Watch the Third Part of Noah Hutton's 10-Year Film on a Mapless Quest To Simulate the Human Brain
What's the minimum amount of information needed to simulate a human brain ? Do we need the whole, complete map (known as a connectome) before we begin the (computer, obviously) simulation, or some lesser knowledge threshold from which everything else...
Why an Economist Needs One of These Laser-Powered, Super Resolution Microscopes
Eighty-two years ago, when a young and struggling painter named "Henri Cartier-Bresson":http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/8/22/henri-cartier-bresson-the-father-of-street-photography-would-have-been-104-today--2 first saw Martin Munkacsi's photograph...
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There Are 84 Million Stars in This Nine Gigapixel Picture
The mighty VISTA infrared telscope has captured an image of unfathomable properties. The beast of an image, weighing in at nine gigapixels (9,000 megapixels, which would print to about 23 x 30 feet) is "zoomable":http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso...
Videos for Future Times: Matmos, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Mark Fell
"A Winged Victory for the Sullen":http://www.awvfts.com/ is American composer Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie, who normally forms one half of Stars of the Lid. The song, off of the duo's recent self-titled disc on Erased Tapes, is startlingly brief...
The Town Hall Presidential Debate in 10 GIFs
With ample space to prance around and puff their chests out, Obama and Romney got into it last night on Strong Island, where things got hot, quick. It was like Candy Crowley was emcee'ing a rap battle or something. We're talking Libya, gun violence...
The xx Is Still Pretty Perfect, Especially Underwater: "Chained"
What a relief it is that the xx, three years post-hype storm, has not become terrible. The extrapolation of dance/club music to sultry, ubersparse night-drive pop feels as perfect now -- or even more honed -- as it did in 2009. And in this world of nu...
The Entire VP Debate in Seven GIFs
Last night, if you were watching the Vice Presidential debate, which despite its contenders sitting in chairs, was infinitely more captivating than the standing debate between the two Presidential candidates last week in Colorado. If you weren't live...
Google Just Ruined Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Have you ever play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? You know, the one where you name an actor, and then all your friends put their heads together to try and connect that actor's career to Kevin Bacon in no more than six associations. This involves lots of...
It's Too Quiet: The Eerie Early Morning TV of 9/11
Fashion Week was just getting underway in New York. George W. Bush went for an early morning jog in Florida. Iraq shot down a Predator drone. The weather was still summer and perfect. Until 8.46 AM, September 11, 2001 was another morning in America.
Nobody Knows How to Stop the Internet's Overzealous Copyright Robocops
The bots that are meant to police sites like YouTube and Ustream for violations of copyright are on a rampage and stirring up trouble across the Internet. Over the course of the past month or so, the streaming of a number of major broadcast events has...
This New Flying Lotus Short Film Is Absolutely Crucial
Music video, new album teaser (out Oct. 1, again on Warp), short arthouse film, or whatever, ""Until the Quiet Comes"":http://flying-lotus.com/watch-until-the-quiet-comes-short-film/ also happens to be beautiful and inspiring in a totally unexpected...
Watch This Trailer: Republicans Think the How-We-Got-Osama "Zero Dark Thirty" Isn't Fair
In May, 2011 director Kathryn Bigelow (_The Hurt Locker_, _Point Break_, _Strange Days)_ and screenwriter/journalist Mark Boal (_The Hurt Locker_, _In The Valley of Elah_) had just wrapped on a meticulously researched script about the 2001 siege of al...