Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
PayPal, eBay’s popular online payment service, has a robust relationship with developers. It has a dedicated developer site and personnel, with APIs and SDKs available, and for several years has sponsored an event called CharityHack in London.
Now, it’s globalizing that relationship by launching Battle Hack.
Battle Hack is a “world series of hackathons,” to be held in 10 cities over the next six months. It starts in June in Berlin and ends with a championship in Silicon Valley in November.
“Every city will battle it out to select their local champion who we will fly to the world finals for one last hack-off,” according to the Battle Hack website.
Keeping with the charity motif, participating hackers will “create an app that helps solve a local problem. This could be charities, but also fighting bureacracy (sic), or solving local transport problems.”
In addition to Berlin, you can join in the hack in New York, Tel Aviv, Seattle, Miami, Moscow, Austin, London, D.C., and Barcelona.
The first 50 people to sign up receive a Raspberry Pi—a credit-card-sized computer beloved by hardware hackers. Each city’s winning hacker or hacking team walks away with the nerdiest keepsake ever, a 4.3 lbs, 21 inch, solid steel axe trophy, and a flight to the world finals in Silicon Valley in November.
Oh, and the grand prize winner gets the title of “Ultimate Hacker(s) on Earth” and $100,000, which is great, I guess, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Curt Hopkins is a writer who lives in San Francisco.More Curt Hopkins.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.