Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 7)

In flight

Just over 100 years since the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight, flying machines are now commonplace, used for transport, freight, warfare, rescue and pleasure just for starters. Aerospace technology is still the realm of both big business and entrepreneurs - Moscow recently hosted an airshow in which contracts totaling $10 billion were signed, and Virgin Galactic is still working toward a private spaceliner business. Collected here are recent photographs of various flying machines in action or on display around the world. (40 photos total)

In flight

In flight

In flight

In flight

Diablo 3 Monk Class Revealed

It's a class that has its roots in old school fantasy, but we believe you haven't seen it quite like this before," said Blizzard's Chris Metzen during the official unveiling. "I'm very proud to introduce to you, the new Diablo 3, with all of its open-handed, Tiger-strike packed fury, the Monk."A cinematic using the Diablo III engine was hsown, with a bald-headed, staff-wielding Monk battling a fire-shooting demon. The beareded Monk used its bare hands near the end, finishing off the demon with an open-palmed attack.

Carmack on a small id software

Carmack couldn't tolerate having to accommodate the need to minimize his own programming efforts in order to not shift code too much and unsettle the other companies relying on the same tech. "The work I'm doing now on id Tech 5 is changing some fundamental class hierarchy stuff across all of our resources, and it's the right thing to do. It's better, because of that. It's incredibly painful just doing it in our codebase. There's no way I would contemplate doing that if I had 50 other development teams that would have to go through and make similar changes on there.

World Science Festival Videos

The inaugural 2008 World Science Festival attracted over 120,000 people to the Festival's 44 events at 22 venues located throughout New York City. More than 130 participants, speakers, and performers, including 11 Nobel Laureates, guided a large, diverse audience-students to adults, novices to professionals, the merely curious to science enthusiasts-to experience science as never before, making the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating. Through a series of gripping debates, captivating performances and interactive events, the Festival showcased cutting- edge ideas and discoveries, revealed science's pivotal role in addressing critical global issues, and explored how it profoundly shapes modern life.

Rage Preview

We noticed that a group of raiders attempted to block our progress to Wellspring by driving directly into our path with guns blazing. The surprise attack evoked images of Mad Max or The Road Warrior as these makeshift vehicles launched over dunes and the rough terrain of the Wasteland in a pack. Fortunately, our nimble buggy was much better than their junk heaps, and thanks to some quick turns and blasts of nitrous we were able to outmaneuver them and line them up for target practice. Once you get a target in front of you, your guns will autolock. After a few quick bursts, the raiders were turned into scrap and we were free to proceed.

Scenes from Sri Lanka

Only three months after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) were defeated in the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, signs of economic recovery and a new sense of security are emerging across the country. Government and business groups are working hard to rebuild a tourist industry once hampered by fear of terrorist attacks, and fishermen are enjoying more freedom to fish harbors long restricted by the military. Although the popular mood seems optimistic, and the international community is encouraging rebuilding efforts with loans and other assistance, questions remain about the Sri Lankan government's tactics in the last weeks of the war - and its current treatment of Tamil refugees. Amnesty International's Science for Human Rights project just released a troubling analysis of satellite imagery of the restricted combat zone and Sri Lankan police continue to restrict access to journalists - and continue to prevent refugees from leaving their camps.

Scenes from Sri Lanka

More Robots

Scientists, students and corporations continue their work around the world in the field of robotics, persistently improving and redefining their capabilities, interfaces and roles in society. Unmanned vehicles fly above war zones, telerobotics give humans a broader virtual presence and humanoid robots gain more parity with humans, refining their movements and responses. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs of robotics in use around the world. [Previously on TBP: Robots] (36 photos total)

More Robots

Hands-on: Borderlands Online Co-op

The goal was simple -- shoot to kill; we weren't working on an objective -- but actually surviving wasn't so easy. We all had to rely on each others' unique skills to get through. It turned out that Roland (the soldier) and his shielded turret provided much-needed cover for those low on health. As in Left 4 Dead, we could use any health packs we had to revive downed comrades, and, if we went down, could still shoot (albeit with limited range of movement) until help arrived or we bled out.