Super Hi-Res Moon Video From LRO

This amazing video shows the moon in incredibly high detail, it looks beautiful! The video was created from thousands of photographs taken from NASA’s Lunar Recconaissance Orbiter.

Check out this article on PetaPixel for more details and links to other images.

Shuttle Launch From On-Board Cameras

This is such an awesome way of watching a shuttle launch and to realize how quickly it takes to get into space flying at 3000mph! Also getting to see all the different parts of the shuttle fly off when they are finished with and just float around in space- the footage of that is quite surreal- until they fall back down to Earth.

Check out the article over on PetaPixel.

Watch This Video To Understand Less About The Universe!

This video really is a brain squasher! I knew those theories and understood them fully before but when you think of them and how they do/don’t affect each other and how the can/can’t possibly exist at the same time it really puts into perspective how little we really understand!

And this video continues this theme…

See Saturn Move Like You Have Never Seen It Before

This interesting arty video shows a selection from more than 200.000 pictures taken by the Cassini Spacecraft around Saturn’s Rings in a period between 2004 and 2012. I do enjoy the way it has been edited and set to the music but it would also be nice to see a move sedate version to enjoy the images in more detail a bit easier.

Check out the article over on Peta Pixel that showed me this video.

Most Surprising Facts From QI

BuzzFeed wrote an article with their top 23 most interesting and surprising facts they learnt from the BBC TV programme QI. Here are some of my favourites:

1. Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.

2. Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because Tintin is pronounced ‘Chin chin’ and means penis.

6. The Queen is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface.

7. The shortest war ever fought was between Britain and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

10. The word ‘time’ is the most commonly used noun in English.

11. One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed.

15. In 1811, nearly a quarter of all the women in Britain were named Mary.

19. Manchester United is the most hated brand in Britain and the seventh most hated in the world.

20. The French mathematician Descartes had a theory that monkeys and apes were able to talk – but kept quiet in case they were asked to do any work.

22. It costs more to make the cardboard box that Shredded Wheat comes in than it does to make the cereal itself.

Check out the article for the rest of the list and some funny GIFs to accompany them.

Camera Technology News- Graphine, Infinite DOF And Improved Noise Reduction

Sadly my computer at work has had problems accessing some websites recently so I haven’t been able to post up a load of interesting information that I have read. So I have condensed a load of camera technology news (this time all from the brilliant Engadget website) into this one post. Enjoy!

Pelican Camera Technology, coming to phones in 2014:

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Nokia has been investing in Pelican Imaging’s plenoptic camera system- which essentially uses 16 camera which each only capture with Red, Green or Blue colours and build up an image from that. This means there is less digital noise and also as the cameras have a slight distance between them it captures depth information to allow you to change the depth of field/focus position after the image has been taken. All of this information is stored in a JPEG file that is only 20% larger than standard! This post-focusing ability also means that the camera does not need to auto-focus and thus it is much smaller and quicker to use, making it perfect for smart phones. Check out the original article for more detailed information.

 

Infinite Depth Of Field And 180 Degree Vision:

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Researchers at the University of Illinois are looking to our eight-legged planet mates, not for mobility lessons, but as a reference for a new camera design. The system mimics the vision of bees and mantises by combining multiple lenses on a half hemisphere to provide a 180-degree view with a nearly infinite depth of field. The optics themselves are described as “soft, rubbery” and each individual microlens is paired with its own photodiode.

Check out the original article for more detailed information.

 

Graphine Camera Sensor 1000x More Sensitive To Light:

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As you probably know Graphine seems to be the answer to many of the problems we currently face in technology, with this super material looking like it will massively improve everything from batteries to solar cells. But now add to the list camera sensors.

Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University have developed an image sensor made out of graphene that’s 1,000 times better at capturing light than traditional CMOS or CCD sensors, all while using 10x less energy. These new sensors may initially be used in surveillance equipment and satellites — when they do eventually end up in regular cameras, however, they’re promised to be five times cheaper than the sensors they’re replacing.

This material really will revolutionize our lives over the next couple of decades!

Check out the original article for more detailed information.

Earth from Orbit 2012- NASA

http://www.youtube.com/v/sckOSMf-LpY This is a interesting video of Earth from space by NASA which has some really beautiful imagery in it. It would be nice to know more about what some of the images actually show, but even so it is still great to watch.

