That’s Not A Bullettime Rig, That’s A Bullettime Rig

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If you never saw the 80’s classic called Crocodile Dundee you should treat yourself to an immersive experience. For me the highlight of the movie was always the knife scene (shown below). And this is exactly what I felt Carnegie Mellon’s is telling the world when showing off their 510 camera ‘bullet time’ Panoptic Studio.

The studio is built inside a geodesic dome with 480 camera placed on boards – 24 boards with 20 cameras each -in strategic locations. It has an additional 30 cameras and depth sensors to which enables the operators to record and track an almost perfect 360 degrees view of whatever is happening inside of it.

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New Bird-inspired Design May Help Drones With Collision Recovery

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If you’ve been following the drones vs. things saga here on the blog, you know that drones are almost losing the fight when they stumble into things (or mad chimps). A new technology developed in Stanford university aims at changing this and allowing drones to keep flying even after they collide with a solid object (Or Kangaroo).

The general form factor that drones are built with today, are stiff and cannot sustain mid-air impact. They rely on collision avoidance at best, flying at high altitude as a failsafe or having no collision control at worst.

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Researchers Use Slow Motion to Study Hummingbird Flight; Will Improve Drone Stability

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Drones have evolved from hobbyist toys to professional tools as the FAA partnered with CNN to establish a drone usage protocol for journalists and started issuing exemptions allowing commercial use.

In order for these tools to succeed in the fields above, let alone search and rescue missions, commercial delivery and monitor livestock farms, they need to be more reliable and able to operate in less-than-ideal weather.

Australian and American researchers took a high-speed camera and set out to find out how ruby-throated hummingbirds cope in turbulent winds.

The study could lead to drones getting ‘tails’.

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Scientists Capture The First Ever Photo Of Light As A Particle And Wave

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Photo: EPFL

The idea of light consisting of both waves and particles was proposed by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago. While the idea has since been accepted, experiments have only been able to display one of these aspects at a time, but never both simultaneously.

That has changed now that scientists at EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) have finally been able to capture the light’s wave-particle duality, in a scientifically exciting first-ever image.

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Scientists Announce Worlds Fastest Camera, Capable of Capturing 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

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Image Credit: Nature Photonics (2014) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.163

No, that’s not a typo. A team of 12 scientists from The University of Tokyo and Keio University, have developed a camera that is capable of capturing 4.4 trillion frames per second using a technology called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography (STAMP) according to a release posted on Nature.com. According to the team, STAMP makes it possible for their camera to outperform current high speed cameras by achieving capture rates that are 1,000 times faster than any other known camera.

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New Tech Enables Taking 60 FPS Movies (And Selfies) Inside Our Arteries

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You’ve probably heard of Nanotechnology, and you probably know that its nothing new. But what if you heard that nanotechnology now puts a camera in your blood vessels?

I’m not talking about just inside your body. I’m talking about something so small that it can travel through arteries in your body and not end up causing an aneurysm. A scientist named F. Levent Degertekin has developed exactly that. The tiny camera is not only just a breakthrough by definition; it’s apparently a breakthrough in its performance as well. It was developed to project real-time, 3d, high definition imaging of the inside of our vessels, arteries, and hearts. The prototype developed by researchers generated images at 60 frames per second.

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Science As Never Seen Before – Fabian Oefner Talks Photography

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Photography is a rare thing in the way it intersects between science and art. Swiss photographer / scientist Fabian Oefner captures exactly that intersection.

Using high speed photography, precise triggering and understanding of light Fabian photographs the wonders that happen when mixing fluids with magnets, powder with speakers and paint with centrifuges.

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