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Monthly Archive:: June 2010

International Space Station sex ban

Commanders do not allow sexual intercourse on the International Space Station, it has been disclosed.

“We are a group of professionals,” said Alan Poindexter, a NASA commander, during a visit to Tokyo, when asked about the consequences if astronauts boldly went where no others have been.

“We treat each other with respect and we have a great working relationship. Personal relationships are not … an issue,” said a serious-faced Mr Poindexter. “We don’t have them and we won’t.”

Big Picture – G20 Protests in Toronto

Last week, leaders of nations from both the G8 and G20 gathered in Ontario Canada, for meetings in in Huntsville and Toronto. Canadian authorities planning for the event spent an estimated $1 billion, mostly for security. Tens of thousands of protesters descended on Toronto, looking to have their voices heard on a broad range of issues, from indigenous rights to anti-capitalist ideals, to human and animal rights, and much more.

Many peaceful marches took place throughout the weekend, but on Saturday, a small group of “black bloc” anarchists became violent, smashing storefronts and burning several police vehicles. Harsher tactics and more arrests by the 20,000 police officers deployed to Toronto soon followed, although many of those arrested were released from a temporary G20 detainment center soon after.

Harvard Develops Self-Folding Origami

Harvard researchers have developed self-folding origami. Origami that folds itself? Geez, that is about as lazy as you get….I like it! Next up, self-drinking beer.

Although the team has so far managed to create only simple origami shapes, they say the technique could make tailor-made objects if the size of the triangles is reduced and their number increased. “Imagine foregoing all the tools in your toolbox and instead using a stack of self-folding sheets to produce the tools and structures you need for a particular job.”

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