How Do Retroreflectors Give You Super Vision at Night?

How Do Retroreflectors Give You Super Vision at Night?

When a beam of light hits a super-shiny object like a mirror, it reflects off it in a very particular way.Photograph: Rhett AllainFor both of them, their light hits the mirror at the same angle that their light also reflects from the mirror—but in the opposite direction.

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.

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.

A Glimpse at the Shiny, Ritzy Bathroom of Tomorrow

A Glimpse at the Shiny, Ritzy Bathroom of Tomorrow

You might have thought that your mini skin-care fridge was impressive, that you had a fancy faucet, or that your LED-lighted mirror was high tech, but folks, you haven't seen anything yet.

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

That was 130 years ago—now the observatory is plopped right above one of the most densely populated areas of the US!” How could Lick compete with the likes of the Hubble Space Telescope , which orbits far above both light pollution and smog?

Drawing With Drones Over the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Drawing With Drones Over the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Stretching across more than 4,000 square miles of South America’s Altiplano (high plain), Salar de Uyuni (literally, the salts of Uyuni, the nearest town) is the world’s largest salt flat, a nearly featureless white landscape left behind by the evaporation of prehistoric lakes.

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

Whether you're looking to step up from your phone to a still-pocketable point-and-shoot or want to go full-frame DSLR, there are deals for you.The camera's 1-inch sensor is on par with some of the best compact cameras and features 4K video and a great touchscreen interface.

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

To visit when speakers drown out aerospace-y sounds, when stage lights blind you to the aircraft that might be hovering above, when there are so many eyes that the Air Force would be crazy to test anything actually advanced—it kind of makes a trip to Area 51 not very much like a trip to Area 51.When my alarm goes off in the middle of the night, I can see headlights on Back Gate Road.

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

Davies has been making television in the United Kingdom for a long time, and his résumé caroms among family melodrama, multiply-gendered sex stories, and science fiction.

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

For me, this is an opportunity to take some action on a public issue that I think is really important," says David Gelernter of his new blockchain venture.

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

Each piece is kinetic; a sensor picks up the image of the viewer, and the screen moves to "reflect" the form of the person standing in front.

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

When you first lay eyes on Billy Bauer, it's more than 40 minutes into "Smithereens," the first episode of Black Mirror 's new season. Most seasons of Black Mirror have, if not an outright clunker, at least one episode that falls short.

The New 'Black Mirror' Trailer Has 'Mortal Kombat'-Style Fighting

The New 'Black Mirror' Trailer Has 'Mortal Kombat'-Style Fighting

The New Black Mirror Trailer Has Mortal Kombat -Style Fighting. Also, Hannah Gadsby is doing a terrible job of quitting comedy and Miley Cyrus is in the new Black Mirror trailer.

Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, and More News

Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, and More News

Uber made billions in their stock market debut, criticism of Facebook is coming from inside the house, and the dearth of climate change plans from presidential candidates isn't all that impressive.

Thinking of Buying a New Camera? Go Mirrorless

Thinking of Buying a New Camera? Go Mirrorless

I took a hands-on look at some of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market—the Sony a7III, Canon EOS R, and the Nikon Z6—to help you understand the full benefits of the upgrade.

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning

More than a century ago, the psychologist Walter Pillsbury wrote: “There is nothing in the mind that has not been explained in terms of movement.” This concept has its modern incarnation in the mirror neuron theory, which posits that the ability to glean meaning from gesture and speech can be explained by the activation of single cells in key brain regions.

Track a Tank Shell With a Mirror and Polar Coordinates

Track a Tank Shell With a Mirror and Polar Coordinates

Track a Tank Shell With a Mirror and Polar Coordinates If the internet was your online physics textbook, The Slow Mo Guys would be writing a good number of those homework questions.

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

(Unlike the dark, closed goggles of VR, AR glasses use see-through technology to insert virtual apparitions into the real world.) Eventually we’ll be able to search physical space as we might search a text—“find me all the places where a park bench faces sunrise along a river.” We will hyperlink objects into a network of the physical, just as the web hyperlinked words, producing marvelous benefits and new products.

Russian Doll May Be Perfect, But You Won't Be Satisfied

Russian Doll May Be Perfect, But You Won't Be Satisfied

Russian Doll May Be Perfect, But You Won't Be Satisfied The Netflix series is far and away the best original new show of the past two years—but its existential thrust guaranteed that not everyone would be happy with the ending.

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

“We already know that 80 percent of consumers are bringing a phone or a tablet into the bathroom to do something,” says Kohler project lead Jonathan Bradley.

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

Some weeks later, in a story meeting, an idea popped up that Brooker and Jones realized would only work if it was interactive: a videogame designer in the 1980s, trying to adapt a choose-your-own-adventure novel (which, you may remember , was the style at the time ).

Prepare for the Smart Home Fitness Revolution

Prepare for the Smart Home Fitness Revolution

Now it’s centering its efforts around the most dreadful piece of home exercise equipment: the treadmill.During a demo of the $3,995 Peloton Tread, an instructor named Chase appeared on a giant touchscreen display to guide me through a portion of a 45-minute live run.

Radiohead Is Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Radiohead Is Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In today's installment: Radiohead gets the "OK" from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Miley Cyrus looks into Black Mirror; and the 2019 box office results walk like a Panther.Radiohead of the ClassNext time you see Thom Yorke, give him a high-five and a Fonzie-esque "Kid AAAAA!": Radiohead are among the artists being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, alongside Janet Jackson, the Cure, Def Leppard, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, and the Zombies.

Range Rover's New Evoque Is Made to Conquer the Parking Lot

Range Rover's New Evoque Is Made to Conquer the Parking Lot

Its maker, though, can handle the grumblings—Jaguar Land Rover has sold 772,000 Evoques since introducing the luxury compact SUV in 2010.As it pushes for the million mark, it makes sense that JLR has upped the “utility” with those civilized, civilian customers in mind: The newly unveiled latest generation of the Evoque is built to conquer the mall parking lot.Naturally, the 2020 Evoque comes stuffed with coddling goodies.

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.