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Space Construction (12)

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View from Space Shuttle Atlantis
NASA – STS110-E-5918 (17 April 2002) — This is one a series of digital still images of the International Space Station (ISS) recorded by the STS-110 crew members on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis following the undocking of the two spacecraft some 247 statute miles above the North Atlantic. Atlantis pulled away from the complex at 1:31 p.m. (CDT). After more than a week of joint operations between the shuttle and station crews, astronaut Stephen N. Frick, pilot, backed Atlantis away to a distance of about 400 feet in front of the station, where he began a 1 1/4 lap flyaround of the ISS, newly equipped with the 27,000 pound S0 (S-zero) truss, visible in this series of images. S0 is the first segment of a truss structure which will ultimately expand the station to the length of a football field.

View from Space Shuttle Endeavour
STS111-373-001 (15 June 2002) — Backdropped by the blackness of space and a blue and white Earth, the International Space Station (ISS) is now separated from the Space Shuttle Endeavour following the undocking of the two spacecraft over western Kazakhstan. Endeavour pulled away from the complex at 9:32 a.m. (CDT) on June 15, 2002.

View from Space Shuttle Endeavour
STS111-708-057 (15 June 2002) — Backdropped by the blackness of space, this close-up view of the International Space Station (ISS) was photographed by a crewmember on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour following the undocking of the two spacecraft over western Kazakhstan. Endeavour pulled away from the complex at 9:32 a.m. (CDT) on June 15, 2002. The S0 (S-zero) Truss with the newly added Mobile Base System (MBS) is visible center frame.

View from Space Shuttle Endeavour
STS111-708-093 (15 June 2002) — Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, the International Space Station (ISS) is now separated from the Space Shuttle Endeavour following the undocking of the two spacecraft over western Kazakhstan. Endeavour pulled away from the complex at 9:32 a.m. (CDT) on June 15, 2002.

Music royalties and Pandora’s box

By James Ledbetter – You might think in the nearly two decades since music first began streaming over the Internet that some kind of consensus about paying artists would have emerged. But about the only thing most Internet radio stakeholders can agree on is that the current system makes no sense.

The business stakes of this battle flared up again this week, when the New York-based indie musician Blake Morgan picked a public fight with Internet radio giant Pandora. more> http://tinyurl.com/ca7h9go

Robot Bartender Would Not Be Complete Without LEDs


By Keith Dawson – Rob Kaye and Pierre Michael, the two principals at Party Robotics, have been developing Bartendro for nearly three years.

As it turns out, dispensing liquids precisely and automatically is not easy. There were no suitable pumps available at hobbyists’ prices when Rob and Pierre started — they were all precision manufactured for medical or industrial markets, and cost hundreds of dollars each. So Pierre ended up procuring a CNC milling machine and designing and manufacturing pumps, valves, flow meters, and other parts for Bartendro in his garage. The partners claim that the current iteration of the Bartendro design can dispense liquids to within milliliter tolerance. more> http://tinyurl.com/d9gj79m

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Google, please be a benevolent internet overlord

By Dan Gillmor – Google is at the top of its game. It presides over, if not ruling outright, enormous swaths of modern life.

The company’s engineering culture assumes it will solve problems; that data is king; and that anyone with common sense will use the company’s solutions. It’s true enough, as Google notes, that its search dominance is always one click away from melting. Competition does exist. But the company’s culture has has been a factor in some bad ideas and worse moves, and I suspect it could be real trouble down the road. more> http://tinyurl.com/b32vu7b

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