So, we’ve never really seen anything like this before. Martin Backes–who somehow finds the time to be an artist, DJ, hacker, composer and designer–has actually come up with a way to program…
Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet Could Very Well Support Life
NASA recently declared that its Kepler spacecraft found “Earth’s bigger, older cousin.” Kepler-452b, located about 1,400 light years away, marks the first discovery of a planet whose size and distance from its star are comparable to Earth. While there are still many questions left unanswered, researchers know that Kepler-452b has a 385-day year and receives about the same amount of energy from its star that Earth does, and suspect that it has an atmosphere and a rocky surface.
What all this means, of course, is that Kepler-452b may very well support life. In 2017–when NASA launches the TESS satellite–and in 2018–when the James Webb Space Telescope becomes operational–we may get some answers. NASA states that these new projects could illuminate details about other planets’ colors, seasons, weather, and even vegetation. Find more at CNN.
We go to the movies to escape from reality, and CGI not only enhances that escape but creates new realities into which we as viewers may enter.
While CGI–or computer graphic imagery–might seem ubiquitous today, its reality-producing capacities represent the evolution of thinking decades in the making. The first major motion picture to utilize CGI, Westworld, premiered in 1978.
And though we’ve come a long way since the days of coarse pixel matrices, it’s still fun to look behind the silver screen and into the realities that exist before CGI gets its hands on them. Below, some of your favorite films before CGI has been added:
Bombings Rock Iraq, Afghanistan
A small, but terribly destructive, wave of bombings hit Iraq on Sunday, leaving 35 dead and 100 wounded. Deadliest among the attacks was a car bomb coupled with a suicide bomb that killed 19 in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad. However, smaller attacks killed several others across the city throughout the day as well. While ISIS is, naturally, the key suspect, the group has not yet made any claims of responsibility.
Also on Sunday a car bomb killed 25 and wounded 10 near Khost, Afghanistan. The area is home to a military base that holds some American soldiers, although the U.S. military has officially stated that none of its personnel were injured.