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some amazing stuff from: istartedsomething.com done by microsoft research and the university of Washington: if you think youâ€™ve seen whatâ€™s possible with Photosynth, then youâ€™ve seen nothing yet. The collaborative research team from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research who only two years ago in 2006 published their paper â€œPhoto Tourismâ€ and their technology demonstration â€œPhotosynthâ€ have again pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved by intuitively processing the abundance of digital images shared on the web.This week at SIGGRAPH 2008 theyâ€™re sharing with the world some even better technology theyâ€™ve been working on which they call â€œFinding Paths through the Worldâ€™s Photosâ€œ. Donâ€™t let the name fool you, itâ€™s damn cool. If youâ€™re not much of a reading person like me, take a look at this video demonstration. (Watch it till the end) This technology is much better than Photosynth simply because instead of just presenting individual photographs in a cool 3D environment, it actually manipulates the photo to give you a seamless and more lifelike experience. Itâ€™s one thing to click around different photos taken at a particular museum, itâ€™s a whole other story to â€œwalk throughâ€ the museum. Now if you want to know exactly how they did it, and youâ€™re a rocket scientist, take a look at their conference paper. For the rest of us, just take it for granted.
via TechCrunch by John Biggs on 7/25/08 Noted Computer Science professor Randy Pausch passed away today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Pausch was a founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and worked on the Alice program, an animated educational system for high school and college students. It’s not difficult to find educators in CS who are as personable as Dr. Pausch was but it is definitely rare to find one filled with such kindness and an undeniable love for life. “But we don’t beat the Reaper by living longer. We beat the Reaper by living well” said Dr. Pausch, who urged the graduates to find and pursue their passion. He put an exclamation point at the end of his remarks by kissing his wife, Jai, and carrying her off stage. He is survived by his wife and children Dylan, Logan, and Chloe. Donations can be made to the Carnegie Mellon’s Randy Pausch Memorial Fund. His last lecture: I know the video is long, but do yourself a favor and watch it !! Update: I also found this other video of him that i watched before:
Dr. Richard Nebel from? EMC2 is continuing Dr. Robert Bussards Polywell Fusion ideas to produce a machine that can produce unlimited clean and safe electricity. I found a forum where Dr. Nebel and heaps of other people discuss the progress, problems and simulations on how this device will work. Indrek Mandre has created some very pretty simulations of the electric field and some animations of the electron paths here polywell polywell electric field ps: if you have no idea what this is all about please watch Dr. Bussards presentation at the Google campus? this man could become famous for saving the world.