Behold the Most Accurate Simulation of an F5 Tornado Ever

As awful as the movie Twister was, it helped bring to light the challenges of researching tornadoes. Namely, how do you get close enough to study something that's powerful enough to kill you? One obvious solution is to simulate them, and thanks to recent advancements, a team of researchers was finally able to create a… » 11/10/14 1:28pm 11/10/14 1:28pm

We Didn't Know How Tire Sounds Are Made Until Now

With supercomputers capable of beating our best chess and Jeopardy players, you'd think that being able to simulate the sounds a tire makes while rolling on a road was easy—but it's not. In fact, Yokohama had to team up with the Japanese equivalent of NASA to finally recreate how air and sound behave around the… » 3/20/14 8:47am 3/20/14 8:47am

Even computer simulations have trouble with walking sometimes

We were once toddlers before. We've gotten drunk as recent as a few days ago. We maybe got too sore from working out. And we're not always perfectly balanced. We know how awkward it can be sometimes to just... walk. It's okay! It's not always as easy as it looks! Look, even computer simulations tasked to figure out… » 1/14/14 11:32pm 1/14/14 11:32pm

Even the Crappiest of Computers Can Handle ASCII Fluid Simulations

The incredibly lifelike computer simulations of snow and water seen in effects-heavy Hollywood blockbusters—and even video games—require a significant amount of computing power. It's not uncommon for a single frame of a movie to require days to render, and these days visual effect studios have more computing power… » 11/28/13 5:30pm 11/28/13 5:30pm

This Fabric Simulator Will Make CG Characters Sound More Realistic Than…

Every last detail can help make a computer-generated character seem more realistic. So a team of researchers at Cornell University have developed a simulator that can accurately recreate the sound of cloth so that the CG characters you see on screen also sound as authentic as possible. » 9/27/12 9:23am 9/27/12 9:23am