L'albero di Finn e Jake illustrato 25.06.17

L'albero di Finn e Jake illustrato

La casa nella Terra di Ooo di Finn e Jake riccamente illustrata in ogni minuscolo particolare dall'artista Max Degtyarev.

Curiosity fotografato dal Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 21.06.17

Curiosity fotografato dal Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Quel puntino azzurro al centro della foto è il rover Curiosity mentre risale le pendici del monte Sharp, fotografato dal satellite Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter della NASA.

30 anni di GIF 16.06.17

GIF animata di Homer Simpson

GIPHY celebra il 30º anniversario delle GIF con una mostra alla Gallery 151 di New York dal titolo Time_Frame che raccoglie le più significative GIF animate della storia innalzate ad arte contemporanea.

Elon Musk e la colonizzazione di Marte in dettaglio 15.06.17

Su New Space si possono leggere le linee guida dell'ambizioso progetto di Elon Musk per colonizzare Marte con costi e tempi ragionevoli.

The rocket booster and the spaceship take off and launch the spaceship into orbit. The rocket booster then comes back quite quickly, within about 20 minutes. So, it can actually launch the tanker version of the spacecraft, which is essentially the same as the spaceship but filling up the unpressurized and pressurized cargo areas with propellant tanks... Then, the propellant tanker goes up anywhere from three to five times to fill the tanks of the spaceship in orbit. Once the tanks are full, the cargo has been transferred, and we reach the Mars rendezvous timing, which is roughly every 26 months, that is when the ship would depart... Over time, there were would be many spaceships. You would ultimately have upwards of 1,000 or more spaceships waiting in orbit. Hence, the Mars Colonial fleet would depart en masse.

[...] The threshold for a self-sustaining city on Mars or a civilization would be a million people. If you can only go every 2 years and if you have 100 people per ship, that is 10,000 trips. Therefore, at least 100 people per trip is the right order of magnitude, and we may end up expanding the crew section and ultimately taking more like 200 or more people per flight in order to reduce the cost per person. However, 10,000 flights is a lot of flights, so ultimately you would really want in the order of 1,000 ships... it would take 40–100 years to achieve a fully self-sustaining civilization on Mars.

Foto di splendide biblioteche 12.06.17

Biblioteche fotografate da Thibaud Poirier

Biblioteche fotografate da Thibaud Poirier

Biblioteche fotografate da Thibaud Poirier

Biblioteche fotografate da Thibaud Poirier

Biblioteche fotografate da Thibaud Poirier

Attraverso l'Europa e non solo, lo sguardo attento Thibaud Poirier ha immortalato alcune tra le più spettacolari e affascinanti biblioteche del mondo in un viaggio fotografico tra l'odore dei libri, tra passato e futuro, tra architettura e arte.

L'impero dei mattoncini 10.06.17

Nascita, caduta e resurrezione dell'impero dei mattoncini. Il segreto del successo del brand Lego raccontato dal Guardian.

From its founding in 1932 until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss. By 2003 it was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it was $800m in debt. An internal report revealed it hadn’t added anything of value to its portfolio for a decade.

Consultants hurried to Lego’s Danish HQ. They advised diversification. The brick had been around since the 1950s, they said, it was obsolete. Lego should look to Mattel, home to Fisher-Price, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, a company whose portfolio was broad and varied. Lego took their advice: in doing so it almost went bust. It introduced jewellery for girls. There were Lego clothes. It opened theme parks that cost £125m to build and lost £25m in their first year. It built its own video games company from scratch, the largest installation of Silicon Graphics supercomputers in northern Europe, despite having no experience in the field. Lego's toys still sold, particularly tie-ins, like their Star Wars and Harry Potter-themed kits. But only if there was a movie out that year. Otherwise they sat on shelves.

"We are on a burning platform," Lego's CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp told colleagues. "We're running out of cash... [and] likely won't survive"

In 2015, the still privately owned, family controlled Lego Group overtook Ferrari to become the world’s most powerful brand. It announced profits of £660m, making it the number one toy company in Europe and Asia, and number three in North America, where sales topped $1bn for the first time. From 2008 to 2010 its profits quadrupled, outstripping Apple's. Indeed, it has been called the Apple of toys: a profit-generating, design-driven miracle built around premium, intuitive, covetable hardware that fans can't get enough of. Last year Lego sold 75bn bricks. Lego people — "Minifigures" — the 4cm-tall yellow characters with dotty eyes, permanent grins, hooks for hands and pegs for legs — outnumber humans.

100 novità che saranno presenti su iOS 11 07.06.17

9To5Mac ha preparato una breve guida alle innumerevoli novità presenti nella prima versione beta di iOS 11.

La visione di Apple per il prossimo futuro ha la voce di Siri 06.06.17

Apple HomePod

MacOS High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS e HomePod hanno tutti una cosa in comune. Siri, l'assistente vocale intelligente di Apple.

Without once saying the words "artificial intelligence," a stream of Apple executives described a vision of the near future in which Siri, the company's AI avatar, stitches together the company's many hardware products.

And they introduced a new—and widely anticipated—entry into their lineup: a $349 cylindrical voice-controlled speaker they call HomePod.

After a strangely dystopian video in which Apple's apps go away and the world plunges into post-apocalyptic violence, Apple CEO Tim Cook led off the company's keynote at its big gathering for coders, the Worldwide Developers Conference, in San Jose.

The WWDC keynote tends to be a place where Apple showcases all the little incremental "refinements" they are making to their software and hardware. This year, however, there was a thread that ran through many presentations: Siri.

7 installazioni da non perdere alla Biennale 2017 05.06.17

The Cultivist ha stilato una lista di sette installazioni imperdibili che verranno presentate alla 57ª Biennale di Venezia.

10 cose da sapere sul latte 01.06.17

Dieci domande e risposte sulle proprietà nutrizionali, i benefici per la salute, i costi ambientali e il valore economico del latte, nella giornata mondiale che gli viene dedicata dalla FAO.

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