ISS Star Trails

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The inventor of the Zero G Coffee Cup, Don Pettit uploaded some out of this world (couldn’t resist) photography to his Flickr account earlier this year and I only just caught them now. He’s a pretty talented individual who even experimented with a Zero G Electric Didgeridoo.

“My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.” Don Pettit


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I’ve always been a fan of science, and although it’s been a while since I’ve picked up a copy, there was once a time where I used to read New Scientist on a regular basis. Coming from the perspective of a graphic designer, I used to always dream up visuals for every “concept” that was featured in this inspirational weekly.

Sugru, is this amazing new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand. Created by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, along with other materials scientists, it is unique in a combination of hand-formability, self-adhesion and flexibility when cured. It feels like modelling clay, and it’s that easy to use too. Once cured, its durable properties mean it’s comfortable in extreme environments from the dishwasher to the ocean to Antarctica.

Imagine the possibilities with this wonder dough! From custom mouse buttons, to cable repairs, to Olympic archery, and even making taps safe for kids.

This is on the wish list! The question is, how much shall I order?

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