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Carbon Nanotubes Bend Light Around Themselves To Form Invisibility Cloak

Fri November 11, 2011


From UTDallasComets

Researchers at UT Dallas recently demonstrated that transparent carbon nanotube sheets, which can have the density of air and the specific strength of steel, can be used to make objects invisible. The threadlike material becomes so hot when heated up that it can bend light around an object, making it look as if it has disappeared.

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Contests

Vistek Photo Challenge 2011

Fri November 11, 2011

Vistek is running a photo challenge for Canadian [only] photographers in 5 categories: Solitude, Courage, Joy, Hope and Mystery. In all, there are over $12,000 in prizes to be won. The contest runs from November 9, 2011 to February 24, 2012 and the winner will be announced on March 5th, 2012.

Here are the relevant rules pertaining to your rights:

All files are © to their respective owners

and

  • Files may be used in relation to marketing this contest or the contest for next year.
  • Winning photos may be displayed at various Vistek Locations.
  • Prints of the winning files will be displayed and sold for charity.

Kudos for Vistek for a great example of not doing a rights grab of photographer’s photos.

Enter the photo challenge at: Vistek.


Reviews on the Web

Nikon S1200pj Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Thu November 10, 2011

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

The projector is much brighter, more vivid and can create a bigger projection than before.

We’ve added a new Nikon COOLPIX S1200pj [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

PhotographyBLOG has just published their review of the Nikon Coolpix S1200pj, with 14.1MP (1/2.3-in. CCD) resolution, 5x wide-angle optical zoom (28-140mm equiv.), optical Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), P, Scene Modes, Smart Portrait, Filter Effects, HD 720p Movie 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, and a built-in projector (Projector Brightness: up to 20 lumens, Projector Image Size: 5 to 60 in., Projector Throw Distance: 0.26 to 3.1m). The S1200pj can now also project directly from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPod nano or iPod photo. An optional wireless remote is also available for purchase.

You can read the Nikon S1200pj Review @ PhotographyBLOG.

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Canon S100 Review @ TechRadar

Thu November 10, 2011

Canon PowerShot S100

Canon PowerShot S100

Superb handling, impressive image quality – particularly at high ISOs – slick, detailed Full HD video, plus a responsive, accurate GPS system, and you have the recipe for a pretty remarkable camera.

We’ve added another Canon PowerShot S100 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

TechRadar has published his review of the Canon S100, with 12.1MP resolution (1/1.7-in CMOS), 5x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (24-120mm equiv.), optical Image Stabilization, bright f/2.0 maximum aperture, customizable Control Ring (around lens), large 3.0-in. LCD (461K-dot), PASM modes, Scene Modes, RAW, High Sensitivity System (ISO 6400), ND Filter, GPS, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps with stereo sound, optical zooming during recording and high speed capture at 240fps (super slow motion playback).

Read the Canon S100 Review @ TechRadar.

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Olympus E-P3 Review @ Neocamera

Thu November 10, 2011

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Image quality of this digital camera is indeed good with low image noise up to ISO 800 and usable results up to ISO 3200 at reduced print sizes.

We’ve added another Olympus PEN E-P3 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

Neocamera has published their review of the Olympus E-P3, a Digital Interchangeable Lens Compact System Camera with 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm High Speed Live MOS Sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. LCD (614k-dot), Full HD Movie (1920×1080/60i) with stereo sound, Intelligent AUTO (auto scene recognition), Scene Modes, AF Tracking, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, PASM modes, Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb (up to 30 mins), Continuous Shooting at 5.5fps, RAW file format, Digital Level, MF Assist, a hot shoe, Live View Autofocus system with real time focus, Multiple Exposure, Wireless compatibility (using optional PP-1 Penpal or Eye-Fi card), and Art Filters.

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Behind The Scenes, Sponsored Post

Sesame Street Recording for TomTom GPS Behind The Scenes

Thu November 10, 2011

SPONSORED POST

Ernie and Bert voices are now available for TomTom GPS devices. It’ll cost you, though, at $12.95.


Articles

World’s Largest Digital Camera Boasts 3.2 Gigapixel Resolution

Thu November 10, 2011

The Department of Energy (DOE) has given the go-ahead to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)-led project to build the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s 3.2-billion-pixel camera — the largest digital camera in the world. It’s roughly the size of a small car and can take 800 panoramic images every night. Researchers will use these images to create a 3-D map of the entire southern sky .

[Editor’s note: We’re sure Google won’t be too far behind with the StreetView shuttle ;)]

Read the article at: R&D.

