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Slow Motion X-Ray Cameras Offer Insight Into How Bats Fly

Nicolai Konow and researchers of Brown University are using high speed x-ray cameras to get an inside into the way skeletons of small animals move. Wildlife researchers now have a much clearer idea of how bats fly, thanks to the wicked-looking X-Ray video above that shows the animal’s skeleton at work. Nicolai Konow of Brown Read MoreRead More

1.3 Billion Pixel View of Mars

This composite of nearly 900 images taken by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover compromises more than 1.3 billion pixels. Curiosity used three cameras to take the component images between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2012. Curiosity used its telephoto camera of it’s Mast Camera instrument, supplemented with 21 frames from the Mastcam’s wider-angle camera and 25 Read MoreRead More

Beautiful, Microscopic Flowers

These microscopic flowers aren’t plastic creations that you can hold but actually tiny self assembled crystals measuring on a few microns wide. These false-color SEM images reveal microscopic flower structures created by manipulating a chemical gradient to control crystalline self-assembly. (Image courtesy of Wim L. Noorduin.) With the hand of nature trained on a beaker of Read MoreRead More

Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation? | IDEA Channel

Math is invisible. Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can’t see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot of really smart people ask, does it actually even EXIST?!?! Similar to the tree falling in the forest, there are people who believe that if no Read MoreRead More

Is Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethical? – Idea Channel

If you’re even the slightest bit familiar with pop culture from the past 50 years, you know that we’ve been anxiously awaiting robots to become a part of our daily lives. From R2-D2 to the Jetsons, our future robot companions promise to be helpful and handy! But many people have their concerns: will the development Read MoreRead More

Long Term Archiving for your film? Store it in DNA

Perhaps not too far in the distant future you’ll be storing all your home movies in the same four chemicals that store the information on your eye and hair color. Biological systems have been using DNA as an information storage molecule for billions of years. Vast amounts of data can thus be encoded within microscopic Read MoreRead More

Researchers Discover How to Capture 3D “Ghost” Images Without a Camera

Using only a few pixel sensors, university researchers are discovering a new way of imaging things in 3D. A team of researchers at the University of Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy just published a paper in Science that details how they managed to use an altered style of “ghost imaging” photography to create accurate three-dimensional images. While a Read MoreRead More

Chroma Subsampling Techniques

The folks behind the Red camera break down the techniques that cameras use to compress color data in this explanation of Chroma Subsampling. This became a central motivation behind early forms of analog and digital compression. Video signals would be separated into a lightness or “luma” component and two color or “chroma” components, similar to how images Read MoreRead More

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