1. Tech

    Police Can ID Criminals From Reflections In Their Victim’s Eyes Now

    I guess we all have to stop making fun of CSI, because new research is allowing police to identify criminals just by using the reflections in a victim's eye. Calling the pupil a "black mirror," contrast-adjusted, high-resolution images of a victim's face could start blowing cases wide open (do they say that still?)

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  2. Tech

    Pinhole Camera Turns Empty Apartments Into Surreal, Upside-down Cityscapes [Video]

    Today in really awesome things, photographers Romain Alary and Antoine Levi create amazing works of visual art by setting up a camera obscura to pick up outdoor scenes and project them upside-down in empty indoor spaces. This video depicts a Parisian apartment, and it's basically the prettiest thing to come out of France since Marion Cotillard started an international career.

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  3. Tech

    Drone Strike: Quadrotor Camera Smacks Newlyweds During Photo Shoot [Video]

    When it's your wedding day you want everything to go off without a hitch, but when it's somebody else's wedding day sometimes those hitches are the best part. This video shows a newlywed couple getting smacked with a quadrotor drone camera during their photo shoot, and I can't stop laughing.

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  4. Tech

    A Few Good Men, On Foot, Photograph Entire Florida Coastline for Google Maps

    Gregg Matthews and Chris Officer are walking on the Florida beaches, in hiking boots, with camera orbs strapped to their backs as a job. The Florida tourism agency is paying them and one other team to gather images that will be compiled into panoramas and then sold to Google Maps-- all 825 miles of it.

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  5. Tech

    150-Gigapixel Panorama Makes Tokyo – And Your Head – Spin

    Take a look at one of the largest digital images ever created, a panoramic view of Tokyo from high atop Tokyo Tower. Photographer Jeffrey Martin, who runs the blog 360Cities, has outdone himself with this view of the city. It had to be stitched together from thousands of individual high-res images, but the end result is stunning to behold.

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  6. Space

    This Gorgeous Star Trail Video Happens to Feature Cameos by Dinosaurs

    Borrego Springs, California is one of four certified "Dark Sky Communities" in the world according the Dark Sky Association -- which is something that sounds like a supervillain organization but is not. Borrego Springs also has a bunch of steel statues of things like dinosaurs, dragons, and huge insects that make for some lovely contrast against star trail footage. This fact is demonstrated by filmmaker Gavin Heffernan in this video titled "Borrego Stardance." It shows off lovely views of the night sky along with the sculptures. Heffernan recommends watching the video in HD with headphones on and the volume up, and we'd have to agree.

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  7. Weird

    Fox Shows Promise as Photographer, Steals Nature Show’s Camera to Practice

    Dear foxes, this is how you get a reputation for being sneaky and untrustworthy. A Dutch wildlife TV series leaves out a perfectly nice rotting carcass for you to snack on, and stuffs it with a video camera so they can observe you in your natural habitat. So what do you do? You ignore the meal, of course, and steal the camera -- which, to be fair, is a pretty 'foxes being foxes' thing to do.

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  8. Space

    El Hierro Volcano Dominates NASA’s First Photo Tournament

    The El Hierro volcano was below the ocean's surface when it erupted last year, but it still managed to come out on top. Specifically, it won NASA's first ever Tournament: Earth photo competition. The contest put 32 photos of the Earth up against each other "March Madness" style, and even though El Hierro entered the tournament with an unimpressive number seven seed, it managed to take down all comers and win. Take a look at the full photo, and the ones it beat after the jump.

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  9. Space

    Nice Knowing You: Our Favorite Images From the Herschel Space Observatory

    The Herschel Space Observatory's mission to photograph the stars is winding down, so we wanted to take the chance to remember some of the finest images Herschel captured during its three-year tour of duty. Now, yes, some of these images are color corrected and touched up to highlight the more spectacular points contained within them -- like the star forming inside a galactic bubble eight times more massive than our sun. In our view, that doesn't make them any less valuable to astronomers studying them, which is the whole point. It also makes them way better eye-candy for the rest of us to gape at, so we're just going to be thankful for it, rather than nitpicky.

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  10. Tech

    Photo Geek Alert: Lomography Introduces 35mm Film Scanner for Smartphones

    There are a lot of apps like Instagram to make the pictures you snap with your smartphone look like old 35mm film prints, but as far as we know there aren't any that take your actual 35mm film and digitizes it. Lomography wants to change that. They're launching an app and the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner to give photographers the ability to take archival quality scans of their film. Looks like it's time to bust out that old box of film, or to explain what film was to your kids.

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  11. Space

    This Is the Coolest Self Portrait of Curiosity You Will See Maybe Ever

    If the Curiosity rover had an OKCupid profile picture, this awesome self portrait would totally be it. Thanks to its reflective surfaces and rotating turret arm, the Curiosity rover can photograph itself as it travels across Mars, which would seem kind of self-absorbed if it weren't so utterly fantastic. This picture, which is a mosaic of 55 images stitched together brilliantly by NASA technicians, was taken just yesterday. Hit the jump for the full image.

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  12. Tech

    Photographer Puts Raspberry Pi Inside Camera for Faster Picture Transfers

    Taking pictures can be a hassle in this day and age. First you have to take them, then transfer them to a computer, and then put them wherever else you'd really like them. Imagine the pain that this forced process causes amateurs, let alone professional photographers. Thankfully, David Hunt, an Irish photographer, may have built a solution. Hunt has taken a Raspberry Pi and embedded it into a DSLR camera grip; when the camera takes a picture, it transfers immediately to his iPad's ShutterSnitch app.

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  13. Weird

    Vacuum-Packed Couples: Preserving Love In Plastic and Photographs

    Because nothing says "love" better than curling naked in your lover's arms in a little plastic bag as an old vacuum cleaner sucks the air from around you, the plastic closing in on you, compressing the life (and love, don't forget love) out of the body that used to be you. If you come out alive, you get to see photos. Photos of your love at its very height. Right before you were going to die.

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  14. Tech

    Facebook Launches Standalone Camera App Suspiciously Similar to Instagram

    Yesterday, Facebook announced that they would be rolling out a new standalone app for iOS. Focused entirely on image sharing, the new app -- called Camera -- allows Facebook users to quickly browse existing images, take photos, apply interesting filters, and then upload them to Facebook. Basically, it's a blue Instagram.

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  15. Tech

    This Camera Only Prints Text Descriptions Of The Pictures It Takes

    Cameras are getting better and better. We've got cameras than can change focus after the fact, smartphone cameras that can shoot actual feature film footage, cameras that can shoot at 1 trillion fps, but what boring thing do these all have in common? They deal in pictures. Matt Richardson's Descriptive Camera is taking the technology in a whole new direction. The Descriptive Camera "takes" pictures like a normal camera, but it doesn't output pictures, it outputs written descriptions. How is that possible? There must be a little guy in there or something, right? Actually yes. Kind of.

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