Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Boston Dynamics: Introducing Handle

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically! ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

Imagine, this used to be only seen in a movie using special effects. But this thing is real, and not tethered! 

The video gave me a sense of awe, and a bit of 'yikes'. Welcome to the future. A matter of time until one of these gets armed with a weapon.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Africa's Great Civilizations

In his new six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Last Man on the Moon

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped on the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now, over forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss. Cernan’s burning ambition carried him from a quiet Chicago suburb to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space, and ultimately, to the moon. Five years in the making, The Last Man on the Moon unveils a wealth of rare archive, and takes Cernan back to the launch pads of Cape Kennedy, to Arlington National Cemetery and to his Texas ranch, where he finds respite from a past that refuses to let him go.

Eugene Cernan 1934-2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


NASA announces that TRAPPIST-1 System has 7 Earth-sized planets - 6 within the star's habitable zone.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NOVA: The Origami Revolution

Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions.

The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.”

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement

Birth of a Movement Full Film | Video | Independent Lens | PBS:

The story of William Monroe Trotter, the nearly forgotten editor of a Boston black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban Hollywood’s first blockbuster movie, the later controversial The Birth of a Nation.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

American Experience: Oklahoma City


"OKLAHOMA CITY traces the events — including the deadly encounters between American citizens and law enforcement at Ruby Ridge and Waco — that led McVeigh to commit the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history. With a virulent strain of anti-government anger still with us, the film is both a cautionary tale and an extremely timely warning."

Friday, January 27, 2017

Frontline: Divided States of America

FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president.

Broadcast Jan 17/18, 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Alex Gibney: Zero Days

Zero Days is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. Zero Days covers the phenomenon surrounding the Stuxnet computer virus and the development of the malware software known as "Olympic Games."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My President Was Black
A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next
By Ta-Nehisi Coates

I. “Love Will Make You Do Wrong”
II. He Walked on Ice but Never Fell
III. “I Decided to Become Part of That World”
IV. “You Still Gotta Go Back to the Hood”
V. "They Rode the Tiger”
VI. “When You Left, You Took All of Me With You”

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In his new four-hour series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

Japanese road reopens one week after vast sinkhole appeared

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


8 Episodes: Nov 14 - 23

Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, Soundbreaking charts a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Oct 28, 2016, during a press event at Universal Studios in L.A., Elon Musk announces that Tesla will build and sell its own line of solar panels with integrated batteries. Coupled with the also unveiled PowerWall 2, it will allow residential homeowners to replace their entire roof with solar panels, making it much simpler for homes to be entirely powered by solar power.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Minuteman National Park

At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

Published on Sep 27, 2016

SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

TED Radio Hour - Big Data Revolution

Once invisible details of our lives can now be tracked and turned into data. Will this make life easier or more complicated?

Kenneth Cukier: How Will Big Data Change The Way We Live?

Riccardo Sabatini: Can New Technology Decode The Biggest Data Set Of All?

Susan Etlinger: How Do We Approach Big Data With A Critical Eye?

Andrew Connolly: What Data Will Be Discovered By The World's Most Powerful Telescope?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Walden Pond

The Walden Pond Reservation is located in Concord and Lincoln, Massachusetts. The reservation's principal feature is Walden Pond, a 64.5-acre fresh body of water.

The writer, transcendentalist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau lived on the northern shore of the pond for two years starting in the summer of 1845. His account of the experience was recorded in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, and made the pond famous. 

Boston's "Ice King," Frederic Tudor, harvested ice yearly on Walden Pond for export to the Caribbean, Europe, and India. In his journal, Thoreau philosophized upon the wintry sight of Tudor's ice harvesters: "The sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well ... The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges."

In addition to being a popular swimming destination in the summer, Walden Pond State Reservation provides opportunities for boating, baptizing, hiking, picnicking, and fishing.

Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's Walden Pond Cabin

Friday, September 09, 2016

Nichiren Buddism

Nichiren Daishonin

Nichiren Daishonin, a Japanese Buddhist priest who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333). Nichiren is known for his sole devotion to the Lotus Sutra, asserting that its ultimate teachings are the exclusive method to attain enlightenment.
Lotus Sutra

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wow and then some. Simone Biles!

Tough to find inspiration these days. But I found one. She is flying high. A small woman, Simone Biles is bigger than life.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Obama Hiroshima Ceremony and Speech

Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. 

Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons after visiting Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial, where he spent a short time in the site's museum and then solemnly placed a wreath at the arched monument.

Friday, April 22, 2016