A humorous factor occurred on the way in which to the delta. The one on Jezero crater on Mars, that’s, because the Perseverance rover might have captured a glimpse of the parachute that helped ship it to the Pink Planet a bit of over a 12 months in the past. Getting the rover safely onto the Martian floor was an incredibly complex undertaking, made all of the extra spectacular by the truth that it was fully autonomous. The parachute, which slowed the descent car holding the rover, was jettisoned effectively earlier than the “Sky Crane” deployed to decrease the rover to the floor. The parachute wafted to the floor a bit over a kilometer from the landing zone. NASA hasn’t confirmed that what’s seen in the raw images is the chute; the truth is, they haven’t even acknowledged the massive white factor that’s clearly not a rock within the image in any respect. Maybe they’re reserving closing judgment till they get an overflight by the Ingenuity helicopter, which is presently landed not too removed from the place the descent stage crashed. We’d like to see footage of that wreckage.
We lately had a Hack Chat on 3D printing metal the place Agustin Cruz got here on to speak about his try and construct an reasonably priced electron beam sintering printer. The chat was nice, and now Agustin has made a bunch of progress that’s price a glance. The thought behind electron beam sintering is straightforward — it’s principally a souped-up model of the electron gun and deflection coils behind a CRT, which blasts away at a mattress of high quality steel powder to sinter it collectively, layer by layer. The small print, although, like working in a vacuum, exactly depositing a contemporary layer of powder, and exactly controlling beam energy and place, are non-trivial. Take a look at Agustin’s progress on his Hackaday.io project.
Do you consider your self as a boring individual? Likelihood is you don’t — it looks like being a bore is like having unhealthy breath, in that it’s onerous to inform when you’ve acquired it. However based on a new study, boring persons are not solely quantifiable, however the stereotypes about them are all just about true — or at the very least constant. The methodology appears a bit of subjective, although — members have been requested to offer a short description of a boring individual, which hilariously included former US Vice President Al Gore for his “actually monotone speech” and “no emotion.” They then imagined character traits, hobbies, and occupations for these stereotypical bores, developing with issues like long-winded tales, geocaching, and accounting. Feeling personally attacked by this level, we learn no additional, however the take-home message appears to be that whereas everyone seems to be boring to somebody, you actually need to work at it to be boring to everybody.
In the event you take heed to the Hackaday Podcast, which after all instantly disqualifies you from the boring individuals cohort, you’ll know in regards to the “What’s That Sound?” section, the place a brief clip of some tech-relevant sound is performed, and when you can determine it, riches and fame await. Effectively, when you can’t get sufficient of that stuff, head over to the Museum of Endangered Sounds, which seeks to protect our auditory heritage earlier than it slips away. The location has a mere smattering of sounds to date, together with the AIM message alert, the outdated Nokia ringtone, Home windows 95 startup, a floppy drive in search of tracks, and the sound of a cartridge being inserted right into a Nintendo NES, full with the compulsory blowing on the connector. We are able to consider actually hundreds of extra sounds price preserving, and whereas we don’t see a approach to contribute sounds, it is perhaps price pinging the proprietor when you can consider something.
And eventually, I share with you the next picture, despatched by my son, presently learning on the College of Idaho, snapped moments earlier than his tried abduction:
Fortunately, he managed to sidestep the slow-moving swarm and make good his escape. I depend 13 of those Starship delivery bots within the image, doing who the hell is aware of what. Are they heading again to base for the evening? Off to an all-hands assembly? Or maybe they’re on strike and dealing the picket line? Arduous to say, nevertheless it’s fascinating conduct for this stuff.