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A joint team of engineers from UC Berkeley and Stanford University have printed an ant-sized radio onto a silicon chip that harvests energy from the signals it receives.
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A team of researchers is using a technique called multispectral imaging to uncover the hidden text on a 500-year old map used by Christopher Columbus to plan his first voyage across the Atlantic.
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“Sic semper tyrannis,” Brutus supposedly yelled as he helped assassinate Julius Caesar: Thus always to tyrants. John Wilkes Booth exclaimed the same to the panicked crowd in Ford’s Theater after he shot Lincoln. And in dark underground burrows in east Africa, I’m willing to bet the homely yet somehow charming naked mole rat is yelling […]
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The next generation of technology is presenting new opportunities—and new challenges—for film makers, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a research project to study how technical details like frame rates, dynamic range, color gamut, and resolution affect the cinematic experience.
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Our lives are surprisingly packed with morally loaded experiences. We see others behaving badly (or well), and we behave well (or badly) ourselves. In a new study, researchers used a smartphone app to track moral and immoral acts committed or witnessed by more than 1,200 people as they went about their days. It's one of the first attempts to quantify the moral landscape of daily life, and it contains some interesting hints about how people are influenced by the behavior or others, as well as by their own political and religious leanings.
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A team from MIT has come up with an algorithm that could let cleanup crews match a target's movement so they can safely snatch it up.
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Anna Von Mertens is an artist who explores humanity's highs and lows. And while needle, thread and fabric are her medium, she typically uses science as a lens, because there's usually some scientific phenomena that helps her translate how she feels about an event or subject.
In mari multa latent, goes the old saying: “In the ocean many things are hidden.” And it’s true enough. There is still much we don’t know about what lurks in the depths, save for wonders that the occasional submersible dive turns up. But for millennia, humans have simply taken to guessing what could be swimming […]
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Audubon shared their data about how climate change might affect bird habitat with Map Lab, and we used it to make maps.
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Certain forms of collaboration are supposed to be so sophisticated that only the smartest creatures---namely humans and perhaps a few close relatives---are capable of them. Yet this exclusive club has a new and unexpected member: a species of fish, a class of animals seldom associated with high-level intelligence.
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James Cutting, a psychologist at Cornell University has been studying the evolution of cinema over the past century. He's identified several ways in which movies have changed, all of which, he argues, help hold the attention of audiences.
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Well, here we are. Absurd Creature of the Week made it one year without getting canceled. It seems like just yesterday when I awkwardly asked WIRED’s resident GIF expert to make one of a pearlfish swimming up a sea cucumber’s bum. Or when I wrote about tiny marsupials that have sex until the males go […]
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Mapping major fires from above makes a lot of sense, but it’s often complicated by smoke obscuring what is happening on the ground. However, satellites with special infrared sensors can essentially see through the smoke to the fire, and a new satellite launched last month can do this at the highest resolution yet. These images […]
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Scientists use gullies made from melted ice, and their associated alluvial fans, to estimate the amount of ice frozen in the Martian soil.
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It's amazing that film editing works, because it's so disruptive to the visual information coming into the brain, says Jeffrey Zacks, a neuroscientist at Washington University in St. Louis. On the other hand, Zacks says, our brains do quite a bit of editing of their own---and we're every bit as oblivious to that as we are to the film editor's cuts.
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