The first Instagram from space has been logged, and it’s courtesy of an American astronaut. Take that, RUSSIA. Steven R. Swanson is the subject of the first space Insta, and his backdrop is a little more exciting than sunset on the Santa Monica peer: it’s the Earth. The Earth, the giant planet on which we dwell, is just casually hanging out in the background. FULL PIC HERE.
Many of us have heard of time capsules before: You fill a box with keepsakes significant to you at the time, bury them in a box in the ground, and open it years later for a personalized time warp. But one teacher in Saskatchewan, Canada, took that idea one step further by having his high school students write letters to their future selves and promising to mail them 20 years letter. He’s now been making good on this promise for five decades. Bruce Farrer, 72, hatched this idea as a young teacher back in 1961, mainly as a lesson to his students about keeping commitments.
In the midst of all the excitement surrounding the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, an amazing development will transcend the soccer community. On June 12th at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, a young paraplegic will stand up from his or her wheel chair and take the official first kick of the tournament. Magic? No. Science? Yes.
Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroengineer based at Duke University, has developed a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton suit for paraplegics that he believes will make wheelchairs a thing of the past. The suit is built from lightweight alloys and powered by hydraulics, and does the job of leg muscles. AMAZING VIDEO HERE TOO.