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John Underkoffler points to the future of UI

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled?

INCREDIBLE: The Iceland Volcano

Icelander Sean Stiegemeier was frustrated at the various “mediocre” photos of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano that stopped Europe and decided he wanted to turn what has been somewhat of a nightmare into a thing of beauty.

This video is nothing short of incredible. Sit back, expand to full screen, turn up the volume and be mesmerized.

Visual Illusion: magnet-like slopes

Top 10 finalist of the Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest 2010
Koukichi Sugihara
Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences, Japan

In this video, wooden balls roll up the slopes just as if they are pulled by a magnet. The behavior of the balls seems impossible, because it is against the gravity. The video is not a computer graphic, but a real scene. What is actually happening is that the orientations of the slopes are perceived oppositely, and hence the descending motion is misinterpreted as ascending motion. This illusion is remarkable in that it is generated by a three-dimensional solid object and physical motion, instead of a two-dimensional picture.

Apollo 11 Launch

This amazing video by Spacecraft Films shows the July 16, 1969 launch of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the moon. The camera was rolling at a whopping 500 frames per second, allowing the first 30 seconds of the launch to be slowed down into this 8-minute narrated video of pure awesomeness.

The Known Universe

'The Known Universe' takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet...

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