25
Jul
2016

New light rendering technique ups the realism of computer generated images

A graphics algorithm can render lighting on rough surfaces with high fidelity

It's already nigh on impossible to pick computer generated graphics in the latest blockbusters, but the job is set to get even harder thanks to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). They've developed a graphics algorithm that not only realistically models light reflecting off complex surfaces like water, leather, glass, and metal, but which also runs about 100 times faster than current state-of-the-art systems.

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Category: Computers

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25
Jul
2016

Concours-condition Lamborghini Diablo SV to go under the hammer

This Diablo SV is up for sale

Almost nothing else on the road draws attention like a classic Lamborghini. Kitted out with the full gamut of wings and scoops, cars like the Diablo SV have a magnetic quality about them, a quality that Super Veloce Racing is hoping will draw buyers to this concours-condition example.

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Category: Automotive

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25
Jul
2016

Water tunnels beneath Mexican tomb carried ancient Mayan ruler away to the underworld

This canal network likely predated the pyramid itself, the researchers believe

Not long before his demise in 683 AD, the ancient ruler Pakal ordered what was one of the Mayan's most ambitious construction projects. The magnificent, nine-level Temple of the Inscriptions went on to house his body for centuries, but it was the intricate stone carvings found in the tomb that have inspired debate about the king's plans for the afterlife. Archaeologists have now unearthed a network of water tunnels beneath Pakal's tomb, which they say not only offers an indication of his intentions to float away to the underworld, but reframes theories about how the grand pyramid itself was built.

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Category: Science

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25
Jul
2016

Blink controlled camera provides recipe for awkward moments

No, she's not into you - she's just taking a photo

As we move to document every single waking minute of our lives, there's a real risk of missing the perfect shot of that dog/latte/kid/sunset in the time it takes to reach our phones. Blincam is designed to remove that awkward fumbling from mobile photography, instead allowing users to capture photos by winking or blinking.

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Category: Wearables

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25
Jul
2016

Sonic the Hedgehog gets new Mega Drive console for 25th birthday

Sega fans can celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary with a new version of the classic ...

Sonic the Hedgehog will be blowing out 25 candles this year, and Sega is celebrating with a new game that harks back to his 2D platformer roots. If you're a purist and would rather return to Sonic's halcyon days, well, you're also covered. In the vein of Nintendo's recently-revealed Classic Mini NES, British retailer Funstock Retro has announced an updated Sega Mega Drive Classic line, including a home console and a handheld, both of which contain 80 pre-installed games.

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Category: Games

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25
Jul
2016

Sony tops out Bravia line with new Z series

Sony promises clear, detailed colors with its new Z9 Bravia

Olympic years usually see a big push to get consumers to shell out for the latest and greatest TV technology to enjoy the action. But it appears the promotional cupboards are relatively bare, and 4K hasn't been the unit mover manufacturers and retailers would have hoped for. But for those with a bit of cash to splash that are looking to upgrade, Sony is providing some options with its range-topping Bravia Z9 (ZD9 in Europe) series, promising better contrast, more accurate colors and deeper blacks than previous X series Bravias.

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Category: Home Entertainment

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25
Jul
2016

Simple process extends milk’s shelf life by weeks

Purdue University researcher Bruce Applegate, who helped develop the new process

A new process could drastically improve milk's staying power. Researchers at Purdue University have developed a quick-fire way to add several weeks of shelf life to milk and make it generally safer to consume. The process improves upon pasteurization, which extends shelf life to about two to three weeks, and brings the length of time milk can be safely stored in the fridge up to around seven weeks.

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Category: Science

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