Joel Rosario

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How Benedict Cumberbatch Became A Dragon [Video]

The surprisingly difficult art of cross-species motion capture<p><i>Courtesy MGM</i><p>A delightful clip of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Smaug for <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i> made the rounds last week, showcasing the weirdness of motion-capture performance. In the video, he wears a full body suit, and …

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Tractor beam the ‘holy grail for laser physicists’

Research and development,Science,Technology,Australia news,Australian Capital Territory (ACT),Canberra,Energy research,Physics<p>First long-distance optical tractor beam can repel and attract objects and could be used in controlling atmospheric pollution<p>Laser physicists have built a reversible tractor …

Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom, And Apparently It's A 'D-Note'

What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note."<p>That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom.<p>"We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and …

New Time Travel Simulation May Resolve 'Grandfather Paradox'

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne. Everyone was invited but no one showed up. Hawking had expected as much, because he only sent out invitations after his party had …