eecue writes: "This year marked my 11th Defcon (the world's largest hacker convention, covered here previously). For the last few years I covered Defcon for Wired: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007. This year I didn't shoot for Wired, for a number of reasons, which gave me the opportunity to post many more Defcon photos than I normally do (and at a higher resolution to boot!). Enjoy!"
eecue writes: DefCon, the world's largest hacker convention (previously on slashdot), wrapped up on Sunday. In its 18 years DefCon has outgrown and been kicked out of a series of hotels. This year marked the end of DefCon at the Riviera and the announcement of the convention moving to the Rio next year. I covered the gathering of hackers, feds, phreaks and geeks for Wired, take a look at the (single page) photo gallery from DefCon 18.
Dave Bullock writes: "NASA's Spirit rover is stuck in a pile of silty sand and high-centerd on a rock millions of miles away on the surface of Mars. Here on Earth, JPL is working on getting the rover unstuck. They've built a giant sandbox, filled it with simulated Martian soil and driven in a near duplicate rover which is also now stuck. I took a few trips to JPL and photographed NASA's attempts to free Spirit for Wired.com."
Dave Bullock writes: "The folks at SpaceX are working hard in their Hawthorn lab/cubicles/factory building rockets that will hopefully bring future astronauts to the International Space Station. I toured the former 747 factory which is now a rocket assembly line for Wired. Take a look inside the SpaceX rocket factory."
Dave Bullock (eecue) writes: "Possibly the most awesome thing I have ever photographed, Lawrence Livermore Lab's National Ignition Facility will use its lasers to create fusion: 'Using 192 separate lasers and a 400-foot-long series of amplifiers and filters, scientists at Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) hope to create a self-sustaining fusion reaction like the ones in the sun or the explosion of a nuclear bomb — only on a much smaller scale.'"
Blood tests today require either refrigerator-sized machines that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or a trained technician who manually identifies and counts cells under a microscope. These systems are slow, expensive and require dedicated labs to function. And soon they could be a thing of the past."