company UrtheCast is celebrating the release of three full-color videos shot from its Ultra HD Iris imaging device, mounted on
the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS). The videos are
but a small taste of the high-quality, near-live streams that the
company is planning to make available to the world with the full
launch of the UrtheCast Earth-viewing platform.
Motorcycles can be a fun, cheap and easy way to get around. They can also be bowel-loosening widowmakers with absurd levels of performance for family-car dollars. The KTM 1290 Super Duke R falls into the second category. It's a road-focused hooligan machine with a giant 1301cc engine, 180-odd horsepower and 144 Newton-metres of torque. Twist the throttle in fourth gear and it will hoist you up to well over double the national speed limit on the back wheel. On paper, this thing is gut-shrinkingly scary, so, for your entertainment, we tasked Loz Blain with riding it for two weeks.
NASA has released a video of Ceres that takes viewers on a tour across the surface of the rocky planet. The video is based on observations made by the agency's Dawn spacecraft over the course of its first mapping orbit at a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 km) as well as more recent navigational images taken from 3,200 miles (5,100 km).
SpaceX has released stunning footage from a GoPro camera tumbling back to Earth following a recent Falcon 9 launch. The device, fitted in a section of composite fairing that separated from the launch vehicle soon after lift-off, recorded breathtaking views of our planet.
Spotify, one of the more popular ways to consume music, is undergoing a huge update that adds plenty of new features and functionality. Existing parts of the service like the start page are getting an overhaul, and new features are being added including video, original shows, and news and clips from popular networks like BBC, ESPN, and more.
Benelli's new Chinese ownership group QianJiang knows a thing or two about manufacturing. It makes more than 1.5 million bikes a year and this production muscle has enabled Benelli to put together an entry-level machine that delivers impressive specs and great looks at a price that undercuts even the Japanese competition. A 300cc parallel twin with twin disc brakes and adjustable suspension, the Benelli BN302 should make a nice "exotic" alternative for new riders.