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'Listen' to Satellites Whiz Around Earth With NASA's Orbit Pavilion

bevy of satellites hurtle high above the Earth, collecting data about the planet’s atmosphere, biosphere, and oceans—an important process that goes mostly unnoticed by land-dwellers below.

We may be able to see some satellites passing in the night sky, but we're still mostly oblivious to the work they do. So NASA wanted us to experience them in other ways. According to WIRED, they hired Brooklyn-based architecture studio StudioKCA to create the NASA Orbit Pavilion, a seashell-shaped aluminum structure that tracks the International Space Station and 19 individual satellites via sound.

Visitors walk into the enclosure and are surrounded by a variety of soothing noises—chirping crickets, crashing waves, swaying tree branches, etc.—that move from one side of the room to the other via a network of speakers. The movement of the sound corresponds to an individual satellite’s movement, allowing you to trace the craft’s journey as it whizzes across the sky.

The presentation lasts for five minutes—far shorter than satellites’ actual orbital periods. Also, keep in mind that satellites don’t actually make these noises in real life. Bottom line? The Orbit Pavilion is intended to be more representational than literal. Still, it does a good job of letting ordinary people experience something of the satellites' extraterrestrial whirl without having to blast off in a rocket.

Right now, the Orbit Pavilion is at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. This summer, you'll be able to find it in the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. For more information on the space-inspired installation piece, watch the above video courtesy of Bedford + Bowery, a hyperlocal web collaboration between New York magazine and New York University. 

All images courtesy of Vimeo

[h/t WIRED]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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