The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is an architectural prototype building and a showcase for the current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for lightweight timber construction. Funded by the European Union and the state of Baden‐Württemberg, the building is the first to have its primary structure entirely made of robotically prefabricated beech plywood plates. The newly developed timber construction offers not only innovative architectural possibilities; it is also highly resource efficient, with the load bearing plate structure being just 50mm thin. This is made possible through integrative computational design, simulation, fabrication and surveying methods.
Just wanted to share some hi-res pics of this insane Veneno Roadster.
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DARPA announces Phase 1 of its XS-1 spaceplane program
It takes a lot more money and preparation to launch a rocket than to have a plane take off. That’s why DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) first initiated its Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. The idea is that once built, the XS-1 could take off and land like a regular aircraft, but could also deliver satellite payloads into low-Earth orbit while airborne. Today, the agency announced its plans for Phase 1 of the program, which includes awarding contracts for designs of the autonomous spaceplane. As outlined in a previous article, plans call for the unmanned XS-1 to be able to make 10 flights within 10 days, reaching a speed of Mach 10 at least once, and launching payloads weighing between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds (1,361 to 2,268 kg) at under US$5 million a pop. A second-stage rocket carrying each payload will fire once it’s launched from the spaceplane at suborbital altitude, carrying the satellite to its final orbit. The XS-1 will proceed back to the ground, where it will land and immediately be prepared for its next launch. In today’s announcement, DARPA stated that it will be funding three companies to independently develop designs for an XS-1 demonstration vehicle. These include The Boeing Company (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace), and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic). The designs will be assessed based on criteria such as feasibility, performance, developmental and operational costs, and the potential for use in military, civil and commercial applications. (via DARPA announces Phase 1 of its XS-1 spaceplane program)
Martini Lancia LC2
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Muslim women have launched a campaign to send a message to “sextremist” collective Femen. “Muslimah Pride Day” was organised in response to Femen’s self-declared “Topless Jihad Day”, a day of topless protests around the world to support Tunisian Femen activist Amina Tyler.
The organisers of the counter-protest urged Muslim women to speak out for themselves and assert their diverse identities:
“This event is open to ALL muslim women, Hijaabi’s Nikaabis and women who choose not to wear it. Muslimah pride is about connecting with your Muslim identity and reclaiming our collective voice. Most importantly it is about diversity and showing that muslim women are not just one homogenous group. We come in all shapes and sizes, all races and cultural backgrounds. Whether we choose to wear hijaabs or not is nobodies business but ours. So please get clicking, get creative, get loud and proud.”
Using the hashtag #MuslimahPride, netizens criticised Femen’s campaign and said it reinforced stereotypes about Muslim women.
Mimicking Femen’s tactic of posting topless photos to social networks, “Muslimah Pride Day” participants shared photos of themselves expressing their opposition to “Topless Jihad Day”:
I’m posting this because that Topless jihad really irked me. If few Muslim women want to be liberated or what not, that doesn’t mean they speak for the rest of the millions and millions of us. As a Muslim woman, I really love my religion and whole heartedly accept to cover up. That does not make me oppressed!! I CHOSE to dress this way so did millions of others. Why cant that be respected? instead when one women posts online naked that her body is no one’s pride or moral, everyone (the topless jihadist) rushes to defend her and raise their voice for her, but why do they come and bash the whole religion?
We don’t need such support, we can defend ourselves with our cloth on. We don’t need to get naked to be heard. Somehow these people thinks, to be free is to be able to cover less, be almost naked. Not to mention no one is protesting other important issues that really needs attention in the world, but somehow getting Muslim women to not cover seams very important to them.
The feminists tell men not to tell them how to dress and what to wear, and then they come and tell other women (muslims mostly) how to dress.
Have the bleachers, white women, have the bleachers.