On July 4, scientists working with data from ongoing experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced the discovery of a new particle "consistent with" the Higgs boson -- a subatomic particle also colloquially referred to as the "God particle." After years of design and construction, the LHC first sent protons around its 27 kilometer (17 mile) underground tunnel in 2008. Four years later, the LHC's role in the discovery of the Higgs boson provides a final missing piece for the Standard Model of Particle Physics -- a piece that may explain how otherwise massless subatomic particles can acquire mass. Gathered here are images from the construction of the massive $4-billion-dollar machine that allowed us peer so closely into the subatomic world.
This is Not Real on Vimeo: A young boy's chimerical journey from a small English town to the Himalayas with an all defining conclusion.
Reverso on Vimeo: Barney lives with his father, Walter, in a littler suburban house. He tries to live a normal life eventhough Barney is different: His sense of gravity is inverted...
NASA | Evolution of the Moon - YouTube: From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn't always look like this. Thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon's history.
The Big Break Dance Contest 1983 Live at the Roxy on Vimeo: This is the complete historical performance remastered from the original VHS recordings it was taped to. It's over 21 minutes of ground breaking live footage featuring 1983 B-Boy crews, the Magnificent Force, Uptown Express, the Fantastic Duo, the Flash Dancers, Larry Watson and Jason Twigg, the Heartbreakers, and the Dynamic Breakers. […] Also features a short introductory documentary on the early Hip Hop culture featuring interviews with Afrika Bambaataa and other members of the Zulu Nation. On top of all that it includes a 1983 Burger King Hip Hop commercial from the airing, which was purposefully included to complete the throw-back vibe. The winners of the contest received $2500, an appearance on New York Hot Tracks, and a key roll in the movie Beat Street.
Tagflecken on Vimeo: 3D Animation für den Kurs „Typo in der Nacht“ bei Prof. Roland Henß FH-Düsseldorf.
Frankie Rulez!!! on Vimeo: Frankie Rulez!!! is about Frankie, a space alien looking to conquer the galaxy one mysterious planet at a time.
RED on Vimeo: As the silhouette of a lonely girl runs through the woods, something in the shadows is lurking her.
RED is an animated short film, which presents a new version of the classic tale „Little Red Riding Hood“ by Charles Perrault. The directors Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot explore more thoroughly the drama, horror and realism of the story. A journey of feelings and moments, with visual and musical elements existing only to carry a clear and strong narrative.
A Book Lover's Guide to Reading and Walking at the Same Time | Entertainment | TIME.com: I stand up. I start walking. I'm still reading. My secondary senses go into overdrive to keep me on track (you know, like Daredevil). My mind divides: I'm both here and not-here, in the reality and in the fiction at the same time. The world scrolls by around the edges of the page, the margins outside the margins – furniture, stairs, pets, children. I keep a weather eye on all that, but I'm still reading, I'm still taking in sentences. I'm navigating by memory and peripheral vision, eyes down, course-correcting as needed.
Then I'm safe at my destination without once having broken contact with the fiction. It's satisfying. I feel like I got away with something. Screw you, Aslan, I'm stayin' in Narnia.
Pixar story rules (one version): Pixar story artist Emma Coats has tweeted a series of „story basics“ over the past month and a half – guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories:
#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
#2: You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.
#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about til you're at the end of it. Now rewrite.
#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You'll feel like you're losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
points in space - ducroz.com: using 1050 individual a0 sized frames with long exposure photography, points in space presents melbournes cbd's cycles of repetition by responding to the flow of traffic at key intersections. bodies join, weld and converge into swarming masses of movement. this movement is present in each city around the world. the work presents how a city environment is controlled through organised systems. scenarios which may look like elements in chaos, work in harmony.
The Uncanny Valley - IEEE Spectrum: More than 40 years ago, Masahiro Mori, then a robotics professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, wrote an essay on how he envisioned people's reactions to robots that looked and acted almost human. In particular, he hypothesized that a person's response to a humanlike robot would abruptly shift from empathy to revulsion as it approached, but failed to attain, a lifelike appearance. This descent into eeriness is known as the uncanny valley. The essay appeared in an obscure Japanese journal called Energy in 1970, and in subsequent years it received almost no attention.
Newton's Flaming Laser Sword | Philosophy Now: Mike Alder explains why mathematicians and scientists don’t like philosophy but do it anyway: „Most scientists and mathematicians regard philosophy as somewhere between sociology and literary criticism, both ranking well below, say, kissing slugs on the list of healthy activities in which one might indulge before dinner. Why is this?“
What kind of Muppet are you, chaos or order? - Slate Magazine: Chaos Muppets are out-of-control, emotional, volatile. They tend toward the blue and fuzzy. They make their way through life in a swirling maelstrom of food crumbs, small flaming objects, and the letter C. Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and – paradigmatically – Animal, are all Chaos Muppets. Zelda Fitzgerald was a Chaos Muppet. So, I must tell you, is [yours truly.]
In Focus - The Secret City - The Atlantic: Starting in 1942, the U.S. government began quietly acquiring more than 60,000 acres in Eastern Tennessee for the Manhattan Project -- the secret World War II program that developed the atomic bomb. The government needed land to build massive facilities to refine and develop nuclear materials for these new weapons, without attracting the attention of enemy spies. The result was a secret town named Oak Ridge that housed tens of thousands of workers and their families. The entire town and facility were fenced in, with armed guards posted at all entries. Workers were sworn to secrecy and only informed of the specific tasks they needed to perform. Most were unaware of the exact nature of their final product until the nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan in 1945. Photographer Ed Westcott (the only authorized photographer on the facility) took many photos of Oak Ridge during the war years and afterwards, capturing construction, scientific experiments, military maneuvers, and everyday life.
What Isn't for Sale? - Magazine - The Atlantic: Stand in line overnight on Capitol Hill to hold a place for a lobbyist who wants to attend a congressional hearing: $15 -$20 an hour. Lobbyists pay line-standing companies, who hire homeless people and others to queue up.
Urban Planning Lessons from Disney World: From a layout and design standpoint, the Disney World resort complex is the ultimate strong town. There you have places (theme parks, resorts, commercial areas and other destinations) that are connected by roads. Those roads accommodate fast moving cars, buses, monorails and even travel by boat. Internal to each of those places are networks of streets – largely devoid of cars but, where cars are present they are slow moving and pedestrian-compatible – that provide access to these places and support a complex environment.
ISS Star Trails - a set on Flickr: My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then 'stack' them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.
Life After A Total Hack: Ausgerechnet auf Buzzfeed 'ne richtig gute Shortstory über den „Total Hack“: „Hacks happen all the time. But what would happen to us if everything got compromised? A short story about the biggest fear you don't even know you have.“
Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction: This encyclopedia covers areas relevant to the design of interactive products and services like websites, household objects, smartphones, computer software, aircraft cockpits, you name it.
The encyclopedia is free, includes HD videos, commentaries, and lots more. All chapters are written by elite professors or elite designers who have contributed greatly to the area they write about.