Every driver has experienced the frustration of traffic jams that develop out of thin air on the freeway—no accident, no lane closure, no presidential motorcade. Just a sudden, maddening, inexplicable slowdown. Now you can explore this phenomenon firsthand with an online interactive simulation.
Meet the titanosaur. It’s the newest exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, and it’s a dinosaur cast so large it doesn’t even fit into a single room.
The image you’re looking at is a glimpse into our future. Welcome to July 2099, according to 21 different climate models. CO2 concentrations have topped 900 parts per million, comprising nearly 0.1 percent of our atmosphere. (In early 2015, we hit 400).
An animation studio can spend days rendering a scene that features water, smoke and other substances that affect light (and its simulation) in complex ways. Now, a team led by Disney Research Zürich has developed a computational algorithm that can reduce rendering times for such scenes by a factor of up to 1,000.
You can spend a lot of time on model-building or paper airplane folding, but Italian architect Luigi Prina does both. His flying models hang from the ceiling of his small studio as a reminder of his 20+ year design hobby.
Charles Bonini was a business professor who noticed a problem with the way people understand complex situations. When he investigated, he found that it wasn't a problem so much as an unresolvable paradox.
For most history students, "exploring the past" means sifting through mountains of data. But digital archaeologist Marcus Abbott wants to make early human civilization—or its digital simulacra—freely accessible to anyone who wants to explore it. His first prehistoric VR environment? A 3,000-year-old spiritual site in…
In the television show Person of Interest the Machine uses government surveillance data to predict individuals who will be involved in a crime, whether as a perpetrator or a victim. How close are we to a real-life version of the Machine? Current statistical modeling systems suggest we're not far off.
Also, own a 3D printer and some 3D digital modeling software and have some sick design skills. Besides that, not a very difficult costume to pull off.
Remember Roland, the unlikely contestant for a £2,000 shopping spree, photo shoot, and modeling agency intro? Well, he won. By a lot—he was almost 66,000 votes ahead of his second place competition. We did it!
At Waseda University, researchers are developing a 3D face generation process that requires no special equipment. It combines 3D measurement data from thousands of faces with a single photograph to extrapolate what your features will look like, cheaply and quickly.
Not to turn this into a secondary job board for Apple or anything, but they're opening up a position for a digital 3D modeler/CAD sculptor to create renderings of possible and future products. It's interesting because the turnover there for the position is really low, and it may be the only time you get a chance to…
The University of Rochester has just devised a way of reproducing music in a file that's compressed 1,000 times smaller than an MP3 file. The way they do it—physically modeling an instrument in a computer and then feeding it input variables (breath, tongue, fingers) in order to generate the output tone—seems super…