Tag: Science


‘Interactive Dynamic Video’ is Changing the VR Game

In a world that’s soon to be dominated by VR, the ability to create a life-like environment revolves almost wholly around advanced 3D modeling, an expensive and labor-intensive process that yields great results but comes at the expense of hundreds (or thousands) of man hours. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) may have a better way.

Source: MIT just changed the VR game with ‘Interactive Dynamic Video’ – The Next Web

The Science of “Cool”

It’s an attitude, a term of approval, and today, as much as any of these things, it’s a game of superficially rebellious status-chasing, centered on consumerism.

Source: The neuroscience of “cool” — Quartz

Wings From Dinosaur Times Discovered in Amber

A pair of wings found encased in amber suggest that the plumage of modern birds has remained almost unchanged from some of their dinosaur-era ancestors, according to scientists.

Source: Near-Perfect Wings from Dinosaur Times Discovered in Amber | The Verge

Did We Domesticate Dogs Twice?

Humans have a tighter bond with dogs than perhaps any other animal. But figuring out exactly how that bond developed has been a huge, tantalizing challenge for researchers. Now, an ambitious study of canine genetics suggests that dogs’ history is even more complex than we thought — and that the animals we know now actually come from two separate groups of ancient domesticated wolves in Europe and Asia.

Source: Dogs Were a Species So Nice, We Domesticated Them Twice | The Verge