New software will let artists control how light interacts with objects

Enlarge / Clouds contain billions of individual water droplets that are difficult to plot in computer graphics for movie scenes. (credit: Dartmouth Visual Computing Lab) Animators will now be able to precisely control how microscopic particles interact with light in their renderings of objects, thanks to a research collaboration between computer scientists at Dartmouth University and […]

US objects to Beijing’s military steps in S. China Sea – Bolton

The United States objects to Beijing’s unilateral military steps in the South China Sea, and has increased the pace of US freedom of navigation operations in the disputed waterway, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Tuesday. He was speaking to reporters in Singapore on the sidelines of meetings this week between the 10-member […]

MIT CSAIL uses AI to teach robots to manipulate objects they’ve never seen before

In few fields has artificial intelligence’s (AI) impact been more transformative than robotics. San Francisco-based startup OpenAI developed a model that directs mechanical hands in manipulating objects with state-of-the-art precision, and Softbank Robotics recently tapped sentiment analysis firm Affectiva to imbue its Pepper robot with emoti…Read More

Quotes of the Week: Sharp Objects, Power, Fear TWD, Big Brother and More

All is (mostly) quiet on the television front these days, as the sleepy summer schedule makes way for a busy fall TV season. But this week’s small-screen fare still delivered plenty of bon mots and one-liners, which we’ve boiled down into our latest Quotes of the Week gallery. This time around, we’ve got a Saved […]

Are We Getting Sharp-er Objects? Does Sinner Need DNA Test? Showtime Has a Leaving Lady Problem? And More Qs!

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Wynonna Earp, Sharp Objects, Fear the Walking Dead, The Good Doctor, Better Call Saul and more! 1 | Was anyone else excited to see NBC’s late, great Great News arrive on […]

Amy Adams reveals starring on ‘Sharp Objects’ gave her insomnia: ‘I felt crazy’

Frederick M. Brown/Stringer/Getty Images HBO’s “Sharp Objects” is a new drama series starring Amy Adams as Camille Preaker. Adams’ character is a trauma survivor who drinks and self-harms as a form of self-medication.  At HBO’s TCA event in Beverly Hills, Adams said she suffered from insomnia while filming.  “I’d have these insane conversations with myself […]

HBO's Sharp Objects: Grade It!

There is a very short list of things that Camille Preaker enjoys: Tiny bottles of alcohol. Candy bars. Cigarettes. More tiny bottles of alcohol. Her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri? Doesn’t make the cut. For Camille, Wind Gap is full of terrible memories — a fraught relationship with her cold mother, unsettling encounters with teenage […]

‘Objects In Space’ Lets Players Customize Their Starship For Trade, Stealth, Or Piracy

Objects in Space gives you your own starship and a galaxy to explore, picking up trade jobs, hiding from organized criminals, dodging shifty governments, or robbing shady captains as you see fit. Just take some time to tweak your ship’s build depending on what you want to do, though, as not all ships are created […]

Clever Street Artist Turns Everyday Objects Into Cartoon Delights

The aesthetic of urban life is, more often than not, based in simplicity and utility – which is good and well for keeping things humming, but not exactly inspiring from a visual perspective. Tom Bob (whom we first read about at Bored Panda) is trying to change that. The NYC-based street artist’s M.O. is simple: […]