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Efrain Johnson 2016-08-22
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When you submerge your hand in water for a while, your fingers begin to wrinkle.

It's not an entirely settled question, but the current thinking is that it gives humans a better grip on wet objects.

Jellyfish skin also wrinkles, but not in the presence of water or they'd be wrinkled their entire lives .

"When they're scared, some types of jellyfish form a wrinkled surface that is opaque and warns off predators," said Songshan Zeng, who's working on developing new, wrinkled materials inspired by nature.

"That same surface is transparent when it's flat."

"Our experimental materials use cracks, folds or wrinkles to mimic the surface engineering of skin," said Luyi Sun, heading the research.

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James Talbot 2018-09-04
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Many people enjoy gazing at the night sky, and once in a while, something up there appears to look right back at us.

Planetary nebula NGC 3918 shines brightly in a dazzling new photo that NASA described in a statement Aug. 24.

The space agency calls the nebula a "celestial eye," and a little creativity makes it easy to see why: The rounded and expanded clouds of dust and gas look like a fluorescent iris in the heavens, the white dwarf shining brightly in the center could pass as a glimmering pupil, and the whisker-like edges resemble cosmic eyelashes.

Stars like the sun will likely end up as planetary nebulas when they die.

And as spectacular as these formations are, they're gone in a cosmic blink of an eye.

Planetary nebulas like NGC 3918 exist for just a few tens of thousands of years, according to NASA.

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John Wyckoff 2018-03-31
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You haven’t somehow been sent to an insect collecting site.

Display makers have been trying to combat reflections and glare ever since the CRT was first introduced, to varying degrees of success.

This was pretty common in the CRT monitors of the ’70s and ’80s, but fell out of favor — for a glaringly (pardon the pun) obvious reason.

A rougher surface makes reflections a lot less distinct (rather than looking like a mirror, light reflected by the screen surface just becomes a hazy glow), but still reflects just as much light.

For this little bit of questionable benefit, you get the added bonus of having your displayed images look hazy and out of focus, too!

Oddly enough, when LCDs started displacing CRTs in PC monitors, they had matte-finish screens just like the older CRTs, and this was actually touted as one of their advantages over CRT monitors!

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Thomas Saeler 2016-08-12
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Okay seriously… they make gaming glasses ?

Like, special glasses you wear while you re playing video games?

How could this possibly be anything but a scam?

If you ve never tried gaming glasses, they definitely sound like some kind of ridiculous as seen on TV junk.

But all it takes is slipping a pair on for about 5 seconds before you realize that this is no scam.

Instead, gaming glasses do wonders to kill glare and sharpen the images you see on your screen, all while blocking harmful blue light and UV light that can damage your eyes irreparably over time.

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Paul Mize 2018-05-31
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Astronomers have captured a striking new image of the Tarantula Nebula that highlights its abundance of stars and stunning luminosity.

Orbiting our Milky Way galaxy is the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy.

The most remarkable feature of this galaxy is the Tarantula Nebula — an enormous cloud of dust and gas that holds some of the most massive stars astronomers have ever detected.

Using the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory in Chile, astronomers captured a new, mesmerizingly detailed image of the nebula.

The photo also reveals just how many star clusters call this nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, home.

[Cosmic Spider: Amazing Tarantula Nebula Photos]

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Mark Alexander 2017-05-02
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It is the element that, can create a win/win/win situation, allowing an organisation to enhance the mental wellbeing of people in a particular environment, reduce electricity usage and save on building costs.

Science has been researching the effects of light for over 15 years in which time we have come to understand that light is significant factor in our sleep patterns, metabolism, immune system, and overall health.

In the last 5 years neuroscience has also been investigating how light affects cognitive process such as attention and memory.

However, despite the abundant knowledge on light, quality of light is still something that is missing from the conversation.

These questions are now being asked across the built environment supply chain, from software producers, technology companies to architects.

In a recent article featured in Archdaily, software company, Sefaira raised similar questions from a rendering perspective.

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Charles Glass 2016-07-13
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Motocross and dirt bike riders have a new lens choice this summer: the Oakley Prizm MX.

Oakley first introduced Prizm lenses for goggles in 2014 for snow sports, and has since rolled the technology into summer sports such as cycling, trail running, golf, fishing, and even cricket.

Oakley s original design intent when creating Prizm was to fine-tune the wavelengths of light that are most sensitive to the human eye, in an effort to boost contrast and detail.

The desired effect is to cut down on harsh light while minimally impacting color.

This is exceptionally important in snow, where much of the white terrain can blend together in flat lighting.

In the motocross model, this feature is tweaked to enhance the texture of dirt for better recognition of bumps, ruts, and mud, especially in the shadows.

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Steven Condon 2016-12-22
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Polarizing filters have long been used as a tool to reduce glare, minimize reflections, and improve the color of the sky in photographs by absorbing certain wavelengths of light before they hit the sensor or film inside a camera.

