Today's pretty space pic, of the dark, cloudy center of the Omega Nebula, strikes our fancy due to its ominous scratchiness, like a beautiful cerulean and red painting marred by handfuls of dirt scraped across its surface. The nebula is about 5,000 light-years away, and is a famous star-forming region--those individual little dots glowing through the haze are young stars. See more pretty space pics here. [via APOD]
Our buddies over at Pop Photo just posted their first impressions of the newest beta version of Photoshop, CS6. Looks like a pretty big update to CS5, both in front of and behind the scenes--it's got a healthy charcoal background, plus a lot of features that might make Photoshop less threatening to the beginner, like an improved auto mode, more work in content-aware tech, some basic drag-and-drop video editing capabilities, and some nice lens blur effects (like a tilt-shift simulation). And all of that comes with a healthy boost in speed. Read more about it at Pop Photo.
Were these photos of New York taken by tourists, or by natives?
By Eric Fischer and John LounsberyPosted 02.07.2012 at 1:01 pm 0 Comments
Eric Fischer analyzed thousands of photos of New York. Based on the historical data from each uploader's Flickr account, he deduced which were taken by tourists and which by locals, and plotted the results on a map.
Now we've turned the geo-data into a game. Can you figure out which photos are which?
A multicolored mouse eye, the macro-scale universe, alien slugs on the face of a baby cucumber — all these images accomplish a pretty impressive feat: They look awesome, and they can teach us something about the world we live in and our place in it. They are among the winners of the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation. Check out our gallery of some of the winners.
Life put together a gallery of the photographs of Fritz Goro, a German-born photographer for Life as well as Scientific American. Goro died in 1986, but was once called "the most influential photographer that science journalism (and science in general) has ever known." The photos are pretty amazing, for their subject matter and for their pure aesthetics. Check out the gallery over at Life.
We've got a delightfully plant-and-animal-heavy Images roundup for you this week, like newly rediscovered monkeys, unbelievably beautiful polar invertebrates (above), gorgeous orchids, and more. Of course, there are also some pretty space pics, because we love them, and you love them, and everyone else loves them, and a whole lot more.
Clothing that adapts to hide you whatever your surroundings are
By David HamblingPosted 01.12.2012 at 10:12 am 13 Comments
Camouflage works by confusing the brain. Disruptive patterns obscure a form’s outline, making objects less likely to stand out. But camo has a weakness: No pattern works for every environment. Special Operations Apps, a software design firm in Wilmington, N.C., has developed a process to make site-specific camouflage.
Looking back on the week that was, in photos. This week's crop of amazing science and tech images includes a real-life version of the house from Up, bugs trying to mate with beer bottles, and outrageously gorgeous molecular clouds in our own galaxy.