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MIT Video Tech Could Turn iPhones Into Real Life Tricorders | Cult of Mac

Imagine that you could just point your iPhone’s camera at your baby and it would immediately tell you his vital signs: heartbeat and so on. Or that you could fire up an app and it could pick out tiny, invisible movements from what looks like a still video. Using a process called Eulerian Video Magnification, boffins at MIT are doing this already.

Eulerian Video Magnification takes a standard video feed and processes it in real time, applying something called Spatial Decompositi... (View original article)

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‘Flame Challenge’ Winner: Ben Ames’ Animated Video Takes Top Honors From Alan Alda

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer

Published: 06/04/2012 04:31 PM EDT on LiveScience

A flame may seem like a simple thing, but explaining why it exists can be tricky.

Ben Ames, a graduate student in quantum optics, made an animated video with a musical conclusion to provide an explanation an 11-year-old could understand. His entry won actor Alan Alda's "The Flame Challenge."

Ames, who is studying at the University of Innsbruck in A... (View original article)

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Watch: An Animated Short On How We Measure The Universe | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

Ever wonder how we possibly know how far away stars and galaxies are from the earth? Obviously it involves telescopes and measurements, right? But beyond that, how does our observed data actually translate into light years? How do we know what we know?

This animation by Royal Observatory Greenwich explains the fundamental tools astronomers use to decode data from dots of light--principles like parallax and redshift. And don’t worry, nothing requires a science degree to unders... (View original article)

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Laser Un-Printers Could Remove Toner Ink from Paper : TreeHugger

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Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered a way to use lasers to remove toner ink from paper so that it can be reused instead of being recycled or, worse, tossed in the garbage. In the future, those old TPS reports taking up space on your desk could quickly be turned into clean sheets of paper by sending them through an "un-printer."

The researchers studied 10 different laser setups ranging in strength and pulse d... (View original article)

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Scientists manipulate electron, this time everyone wins — Engadget

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Tech company to build science ghost town in NM; backer says project will be economic boost – The Washington Post

Although no one will live there, the replica city will be modeled after a typical American town of 35,000 people, complete with highways, houses and commercial buildings, old and new.

Pegasus Global Holdings CEO Bob Brumley says the $200 million project, known as The Center, will be a first of its kind in the U.S., creating a place for scientists at the state’s universities, federal labs and military installations to test their innovations for upgrading cities to 21st century g... (View original article)

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Scientists Create Tiniest Electric Motor Ever From a Single Molecule – International Business Times

Researchers at Tufts University have made the world's smallest electric motor from a single molecule that measures a mere 1 nanometer across.

The team, led by Professor Charles H. Sykes, plans to submit the breathtaking achievement to Guinness World Records. The new class of device could be used in applications ranging from medicine to engineering.

The single molecule electric motor measures one nanometer across, which is one billionth of a meter. This means,... (View original article)

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Swiss scientists create dark clouds with a laser lining (video) — Engadget

I wonder how many of those researchers cackled maniacally when they were able to reproduce these dark?

"Now, Berlin, I shall have my revenge!! MWAHAHAHAHA!"

'Course, they'd need to have some big tesla coils nearby,.. for effect...

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Physicists Create a Hole In Time to Hide Events – Forbes

Researchers at Cornell University have made an astounding leap forward in cloaking technology. While other teams have been working on what have been traditionally seen as “invisibility cloaks” – using


to hide an object from visible light — this team has been working on something a bit more

ambitious: hiding an actual event in time.

Current work in developing invisibility cloaks tri... (View original article)

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I.B.M. Announces Brainy Computer Chip –

Since the early days in the 1940s, computers have routinely been described as “brains” — giant brains or mathematical brains or electronic brains. Scientists and engineers often cringed at the distorting simplification, but the popular label stuck.

Wait long enough, it seems, and science catches up with the metaphor. The field of “cognitive computing” is making enough progress that the brain analogy is becoming more apt. I.B.M. researchers are announcing... (View original article)

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