Traditionally, these filters have been placed in front of the lens via screw-on and drop-in setups, but there have been attempts to add polarizers directly inside the camera to reduce the need for fragile external components.

The technology has yet to go mainstream though, due to complicated designs, limited capabilities, and cost efficiency.

Soon though, that might not be the case.

Sony has announced that it is working on a new backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with an integrated polarizing filter.

Instead of placing a glass polarizing filter in front of your lens, Sony s prototype sensor uses a metal grid atop the sensor s photodiodes that acts as a polarizer to selectively reduce unwanted glare and reflections in an image.

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Dave Rogriguez 2018-09-18
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The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile captured this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 3981 in May 2018.

The image was taken using the ESO's FORS2 instrument, as part of the Cosmic Gems program, which photographs the southern skies when conditions aren't good for scientific observations.

An asteroid's trail can also be seen near the top, slightly right of center.

The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile has a busy observation schedule, but sometimes cloudy or moonlit skies mean a temporary halt to scientific measurements.

During those times, the observatory team chooses interesting and beautiful objects across the southern skies to image in color.

In May 2018, the telescope turned its sights to the spiral galaxy NGC 3981, which lies 65 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Crater.

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Anthony Sullivan 2018-04-19
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The Hubble Space Telescope knows how to celebrate its anniversary in style.

Each year, the telescope team releases a new, mind-blowing image of something gorgeous.

The Lagoon Nebula is the winner for 2018.

NASA also released a fly-through video of the nebula that takes you soaring through the Hubble view.

Hubble, a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), launched on April 24, 1990.

The ESA's Hubble site describes the Lagoon Nebula as a "colossal object" that's 55 light-years in width and 20 light-years in height.

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John Johannes 2016-06-30
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Tree-lined streets, good schools, quiet road and low-intensity streetlights...

That last one may not have made it on your checklist for finding your last home, apartment or condo, but doctors now say it probably should have.

Even though they save energy, some light-emitting diode or LED streetlights are too bright and may actually be putting your health and security at risk, according to new recommendations from the American Medical Association, the largest professional association of doctors in the U.S.

The benefits of LED lights include a lot of energy and cost savings.

And the lifetime of LED lights is two to four times that of older, non-LED lights, which means lower maintenance costs for cities that need to change a street s lightbulbs when they go out.

But the bottom line from the AMA is that high-intensity LED streetlights that emit too much blue light can actually throw off sleep patterns of the people living in those neighborhoods and make nighttime glare on roads worse than conventional lights.

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0
Efrain Johnson 2016-08-22
img

When you submerge your hand in water for a while, your fingers begin to wrinkle.

It's not an entirely settled question, but the current thinking is that it gives humans a better grip on wet objects.

Jellyfish skin also wrinkles, but not in the presence of water or they'd be wrinkled their entire lives .

"When they're scared, some types of jellyfish form a wrinkled surface that is opaque and warns off predators," said Songshan Zeng, who's working on developing new, wrinkled materials inspired by nature.

"That same surface is transparent when it's flat."

"Our experimental materials use cracks, folds or wrinkles to mimic the surface engineering of skin," said Luyi Sun, heading the research.

John Wyckoff 2018-03-31
img

You haven’t somehow been sent to an insect collecting site.

Display makers have been trying to combat reflections and glare ever since the CRT was first introduced, to varying degrees of success.

This was pretty common in the CRT monitors of the ’70s and ’80s, but fell out of favor — for a glaringly (pardon the pun) obvious reason.

A rougher surface makes reflections a lot less distinct (rather than looking like a mirror, light reflected by the screen surface just becomes a hazy glow), but still reflects just as much light.

For this little bit of questionable benefit, you get the added bonus of having your displayed images look hazy and out of focus, too!

Oddly enough, when LCDs started displacing CRTs in PC monitors, they had matte-finish screens just like the older CRTs, and this was actually touted as one of their advantages over CRT monitors!

Paul Mize 2018-05-31
img

Astronomers have captured a striking new image of the Tarantula Nebula that highlights its abundance of stars and stunning luminosity.

Orbiting our Milky Way galaxy is the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy.

The most remarkable feature of this galaxy is the Tarantula Nebula — an enormous cloud of dust and gas that holds some of the most massive stars astronomers have ever detected.

Using the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory in Chile, astronomers captured a new, mesmerizingly detailed image of the nebula.

The photo also reveals just how many star clusters call this nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, home.

[Cosmic Spider: Amazing Tarantula Nebula Photos]

Charles Glass 2016-07-13
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Motocross and dirt bike riders have a new lens choice this summer: the Oakley Prizm MX.

Oakley first introduced Prizm lenses for goggles in 2014 for snow sports, and has since rolled the technology into summer sports such as cycling, trail running, golf, fishing, and even cricket.

Oakley s original design intent when creating Prizm was to fine-tune the wavelengths of light that are most sensitive to the human eye, in an effort to boost contrast and detail.

