Google has announced that it’s expanding its self-driving car tests to Phoenix, Arizona, in order to test how the cars handle high temperatures and desert dust.
Adrien Servadio made this beautiful video showing Fanny Sage dancing around while surrounded by fire. The special effects flames that encompass her makes it look like she's regenerating like a burning phoenix. The video is NSFW but it's absolutely mesmerizing.
Phoenix, Arizona, is a famously fast-growing city. But, instead of growing up, the city has almost uniformly grown out, with terracotta-tiled subdivisions consuming the adjacent desert at a frightening rate: some estimates claim its suburbs grew an acre per hour during the early 2000s housing boom.
No trip to France is complete without seeing the grand gardens and spectacular palace at Versailles, the place that epitomizes the excess of 18th century France. Who better to lead the tour than everybody's favorite 21st century French band, Phoenix. Plus also too, drones.
The DARPA Tactical Technology Office wants swarms of small spacecraft that would go to space, attach to dead satellites, and use their components to create new working satellites. The idea is fascinating—although it seems too wild to become real anytime soon.
Launching satellites is a risky proposition—costing as much as $10,000 a pound to make orbit and little recourse if a critical piece malfunctions. So, DARPA has devised a system to recycle the $300 billion worth of orbiting dead satellites into a zombie antenna array.
The asphalt in Phoenix is turning green, and not because of a strange natural phenomenon or some environmentalist campaign. Rather, it's a solar reflective coating that can reduce ground temperatures by 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Much like pimpin', shooting 770 pounds of scientific equipment through 36 million miles of space and getting it to then work on the surface of another planet ain't easy. Martian Summer recounts the unyielding determination and technological innovation needed to get there.
The scrolling shoot 'em up genre isn't exactly known for its simplicity or ease—which is why Phoenix for iOS sounds so insanely great. Beyond the bullets-everywhere craziness, the gameplay is randomly generated each time. And endless. Pew pew.
Mars isn't exactly the warmest place during the winter transition, but as the first few rays of sunshine lick at the planet's surface we're able to make out the Phoenix lander shivering under a cover of dry-ice frost.
That's Windows 7, not a mini-Linux OS like Splashtop. It's also from a powered-off state, not sleep mode. Pretty impressive. And much of that speed comes from turning on a laptop's devices (hard disk, ports, etc) in just 1 second.
We just put up some 3D images taken by the Phoenix Mars Lander on our 103-inch plasma, handed out some old school anaglyph glasses, queued up "Life On Mars?" and took a look for ourselves.
It may be extremely difficult, but even after its death, NASA scientists have been trying to resurrect the Phoenix Mars Lander at all costs. Sadly, they gave up last week. Happily, there's still hope.