Shuttle Enterprise arriving at JFK (big photos)

Two gorgeous photographs shot by C.S. Muncy of the retired NASA space shuttle Enterprise landing at New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport earlier today.

The original test shuttle piggybacked on a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The duo flew from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC., and landed at 11:22 AM Eastern after flying over famous sights of NYC including the Statue of Liberty, and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which is the shuttle’s new home. Robert Pearlman has more at Space.com/MSNBC.


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Musician Grimes has a new line of rings

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Electropop artist Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) has teamed up with Montreal-based jeweller and sculptor Morgan Black to sell these rings. Clear polymer clay? Maybe!


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Pray away the Gaga

photo: Reuters/Lee Jae-Won

Christians attend a prayer meeting being held as they pray to stop the concert of Lady Gaga, at a church in Seoul April 22, 2012. The Christians blame Lady Gaga for promoting indecency and “homosexual love.” Gaga performed live in Seoul today, despite the incantations. Below, her performance during the MTV Video Music Aid Japan event in Chiba, near Tokyo, last year.

photo: Reuters/Issei Kato


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Baby’s first biotech: robotic wheelchair to assist disabled infants (super cute video)

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Here’s an amazing feel-good video with which to end your week, via the National Science Foundation. The really awesome footage starts around a minute and a half in.

“James C. (Cole) Galloway, associate professor of physical therapy, and Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering — have outfitted kid-size robots to provide mobility to children who are unable to fully explore the world on their own.”

The robotic assistance devices are designed to help infants whose mobility and independence is limited by conditions such as autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.

I understand that these will be among the many exhibits on display at the USA Science Fest at the Washington, DC Convention Center on Sat., April 28th. Babies probably not included.


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After Yelp referral leads to $2K moving company ripoff, thoughts on "genuine reviews"

Justin Vincent chose a moving company based on positive Yelp reviews. Things did not work out well. “I spent 40 days without any furniture and quite a few of my belongings have been misplaced – forever.” Turns out negative reviews were there, but suppressed. Could smarter design have prevented this? (via @blam)


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For the billionaire who has everything: a spaceship

Dylan Tweney has a good read over at VentureBeat on a trend of sorts among the ultra-rich: investing in space exploration startups. “The wonder isn’t that billionaires are doing this, the wonder is that it’s taken them so long.”


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92 year old WWII vet is DVD bootlegger who sent 300,000 pirated discs to US troops

photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The New York Times has a profile of Long Island resident Hyman Strachman, “a 92-year-old, 5-foot-5 World War II veteran trying to stay busy after the death of his wife.”

He is one of the world’s most prolific movie bootleggers, and has shipped hundreds of thousands of discs to US troops stationed overseas, at great personal expense. The man doesn’t exactly fit the MPAA’s pirate stereotype, in age, appearance, or motivation. Better still, who helped him distribute the copied DVDs to soldiers? Army chaplains.


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“It’s not the right thing to do, but I did it,” Mr. Strachman said, acknowledging that his actions violated copyright law. “If I were younger,” he added, “maybe I’d be spending time in the hoosegow.”

And of course you want to know what the MPAA says about the nonagenarian widower megapirate!

Howard Gantman, a spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America, said he did not believe its member studios were aware of Mr. Strachman’s operation. His sole comment dripped with the difficulty of going after a 92-year-old widower supporting the troops.

“We are grateful that the entertainment we produce can bring some enjoyment to them while they are away from home,” Mr. Gantman said.

..through clenched jaw, no doubt.

It’s a terrific piece, and you’ll want to click through to see the wonderful accompanying photos, and hear audio of “Big Hy” speaking.


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Buildings made of books

Flavorwire has published an image gallery of 10 buildings constructed entirely of books. Above: Home, a self-sustained book igloo designed by Colombian artist Miler Lagos (We’ve featured this one on Boing Boing before). Dig the rest of Flavorpill’s picks here.


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SpaceX Falcon 9 engine test will be webcast live (woo, fire! woo, space!)

If you like space and/or rockets and/or awesome flames, you’ll want to tune in to spacex.com on Monday, April 30 to watch “a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket’s nine powerful Merlin engines in preparation for the company’s upcoming launch.” The test is scheduled to begin at 2:30 PM ET/ 11:30 AM PT, with the actual static fire targeted for 3:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM PT. Actual launch to space is currently targeted for May 7.


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Hoax campus advertisement offers students €100 to pretend to be pro-ACTA demonstrators


@jimmy_pirat (a Twitter account with only one post) snapped a blurrycam picture of a campus employment ad that sought students to pretend to be pro-ACTA and hold up photogenic signs, paying €100 for two hours’ work. The recruitment agency named in the ad disavows any involvement with it, and has threatened to sue whomever posted it. I wonder who the hoaxter was?

Copyright Lobby Hires Pro-ACTA Demonstrators


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