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Aug 27, 2016

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked

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Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that’s required to see them as they were thousands of years ago.

Although it seems impossible to think that anything could be left to discover after thousands of years of wind, sun, sand, and art students, finding the long lost patterns on a piece of ancient Greek sculpture can be as easy as shining a lamp on it. A technique called ‘raking light’ has been used to analyze art for a long time. A lamp is positioned carefully enough that the path of the light is almost parallel to the surface of the object. When used on paintings, this makes brushstrokes, grit, and dust obvious. On statues, the effect is more subtle. Brush-strokes are impossible to see, but because different paints wear off at different rates, the stone is raised in some places – protected from erosion by its cap of paint – and lowered in others. Elaborate patterns become visible.

Ultraviolet is also used to discern patterns. UV light makes many organic compounds fluoresce. Art dealers use UV lights to check if art has been touched up, since older paints have a lot of organic compounds and modern paints have relatively little. On ancient Greek statues, tiny fragments of pigment still left on the surface glow bright, illuminating more detailed patterns.

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Aug 13, 2016

Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything Forever – CRISPR

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, media & arts

Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly.

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Aug 1, 2016

Quantum Computers Don’t Make Sense. But This One Makes Music

Posted by in categories: computing, media & arts, quantum physics

D-Wave making music.


A composer seeks to eavesdrop on the illogic at the heart of computing’s next wave.

Jul 26, 2016

Artificial intelligence is now writing music

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

The artificial intelligence “Magenta” wrote an original song, and it’s not half bad. Check it out.

Jul 19, 2016

Baidu built an AI that composes music after looking at art

Posted by in categories: information science, media & arts, robotics/AI, transportation

When Art Inspires AI; AI composes music.


Who says AI is only for big data crunching and driverless car driving?

Jul 18, 2016

No Man’s Sky will have a soundtrack written by algorithms

Posted by in categories: information science, mathematics, media & arts

Music for the game is ‘procedurally’ generated as players move through its universe.

Jul 11, 2016

A Sci-Fi Short Film: “THE SIGNAL”

Posted by in categories: energy, entertainment, internet, media & arts

Enjoy this VFX Sci-Fi Short Film… 2046. A new energy source, created to solve the world’s energy crisis, is believed to have deadly side effects. When The Signal’s inventor chooses to help a girl warn the public, he gains an unlikely ally to save the world from his own creation. Starring Michael Ealy and Grace Phipps, Written and Directed by Marcus Stokes!

On the web — http://www.thesignalmovie.com

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Jul 8, 2016

‘The Big Book of Science Fiction’ a portal to endless reading pleasure — By Jim Higgins | Journal Sentinel

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““The Big Book of Science Fiction” doesn’t codify a genre the way the Vandermeers’ previous mega-anthology “The Weird” did. Many good science-fiction anthologies exist, though I can’t think of any quite this large or this internationally inclusive.”

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Jun 22, 2016

Ray Kurzweil — The Age of Intelligent Machines Documentary

Posted by in categories: education, media & arts, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

The Age of Intelligent Machines was written and produced for the science museum exhibition “Robots and Beyond: The Age of Intelligent Machines” by Ray Kurzweil in 1987. This film was produced for a mainstream audience, and focuses on developments in artificial intelligence. Soundtrack features music by award winning recording artist Stevie Wonder. Film series features two parts: “Machines that Think” and “Intelligence, It’s Amazing!”

Jun 21, 2016

5 Places That Pay You To Live There

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