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Articles

Apple’s Patents Point To A 3D Display Screens Future

Thu November 10, 2011

Sure, we all know that patents do not necessarily a product make, but a glimpse at some of the patents that Apple has filed reveals what some of the bright minds at Cupertino are working on. We know that Apple is very particular about its displays and the following patents point to what future display screens on Apple products may turn out to be. Very Minority Report like.

Read the article by Brian Roemmele at Quora.


Reviews on the Web

Canon SX150 IS Review @ CameraLabs

Wed November 9, 2011

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is […] comfortable and enjoyable camera to use whether in point-and shoot auto modes or for fully manual operation.

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CameraLabs has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, with 14.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CCD), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (230k-dot), Smart AUTO, PASM, Scene Modes, and HD 720p movie 1280×720 @ 30fps.

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Press Releases

McAfee Alert for Consumers: The “12 Scams of Christmas”

Wed November 9, 2011

After checking it twice, McAfee today released its list of the “12 Scams of Christmas” to raise awareness and warn consumers of online scams designed to steal their money, personal information, or identities.

Cybercriminals know that people are spending more time online preparing for shopping adventures and vacation extravaganzas, and they’re trying to capitalize on holiday cheer by lying, cheating, and stealing. Amidst all the excitement and mayhem of holiday activities, it’s easy to fall prey to their scams. McAfee seeks to educate consumers on the dangers that await them, and this list details the myriad creative tactics employed by cybercriminals this year, ranging from phony Facebook promotions and contests to holiday phishing scams, from online coupon cons to hotel “wrong transaction” malware emails.


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Contests

PocketWizard Announces Make It Possible Photo Contest

Wed November 9, 2011

PocketWizard® Announces Make It Possible™ Photo Contest

PocketWizard Photo Products partners with SmugMug to create the first PocketWizard Photo Contest

So. Burlington, VT – November 8, 2011 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard radios, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the “Make it Possible” Photo Contest. Starting today, photographers are invited to show PocketWizard how they “Make it Possible” using PocketWizard Wireless Triggering systems by submitting a photo taken with a minimum of one off-camera flash triggered using PocketWizard radios.

The “Make it Possible” contest winner will receive one PocketWizard MiniTT1®, two FlexTT5®’s and one AC3 ZoneController for either Canon or Nikon plus a PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag and a 1-year SmugMug Pro Subscription and photo website customization. First- and second-place runner-ups will also be awarded prizes. Contest submissions will be accepted from now until December 30, 2011.

Final judging will be done by commercial-fashion photographer Mark Wallace. Mark is the face behind numerous PocketWizard video tutorials as well as the host and creator of the web-based video series “Digital Photography One on One” and “How’d They Do That?”, sponsored by AdoramaTV. Mark is also the co-founder of Snapfactory Studios.

“We are very excited to launch our first ever International PocketWizard Photo Contest and we look forward to the submissions we’ll receive from photographers of all levels who understand the benefit of shooting with off the camera flash. And having Mark Wallace as our contest judge brings it all together. As a photographer he’s technically proficient, as a teacher he’s first-rate and as a judge he’ll be suburb,” said Heather Ambrose, Marketing Manager at LPA Design.

PocketWizard Photo Products partnered with SmugMug, the industry-leading professional photography site display, sharing and protecting solution, to power the contest. “SmugMug’s unparalleled customization and powerful platform enables us to showcase world-class entries in its best light and makes sharing easy. The branded photo galleries will be the perfect complement to the entries we expect to receive,” stated Ambrose.

To enter the contest visit www.PocketWizard.com/inspirations/contests.

About PocketWizard
Incorporating the latest radio technology, PocketWizard (www.PocketWizard.com/) products exceed the demands of the working pro and photo enthusiast with durability, ease of use, advanced capabilities and legendary PocketWizard reliability.

PocketWizard products, including the PLUS® II, MultiMAX®, MiniTT1®,FlexTT5® and AC3 ZoneController are made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by distributors around the world including the MAC Group (www.MACgroupUS.com) in the USA.

About SmugMug
SmugMug is an independent company devoted to nothing but your priceless photos. Professional photographers, passionate amateurs and photo lovers get unlimited uploads and big, beautiful and customizable online galleries for easy sharing, printing and archiving. For more information visit http://www.smugmug.com.


Videos

How Did We Get To 7 Billion?

Wed November 9, 2011


From npr

Looks like somewhere during 1000 CE, we almost disappeared as a race, then rallied and never looked back as we made babies with a vengeance and healthcare got better (hence fewer deaths, longer life span).

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.

As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility — and population growth — have started to slow down, though the population will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline. But exact numbers are hard to come by — just small variations in fertility rates could mean a population of 15 billion by the end of the century.

Produced by Adam Cole
Cinematography by Maggie Starbard

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