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Right-handed people sit to the right of the movie screen to optimise neural processing of the film

Japanese researcher Matia Okubo gave 200 students a grid showing seats available in a theater with the central seats shown as occupied with the screen at the top of the grid. In the experiment all the students were told the film had positive reviews, but half where also told that the story was sad and Read MoreRead More

Could Minority Report’s Pre-Cogs be a Thing of the Future

No, they’re not three pasty guys in a jacuzzi trying to predict the future. Researchers are developing computer programs to watch surveillance cameras to look for unusual behavior and predict crimes before they happen. Computer software programmed to detect and report illicit behavior could eventually replace the fallible humans who monitor surveillance cameras. The U.S. Read MoreRead More

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for You

Science Fiction movies have always played fast and loose with the facts. But these facts totally unravel entire premise of popular films… You probably already know that most science fiction movies feature terrible science, and especially awful physics. But some movies feature scientific mistakes so basic and so terrible, they give you what can only Read MoreRead More

The History of the Mandelbrot Fractal

Yes it’s hardcore math – fractal and chaos theory – but this now cliche image affected how computers and imaging would be used in the modern era. The image above, generated from a relatively simple mathematical formula, has become iconic and permanently connected with the man who identified it: mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. But its iconic Read MoreRead More

Slowing down Light: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.Read More

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