Posts Tagged ‘science’

Future Camera Bag Essential: Night Vision Eyedrops?

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If you’re a photographer who often shoots in very dark environments, would you want night vision eyedrops to help you see better without artificial illumination? It sounds like science fiction, but we’re actually getting closer to having it be possible as an item for camera bags.

A team of “biohackers” have announced that they’ve figured out how to enhance human night vision by dripping a chemical onto eyeballs.
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New Contacts and Glasses Give You 2.8x Zoom with a Wink of the Eye

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Tired of having eyeballs with fixed focal lengths? Scientists have developed new telescopic contact lenses and glasses that can give your eyes 2.8x zoom with a simple wink of the eye.
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Tiny ‘Nano Earthquakes’ Could Improve the Low Light Performance of Cameras

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The low light performance in your future camera may be improved thanks to new research in “nano earthquakes.” Researchers have found that sound waves can be used to improve the electronic properties of 2D materials, paving the way for things such as camera sensors that can capture better shots in dark environments.
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Cockroaches Have Eyes Capable of Long Exposures for Seeing in the Dark

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Did you know that some creatures can actually see the world in long exposures? Scientists recently discovered that cockroaches are the latest insect found to have that feature built into their eyes and brains. It allows the resilient little bugs to see in near-pitch black environments.
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Satellite Camera Being Adapted for Spotting Signs of Cancer in Photos of Skin

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A camera used on satellites to monitor vegetation from space may soon help save lives in the battle against cancer. The special camera will be capable of peering into human skin to see things that are invisible to the naked eye for the purpose of detecting diseases early.
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One Supernova Seen Four Times in Single Photo Due to Gravitational Lensing

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Astronomers have captured the first photo of a single supernova showing up in four different places of a single image due to a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. The “lens” in this case was a massive galaxy that is capable of using its gravity to bend and magnify light.
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An Algorithm That Can Distinguish Beautiful Portraits From Ugly Ones

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Could machines be trained to tell the difference between a beautiful portrait photo and a not-so-pleasing one? Beauty is pretty subjective, but scientists are trying to boil down the common properties of beautiful digital portrait photos so that a computer can be trained to spot them. Along the way, they’re revealing interesting new things about what people look for in portraits.
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Scientists Snap Shots of the World’s Smallest Known Life Forms

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This is a picture of the smallest life form that’s known to exist, an ultra-small bacterial cell. That black bar you see is for scale — it indicates 100 nanometers. To put things into perspective, more than 150,000 of these bacteria could fit onto the top of a human hair.
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The First Ever Photo Showing Light as Both a Particle and a Wave

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One of the strange properties of light is that it behaves as both a wave and a particle. Experiments over the years have confirmed both aspects, but none have succeeded in directly observing both natures at exactly the same time… until now.

Scientists in Switzerland have successfully captured the world’s first photograph showing light behaving simultaneously as both a particle and as a wave. In the image above, the top “slice” shows light behaving as a wave, while the particles can be seen in the slice below.
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Multiple Camera Drones Were Lost for This Imagery of a Volcano’s Insides

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Explorer Sam Cossman recently employed the help of multiple drones to capture photos and footage of the Marum Crater in an active volcano on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. He ended up losing multiple drones in the process, but he left the island with spectacular images that will help provide a better understanding of the volcano and the life that exists around it.
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