This is a great interactive globe map about the small arms imports and exports around the world. Even if you do not find the information interesting the presentation of it is really cool.
There should be some good news about the sizes of videos in 2013. The new H.265 format is twice as efficient as H.264, meaning that file sizes should be halved and thus streaming will be much quicker. The best news is that it should be in use as soon as 2013.
All of that squabbling over H.264 may be rendered moot in the near future. The Motion Picture Experts Group (better known as MPEG) has just let us know that it was quietly drafting a new video standard while everyone was on summer vacation last month: H.265, also called High Efficiency Video Coding, promises to squeeze video sizes with double the efficiency of H.264. As you might imagine, this could lead either to a much smaller video footprint for bandwidth-starved mobile users or a hike to image quality with the same size as before. Imagine fast-loading HD streaming on 4G, or cable TV without all the excess compression, and you’ve got the idea. Ericsson Research visual technology lead Per Fröjdh anticipates H.265 coming as soon as 2013, when our smartphones and tablets are most likely to play it first. TV and other areas might have to wait, although Fröjdh is offering a consolation prize — he’s teasing a separate MPEG project that could give us glasses-free, compressed 3D video as a standard by 2014.
I have been away for a couple of weeks in the amazing Dubai. I will upload some pictures later and the links will resume tomorrow =)
These are two fascinating videos from Disney’s research teams, animatronics and 3D scams are becoming amazingly detailed, soon they will be impossible to distinguish from real people!
The New York Times has written some really interesting articles comparison of every Olympic Medalist ever in the 100m sprint, 100m free-style swimming and long jump. Hopefully they will write more of them come the end of the London 2012 games.
If I can find the new videos on Youtube I will link them, as the sharing option on the New York Times website doesn’t seem to work.
This photograph, from Wired.com, is from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at the moment when the parachute opened during the landing process as the NASA Curiosity rover was slowing down to land on Mars.
What was meant to happen during the landing process:
A video from within the headquarters during the landing process and the first images as they are transmitted back from the rover. This is such an amazing video showing all of the stages and the tension build up and release when it lands: