Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Space gas samples, the dishwasher reimagined, architecture ethics and more in our look around the web

Japan Space Agency JAXA Confirms the Contents of Asteroid Mission “Treasure Box” In 2018 and 2019, Japanese space agency JAXA’s space probe Hayabusa2 spent 16 months following the asteroid Ryugu—and touching down on its surface twice. Hayabusa2 landed in Australia this month and JAXA confirms that its “tamatebako” (or “treasure box”) contained not only dark debris and small rocks but also a gas sample—the first-ever …

Lexus RC F Remote-Controlled Car

Gift a brand new Lexus this holiday season, without the hefty sticker price. This Barney’s exclusive Lexus RC F remote-controlled car features all the stunning details of the new coupe—including 20-spoke wheels, LED headlights and tail lamps, and a smooth silver finish—just in miniature form. The 1/10 scale replica RC car is powered by a Reedy 3300kV 540 brushless motor, NiMH or LiPo batteries and …

A Movement-Matching Virtual Reality Robot

The virtual reality experience continues to expand, now with the Dexterous Observational Roving Automation (DORA) telepresence robot. DORA pairs VR headsets with a movement-matching, mobile robot, allowing users to explore nearby areas without ever having to get up—think of it as a spare body you can control. Though it might seem like the ultimate tool for laziness, possible uses are very encouraging: for example, emergency …