Thursday, April 5, 2012

Google Unveils Project Glass: Wearable Augmented Reality Glasses

Google today went public with its plans to offer augmented reality glasses, which it’s calling “Project Glass.” 
Unveiling the project should make it easier for Google to test the weird-looking glasses in public. As currently designed, they have a horizontal frame that rests on a wearer’s nose, with a wider strip of computer and a little clear display on the right side. So they’re not really “glasses” in the traditional sense at all.
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Babak Parviz

Steve Lee

Sebastian Thrun

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Self-sculpting sand

New algorithms could enable heaps of ‘smart sand’ that can assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts. 
Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool. A few seconds later, you reach into the box and pull out a full-size footstool: The sand has assembled itself into a large-scale replica of the model.
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Euclid as the Father of Geometry

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Chemtrail conspiracy theory

The chemtrail conspiracy theory holds that some trails left by aircraft are actually chemical or biological agentsdeliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by government officials.[1] This theory is not accepted by the scientific community, which states that they are just normal contrails, and that there is no scientific evidence supporting the chemtrail theory.
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Chemical Brothers - Don't Think

Something happened during the initial theatrical screenings of the Chemical Brothers' concert documentary Don't Think that, while spontaneous, also felt like a foregone conclusion: audiences got up and danced. Sharing a darkened room with a flashy, quick-cutting, psychedelic sensory overload blasted out in Dolby Surround can do that to people. Especially when it's based around a set from arguably the most enduringly successful rave-gone-pop act of all time. Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have built a 20-year canon that can effortlessly fill 90 minutes with wave after wave of euphoric, body-shaking classics. And at a time when their occasionally-bumpy transition from next-big-thing 1990s icons to Hanna-scoring cool older brothers has positioned them as elder statesmen of a resurgent moment for electronic dance music, the role of a generation-bridging legacy act has fit them well. So while Gondry and Jonze did them plenty of justice in the MTV era, an actual audiovisual document of their mind-bending live show feels a bit overdue.
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Malaysian Grand Prix: five talking points from Sepang - Nico Rosberg must step up, Sergio Pérez may be the real deal and Bernie Ecclestone is right about water's entertainment value

In 2010, when Michael Schumacher made his comeback, and again last year, the seven-times world champion was consistently beaten by his younger team-mate, both in qualifying and on race day. But this season Schumacher, in his 44th year, appears to have the upper hand. Rosberg was 12th in Australia and 13th on Sunday and seemed to be standing still as a succession of rivals went past him. He is a seriously competent driver but he will never win his maiden grand prix at this rate. But even with Schumacher looking hungrier than before, the Mercedes, so promising on Saturday afternoon, is a Sunday washout. If they are cheating with their new DRS-driven F-duct, as some teams rather churlishly suggest, they are not making a very good job of it.
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"He also has an uncanny knack of looking after his tyres as if they were his own."

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The success of the her­oine Lisbeth Salander suggests a hunger in audiences for an action picture hero who is not a white 35ish male with stubble on his chin. Such characters are often effective, but they sometimes seem on loan from other films. There are few characters anywhere like Salander, played here by Rooney Mara and by Noomi Rapace in the original 2009 Swedish picture. Thin, stark, haunted, with a look that crosses goth with S&M, she is fearsomely intelligent and emotionally stranded.
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War Horse

The closing shots of Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" will stir emotions in every serious movie lover. The sky is painted with a deeply red-orange sunset. A lone rider is seen far away on the horizon. The rider approaches and dismounts. He embraces a woman and a man. They all embrace the horse's head. Music swells. This footage, with the rich colors and dramatic framing on what is either a soundstage or intended to look like one, could come directly from a John Ford Western.
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Smashing Pumpkins Webisode #6 - Today

Paper: New iPad app that draws on simplicity

Paper is a beautiful new drawing and cataloging app for “free” that features a minimalist UI. With that said, the business model might not be to everyone’s liking. In app purchases: $2 for each new brush, which seems somewhat steep at first blush. However, this is such a well done app that it might just take off.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins Pick EMI Label Services for Launch of New Album; 'Oceania' to Hit Stores June 19th, 2012

EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution has announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement withMartha’s Music to release the highly anticipated album from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS entitled OCEANIAon June 19th, 2012. The agreement covers the world excluding Canada, Brazil and Australia. 
Produced by THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ frontman Billy Corgan, OCEANIA is an intense and dynamic offering that will appeal to new and existing fans of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS alike. OCEANIA, the band’s7th studio record, is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.
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