New Disney Robot Plays Catch, Juggles

Make no mistake: The Walt Disney Company may have begun as a simple animation studio, but these days it’s at the forefront of a variety of innovative technologies. Namely, Autonomatronics. They’ve already developed some shockingly realistic skin for their robots, and now they’re taking humanoid robot development one step forward by making their animatronics far …

Canadian Scientists Develop Most Complex Human-Like Brain Simulation

Scientists at the University of Waterloo in Canada have successfully created the most complex simulation of the human brain ever. Called the Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network, or Spaun, the software consists of 2.5 million simulated neurons, and can recognize images, numbers and handwriting by simulating various neural activities of the human brain. Unfortunately, it …

Yesterday Is A Shadow

Sometimes the past is better left where it is. Decasia is a 2002 film composed of found-footage by Bill Morrison. It takes viewers on a strange voyage through the past, using clips of old, decaying silent films. It’s a bit unsettling, don’t you think?

Buried In Ice For 2800 Years, Life Finds A Way

Scientists researching the frozen Lake Vida in East Antarctica have discovered living microbes, sealed away beneath the ice for 2800 years. They retrieved the bacteria by drilling some 27 meters into the ice, where it flourished in salty, unfrozen water. [quote]“[The bacteria] probably survive by metabolising the abundant quantities of hydrogen and oxides of nitrogen …

Scientists Discover Similarities Between The Brain And The Universe

Scientists Discover Similarities Between The Brain And The Universe

A recent computer simulation has led scientists to believe that the universe behaves very much like a brain. Published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the results of the simulation point to “undiscovered, fundamental laws” that dictate the development of both large and small networks, and draw a fairly direct parallel between the transmission of electrical signals …

Exploring “A Slower Speed of Light”

Produced by MIT Game Lab, A Slower Speed of Light is an open-source “game prototype” that takes players on a (very) short tour of the relativistic nature of light. It’s more a demonstration than a game, though. Players are tasked with collecting floating spheres, and for each sphere they collect, the speed of light slows …

Sandy Island on Google Maps

Google Maps Anomalies: The Lost Island

Researchers have just discovered that a small island in the South Pacific, visible on Google Maps and other charts, apparently doesn’t exist. It’s called Sandy Island, and (should be) situated northeast of Australia, off the west coast of New Caledonia. You can see it clearly on the Google Map image above, just a relatively small …