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October 21st, 2018 at 10:51 am

At 10 trillion frames per second, this camera captures light in slow motion

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Light is the fastest thing in the universe, so trying to catch it on the move is necessarily something of a challenge. We’ve had some success, but a new rig built by Caltech scientists pulls down a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second, meaning it can capture light as it travels along — and they have plans to make it a hundred times faster.

Understanding how light moves is fundamental to many fields, so it isn’t just idle curiosity driving the efforts of Jinyang Liang and his colleagues — not that there’d be anything wrong with that either. But there are potential applications in physics, engineering, and medicine that depend heavily on the behavior of light at scales so small, and so short, that they are at the very limit of what can be measured.

You may have heard about billion- and trillion-FPS cameras in the past, but those were likely “streak cameras” that do a bit of cheating to achieve those numbers.

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September 1st, 2017 at 10:15 am

People will take 1.2 trillion digital photos this year — thanks to smartphones

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Thanks to smartphones, millions of people around the globe are turning into prolific photographers. According to estimates from InfoTrends, people will take a hundred billion more photos in 2017 than they did in 2016. As highlighted by this chart from Statista — which is based on the InfoTrends’ data — the vast majority of those photos will be taken on smartphones.

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October 14th, 2015 at 9:32 pm

MIT researchers develop super-fast camera that photographs a trillion frames per second

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Researchers at MIT have developed a new camera that can photograph a trillion frames per second. Compare that with a traditional movie camera which takes a mere 24. This new advancement in photographic technology has given scientists the ability to photograph the movement of the fastest thing in the Universe, light.

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December 20th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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What he lacks in muscle and leg strength, he makes up for in wires …or whatever that is!

Quote of the Day:  “All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.” — H. L. Mencken

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August 10th, 2014 at 8:02 am

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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As always, if your airline seat is not comfortable, just get up and walk around!

Quote of the Day:  “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol

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July 15th, 2014 at 8:24 am

The Laws of Exponential Capabilities

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Futurist Thomas Frey: When people like Google CEO, Larry Page, Virgin’s Richard Branson, and X-Prize Foundation CEO, Peter Diamandis, talk about us entering into a period of abundance, there has been a natural tendency to assume we’ll be entering into a life of leisure. People won’t have to work as hard and we will all have more time for travel, vacations, and play.

 

 

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June 10th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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Sometimes the big picture is even bigger than the BIG picture!

Quote of the Day:  ”Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” – Bertrand Russell

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May 14th, 2014 at 8:06 am

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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When Rex applied for the job as pool security guard, he was imagining far more bikinis!

Quote of the Day: “I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.” – Edith Sitwell

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April 30th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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“Don’t make me dig out my claws!”

Quote of the Day: “A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” – Baltasar Gracian

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April 6th, 2014 at 9:16 am

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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Some kids are raised by wolves! This guy, not so lucky!

Quote of the Day: “Beware of complexity disguised as a solution.” – Futurist Thomas Frey

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