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The Weather Channels 3D Tornado Simulator is Incredible.

Weatherman Jim Cantore recently emerged from the Weather Channels research facilities to amaze the world with ‘The Labs’ 3D Tornado simulator. The Lab itself is described as an interactive augmented reality weather presentation facility, it is in reality a television studio filled with next generation production and display technology.

The first video to use the Labs interactive visualization technology to its fullest is the ‘3D Visualization of the Anatomy of a Tornado’ which demonstrates the inner workings of a twister in never before seen levels of detail. The second video Anatomy of a Lightning Strike is equally as impressive.

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Scientists Transplant Worms Mind into a Lego Robot, the Worminator is Born…

The Worminator lives, with the brain of one of nature’s simplest creatures and a body carefully crafted out of Lego Mindstorm V3 parts history shall record the world’s first Cyborg as being a Lego worm. While not as impressive as James Cameron’s interpretation of a Cyborg sent back in time it is none the less an important milestone.

Created as a part of the OpenWorm project Worminator programmer Lucy Black describes the process of creating the neural simulation software in her I-Programmer article published November 16. Using off the shelf (toy shop shelf) hardware and fairly standard networking protocols the team have in fact been able to observe very similar behaviours to that of the original facsimile, a roundworm (Caenohadbitis elegans).

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Hatsune Miku: “Sharing the World” on the Letterman Show…

Stalwart of late night television David Letterman recently featured a radical departure from his usual mix of Hollywood celebrities, instead presenting the android diva of the near future Hatsune Miku performing her popular track “Sharing the World”. Roughly translated Miku’s names means the first sound from the future and she is living up to her name as the first popular digital virtual performer, she is an avatar superstar.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the life sized anime rock star, a sight that may just be far more common in the not too distant future. Sit back, relax and let the virtually live performance begin.

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