“Scotty set course for the Red Planet and engage Ion engines on my command!” (The study was published in “Applied Physics Letters”http://go.shr.lc/1LZC3hG)
C2ST Artist in Residence Aaron Freeman pretends to interview Stanford University Neurobiology professor Robert Sapolsky on the difference between the brains of Chicago Cubs fans and those of lesser beings. According to Sapolsky part of the difference may have to do with higher sustained levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
This is a clip from a long but excellently written article in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.
All lives matter. This is a story from long, long ago.
I’ve never shot or shot at any human being. This is the tale of a threatening phone call my mom told me to make in 1969 when I was 13 years old.
I LOVE the police, especially the ones here in Highland Park and Highwood Illinois. I get scared when I see a light top car in my rear view mirror. But when on my front porch with my bride I am reassured to see a marked car cruise by. We always smile and wave.
I’m with Carly on this one.
Microsoft’s Research arm has given the world a sneak peek at its latest project: 3D-scanning using a regular mobile phone.
Through a new blog post and video, the team explained that the project will allow anybody to create high-quality 3D images in real time. Microsoft has basically figured out a way to turn the average smartphone’s rear camera into a 3D scanner – no additional hardware required.
Here’s everything we know about the project so far…
What is MobileFusion?
MobileFusion is the name of Microsoft Research’s 3D-scanning project.
What’s the point of MobileFusion?
With MobileFusion, you’ll be able to create 3D models while on the go. You’ll have the ability to grab your iPhone, for instance, then point the phone’s rearcamera at an object, and scan said object by moving your iPhone around it.
MobileFusion essentially compares RGB data within all the frames shot from different angles in order to build up a model in real time. All the work is done on the phone and doesn’t require extra hardware or even an internet connection, meaning you could be deep in the woods and still manage to capture a 3D model of like a rock or something using just a regular smartphone without a Wi-Fi connection.
What can you do with a 3D model made from MobileFusion?
Microsoft Research said MobileFusion 3D scans are “high-quality enough to be used for things like 3D printing and augmented reality video games” – but if you watch the demo below, you’ll see the scans are still rough at this point.
America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was accomplished.
Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson.
On January 11, 2013, James Heilman, an emergency-room physician and one of Wikipedia’s most prolific medical editors, was standing watch over the online encyclopedia’s entry for a back procedure called a kyphoplasty. The page originally suggested that the procedure’s effectiveness was “controversial,” and an unidentified Wikipedia user had proposed changing the text to “well documented and studied”—a characterization that Heilman thought wasn’t supported by existing research. He rejected the change.
Kyphoplasty, along with vertebroplasty, the procedure it shares a Wikipedia page with, is a common treatment when someone’s spine breaks—a frequent occurrence in people with osteoporosis, which makes bones brittle—and then doesn’t heal naturally. The procedure is meant to reduce the pain of a fracture, even though it sounds unpleasant: It consists of inflating a tiny plastic balloon near the fracture, removing the balloon, and then injecting a toothpaste-like plastic cement into the resulting crevice and letting it harden…