How Explosives, a Robot, and a Sled Expose a Doomsday Glacier

How Explosives, a Robot, and a Sled Expose a Doomsday Glacier

Behind her, she dragged a sled loaded with a ground-penetrating radar, which fired pulses through a thousand feet of ice and analyzed the radio waves that bounced off the seawater below, thus building a detailed image of the glacier beneath her feet.Erin Pettit leaves camp with a ground-penetrating radar in tow.

Soon Your Google Searches Can Combine Text and Images

Soon Your Google Searches Can Combine Text and Images

Integrating MUM into Google search results also represents a continued march toward the use of language models that rely on vast amounts of text scraped from the web and a kind of neural network architecture called Transformer.

Zoom Dysmorphia Is Following People Into the Real World

Zoom Dysmorphia Is Following People Into the Real World

The term “Snapchat dysmorphia” was coined in 2015 to describe the growing numbers of people who wanted to look like they’d been put through a face-altering filter in real life, all big eyes and sparkling skin.

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Today, Google announced a new 3D time-lapse feature in its Google Earth platform.Google says the time-lapse feature draws from 20 petabytes of satellite imagery, combined to create a 4.4-terapixel video (that's 4.4 million megapixels) that maps to the surface of the globe.

A New Snapshot of a Black Hole Reveals Its Mysterious Physics

A New Snapshot of a Black Hole Reveals Its Mysterious Physics

Two years ago, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) made headlines with its announcement of the first direct image of a black hole.Now the EHT collaboration is back with another groundbreaking result: a new image of the same black hole, this time showing how it looks in polarized light.

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

The person you are seeing there is not the compliant reflection of your ego, but that most elusive of all entities: the self you become in the emergency of a social encounter, when all your premeditations fall away; the self who has always been familiar to your friends, family, and acquaintances while remaining largely invisible to you, its owner.

Listen to an 18,000-Year-Old Instrument Sing Once More

Listen to an 18,000-Year-Old Instrument Sing Once More

Writing today in the journal Science Advances, researchers from several universities and museums in France describe how they used CT scans and other imaging wizardry to show that a person during the Upper Paleolithic age took great care to modify the shell, the oldest such instrument ever found.

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .As well as understanding Night City in an instant, there’s a high chance those posters chosen at random will contain explicit and exploitative imagery, many far more so than the “Mix it up” poster.

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

Just a half hour earlier, still steeped in the afterglow of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Sawhney had pushed live a website that lets you put a viral image of Bernie Sanders—seated, mittened, alone—atop any Google Street View image.

NASA Is Training an AI to Detect Fresh Craters on Mars

NASA Is Training an AI to Detect Fresh Craters on Mars

The AI discovered dozens of them hiding in image data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and revealed a promising new way to study planets throughout our solar system.

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

It's a flawed yet thought-provoking, surreal science-fiction film, chock-full of big ideas on our relationship to technology and what it means to be human, all beautifully anchored by D'Arcy's fantastic performance.

In a Pandemic, Medical Illustrators Made Science Accessible

In a Pandemic, Medical Illustrators Made Science Accessible

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, illustrators have been working hard to create images that help teach scientists and lay people about how the virus works and how to take precautions to avoid it.

How to Use ProRAW on Your iPhone 12 Pro

How to Use ProRAW on Your iPhone 12 Pro

Apple's latest version of iOS adds a new camera feature to the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max called ProRAW.That means it's turned off, and your camera is set to capture HEIC/JPEG images.

The 7 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Camera Gear and Accessories

The 7 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Camera Gear and Accessories

With Cyber Monday sales abound, now is a great time to upgrade your camera kit.We dug through them and pulled out six of our favorite discounts on cameras, lenses, photo printers, and memory cards.

This Camera App Is Designed to Fight Fake News

This Camera App Is Designed to Fight Fake News

The Truepic technology will support a system being developed by Adobe and others that tags images and video with cryptographically encoded information on where and how they were captured.

Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer

Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer

NIWA’s Crispin Middleton, an accomplished underwater photographer, was swimming last November in the Poor Knights Marine Reserve when he spotted a football octopus inside a salp.2020 Special Award Winner - Crispin Middleton for 'Football octopus catches a ride inside a salp'.

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

But some scientists think phosphine—a humble pyramid of three hydrogen atoms bonded to a phosphorus—may be a useful biosignature: a sign, if you see it on a solid-surface terrestrial planet, that life might live there.

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at the international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and coauthor of the study.

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and co-author of the study.

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

To memorize these, Dellis recommends starting by turning each one of those items into an easily-remembered image.This technique of linking images with places is called the memory palace, and it’s particularly useful for remembering the order of certain elements, says Shaw.

How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda

How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda

If you’re a little more Photoshop savvy, you can use techniques like edge detection to see where images have been artificially put together, or check the histograms for gaps in what should be continuous ranges, another sign of editing.

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

Images place us in time, gluing unremarkable and historically urgent moments in a fixed setting or context, but mostly they thrill our senses in other varied ways.Photographer Stephen Maturen’s snapshot of a young black protester—on his knees and shirtless, hands raised like a goal post—is an image of staggering breadth.

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

The simplest way to project an image onto a screen is with a pinhole.It seems magical, but the light from that hole would project an image of the outside world onto a wall in the room.

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis tutti-frutti image shows an 80 million-year-old collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates—modern-day Morocco.The combination shows how the city grew from 900,000 people in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2017.Photograph: NASA/METI/AISTThis is Cape Horn, the southernmost part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Chile.

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

In Peru, that kind of work, maps combined with demographic data, will help the government get cash—around $107 (US)—to those quarantined near Cusco.“Buildings and roads aren't visible on the map yet, but you can see them really clearly in satellite imagery,” says Firth.

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Photograph: NASA/JPL/USGSThe ancient Romans named this planet Venus, after the goddess of love and beauty, because it shined so brightly and beautifully in the sky.

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Humans saw the Earth from space for the first time in 1946 from a V-2 rocket, and subsequent images of the planet can make people feel a little, well, protective.Photograph: NASA/JPLEach of NASA’s Apollo missions had a shot list of photos to take, but this image, Earthrise, was not one of them.

Ricoh's New Spin-Out Company Brings 360 Cameras Into Focus

Ricoh's New Spin-Out Company Brings 360 Cameras Into Focus

Vecnos is a new brand, spun out of the Japanese company Ricoh, which is known for its imaging products and printers as well as some of the best 360 cameras around.Photograph: Vecnos Vecnos' first product is a small 360-degree camera shaped like a wand.

Space Photos of the Week: Perfectly Safe Celestial Coronas

Space Photos of the Week: Perfectly Safe Celestial Coronas

The word “corona” has Latin roots, meaning essentially “crown.” The solar corona is the outermost region of the Sun’s atmosphere, a hazy aura made of colder plasma that is released from the surface of the star.

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

“One of the main things we are investigating is why some winter storms are very snowy and some are not,” she says.“You can tell by the shape of the snowflake at which temperature and how high in the atmosphere the snow is developing,” says Sova.