Posts Tagged ‘science’

Colorful Abstract Macro Photographs Created by Injecting Watercolors Into Ferrofluid On a Magnet

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Artist Fabian Oefner‘s project Millefiori is, like most of the projects we’ve ever shared by him, a mixture of science and art. By combining vibrant watercolors with a magnetic solution called ferrofluid, he was able to create these gorgeous macro photographs of the paint and ferrofluid interacting on top of a magnet. Read more…

The Macropod is a $20,000+ Rig That Makes Macro Photography Stupidly Easy to Do

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Macro photography is a wonderful tool for scientists and researchers, but the complex nature of capturing detailed, focus-stacked macro images of everything from insects to the human tongue puts the tool out of reach of many.

The Macropod photographic system solves this by making the entire process both portable and automatic, and producing some of the sharpest, most striking macro photographs we’ve ever seen. Read more…

Your Future Smartphone Camera May Be Able to See Cancer Thanks to the Mantis Shrimp

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Mimicking animal and bug vision to create unique and interesting cameras is nothing new. Bug vision cameras with, for example, infinite depth of field, have been made in the lab before. But researchers at University of Queensland in Australia are developing a camera that can do something pretty unique: it can see cancer.

The idea came after the scientists discovered that mantis shrimp have this incredibly useful ability. Read more…

Can You Spot a Fake Smile in a Photograph?

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“Smile” is a common command uttered before pressing the shutter and snapping a photo, but it’s not always a real smile that gets captured in the resulting portrait. How well can you distinguish a “real” smile from a “fake” one in a picture?

In the two portraits above, which one is a genuine smile, and which one is more forced?
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This Spaceship Selfie Was Taken 250 Million Miles from Earth and Features a Comet Photobomb

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Here’s an amazing “selfie” photograph that’s literally out of this world. It was captured a couple of days ago by the Rosetta mission, which is studying a comet over 250 million miles away from Earth on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).
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Researchers Find Way to Capture Photos in Almost Pitch Black Using Only 0.2 Photons Per Pixel

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We’ve seen low-light photography before, but what about no light photography. While it seems borderline impossible, researchers have combined a number of techniques to produce photographs in almost complete darkness, where the resulting images are using less than one photon of light per pixel! Read more…

A Retinal Neuroscientist’s Rebuttal: Why Humans Can’t See Near Infrared, No Matter What They Eat

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One of the more interesting stories we ran across this weekend was an initial update from a small group of scientists who claim to have successfully extended human vision into near infrared. Their data seems to show that they have, indeed, managed to do this simply by altering their subjects’ diet by restricting vitamin A1 and supplementing with A2 in order to create a certain protein complex. You can read more about this here.

The results seem exciting, mind-blowing even. But retinal neuroscientist and photographer Bryan Jones begs to differ, and he has been kind enough to let us reprint his full rebuttal below. Read more…

Scientists Figure Out How to Record Audio by Seeing Vibrations with a Camera

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Here’s something that will blow your mind: scientists have figured out how to extract audio from images captured with a camera. By looking at the extremely small vibrations captured by a high speed camera, researchers have been able to recreate music and speech from nothing but visual information.
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Embryo Time-Lapse Photography is Being Used as a Vital Tool for In Vitro Fertilization

Photography’s value to society goes far beyond aesthetics, it has become a vital tool in laboratories across the world. One recent example is the fairly new Embryoscope, a technology that is being used to help dramatically improve In Vitro Fertilization through time-lapse photography. Read more…

Scientists are Using the Nokia Lumia 1020 to Get a Better Look at Diseased Tissue

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Do you know what Histopathology is? No, it’s not the study of histograms, it’s actually the study of changes in tissues caused by disease. And now, advances in photographic technology that you or I could go pick up at Best Buy are actually helping to study those changes like never before.

Using the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone, scientists are once again bringing together the worlds of Science and Photography to do some amazing work. Read more…