Scientists Can Reconstruct Faces by Reading Your Mind

Fantasising about an old flame? Lusting over a celebrity instead of your current squeeze? Watch out: scientists can reconstruct the faces you're thinking about from a brain scan alone. Read More >>

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James May Explains How Digital Cameras Work

In the video from the YouTube channel Head Squeeze, May explains all you need to know about digital imagery– from pixels, to CMOS and the wonderful world of demosaicing algorithms. Oh and Big Mouth Billy Bass. [Head Squeeze via Digg] Read More >>

Monitoring Gene Activity Across Thousands of Cells Sure Is Pretty

Scientists have developed a new technique which allows them to visualise gene activity in thousands of cells, simultaneously. That will allow them to understand how our cells function like never before—and it looks damn pretty, too. Read More >>

Canon's Experimental Video Sensor Sees the World in Utter Darkness

Back in March, Canon showed off an in development video sensor that could capture the details of a scene in almost no light. The results were primitive, but impressive. A new video clip of fireflies in a dark forest shows the progresses Canon is making, and it's pretty amazing.
The new clip was shot with a prototype camera featuring the new full frame CMOS sensor shooting in full HD at 30 fps. Clearly there's a lot of detail in the vegetation and glowing fireflies captured, despite the fact that the shot was taken after sunset with a light level of about .01 lux. That means that if you were standing in that forest you would hardly be able to see anything at all with the naked eye. Read More >>

A Brief Tour of Canon's Massive Showroom of Wonders

Canon USA's brand-new Long Island, New York headquarters doesn't just house boardrooms, cubicles, and water coolers. It's also where the venerable camera company maintains its giant showroom, in which every current Canon product—plus a plethora of other imaging technology tidbits—is on prominent display. We took a trip out there last week; here's a taste of what we found. Read More >>

Dinosaur CAT Scan Shows 3 Different Species Are Actually The Same

Cutting edge imaging technology isn't just helping us tiny humans — it's helping solve a dinosaur identity crisis. Researchers have developed a brand-new imaging technique that builds a 3D image of a dinosaur skull, creating a CAT scan-style readout. They say this technique proves that what we thought were three separate species of dinosaur are actually the exact same creatures. Read More >>

How Scientists Hacked a Normal Microscope Into a Gigapixel Superscope

Microscopes are a dime a dozen in universities, so there's plenty of fun to be had hacking 'em any way you can — like a team of researchers from Caltech, who have developed a cheap and easy way to increase their resolution by a factor of 100. Read More >>

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Taking X-Rays of Women in Corsets Was a Haunting Use of New Technology

Any tech that allows humans a new type of insight is inevitably turned on ourselves. We want to know what else we can find out from peering in on our bodies or minds in a new way. Of course, X-ray machines were pretty much used from the start for that purpose, but it's amazing to see these 1908 photos examining how a fashion trend was impacting health. Read More >>

Canon Built An Image Sensor That Sees In the Dark

The one thing we always wish our cameras did better is take better pictures in low light. It looks like Canon is attacking the problem guns a'blazing, because its new 35mm image sensor spits in the face of darkness. Read More >>

Shortest-Ever Laser Pulses Can Image Electrons Orbiting Atoms

A team of scientists has smashed the record for the shortest-ever laser pulse, producing one that lasts just 67 billionths of a billionth of a second—which is short enough to use it to image individual electrons orbiting the nuclei of atoms. Read More >>

World's Fastest Camera Catches Cancer at 36.7 Million FPS

There are plenty of insanely fast ways to acquire images, but in a lab in UCLA, engineers have created the world's fastest 2D camera. It's so fast, it can image 36.7 million fully-2D frames every second — and it could revolutionise the way we screen for cancer. Read More >>

This Is What Child Birth Looks Like, From the Inside

Back in 2010, a team of German doctors announced that they'd recorded the world's first MRI of a woman giving birth. Back then, only still images were available—but now the researchers have released the video, and it's spellbinding. Read More >>

Watch the MacBook Pro Retina Go Hot Red At Maximum Power

I love thermal imaging more than a Predator and almost as much as I love the new MacBook Pro Retina. So I made this little GIF animation with thermal images from Japanese blog IT Media, showing how hot Apple's coolest computer gets under maximum stress. Read More >>

Your Brain Scan Looks Different on Mac and PC

Science and medicine are supposedly based on rigor—a rigor where theories are only correct if you can replicate results. It turns out, though, that the software used to analyse medical images of your brain gives wildly different answers if it's run on Mac or PC. Read More >>


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