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This is how proper chaps serve tea!
 
Excellent tea service!
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Mmm...tea.
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So disturbing, yet so awesome! You have crossed deep into the Uncanny Valley!
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Getting closer to operational!
 
Watch Virgin Galactic's +George Whitesides lay out the next steps for #SpaceShipTwo and commercial space travel:
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Hey Katherine and Anouk! Micro-brushes that generate electricity! Designed to embed into clothing! Walk and power your LEDs!
 
A Dress that will generate electricity through movement. Scientists have developed a Brush-like fiber that may be weaved to make a smart cloth that will harness body movement to power portable electronic gadgets.

http://goo.gl/O4EUlo
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Oooh, I'd love to have a skirt that glows as it swishes.
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If Space travel wasn't enough, Katherine and I are also showing off contraptions with Obtainium Works in the #Steampunk   grotto!
http://makerfaire.com/makers/obtainium-works/
(ps. that's a photo from our epic steampunk wedding!)
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Space Station Soccer
 
Football in space! When it's played in the American modules by the international crew, is it soccer?
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A great summary of the SpaceX Dragon2 capsule unveil.
 
Yesterday I attended the unveiling of SpaceX's Dragon-2 capsule -- the new spaceship they've designed to take people to space.

I wanted to share this exciting experience with you.

After a small press event, I had the chance to actually climb into the capsule with Elon Musk (Founder & CEO) and a mutual friend, Shervin Pishevar (Managing Director at Sherpa Ventures).

For any of you who are fellow space cadets, this is the first spaceship that is truly beautiful, from its leather seats (which remind me of my Tesla) to its gleaming metallic interior and large flat screen displays. This is the first spaceship to feel straight out of a sci-fi movie. What the SpaceX team has accomplished is nothing short of miraculous.

After the big reveal, Musk told reporters that the cost of flying seven astronauts to the station on the Dragon could start out at under $20 million per seat, with the first piloted test flights in 2016.

Two extremely cool features of the Dragon-2 Capsule:

* First, the landing engines called the "SuperDraco Thrusters" are actually 3D printed out of Inconel (a nickel-chromium superalloy), each with 16,000 pounds of thrust.
* Second, the Dragon-2 capsule lands using rocket thrusters. Gone are the parachute splashdowns. Now Dragon-2 can land anywhere on Earth with the precision of a helicopter.

Such a powered landing is the first step towards landing on Mars, where the atmosphere is too thin to use parachutes for a soft touchdown.

Mars, after all, is Elon's ultimate goal. Last October I was on stage with him, interviewing him at a Goldman Sachs event for an audience of entrepreneurs, and I asked him for a prediction on the timeframe and cost for taking private passengers to Mars. His answer?

- It's only 15 years away.
- For a total cost per person of $500,000
- ...Round trip.

The message here is the following:

Elon had no experience in the rocket business when he started 12 years ago. Yes, of course he's a genius, but beyond that, he has surpassed what NASA, Lockheed, Boeing, Russia and China are able to do in space.

The ability of entrepreneurs to do what was once only in the hands of governments is upon us. So too, is access to the solar system.

Fasten your seatbelts -- it will be a wild ride ahead.

Peter

P.S. If you want to learn more, sign up for my blog here and share with friends: http://diamandis.com.
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fun times, good work, wish I was able to attend
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Walker bots are lame. Try running bots!
 
Bigdog can carry, WildCat will chase you down...
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The T1 is just around the corner!
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Could the future of space travel depend on Open Source? It would set some badly needed standard for space technologies.@DIYrockets #3Dprinting   #Rockets  
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Teacher, artist, marketing, project manager
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Teaching, technical writing, project management, marketing, networking, design, photography, web design, Mac & PC computer support, Arduino and LED guy.
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I call myself a Retro-Futurist. I love Steampunk: an aestheic blend of Victorian fantasy and technology. I am a crew member of the Neverwas Haul, a three story Victorian House on wheels which is legendary in both the steampunk and Burning Man worlds. I also love space travel, in particular Space Tourism: the potential of space experiences for regular people. I was VP and chief evangelist for the Space Tourism Society, and designer of domestic space products. And I love robots. I designed the COSMOBOT, a rocket ship robot that serves fine cocktails. My antics can be seen on WIRED, Discovery, Huffington Post, and most recently, TESTED.COM. Read more at <http://about.me/spacemansam>.

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Built a drinkbot, Photograph amazing events, been on TV several times, worked on space shuttle and space station projects, expert on space tourism, member of Neverwas Haul art car project, Burner, live in SF Bay Area, raise chickens and bees, much more.
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Dr. Professor Samuel Tweed, Spaceman Sam