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Winning in a Snap: A History of Photo Finishes and Horse Racing

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This past weekend millions of people tuned in to watch the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is the longest consecutively run horse race event in America. Although this year’s winner, Orb, won by two and a half lengths ahead of his competitors, the winner has [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Sea Turtle Hatchlings Saved by LED Lights Funded by Deepwater Horizon Fines

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A sea turtle’s life begins in darkness. After about 60 days of incubation inside their eggs, turtle hatchlings use a temporary tooth called a caruncle to break out of their shells. That’s just step one. At this point, they are still buried in nests about 50 centimeters below the beach surface. As dozens of baby [...]

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Observations

Can a California Start-Up Change the Way We Think about Lightbulbs? [Video]

What would it take to convince you to spend $45 on a 100-watt lightbulb? A Silicon Valley company called Switch Lighting is banking that it has the answer. Switch is a start-up that plans to roll out a replacement for wasteful incandescent lightbulbs that is efficient, long-lived and attractive—whether lit or unlit. Switch makes LED [...]

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Plugged In

A World Record for Energy-Efficient Lighting

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On Thursday, Philips announced that it has developed the world’s most efficient “warm white” LED lamp. Designed to replace the fluorescent tube lighting that is ubiquitous in offices and industrial facilities, the new TLED (tube-style light emitting diode) has the potential to reduce worldwide energy consumption by more than 7%. Innovation in the LED lighting [...]

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Plugged In

Lighting up the Philippines – one liter at a time

A few days ago the BBC reported about a program in the Philippines is bringing indoor lighting to some of the country’s poorest residents. The program, Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), installs water-filled soda bottles through a cutout in a roof. Chlorine is added to the water to prevent clouding, and the bottle [...]

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PsiVid

Video Making Workshop 101

This post is being written as I am sitting here at Science Online 2012. Along with Jim Hutchins and Rob Nelson, I ran a workshop about making science videos. Thanks to all who attended, participated in the discussions, and asked questions! We asked participants to consider their audience, their objectives and their budget (money, time [...]

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PsiVid

The magic of filmmaking (science and otherwise)

Soon, Carin and I will be attending Science Online 2012 in Raleigh, NC. We will both be running workshops with co-hosts on creating videos. We will also be your emcees for the Science Online Film Festival featuring some amazing pieces. Keep your eyes pealed here for entrants and winners! I’m cohosting a workshop, Basic Videomaking 101, [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

An Artist Reveals How He Tricks the Eyes

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A few years ago, James Gurney, a celebrated artist and author, stood before his easel to paint a deli in Poughkeepsie. Surveying the scene before him, he was immediately overwhelmed with literally millions of details. People strolled by. Insects fluttered overhead. Signs poked out from the store and up from the street. Every tree had [...]

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