500 Years of Female Portrait Paintings in 3 minutes!


By: Art Fido.com

Originally Published on Aug 26, 2014

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A mesmerizing 3-minute journey through 500 years of female portraits. Even if you’re no art expert, you will still appreciate the beauty of these masterpieces and get blown away by the evolution of art over the years. How many of the 90 paintings did you recognize? Watch the video first and then see how many artists you got correct by heading to http://www.artfido.com/blog/500-years… to see the answers!

Sound track performed by Yo-Yo Ma
Bach’s Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 In G Major- Sarabande
Creator of this video: Philip Johnson


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SMAP: Mapping Global Soil Moisture, Managing a Better Future


By: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Originally Uploaded on Dec 30, 2014

Launching in January 2015, NASA’s Soil Moisture Mapping satellite (SMAP) will track water in the soil. Data gathered with help forecast weather, floods, drought, crop yield and landslides.




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Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures from Pier 9 on Vimeo.


These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers.

For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.

John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University.

Visit John’s website here: web.stanford.edu/~edmark/
and Vimeo site: vimeo.com/johnedmark/videos

Learn how he made these sculptures here: instructables.com/id/Blooming-Zoetrope-Sculptures/

And more about the Pier 9 Artist in Residence program here: autodesk.com/air

Music – “Plateau” by Lee Rosevere – freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Farrago_Zabriskie/Lee_Rosevere_-_Farrago_Zabriskie_-_03_-_Plateau

Cinematography and editing by Charlie Nordstrom

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2017 Ford GT – New 600 Horsepower Supercar!


By: RSsportscars.com

Originally Published on Jan 12, 2015

Photos and information: http://www.rssportscars.com/cars/2017…

Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.

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By: DisneyResearchHub

Originally Published on Jan 9, 2015

Conceived by Disney Research and working in partnership with a student team at ETH Zürich, the Beachbot is a mobile robot that can turn an ordinary beach into an artist’s canvas. Thanks to innovative balloon wheels, the robot is able to traverse sandy beaches without leaving any noticeable tracks. Drawing is achieved using a controllable rake at the rear of the robot, with individually controllable pins that can be raised and lowered to create thick or thin lines in the sand. The drawing area on the beach is defined simply using four vertical poles that define the corners of the desired sand canvas. The Beachbot can then determine its position on the canvas to a high degree of accuracy using depth sensing and IMU (inertial measurement unit) technology. Artwork can be pre-programmed as the robot can draw lines or create block-filled areas. Alternately manual remote can be used to turn a beach into a live sketchpad. Beachbot is just one of Disney Research’s projects in the area of mobile robotics, including work on path-planning, robot choreography, localization, and human-robot interaction.

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Verizon Commercial 2014 | Inspire Her Mind – Extended | Verizon Wireless



By: Verizon Wireless

Verizon is working with MAKERS to #InspireHerMind and encourage more girls to get involved with high-tech STEM fields.

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Janicki Omniprocessor: Turns Human Waste into Water and Electricity


By: thegatesnotes

Originally Published on Jan 5, 2015

Bill Gates recently got to check out the Omniprocessor, an ingenious machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, which turns human waste into water and electricity. In places without good waste treatment plants, it could be a real game-changer.

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