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Courise.sg is a website by GovTech (Government Technology Agency of Singapore) that uses deep learning artificial intelligence to colorize black & white photos. The colors may seem off for some photos because the system was trained by engineers specifically for old Singaporean photos, unlike Algorithmia, which pulls from a 1.3-million photo ImageNet dataset to produce even more vibrant results. Try it out here yourself. Read more for five more examples.
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Photographer and astronomy enthusiast Andrew McCarthy extracted color data from 150,000 moon photos to show all the different colors of the minerals found on its surface. “The color was already in that picture, hidden behind the glare of the moon’s albedo, and represents the mineral content of our moon. While my previous images showed you the detail you could see if your eyes were sharper, this one shows you what the moon could look like if our eyes and brain were much more sensitive to color,” said McCarthy. Read more for a cropped shot that really makes the colors stand out.
MIT has been known for their robotics projects, and they’re latest is definitely no slouch. They’ve developed a new mini cheetah, and it’s the first four-legged robot capable of doing a backflip. This 20-pound limber quadruped can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right side up or upside down. Plus, it can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed. Read more for more interesting images.
At first glance, the top image may appear to be from a Vincent van Gogh painting, but it’s actually of the planet Jupiter, as captured by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft. It was captured 8,000 miles from the cloud tops during its 18th close flyby of Jupiter on February 12, and these atmospheric features in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere showcase clouds that swirl around a circle in a jet stream region called Jet N6. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Auto enthusiast and NASA astronaut Drew Feustel was also fortunate enough to also be commanding the International Space Station in 2018, so he decided to photograph racetracks around the world with a Nikon DSLR in his free time. “I was always a racing fan, [I] followed IndyCar, Formula One, and MotoGP, and I still follow it to this day. I keep up on the series, the teams, and the drivers, and because I was a fan I spent time in space taking photos of the entire 2018 season—all of the race tracks […] On the race weekends, I would post the picture of the track, and then watch the race. That was kind of what I did as a hobby while I was up there,” said Feustel during an interview with Hot Rod Network. Read more to see them all.
This image was captured during New Horizon’s historic January 1 flyby of what’s informally known as Ultima Thule (2014 MU69), and is the sharpest view yet of this incredible, ancient object in the far reaches of the solar system. Photographed with a wide-angle Multicolor Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) component of New Horizons’ Ralph instrument, this image was taken when the KBO (Kuiper Belt Object) was 4,200 miles from the spacecraft, at 05:26 UT (12:26 a.m. EST) on Jan. 1 – just seven minutes before closest approach. Read more for another video and additional information.
China’s Xinhua news agency revealed its newest news anchor, Xin Xiaomeng, the world’s first female anchor powered by advanced artificial intelligence technology. In the video above, she announced that her official debut will happen some time in March. “Henceforth, rather than working behind the desk, I’ll be broadcasting the news in front of the desk,” the digital model said. Instead, I’ll be broadcasting from a standing position. I can make more hand gestures and facial expressions. Now I have my own name, Xin Xiaohao. Thanks to this upgrade, I’ll be able to conduct better broadcasts,” said Xiaomeng. Her appearance and voice were inspired by a real-life Xinhua broadcaster named Qu Meng. Read more for this week’s compilation of fascinating images.
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Photographer Fabian Oefner created an incredible image of a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV’s individual parts disintegrating in all directions by first capturing 1,500 individual photos of the $2 million car over the course of about 2-years. Officially called “Disintegrating X (Lamborghini Miura),” Oefner and his team had to visit workshops around the Lamborghini Factory in Sant’Agata/Italy to photograph the vehicle during a restoration project. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Photographer / astronomy enthusiast Andrew McCarthy used his Sony a7 II mirrorless camera and his ZWO ASI224MC to capture a combined 50,000 images to create this amazing 81-megapixel shot of the moon. “The lit side of the moon was processed using 25 ’tiles’ that were stitched together in Photoshop. Each ’tile’ was a stack of the best 50% of 2000 images captured with the ZWO. The dark side is around 13 tiles, each with the best of around 50 images. The stars were captured with a stack of 50 shots with the Sony,” the photographer told Peta Pixel. Read more for a cropped version showing the details of the moon.
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Google Earth has been around for quite some time, but its users are still finding interesting sights from around the world, like this marina in Milwaukee with some winter ice breaking up. “This is my favorite. It’s a marina near Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). The winter ice is in the process of breaking up. I don’t know why, but this is very visually appealing to me,” said this anonymous Google Earth user. Bored of Earth? The computer program also has globes for the Moon and even Mars as well as a tool for viewing the night sky. Read more to see additional sightings.