The future is here (witness the bad Philip k dick reference for a title). I often tell student the first remote device is your eyes – but of course unless you’re an artist its hard to convey directly what you see, which is why cameras are so use full. Well now researchers in Berkley have been able to pull data direct from the brian using MRI scanning and convert that back to the image (in this case , pink panther movies!) that the subject was watching.In effect broadcasting what was in the subject’s mind!
Now its clear that the reconstruction realises on a great deal of correlation between the stimulus and the visual cortex blood flow that is being measured in 3-d in effect this couldn’t be done without knowing what was being observed in the first place – buts it’s very very impressive.
If you watch the clip embedded in the article its clear that faces/people here the easiest to reconstruct or maybe we just pull them from the poor quality data more easily
As a reminder that science week is comming up, starting 7th November. Heres a short introduction to agricultural remote sensing that I wrote for the web site last year.
A nice clean well designed comercial tutorial from ERDAS on LIDAR is available for free here
The National Space centre and blackrocok observatory is running a competetion for schools to name their new (albeit recycled) big radio telescope
Name the Big Dish! | BCO: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.
Irish weather online has a nice article commenorating the 50th aniversary of huricane debbie landing on Irish shores (though he comes to the conclusion debbie wasnt actually a huricane by the time it hit Ireland). the story is illustared by a very early (1961) satellite image of the storm. Itsnot mentioned but I’m presuming its a TIROS image
Hurricane Debbie – 50th Anniversary Of Ireland’s Strongest Storm On Record – Irish Weather Online.
WORKSHOP 2ND ANNOUNCEMENT AND PROGRAMME
Tourism, leisure and sustainable
development on the coast:
the added value of satellite services
20 OCTOBER 2011, BERGEN, NORWAY
This workshop, organised in collaboration with the partner regions in the “Coast Alive!”, project will
welcome experts and representatives of pioneering regional authorities in sustainable coastal
management. They will share expertise and good practice in the use of satellite applications in
support of measures to promote socio-economic activities on the coast, while mitigating their impact
on the natural and cultural heritage.
representatives of the partner regions in “Coast Alive!”, and other European local and
regional authorities: County Council representatives, culture and leisure departments, tourist
offices, health organisations, environmental agencies, SMEs operating in these sectors
representatives from European and national institutions with an interest in ensuring
European investments in space benefit citizens and businesses at every level
satellite application service providers
Registration is free, but compulsory for attending the workshop. Click here to for programme