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.

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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.