Real-Life Crysis Nanosuits

The nanosuits in Crysis are pretty amazing and the idea behind them and the abilities they have are completely out of this world and unrealistic, or are they? Kotaku has put together a great article on the real technology behind real-life nanosuits of the future (mainly constructed of wonder material Graphine) and how the technology is not as far-fetched as you might expect:

“Nanotechnology offers unprecedented possibilities for progress—defeating poverty, starvation, and disease, opening up outer space, and expanding human capacities. But it also brings unprecedented risks—the specter of devastating wars fought with far more powerful weapons of mass destruction.” – Chris Phoenix, Director of Research, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.

When you step into one of the games in the Crysis series, you step into something called a “Nanosuit.” It makes you a stronger, better soldier.

The Nanosuit is supposedly made up of a material called CryFibril, also referred in the game as Nanoweave or Nanofiber. CryFibril is the single most important component of the suit, as it is the medium for the various Nanosuit functions. In Crysis 2, the CryFibril got a major overhaul, making the Nanosuit lighter, stronger and more energy efficient.

Someone at Crytek must have been doing their homework because CryFibril looks suspiciously like a recent real-world breakthrough in nanomaterial technology.

Rise of the digital battlefield—war v2.0

Medical and military scientists alike claim that nanotechnology will transform the future as we know it. With the global proliferation of nanoscale technologies, from the research bench to theconsumer market, it is both inevitable and fast-approaching. The question remains though, what will the future landscape look like? The answer really depends on who you ask.

My previous article about nanotechnology in video games—specifically, the Metal Gear series—took a glimpse at how nanotechnology could completely revolutionize the future of warfare. Using some not-so-far-fetched science, soldiers and machines can be integrated into a massive command-and-control network with the help of computers, epidermal electronic sensors and wireless communication systems. The central combat environment would provide detailed battlefield information and control to commanders in real time, in what Colin Milburn (nano culture researcher), dubbed the “Digital Battlefield“. Or maybe more appropriately: War—the video game.

“Taking inspiration from the Future Warrior 2020 program, we developed the Nano Fibre Suit [a.k.a Nanosuit) that can enhance strength, speed and armour levels. The player can max the speed and dash across an open field, change to the strength setting and silently punch out a sentry.” – Bernd Diemer, Senior Game Designer, Crytek 2006

Does the suit make the man, or does the man make the suit?

Crysis 3 is the newest installment in the Crysis series. For the unfamiliar, Crysis 3 is set in the near future (2047ish) and follows the adventures of Alcatraz Prophet, a soldier equipped with a nanotechnology-inspired battle suit, aptly named the Nanosuit. Prophet must protect the human race from complete extension from the Charybdis, a race of technologically-advanced aliens that are dead-set on our destruction. The Nanosuit comes fully-fitted with three primary combat modes: Armour, Power and Stealth. These modes allow Prophet to battle the Charybdis with superhuman abilities. Let’s take a peek behind the curtain and delve into the science of the CryNet Nanosuit.

Coincidence? I think not—CryFibril on the left and nanoscale carbon (graphene) on the right

CryFibril—fabric of the future or is it already here?

Graphene (pictured above) is a one-atom thick sheet of carbon arranged in a repeating hexane pattern that has some really amazing mechanical properties. It might not look like much, but the discovery of graphene in 2004 was a big deal. In fact, the researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize just 6 years later, which is almost unheard of. So what’s so special about this graphene stuff anyways?

Well in short, graphene is one the strongest materials ever manufactured. It has a breaking strength 100 times greater than steel and weighs thousands of times less (10,194 times less to be exact). Graphene can be rolled up into tubes, called carbon nanotubes, which are even stronger than graphene sheets. Carbon nanotubes can then be spun together and woven into fibers which are much more flexible and useful as engineering materials, making them the ideal fabric for the Nanosuit. If you can believe it, carbon nanotubes are even harder than diamond. So it comes as no surprise that research is already underway towards developing carbon nanotube composite body armour for police and military applications as well as building an elevator to space, just to name a few ideas.

Check out the rest of the article over on Kotaku: The Real-Life Science Behind Crysis’ Nanosuits.