Japanese television: The gift that keeps on giving.
Tag: Science (71-80 of 89)
I don’t believe in ghosts, but this footage — captured on a security camera in a London dungeon — almost makes me want to rethink my position. Look for some movement in the upper-right panel around the 0:43 mark. This is pretty scary stuff — those easily frightened should probably not watch. You’ve been warned. Oh — and Happy Halloween!
Founded eight years ago as the Camden Technology Conference (after the small Maine town that is home to several of its forward-thinking organizers), Poptech has turned into an annual gathering of mass-media and technology leaders — a place to witness "powerful ideas and innovative projects that are changing the world." This year’s conference is underway (it closes today) — but it’s not to late to watch and listen to some of our generation’s brightest minds engage in lively discussions about how to make this planet a smaller and better place.
Hey, bud, c’mere! Take a look at the squares in the box at left. Do they look like they’re uniformly spaced? Really? Are you sure? … Okay. Thanks for playing along. I know that you know that these are ordinary squares. You’re no rube — you saw that this was a site with lotsa swell optical illusions and other, you know, visual phenomena. Hey, before you go, be sure to check out some of the Flash-animated effects, like the "Reverse Spoke Illusion" and the "Stepping Feet" — you’ll thank me later, chief.
Tonight, the Discovery Channel debuts its new show Time Warp, which uses high-speed photo technology — up to 10,000 frames per second — to show what it really looks like when a man, say, juggles chainsaws, takes a punch to the face (you’ll want to watch that below), or uses a Blendtec blender on gumballs and butane lighters.
Awesome, right? I know Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET is a busy time for
your DVR you, so I’ve taken the liberty of linking to Discovery’s Time Warp schedule: Tonight’s back-to-back episodes repeat at midnight.So, is this the only acceptable use of slo-mo camerawork (outside of sports), or just one of the best? If you answer the latter, name your favorite slo-mo scenes… so we can judge you.
A new study by German scientists suggests there’s a genetic explanation as to why horror films amuse some folks, yet fill others with nameless dread. Researchers tested 96 women on their response to crime-scene images and unexpected loud noises, and found that ones with a certain variation of something called the "COMT gene" startled more dramatically than others.
Despite the depth of my scientific knowledge*, I’m not sure how solid the study is. I am, however, vindicated knowing it was not me who, in the middle of a crowded movie theater back in 2002, curled my knees up to my chest, pressed my fists up to my forehead, squinted my eyes, and made a pathetic "eeep" sound when Scary McLonghair crawled out of that television set in The Ring.
So tell me, PopWatchers: Do any of you have the same easily rattled genes as me? And would you be interested in a "cure" for what ails you? (My short answer can be found by clicking here.)
* Took courses called "sociobiology" and "geology" to fill college science requirement.
Tell me I wasn’t the only one who tuned in for the premiere of History Channel’s Jurassic Fight Club last night (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET). The first face-off pitted Majungatholus against Majungatholus (pictured) in a CGI battle to the death based on a scenario paleontologists deduced from fossil finds on the island of Madagascar. The first 45 minutes showed the science that determined that a female dinosaur had gone cannibal on a male. The final 15 minutes recreated their deadly encounter, after an ominous flashing of the warning "YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE A GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF A VIOLENT PREHISTORIC BATTLE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED." Allow me to give you the fascinating play-by-play after the jump.
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