i suppose i could choose to lower myself and be every asgardian’s second choice, but that is not who i am
“Hyperrealism with pencil and ink” by Karla Mialynne
Town designed to look like a drought burdened desert
that is stealhy as fuck imagine looking down on that shit from an airplane yo would never know there was a fucking city down there
((Headcanon Night Vale))
Mischief - The Sketching/Art software that acts like a regular raster-based painting software, but with infinite vector scaling! [x]
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
Oh shit. Manga Studio was not to my liking. I’m definitely trying the trial of this one.
As where the official LEGO version features 1,368 pieces, this custom job utilizes over 150,000 LEGO building blocks to recreate the classic scene from J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic film. In addition to the staggering number of bricks used for the installation, Helm’s Deep also includes 1,700 minifgures.
Brain stethoscope will use music to help identify epileptic seizures
An artistic project developed by two researchers at Stanford University has turned into a quest to build a biofeedback tool that will help identify epileptic seizures through music.
Inspired by a performance based on radio signals from outer space, Stanford neurologist Josef Parvizi embarked on a project to discover what the brain’s electrical activity would sound like set to music.
He enlisted the help of Chris Chafe, a professor of music research, and passed on to him the electroencephalogram (EEG) recording data of a consenting patient. From there Chafe, who has experience in converting natural signals into electronic music, set the electrical spikes of the rapidly firing neurons against music with human voice-like tones.
When the pair listened back to the music, they realised they had gone beyond creating something artistic and had by chance stumbled upon a way to clearly differentiate seizure activity in the brain from non-seizure activity. The two states were clearly discernible from the change in the music, says Chafe. “It was like turning a radio dial from a static-filled station to a clear one.”
The results don’t necessarily make for particularly easy listening (as you can hear in the embedded video), but it’s easy to distinguish the distinct phases of a seizure as the music changes throughout the piece.
The first, fairly rhythmic sounds represent the brain activity during the pre-ictal stage, which is before the seizure begins. Just before the seizure occurs, the sounds become increasingly louder, more frenzied and more unpredictable, peaking as the seizure takes place and the brain enters the ictal state. Suddenly the chaos subsides and the high frequency noises die down as the seizure tails off and the brain enters the fatigued, post-ictal state.
Caregivers to people with epilepsy often struggle to identify when a seizure is occurring or when one might be about to occur, but Chafe and Parvizi concluded that if they could work out how to achieve the same result using real-time brain activity data, it might be possible to develop a tool — a brain stethoscope — that would be able to tell.
The pair is currently developing the tool, which could be used for listening for seizures or for distinguishing when the brain is in a post-ictal state.
"Someone — perhaps a mother caring for a child — who hasn’t received training in interpreting visual EEGs can hear the seizure rhythms and easily appreciate that there is a pathological brain phenomenon taking place," says Parvizi.
A prototype of the stethoscope, which will consist of a headset that will transmit an EEG of the wearer’s brain activity to a handheld device, is due to go on display at Stanford next year.
If you’ve never seen Villafane Studio's Pumpkin carvings before, here you go.
Findings published today in the journal Astrobiology reveal the habitable lifetime of planet Earth. The research team looked to the stars for inspiration. Using recently discovered planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) as examples, they investigated the potential for these planets to host life.
"We used stellar evolution models to estimate the end of a planet’s habitable lifetime by determining when it will no longer be in the habitable zone. We estimate that Earth will cease to be habitable somewhere between 1.75 and 3.25 billion years from now. After this point, Earth will be in the ‘hot zone’ of the sun, with temperatures so high that the seas would evaporate. We would see a catastrophic and terminal extinction event for all life," said Andrew Rushby, who led the research.
However, conditions for humans and other complex life will become impossible much sooner - and this is being accelerated by anthropogenic climate change.
(GIF from the video of a geostationary satellite Electro-L)
It’s not exactly “every sci-fi starship” as proven in the discussion thread (in which the discussion is also made of awesome). A lot are missing. Where are all my battleships from the East side of entertainment (aka anime and more games).
Above, TEDxWarwick speaker Fabian Oefner’s visualized sound waves, which are brought to life in the stunning video below, which just so happens to be a TV advert:
See more of Fabian’s art at his website, and — below— check out his entire talk, in which he explains how he brought these tiny crystals to life: