Tell me your palms don't get sweaty watching this video...I almost had to turn it off! Obviously not everyone shares my fear of heights:
Here is a clip from the show/documentary 'Ants! Nature's Secret Power' where researchers filled a massive abandoned ant tunnel network with cement, allowed it to dry for a moth and then excavated the surrounding soil to examine the structure of the network. Apparently it took 10-tonnes of cement to fill the entire structure. Amazing what these little creatures can do.
They are something that we look at every single day but never really look at: eyes. Here are some simply incredible close up shots of the human eye taken by an Armenian physics teacher Suren Manvelyan. What amazes me is how irregular and fibrous the iris looks. Check them out below:
Every now and then I like a good rain, but for the most part when it starts, I get both myself and my camera gear indoors. Here is a great set of photos I saw over at Digital Photography School of fabulous photos taken in the rain. Maybe I shouldn't me so quick to head for cover next time it rains.
(Click on the photos to see the photographer's page)
I just found out that BBC has been filming a sequel to its popular 'Planet Earth' series called 'Frozen Planet'. Here is a brief description of the series from the website:
"Frozen Planet takes you on the ultimate polar expedition. This landmark series brings to the screen the frozen wilderness of the Arctic and Antarctic as you have never seen them before, and may never see them again."
I loved the Planet Earth series and this one looks like it won't disappoint. More info can be found on the Frozen Planet website but here is the trailer if you're interested:
Jeff Han is a researcher at NYU and has developed a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface. The screen seems to be very responsive and 'natural' to work with and I can think of many applications where this would be useful. For instance, how nice would it be to be able to flip through digital photos as if they're sitting on a table in front of you and to resize them with only a quick finger gesture? Also, think about photo editing software; many aspects of post processing would be much more natural as you could use your fingers instead of a mouse pointer. The Google Earth demo is also quite neat.
Check out the TED talk below where he demonstrates the abilities of the screen
Here is a wonderful short film created for TMG Health by Kipany Pictures about a pioneer travelling across Iceland. The scenery is gorgeous cinematography is extremely well done. There are so many interesting angles, perspectives and it has a great 'mood' to it. Makes me want to go explore!
I know I've already posted several time-lapse videos but I just can't resist. They are just so spectacular - and spectacular is the perfect word to describe this one. It was originally created to promote tourism in Finland and was shot with DSLR cameras. Enjoy!
Photography, science and technology articles pop all over the web on a daily basis. FocusPoints aims to collect and share some of the more interesting ones, as well as original photographs, articles and reviews in a manner that hopefully won't bore the socks off you.