Top 10 Images of Hubble Space Telescope

This is NASA/ESA Hubblecast 57: Top 10 Images – Hubble’s Hidden Treasures Unveiled.
Producing the stunning pictures that Hubble is famous for isn’t straightforward. Unlike your typical digital camera, which automatically sets things like contrast, exposures, colour balance and so on, Hubble is not optimised to produce aesthetically pleasing pictures. It’s optimised for science. Turning these scientific images into amazing images of the cosmos is not easy, as all of these variables have to be tweaked by hand. That’s called image processing — and it is a mixture of science and aesthetics.

TED – David MacKay: A reality check on renewables

David MacKay gives a lecture about renewable sources of energy and what their problems are. David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway.

TED – Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop”.
Basically it’s bringing computing to the physical world, the computer (cellphone) hanging around your neck can use anything in front of it as input and output devices – a piece of paper for example.

Best of TED

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks are usually under 20 minutes, and each of them presents some unique ideas from very diverse fields: physics, economy, biology, technology…
They are extremely entertaining and addictive, so here’s a compilation of some of the best 40 TED talks.

TED – Drew Berry: Animations of Unseeable Biology

In this TED talk, Drew Berry gives some examples of visualizing highly complex biological processes occurring in our bodies. While his first example are the already posted Molecular Visualizations of DNA the second example is a more recent work, that truly describes what a mind-boggling machines our bodies really are. Considering how interesting the subject of this TED talk is, it’s such a pity that it’s so short.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

It’s quite obvious where all of this could lead. Science Documentaries is just one small sites among many other valuable sources of information that could be shut down due to the abuse of the Protect IP Act.

3D Mandelbox Flythrough

Fascinating animation of flying thorugh a 3d mandelbox.

A Mandelbox is a box-like fractal object that shares several properties with the well known Mandelbrot set, it is a map of continuous, shape preserving Julia sets.
This means the object varies at different locations, since each area uses a Julia set fractal with a unique formula.

TEDxCaltech – Simon Fölling – Quantum Simulations

Simon Fölling studies quantum many-body systems, such as the ones found in magnetic and semiconducting materials, by using ultracold atomic gases. At TEDxCaltech event, he talks about quantum simulations; field of science connecting material science with quantum nature of reality.

Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary

Square Enix, a gaming company that developed the Deus Ex: Human Revolution, comes a short documentary about the possibility of actually developing technologies seen in that game. It appears that human augmentation technology is really advancing rapidly, as some prosthetic limbs seen here are really quite advanced.

TED – George Dyson: The birth of the computer

Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer — from its 16th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers, containing the first geek jokes I guess.
It’s always fascinating to see those huge old computers the size of my living room.
There is also a mention of Nils All Barricelli, a Norwegian-Italian mathematician, who used the computers to run experiments in symbiogenesis and evolution, who also percieved the code as the living organism capable of evolving.

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