My picks, 2015-9

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Got Beef?
  2. Brilliant Time-Lapse of Alaska’s Northern Lights
  3. SMAP Radiometer versus Radio Frequency Interference
  4. Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation
  5. Eric Horvitz on the new era of Artificial Intelligence
  6. Sea otter pup is left to float alone – Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom
  7. Ring System 200 Times the Size of Saturn’s Discovered
  8. Why New Technology May Know How You Feel
  9. Tiny treasure: The future of nano-gold

Got Beef?

National Geographic Wild

After killing a stray calf, this herd of cape buffalo sets out to get their revenge on the prides’ cubs.


Brilliant Time-Lapse of Alaska’s Northern Lights

National Geographic

The colorful, dancing lights of Alaska’s aurora borealis shine in this stunning video by filmmaker Alexis Coram.


SMAP Radiometer versus Radio Frequency Interference

SMAP Radiometer
Mud Matters

The microwave radiometer on NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite was designed and built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Along with the microwave radar, data from the radiometer will be used to calculate the water content of Earth’s soil. Instrument Scientist Jeff Piepmeier explains the technology that Goddard incorporated in the radiometer.


Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation

SpaceX
IXV: technologies tested

When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously.


Eric Horvitz on the new era of Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Research Luminaries

We are in an era of devices and services that is bringing the dream of Artificial Intelligence to life. Eric Horvitz, head of the Microsoft Research Redmond lab and former AAAI president, describes that by putting people at the center of our work, we can design products and services that understand our nuances, emotions and quirky behaviors. Eric shares his view that we are in a resurgence of optimism and hope as it relates to solving some of the core problems in Artificial Intelligence and there is much to look forward to.


Sea otter pup is left to float alone – Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom

BBC

A sea otter mother takes her pup out into open water.


Ring System 200 Times the Size of Saturn’s Discovered

Wall Street Journal

A ring system circling a young giant planet about 430 light years from Earth is 200 times the size of Saturn’s rings, scientists have discovered.


Why New Technology May Know How You Feel

Wall Street Journal

Companies are amassing an enormous database of human emotions using technology that relies on algorithms to analyze people’s faces and potentially discover their deepest feelings. While the evolving technology has many potential benefits, it’s also raising privacy concerns.


Tiny treasure: The future of nano-gold

Nature Video

Lumps of gold moulded into rings, coins and ingots have been highly prized for millennia. But recently, scientists have realised that tiny pieces of this precious metal – far too small to be seen by the naked eye – could also become a valued commodity. In labs around the world, gold nanoparticles are being tested as components in technology and medicines. See how gold could be used to kill cancer cells, improve the efficiency of solar cells and catalyse chemical reactions.

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