The desired effect is to cut down on harsh light while minimally impacting color.

This is exceptionally important in snow, where much of the white terrain can blend together in flat lighting.

In the motocross model, this feature is tweaked to enhance the texture of dirt for better recognition of bumps, ruts, and mud, especially in the shadows.

Dave Rogriguez 2018-09-18
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The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile captured this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 3981 in May 2018.

The image was taken using the ESO's FORS2 instrument, as part of the Cosmic Gems program, which photographs the southern skies when conditions aren't good for scientific observations.

An asteroid's trail can also be seen near the top, slightly right of center.

The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile has a busy observation schedule, but sometimes cloudy or moonlit skies mean a temporary halt to scientific measurements.

During those times, the observatory team chooses interesting and beautiful objects across the southern skies to image in color.

In May 2018, the telescope turned its sights to the spiral galaxy NGC 3981, which lies 65 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Crater.

John Johannes 2016-06-30
img

Tree-lined streets, good schools, quiet road and low-intensity streetlights...

That last one may not have made it on your checklist for finding your last home, apartment or condo, but doctors now say it probably should have.

Even though they save energy, some light-emitting diode or LED streetlights are too bright and may actually be putting your health and security at risk, according to new recommendations from the American Medical Association, the largest professional association of doctors in the U.S.

The benefits of LED lights include a lot of energy and cost savings.

And the lifetime of LED lights is two to four times that of older, non-LED lights, which means lower maintenance costs for cities that need to change a street s lightbulbs when they go out.

But the bottom line from the AMA is that high-intensity LED streetlights that emit too much blue light can actually throw off sleep patterns of the people living in those neighborhoods and make nighttime glare on roads worse than conventional lights.

James Talbot 2018-09-04
img

Many people enjoy gazing at the night sky, and once in a while, something up there appears to look right back at us.

Planetary nebula NGC 3918 shines brightly in a dazzling new photo that NASA described in a statement Aug. 24.

The space agency calls the nebula a "celestial eye," and a little creativity makes it easy to see why: The rounded and expanded clouds of dust and gas look like a fluorescent iris in the heavens, the white dwarf shining brightly in the center could pass as a glimmering pupil, and the whisker-like edges resemble cosmic eyelashes.

Stars like the sun will likely end up as planetary nebulas when they die.

And as spectacular as these formations are, they're gone in a cosmic blink of an eye.

Planetary nebulas like NGC 3918 exist for just a few tens of thousands of years, according to NASA.

Thomas Saeler 2016-08-12
img

Okay seriously… they make gaming glasses ?

Like, special glasses you wear while you re playing video games?

How could this possibly be anything but a scam?

If you ve never tried gaming glasses, they definitely sound like some kind of ridiculous as seen on TV junk.

But all it takes is slipping a pair on for about 5 seconds before you realize that this is no scam.

Instead, gaming glasses do wonders to kill glare and sharpen the images you see on your screen, all while blocking harmful blue light and UV light that can damage your eyes irreparably over time.

Mark Alexander 2017-05-02
img

It is the element that, can create a win/win/win situation, allowing an organisation to enhance the mental wellbeing of people in a particular environment, reduce electricity usage and save on building costs.

Science has been researching the effects of light for over 15 years in which time we have come to understand that light is significant factor in our sleep patterns, metabolism, immune system, and overall health.

In the last 5 years neuroscience has also been investigating how light affects cognitive process such as attention and memory.

However, despite the abundant knowledge on light, quality of light is still something that is missing from the conversation.

These questions are now being asked across the built environment supply chain, from software producers, technology companies to architects.

In a recent article featured in Archdaily, software company, Sefaira raised similar questions from a rendering perspective.

Steven Condon 2016-12-22
img

Polarizing filters have long been used as a tool to reduce glare, minimize reflections, and improve the color of the sky in photographs by absorbing certain wavelengths of light before they hit the sensor or film inside a camera.

Traditionally, these filters have been placed in front of the lens via screw-on and drop-in setups, but there have been attempts to add polarizers directly inside the camera to reduce the need for fragile external components.

The technology has yet to go mainstream though, due to complicated designs, limited capabilities, and cost efficiency.

Soon though, that might not be the case.

Sony has announced that it is working on a new backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with an integrated polarizing filter.

Instead of placing a glass polarizing filter in front of your lens, Sony s prototype sensor uses a metal grid atop the sensor s photodiodes that acts as a polarizer to selectively reduce unwanted glare and reflections in an image.

Anthony Sullivan 2018-04-19
img

The Hubble Space Telescope knows how to celebrate its anniversary in style.

Each year, the telescope team releases a new, mind-blowing image of something gorgeous.

The Lagoon Nebula is the winner for 2018.

NASA also released a fly-through video of the nebula that takes you soaring through the Hubble view.

Hubble, a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), launched on April 24, 1990.

The ESA's Hubble site describes the Lagoon Nebula as a "colossal object" that's 55 light-years in width and 20 light-years in height.