We have all seen epic matchups (Alien vs. Predator anyone?) but this one tops all the charts. This showdown involves the ultimate test in agility and skill between man vs. machine in the game of table tennis. In the first ever duel of its kind, the most versatile one-armed packing robot KR Agilus and the world-renowned German tennis champion Timo Boll comes face to face for the ultimate smackdown. The duel was devised to showcase the grand opening of KUKA Robotics in Shanghai where Boll is a bit of a celebrity in the table-tennis-loving country. With the help of some CGI magic, KR Agilus pounced fast and looked like it was going to sweep the game only to have Boll turn the game around and come out victorious with the final score of 11 to 9. Though KR Agilus offered no high-fives for a great game, KUKA Robotics gracefully admits defeat in the battle with the message “Not the best in table tennis. But probably the best in robotics.”
Shot with Canon Rebel T3i with a 18-55mm and a Macro attachment (on some Photographs)
In Memphis TN- Overton Park
I gently kissed winter on the lips, hoping she would say goodbye.
As a child growing up in Zimbabwe, I often heard my mother make reference to ‘spring cleaning’, I think that was her smart way of encouraging me to tidy the disaster that was my living space, and had nothing to do with actual spring. Having lived in the four seasons go Memphis TN, I now understand fully what it is like to anxiously await the arrival of spring after a relentless winter! We are mere days away from official spring according to the calendar, and today we have a snow/ice/sleet storm that has crippled the daily practices of this southern city.
Here in spring everything changes. The lively atmosphere of the city becomes tangible. Runners and cyclists frequent the sidewalks, parks flood with all forms of recreation, the sky shines brighter, yard sales appear on every corner and life becomes lovely again.
Today I woke up to a frosted ground, hopefully the last one until the next cycle of this loathed polar vortex. I thought to myself ‘this is probably the last snow i’ll see until next year. I must capture and remember it; remember how gently a snow flake falls, how this entity is so small as an individual and so totally encompassing as a collective.’
Thus, I put on every piece of clothing I own, grabbed my camera and commenced the adventure!
This photo series is somewhat of a premature reminiscence of winter, what I hope to be the final goodbye.
A selection of shots from the amazing aurora display on Thursday 27 Feb 2014. Photographs taken from around the Isle of Lewis, this was probably the brightest aurora I’ve ever seen.
A few days ago, NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity tweeted its first shot of Earth taken from the surface of Mars, i. e. about 99 million miles (160 million kilometers) away from our home planet. Our planet Earth is just a tiny dot in the night sky, the brightest point of light above the Martian horizon. Below it there’s our moon, which isn’t clearly visible in the picture but would be clearly visible to a human eye.
These images compare the visual differences to our planet’s surface taken from space to indicate the impact of deforestation, climate change and pollution on the world. This is just a selection, there are more on the NASA website showing all the years in between. A snapshot, then of just how much damage human behaviour is doing to our dear old Earth which is turning redder by the minute.
Out of curiosity when in the hot shop, we were speculating about what was actually happening to the temperature of the glass when it was being shaped, formed and reheated. I tracked down the only manufacturer of thermal cameras that can film in the range we needed (between 1,000 and 3,000°F) and we got some interesting results.
I’ve spend quite a bit of time trying to come up with what I call an “Ultimate (not really) Guide to Existence.” Something that I could look at and feel moved. It is a bit of how I see the world, what I believe and basically, had some fun with it It is meant to inspire, to ignite that inner voice that we hear whispering from the dark and to be enjoyed. It serves as a daily reminder that you are amazing, you are infinite, you perfect.
I hope you enjoy it Bored Panda’s!
Soooo basically the entire balance and survival of the Universe hung with the chances of 1/1,000,000,000 at some point in our history:
When this universe was forming there were two sides at war: matter and antimatter. The fate of the entire universe was at play and at the very end one side won: matter. For every billion particles of antimatter there were a billion + 1 particles of matter. A single particle. Just one more.
That single particle per billion formed everything we see today. All of the galaxies, stars, planets, life forms, chocolate bars, puppies, baby panda’s and Nutella covered strawberry’s. All of it came out of that single particle.
One out of a billion.
So, forget your odds, this universe was forged with believing.
So hope and dream and believe. Even when your chances are one out of a billion. And if someone questions you or you lose hope, just look back to the birthplace of the very universe.
Just thought I would share this for some inspiration today!