December 27, 2017 The Pulfrich Effect Hold on tight, because with a stabilised camera shot and a pair of sunglasses, you're about to see a video that works in both 2D and 3D at the same time. The technique's called the Pulfrich Effect, and this is how it works.
December 26, 2017 Slaughterbots Many of the world's leading AI researchers and humanitarian organizations are concerned about the potentially catastrophic consequences of allowing lethal autonomous weapons to be developed.
December 21, 2017 Meet the Dog Protecting Planes From Bird Strikes Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, cooler than a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce, it’s Piper the Aviation Bird Dog, ready for duty. Alongside his handler Brian Edwards, the dynamic duo protects the planes at Cherry Capital Airport from bird strikes. Birds can pose a huge threat to flight safety, but when they see Piper on his way, geese, ducks and gulls flee the runways. It’s an important job, but not one without its share of fun.
December 18, 2017 Scars of the Secret War War lingers in the landscape. The Secret War is one of America's dark chapters. But as the name implies, it is a chapter rarely read. We take a short look at a war that continues to define the country more than a generation later.
December 14, 2017 Why We Must Protect Net Neutrality Since its creation, the internet has been an open exchange of ideas and information, free from corporate control and influence. But corporations could soon have tremendous power over what we can access and share online, ending the internet as we know it.
December 13, 2017 Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2 The Ruhrtriennale realisation of Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2 marks an entirely new chapter in the development of this choreographic work. Originally created for a solo dancer and 40 pendulums in an abandoned building on New Yorks historic High Line, the installation has been continuously developed in contexts as diverse as the monumental industrial architecture of the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, and the historical setting provided by the Arsenale of the Venice Biennale. Suspended from automated grids, more than 400 pendulums are activated to initiate a sweeping 15 part counterpoint of tempi, spacial juxtaposition and gradients of centrifugal force which offers the spectator a constantly morphing labyrinth of significant complexity.
December 8, 2017 NASA Aerosol Simulation 2017 This animation shows aerosols - particles suspended in the air - mapped over 2017 based on both satellite observations and computer models that use physical equations to simulate reality. The aerosols mapped are sea salt, smoke, and dust. Hurricanes are visible due to salt whipped up into the air off the ocean surface. The obvious source of dust is the Sahara Desert. The amazing thing, besides the utter beauty of this simulation, is just how far these particles travel. The world is a complex system where every piece interacts with every other piece. Models and observations like these are used to understand that better, and to better understand our drastically changing climate.
December 6, 2017 Transient Transient is a compilation of the best shots from my storm chasing adventures of summer 2017. Most of the lightning footage was captured in uncompressed raw at 1000 frames per second with our Phantom Flex4K.
December 5, 2017 How A Children's Toy Led To An Essential Medical Device Inspiration for inventions sometimes come from unusual places. Stanford researcher Manu Prakash needed to create a centrifuge that could run without electricity. He found the answer by studying toys. In "Invention Stories" we explore the unexpected paths to discovery.
December 4, 2017 Why Hold Music Sounds Worse Now It's not your imagination; hold music on phones really did sound better in the old days. Here's why, as we talk about old telephone exchanges and audio compression.