Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

“They’ve demonstrated that in some situations, you really don’t need expensive sensors,” says Gordon Wetzstein, an electrical engineer at Stanford University, who was not involved with the work but is developing a similar camera, using lasers.

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

Eleven days ago, the anonymous Instagram account world_record_egg posted its first image, what appears to be a simple stock photo of . In an era of rampant spam, thirst traps , and stolen memes , the egg became popular by straightforwardly asking for likes and nothing else.

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

But even though he shared multiple vantage points, the images that always performed best on social media were those taken from a single spot: high over Harlem, looking south over Central Park, the skyscrapers of Midtown, and Downtown Manhattan, with the East and Hudson Rivers converging at the top of the frame.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI On Thursday, January 3, New Horizons mission scientists revealed their best images of Ultima Thule to date—and they're in stereo vision!

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

As the mission's principle investigator Alan Stern puts it: "In the days following the flyby, Ultima Thule's going to become a real thing, then a real thing with a shape, then a real thing with geology." Here's when to expect what:January 1, 7:00 am PT / 10:00 am ET: By this time, New Horizons' mission scientists will expect to have heard from the probe about its health and whether the mission was successful.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Stern and his team discovered the object in 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, while searching the sky for places New Horizons could visit after its brief encounter with Pluto.

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

NVIDIA These people, cats, and cars don’t exist—the images were generated by software developed at chipmaker Nvidia, whose graphics chips have become crucial to machine learning projects. Generative adversarial networks usually have to be trained to create one category of images at a time, such as faces or cars.

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime Bill Anders/NASA Half a century ago, astronauts aboard NASA's Apollo 8 mission become the first humans to leave low Earth orbit, traverse the 240,000 miles separating our planet from its moon, and loop around that natural satellite to look upon its forever-hidden far side (not dark side) with their own eyes.

Hundreds of Photos Form a Single Portrait of Britain’s Decline

Hundreds of Photos Form a Single Portrait of Britain’s Decline

It’s a view of Rome that exists only in the imagination of the artist.Allchurch’s image maintains the compositional structure of Piranesi’s etching but replaces the Roman artifacts with British iconography ranging from the Glasgow Necropolis to the latest London high-rises.

A Dress Rehearsal for a Crewed Mission to Mars

A Dress Rehearsal for a Crewed Mission to Mars

For the three-week mission this past February, a team of six analog astronauts and nine support crew traveled to the desert of the country's Dhofar region, settling in a stretch between a tangle of oil pipelines and the Arabian Sea.“Hands-down, my favorite part was day zero of the simulation,” says Voggeneder, recalling his first EVA (extravehicular activity) simulation.

Kyrie Irving's Crazy Lean (Sort of) Explained by Physics

Kyrie Irving's Crazy Lean (Sort of) Explained by Physics

He calmly returns to a normal upright standing position, shakes out his arms and stretches his neck, and then leeeeeeans a ridiculous amount to the side. Again he holds the position in what looks like a brazen defiance of the laws of physics.

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

Imagining the web without Hillenburg’s creation is like imagining it without Google or Facebook (where at least one post in your feed on any given day would feature SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward or another undersea character.) The show is simply part of online culture's fabric—a part that Hillenburg, who died today at age 57 after a battle with ALS, built whether he knew he was doing it or not.“SpongeBob is one of the most significant television series in meme history,” says Know Your Meme managing editor Don Caldwell, noting that the show currently has 90 sub-entries and some 290 entry search results related to the show—that's more documented memes than either The Simpsons or My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Security News This Week: Amazon Won't Say How Many Customer Emails It Exposed

Security News This Week: Amazon Won't Say How Many Customer Emails It Exposed

Yes, the Make-A-Wish site.Russia's elite hackers, meanwhile, have resurfaced, apparently with a new phishing trick in tow.

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

And all this creation maybe have been the result of an accidental collision: Scientists believe a galaxy in the vicinity collided with ESO 338-4, and their subsequent interaction of gas and dust is what’s feeding all the stellar activity in this region.We’ve come across the galaxy cluster called Abell 2597 in our travels before, but never looking like this.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to find out if it was too late to stop possible future category 6 hurricanes.Hurricane Florence update: Nine dangerous storms were spotted around the globe this week (Image: Jamaica Weather)He said: “The risk is real.

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon

They also note distinct concentrations of smaller haze particles inside compared with the outside.Jupiter’s candy-cane, red and white color scheme is eye-catching, but it turns out there is more to the story: When NASA’s Juno swung by and captured detailed photos researchers noted clumps of cyclones.

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

But Can It Understand This Headline?Casey ChinIn 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet. It ushered in an exciting phase for computer vision, as it became clear that a model trained using ImageNet could help tackle all sorts of image-recognition problems.

Large piece of Lowell Glacier quickly becomes pond of slush – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Large piece of Lowell Glacier quickly becomes pond of slush – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Lowell Glacier, July 22-26, 2018 NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018) processed by the European Space Agency.

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

After releasing the second generation of Spectacles, the company issued a software update that made it possible to save videos and stills in square and horizontal formats; now, you can also auto-save to your phone’s camera roll, bypassing the Snapchat app altogether.

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

This is a process which takes hundreds to thousands of years in nature at Earth's surface."The second thing we have done is to demonstrate a pathway which speeds this process up dramatically.Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING?

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

A note published in a New Zealand paper 106 years ago today (Aug. 14) predicted the Earth's temperature would rise because of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide produced by coal consumption.

Seeing hidden worlds under melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Seeing hidden worlds under melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

OMG is a multi-pronged effort to map the underwater contours of the Greenland coast, and better understand how warming ocean waters drive melting ice. A giant leap forward came late in 2017, when NASA, the University of California, Irvine and others published high resolution maps of the bedrock and sea floor around Greenland.

Severe storms show off their “plume-age” – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Severe storms show off their “plume-age” – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"The plume pattern in the imagery instantly tells you without the need for radar or lightning observations or other information that these are the storms you really, really need to look out for," said Kris Bedka, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

A world on fire – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

A world on fire – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

The red points overlaid on the image designate those areas that by using thermal bands detect actively burning fires. NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Worldview application provides the capability to interactively browse over 700 global, full-resolution satellite imagery layers and then download the underlying data.

Last glacier standing in Venezuela – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Last glacier standing in Venezuela – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). In 1910, glaciers spanned an area of at least 10 square kilometers (4 square miles) in the mountainous region of northwestern Venezuela.

Just another day on aerosol Earth – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Just another day on aerosol Earth – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

On that day, huge plumes of smoke drifted over North America and Africa, three different tropical cyclones churned in the Pacific Ocean, and large clouds of dust blew over deserts in Africa and Asia.

Space Photos of the Week: Inside the Nebulae Where Stars Are Born

Space Photos of the Week: Inside the Nebulae Where Stars Are Born

For the youngest and brightest stellar objects, look no further than the Rho Ophiuchi cloud and the Carina Nebula.Closer to home, the Juno spacecraft is also producing jaw-dropping images, but of Jupiter.

Naked Labs' 3-D Body Scanner Shows You the Naked Truth

Naked Labs' 3-D Body Scanner Shows You the Naked Truth

(Cyan Banister, another partner at Founders Fund, personally invested in Naked Labs.) “The product took much more capital, manpower, and time than we expected,” Farahbakhshian told me over the phone the day before I got my scans done.