By now, many electronic music fans are probably aware of Porter Robinson’s latest project, Virtual Self. After shattering the foundation of EDM with the ‘Worlds’ tour, Porter Robinson is taking us further into his digital imaginings with his Virtual Self ‘Utopia’ tour. Virtual Self is a nostalgia-filled take on early 2000’s rave and Dance Dance Revolution music. He released a self-titled EP for Virtual Self at the end of November 2017. Porter Robinson continues with Japanese-style themes and animation that featured so prominently in ‘Worlds’.
A new track was uploaded today on recently deceased rapper Lil Peep’s YouTube channel called “Falling Down”, which also features recently deceased rapper XXXTentacion. Since Lil Peep’s death via overdose in November 2017 and XXXTentacion’s death via homicide in June 2018, both artists have seen a steady stream of posthumous releases.
On August 21st, the European Space Agency will launch their much anticipated Aeolus satellite to help improve weather predictions.
Researchers Discover Range of Planets With Increased Chances of Habitability – Kepler 452b Stands Out
Researchers have cataloged a range of planets that inhabit their parent star’s ‘abiogenesis‘ zone. A new study into how the light from a parent star interacts with planets in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone has increased the precision in determining whether or not life can arise on them.
How crucial is the military to the advancement of humanity? While the military is the main force behind war and imperialism, it is also a tremendously efficient system responsible for churning out some of the greatest technologies known to man. The world is divided among pacifists and fascists; those who believe war is central to humanity, and those who wish to see it end for good. In the United States, the military budget completely dwarfs the budgets of any other sector of the country. Many believe that drastically defunding the military would allow the country to flourish in different ways; others see once again the central role the military plays in the advancement and security of the nation.
Today, Virgin Galactic launched its SpaceShipTwo rocket to an altitude of 170,000 feet (32 miles), which was high enough for the pilots to see the black ‘sky’ of space as well as a beautiful view of Earth. This is the highest Virgin Galactic has been able to fly their commercial spacecraft so far. The purpose of today’s flight was to test various functions of the spacecraft.
One of my favorite YouTube channels, SpaceRip, has released a new documentary exploring the prospect of colonizing Mars. While there are plenty of Mars documentaries these days, I particularly enjoyed this one for its focus on facts and historical timelines, as opposed to outright hype.
In my quest to pinpoint my various sources of anxiety, and to increase my focus and productivity, I’ve recently turned my attention to my smartphone. I’ve realized that I have a love/hate relationship with it. I spend countless moments mindlessly pulling my phone out and thumbing through apps. What’s most irritating is how habitual it is. I won’t even receive a notification and yet I find myself pulling out my phone on impulse, mainly when I lose interest in what’s going on in the environment around me. As much as it excites me to understand how profound it is for each human to possess such powerful technology, I find that owning a smartphone (at least for myself) is a micro representation of the larger notion that technology is a “double-edged sword,” basically meaning that its detriments are equal to its benefits.