As we mourn the loss of the United States’ chances at the World Cup, here is a look at some other teams that aren’t that great at soccer–robots.
Trajan’s Column, completed in 113CE, is a masterpiece of Roman art and engineering. It has stood for more than 1900 years intact as the rest of the Roman Forum crumbled around it. The tower comprises 29 blocks of solid marble each weighing from 29-77 tons. Each marble drum had windows and a staircase allowing access to the top pulled into place by an elaborate pulley system. Watch this stop-motion video by National Geographic on how it was made in ancient times. For even more insight, watch the artists’ making-of video.
Last week, NASA released two videos of taking a GoPro on walkabouts (or, extravehicular activities—EVAs for short) in space. Ever wondered what it’s like to cling to the side of the International Space Station as it zips around Earth in orbit at 8km per second? The views are out of this world! (Sorry.) See the longer NASA-released videos from EVA number 30 and EVA number 31 and even further extended footage.