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Worlds fastest camera shoots 4.4 trillion frames per second.

A Japanese team has created a recording device able to acquire 4.4 trillion images per second, at a 450 x 450 pixel resolution. The technique could be used to further research into heat conduction and chemical reactions, according to its creators.

If the resolution can be improved, it could also prove useful for manufacturing, where it could keep track of laser cuttings in real time.

The technique, known as a Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography, or STAMP for short, shuns the conventional methods employed by other superspeed cameras to achieve results up to 1,000 times faster than has been previously available. The current leading brand of high-speed real-time recording is a method unfortunately known as the pump-probe process, where light is “pumped” at the subject and then “probed” for absorption. STAMP differs from this by skipping the need to constantly probe, or measure, the scene to construct an image, instead it uses single-shot bursts to acquire images and maps the spatial profile of the subject to the temporal profile at a 450x450-pixel resolution.


Human workers report feeling most productive when led by artificial intelligence

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab found that teams of human workers were at their happiest and most productive when their tasks were directed by robotic artificial intelligence.

Recognizing the value proposition provided by automated workers, the team, led by CSAIL student Matthew Gombolay, approached their research with the goal of harnessing a machine’s efficiency while still making use of human labor.

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The future of wearable technologies

Technology has been always crucial to the development of fashion, but as technology improves and advances, it is being more and more closely integrated into our clothing.

Wearable technologies currently exist in two spaces - as conceptual pieces by artisan designers, and as engineering driven wearable products that are taken to market. But, as Danielle Wilde explains, the future for wearable technologies lies in creating products with expressive aesthetic qualities that can be taken to market.

Danielle Wilde is a visiting research Fellow, Centre for Smart Materials and Performance Textiles at RMIT University.

This video is a co-production between SBS World News and The Conversation.

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The TechSci column has officially been renewed—First installment comes out Tuesday.

The TechSci column has officially been renewed…I love it so much!

This marks the fourth consecutive semester of being a columnist. Four semesters ago, I figured out that I really love columns. I love teaching people something new, I love talking about experiences and applying them widely.

The second semester of my freshman year, I applied on a whim and got my own column. I wrote about personal issues and my life. Then, I started the TechSci column. This one is…

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