On September 12, 2020, Lia Ditton broke the women’s world record for a solo row when she completed her expedition from San Francisco, CA to Hawaii in just 86 days.
The London-born adventurer combatted the elements of the Pacific to set new records and experience the sea in a way some only dream about. See images from her perilous journey across the open ocean that began on June 17.
Meet Nemesis, one of the many endangered great hammerhead sharks that spends her winters in Bimini, The Bahamas. This interactive 3D project was a close collaboration between Angela Rosenberg, President of ANGARI Foundation and Captain of R/V ANGARI, Duncan Irschick, Professor at UMass Amherst and Director of Digital Life with CG artist Jeremy Bot and Casey Sapp, CEO of VRTUL.
Footage was collected during R/V ANGARI’s Expedition 33 in Bimini with Casey Sapp’s custom underwater multi-camera system to collect views of Nemesis swimming from all angles. The videos provided Digital Life modelers with the necessary imagery and data to create a high resolution and accurate animated 3D model.
The completed interactive 3D shark model is part of Digital Life’s “ark” of living organisms, which serves as an invaluable resource for educators, scientists and conservationists.
This work would not have been possible without the financial and field support of several donors.
Remote learning has been given “wings” during the COVID-19 pandemic as one dedicated librarian teamed up with a drone company to deliver summer reading books to students. Kelly Passek, a middle school librarian in Montgomery County, Virginia is using quadcopters from Wing, a drone company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to make book deliveries in under three minutes.
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/this-drone-delivers-summer-reading-books-to-kids-during-covid-19-thanks-to-a-dedicated-librarian/
Anyone who has heard anything about Primoz Roglic, the current leader of the Tour de France, knows about his former career leaping off snowy mountains. His life in winter sports comes up so often that the words “former ski jumper” might as well be attached to his name on the road to Paris.
Less discussed is the unusual background of Sepp Kuss, the Tour de France teammate helping Roglic get there. Yet his back story is almost as exotic as the guy who gave up ski jumping for cycling. Kuss’s rare history is that he’s American.
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/the-american-late-bloomer-helping-to-win-the-tour-de-france-11599919303
The world’s most famous coral reef is showing signs of recovery.
The Great Barrier Reef is a huge area of living coral off the coast of Australia, which is home to thousands of species of plants and animals.
It’s so big it can even be seen from space, and is protected with World Heritage status for its “enormous scientific and intrinsic importance”.
— Read on angari.org/great-barrier-reef-showing-small-signs-of-recovery-says-new-report/
Haven’t you heard? There’s a bicycle shortage in the United States as people’s discomfort with taking public transportation is met with their need to exercise. But as always, with impeccable timing, Lamborghini is here with a solution — a limited-edition street bike. Yours for merely the price of a cheap new car.
Lamborghini teamed up with Canadian-Dutch bicycle company Cervélo Cycles to create the “ultra-limited edition” (their words) Cervélo R5 Automobili Lamborghini Edition. It wears a livery that you’ll recognize from the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and has only Italian-made components as accessories.
Only 63 examples of the bike will be made. It’s available now and carries a price tag of $18,000 — or about $3,000 more than a new Mitsubishi Mirage.
Read on to see more of the Cervélo R5 Automobili Lamborghini Edition.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/lamborghini-launches-cervlo-r5-bike-limited-cycling-price-cost-2020-9
Started reading “Deep.” A birthday present from Patrick Brown
It’s stories about freediving: No fins, scuba, nothing. Not 20’ deep either. Hundreds! Their bodies actually change from the pressure. Stay tuned for updates as I’m reading.
“They freedive because it’s the most direct and intimate way to connect with the ocean. During that three minutes beneath the surface (the average time it takes to dive a few hundred feet), the body bears only a passing resemblance to its terrestrial form and function. The ocean changes us physically, and psychically.”
This is the next-gen floating house by Miami-based Arkup that promotes “avant-garde life on the water.” Equipped with electric propulsion and four hydraulic spuds, Arkup’s houseboat can actually lift itself out of the water – thanks to its customized self-lifting barge and it’s totally stable at anchor.
This 4,350-square foot solar-powered, rainwater-harvesting “mobile floating mansion” takes off-grid, water-based living to another level. Eco-friendly, no fuel, zero-emission, it’s also equipped with purification systems. True to “French art de Vivre, Dutch maritime tradition,” you can be fancy while being safe.
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/this-self-sustaining-floating-house-is-fully-solar-powered/
It was always going to be a weird Tour de France, even more so if you’re trying to crunch data on who’ll win the race — and when.
The race’s coronavirus-related rules mean that the prospect of a team, or indeed the whole peloton, cycling into Paris on Sept. 20 is anything but guaranteed. Adding to the potential for confusion this weekend, riders are headed to the Pyrenees, traditionally a venue where campaigns can be won or lost.
For Peter Gray, senior vice president of sport at NTT Ltd., it’s a recipe for chaos. While he’d normally be on site in France for the Super Bowl of cycling, this year he’s at home in Melbourne, sifting through reams of incoming info. He’s one of several NTT data mavens across the globe producing key insights for the teams, television broadcasts and an augmented reality experience for the millions of fans who’d usually be lining the course’s 3,470 kilometers (2,156 miles.)
After a two-month delay, the race took off from Nice last weekend in a “Grand Depart” marked by crashes forcing about 20% of the peloton to change bikes at some point. Rainstorms played their part, but some of it reflected an unexpected change in team strategy
If two riders or staff on a team show symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, the whole team has to pull out. That means many riders anticipate each day’s racing could be their last. Tony Martin, road captain of the Jumbo-Visma team, went so far as to liken it to a sword of Damocles.
Organizers could in theory scrap the race and announce the winner at any time in the next 17 days. Gone is the strategy of sacrificing stage wins for consistently strong finishes in order to keep legs fresh.
The race is “more unpredictable and in many ways chaotic compared to previous years,” Gray said.
This is an octagonal house in Northern Italy that rotates 360 degrees –in both directions and it chases the sun with its solar panels while offering amazing sunrises and sunsets as well as stunning views. The structure is balanced on a central pillar and has a steel frame, with walls made of wooden strips, and insulation panels of hemp and wood fiber.
Designed by architect Roberto Rossi, he drew inspiration from another rotating Italian home called Villa Girasole built in the 1930s by architects Angelo Invernizzi and Ettore Fagiuoli. This futuristic home, which is located near the city of Rimini, was constructed by Italian building contractor ProTek.
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/this-futuristic-house-rotates-360-degrees-to-capture-amazing-sunrises-sunsets-and-vistas/