realization of this goal, it’s a low-cost robotic hand that offers much of the functionality of a human hand. Ultimately, these hands will be sold for under $1000 (£630).
The Open Hand Project is open-source, which means all of the plans to make a robotic hand will be published online with no patents, anyone has the right to make their own and even sell it themselves. You’re funding the full development of the hand with the Open Hand Project, after that companies will be able to use the designs and sell the hands all over the world. This really helps get these devices out to developing countries and places where import taxes might otherwise increase the cost of distribution.
The project is looking for funding through an indiegogo campaign - more info can be found here