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from Wired Top Stories
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One of my new favorite sites is Fragile Oasis, a blog where astronauts write about their experiences in space and on Earth. Don Petit, an American who has taken so many of the amazing pictures that have graced not just this blog but have gone viral across the web, posted a nice description of taking star trail pictures on orbit. This one in particular is surpassingly beautiful:
You can see part of the International Space Station at the top (I think that’s the lab section, with the node Destiny and the JEM facility, but I may be mistaken). The stars are blurred from motion, with the thickening on the right of the Milky Way, the combined light of billions of stars.
The slight motion blurring makes it look like the ISS is moving at warp speed over the planet. The Earth’s atmosphere is the thin green/brown haze over the Earth’s limb, with the top sharply defined by the aerosol layer. The red glow is interesting. That may be an aurora, but it might also be an internal reflection; Don shot this through the cupola window. Reflections …
from Discover Magazine
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Gaikai’s certainly grown leaps and bounds since its early days
, and today the cloud gaming firm takes another step by joining the largest social networking platform on the globe. For starters, this first beta of Gaikai’s Facebook application is available to North American / European gamers, offering support for browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox on Windows, OS X or Linux machines. Gamers who’ve fiddled around with the outfit’s previous betas
or Walmart’s Gaikai powered Gamecenter will know the drill: streaming game demos in the frame of your web browser.Ready to try before you buy? The setup is serving up samples of Saints Row: The Third
, Dead Rising 2
, Sniper: Ghost Warrior
, The Witcher 2
, Orcs Must Die!
and Farming Simulator 2011
. Gaikai CEO and co-founder David Perry told us that while the outfit’s current Facebook rigging is still centered around demos, it’s primed to push full titles if and when a publisher requests it. “Our goal is to get games as accessible as movies and music,” he told us “so games get the chance to compete.” Gaikai
v1.0 is live on Zuck’s site now, so click the source link below, pop in your Facebook credentials and you should be all set.
Sean Buckley contributed to this post.
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