Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd’s classic TEDTalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know. (See Full TED-Ed lesson here) Read More
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
Zombies eat brains. They are also, like all of us, driven by brain functions. What is happening in their brains to make them act as they do? In this intriguing dialogue, Tim Verstynen & Brad Voytek apply the various human medical possibilities that make zombies…zombies.Read More
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
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
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
“The Amazing Spider-Man” has some real and interesting science behind Peter Parker and his webs. University of Minnesota professor Jim Kakalios served as the science consultant on the new film, giving the filmmakers a factual perspective on the physics of wall crawling and the tensile strength of spider’s webbing. In addition, Kakalios contributed an equation called the Decay Rate Algorithm, which is at the center of a few major plot points throughout the film.