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Entries from September 2009


September 27th, 2009 · No Comments

As you know, life as-we-know-it depends on very much on water. These last week has brought good news about water on our two nearest celestial neighbors, the Moon and Mars.
On our Moon the water is bound to the very stones, preventing it from instant sublimation. In a few weeks, on October 9th to be precise, […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots · Science

3D Spore creature viewing using webGL

September 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The export-creature-to-COLLADA function of Spore, which allows exporting 3D models from the Sporepedia, is now used to show off the abilities of webGL. I found out about it through a post on ars technica. They explain what webGL is and what is being done with it. You could also follow this direct link to the […]

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Tags: Spore

Human brains…

September 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

… , or rather their activity, have been made more accessable to research by new techniques like MRI. This led to the discovery of an area in the brain that is used for evaluating behaviour of people. If you want to know more about what it does, listen to this excellent TED talk.

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Tags: Biology · Science

Creature Creator goes 2D

September 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Just in from Reuters: EA will publish the Creature Creator for 2D purposes. Just go to and create one from scratch or… load one from the Sporepedia!
I have not been able to reach the site yet, but I will add pictures when it becomes available.
Update: The site is up now, so picture added. […]

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Tags: News · Spore

Spore Hero preview

September 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Loot Ninja has a nice article about the preview they got from Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena. They also show a new video with the cinematic opening of the Wii game:

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Tags: Spore · Video

Hubble back in business

September 14th, 2009 · No Comments

After each repair mission, the Hubble space telescope apparatus need new “commisioning”, a check up to make sure everything works as it should and scientific conclusions can be drawn from the collected data. A few weeks ago this was done after the 4th repair and NASA/ESA released a short video showing how this is done […]

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Tags: Astronomy

Spore Hero and Hero Arena gone gold

September 12th, 2009 · No Comments

The Wii/DS versions of Spore are officially finished and ready for production. The release date is Oct 6th for the US and Oct 9th in the rest of the world. To support the release a new website is opened:

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More on 3D Spore models

September 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Surfing the web today I found a site that prints your 3D designs, Shapeways. In their blog they did a little special about Spore. Also included was a cool video featuring Blender as rendering tool, and some really nice examples.

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Tags: Fanstuff · Spore · Video

Spore Creatures for iPhone announced

September 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

At PAX’09 a new Spore app for the iPhone was revealed. In Spore Creatures you play as a land-based creature as somewhat of a sequel to Spore Origins. There are boss battles, camera support, and new creature parts that you will evolve across 20 levels in 4 different zones. PocketGamer has an exclusive article on […]

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HIFI of Herschel Space telescope broken

September 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Some sad news today, the spectrometer HIFI aboard the Herschel Space Telescope that was launched in May is broken. The cause is unknown, and the Space Telescope is too far away, 1.5 million kilometers, to be repaired. The two other main instruments still function. There is a spare on board, and ESA is now investigating […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots