Von Neumann's Machine

Magical & thermodynamical, non-classical & stochastical!

design-is-fine:

Alexander von Humboldt, Three of the nine american diaries, 1799-1804.

Sketch of the Orinoco region. Sketch of the Rio Grande de la Magdalena. Topographic sketch of the volcano Pichincha. Drawings: Staatsbibliothek Berlin. Portrait by Friedrich Georg Weitsch, 1806. Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin. Via wiki

Source: the art magazine Arsprototo, Kulturstiftung der Länder. You can download the Humboldt Special (German) here

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spacettf:

Saturn Occulted by the Moon 14th May 2014 by Ted Dobosz on Flickr.
Tramite Flickr: Saturn being occulted by the moon on the 14th May 2014. There was too great an exposure range between Saturn and the moon. The moon is clearly over exposed and I was not able to recover the blown out highlights, however I was able to bring up the under exposure on Saturn by stacking 800 frames. The stacking of Saturn occurred well before it had reached the moon’s limb and I have repositioned the stacked Saturn image exactly where the video shows it ingressing the moon’s limb.

spacettf:

Saturn Occulted by the Moon 14th May 2014 by Ted Dobosz on Flickr.

Tramite Flickr:
Saturn being occulted by the moon on the 14th May 2014. There was too great an exposure range between Saturn and the moon. The moon is clearly over exposed and I was not able to recover the blown out highlights, however I was able to bring up the under exposure on Saturn by stacking 800 frames. The stacking of Saturn occurred well before it had reached the moon’s limb and I have repositioned the stacked Saturn image exactly where the video shows it ingressing the moon’s limb.

(via profesormoriarty)

A Hong Kong VC fund has just appointed an algorithm to its board.

Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and regenerative medicine projects, says the program, called VITAL, can make investment recommendations about life sciences firms by poring over large amounts of data.

Just like other members of the board, the algorithm gets to vote on whether the firm makes an investment in a specific company or not. The program will be the sixth member of DKV’s board.

emergentfutures:

Accelerating the Future of 3D Printing

Autodesk is announcing two contributions to help make things better.  First is an open software platform for 3D printing called Spark, which will make it more reliable yet simpler to print 3D models, and easier to control how that model is actually printed. Second, we will be introducing our own 3D printer that will serve as a reference implementation for Spark. It will demonstrate the power of the Spark platform and set a new benchmark for the 3D printing user experience. Together, these will provide the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists can use to continue to explore the limits of 3D printing technology. 


Full Story: Autodesk

emergentfutures:

Accelerating the Future of 3D Printing

Autodesk is announcing two contributions to help make things better.  First is an open software platform for 3D printing called Spark, which will make it more reliable yet simpler to print 3D models, and easier to control how that model is actually printed. Second, we will be introducing our own 3D printer that will serve as a reference implementation for Spark. It will demonstrate the power of the Spark platform and set a new benchmark for the 3D printing user experience. Together, these will provide the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists can use to continue to explore the limits of 3D printing technology. 

Full Story: Autodesk