Archive for November, 2018

Facial Recognition Software Identifies People in Antique Photographs

According to Slate –

Identifying figures in historic photographs poses a number of challenges. Given that the photography of the time was in black and white or sepia, potentially helpful information about skin tone and eye color is lost. Technological tools developed with modern photos in mind can also run into problems when faced with antiquarian material. Profile views, which were fashionable in the 19th century, are tricky for many facial recognition systems. Similarly, the iconic facial hair sported by many at the time (the word sideburns is an homage to Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside of the Union Army) helps human photo sleuths but hinders software because beards and mustaches can block the features the program is trying to map. While digital tools are extremely useful for drastically narrowing the field, human users still do better when it comes to weighing up several potential matches.

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All Diamond Ring Designed By Apple’s Jony Ive

According to BoingBoing –

Creating a ring-shaped diamond is no small feat; the diamond block will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers. The interior ring will be cylindrically cut out for the desired smoothness using a micrometer thick water jet inside which a laser beam is cast. The finished ring will have between 2000-3000 facets which has never been seen before on a single piece.

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Photos of The Week – Nov. 16, 2018

From TheAtlantic –

A fireworks festival in Burma, a rocket launch in India, political turmoil in Sri Lanka, early Christmas decorations, Central American immigrants trek north through Mexico, observations of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, starlings over Rome, an Allosaurus in Paris, wintry scenes in northern China, and much more

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Does Anyone Else Remember Justin Wilson? [video]

Do Plants Poop?

According to Popular Science –

So as long as you think of pooping in general terms, plants do it! They also do things like breathing, sweating, peeing, and even farting. Who knew?

Read the entire article HERE.

AI Anchorman Debuts In China [video]

Photos of The Week – Nov. 10, 2018

From The Guardian –

The migrant caravan in Mexico, wildfires in California, another fatal suspected stabbing in London, protests in Gaza and the US midterms 2018 – the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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