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20 Science Ideas, Trends, and Breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014

From LAZER astronomy to sending Katy Perry to Space (no, that’s not a typo) – Popular Science tracks 20 trends in science that will be big in the new year. In January 2013, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter received a historic transmission: an image of the Mona Lisa. It was the first time scientists used a Read MoreRead More

Can hidden information in photographs be used to spot criminals?

If you thought the CSI “zoom and enhance” cliche was pure fantasy – well think again. Using high resolution photographs, one study is trying to pull facial data from the reflections on a peron’s pupils. Can the eyes of photographed crime victims help authorities spot their victimizers? According to new research published Thursday in the Read MoreRead More

Iceland Spar: The Rock That Discovered Optics

Roger Cicala explains how a rare calcite crystal called Icelandic Spar sparked off the science of optics. Every year, I can’t think of anything I want for Christmas. So this year, I was pretty excited to come home and tell my wife, “I know exactly what I want for Christmas. A nice big piece of Read MoreRead More

Step away from your Cameraphone: Constantly taking photographs STOPS our brains remembering what happened

The Smart Phone seems to be making us dumber… From children’s birthdays to that  long-awaited family holiday, we all want  to remember those cherished moments with a photograph. But if you’re one of those people who  can’t stop snapping, beware –  you could end up forgetting it all in a flash.  A study has found Read MoreRead More

Stuart Firestein: The Pursuit of Ignorance – TEDTalks

What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like “farting around … in the dark.” In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what Read MoreRead More

Using in Camera Processing to overcome Cheap Lenses

Modern imaging optics are highly complex systems consisting of up to two dozen individual optical elements. This complexity is required in order to compensate for the geometric and chromatic aberrations of a single lens, including geometric distortion, field curvature, wavelength-dependent blur, and color fringing.  Researchers at UBC propose a set of computational photography techniques that remove Read MoreRead More

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