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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

A Minimalist Explaination of How DNA works

BBC Knowledge and Learning is exploring a wide variety of topics from social history to science in a series of three-minute online Explainer documentaries, and commissioned Territory Studio (territorystudio.com) to produce an animated film on the subject of DNA. As Will Samuel, lead designer and animator on the project explains, the approach taken wasn’t just Read MoreRead More

Why We Love Beautiful Things

Lance Hosey discusses the science behind why we’re attracted to beautiful things. GREAT design, the management expert Gary Hamel once said, is like Justice Potter Stewart’s famous definition of pornography — you know it when you see it. You want it, too: brain scan studies reveal that the sight of an attractive product can trigger the part Read MoreRead More

Who Has The Best Mathematical Models For Predicting The Oscars?

Forget what movie you actually liked. And forget the experts. The hot new way to predict winners is by using quantifiable data and rigorous statistical analyses. As one quantitative Oscar-predictor wrote in the Huffington Post, “This method is entirely mathematical: no personal hunches are taken into account.” A little impersonal, but hey. This is life in the Read MoreRead More

First Ever Video Of A Thought Taking Shape Captured

For the first time, a thought in the brain of a zebrafish is captured on video. Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Genetics believe they’ve captured a world first video — images of a thought making it’s way through the brain of a zebrafish. It’s not a particularly complicated thought — essentially ‘Hey, that looks Read MoreRead More

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