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Entries from November 2007

Ducks

November 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Have you ever realized that ducks, despite their rather lame reputation, are pretty amazing? They know how to walk, swim and fly, quite a feat if you ask me.

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Tags: Biology

Verisimilitude

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

I learned a new English word today! Gamasutra reports on Chris Heckers’ keynote at MIGS today:
Verisimilitude, he clarified, refers not to photorealism but truth to the aesthetic — good rendering, for example. “Obviously you want to be high on both — deeply interactive but with no holes aesthetically,” said Hecker.

In other words you can’t […]

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Ceature animation in Spore

November 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Today Chris Hecker will present a keynote at the International Games Summit in Montreal titled How To Animate a Character You’ve Never Seen Before. From a similar titled talk at the GDC this March comes the following abstract:
Chris Hecker explained the unique problems that Spore faces and their ways of dealing with them. At first […]

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Dust

November 26th, 2007 · No Comments

What I love about astronomy pictures of dust clouds is that they appear so very tactile. Although they are usually very big (otherwise we wouldn’t see them at all), they seem like objects we can grab and examine. Here’s a Hubble picture that was dubbed “Starry Night” after a painting by van Gogh. It is […]

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Tags: Astronomy

Frogs

November 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Meet one of the frequent visitors to our small city-garden. He’s on his way to the place he swam out of his egg, to find its mate. We have a tiny pond, more of a bowl actually, were we find frog spawn almost every year. Amazing how tiny the frogs still are when they leave […]

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Tags: Biology

Newborns are one DNA point

November 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Here a little animated GIF I made of a small creature, just out of its egg, being eaten by the players’ “cell” creature. It gets rewarded with one DNA point.

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Triton

November 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Earth and Jupiter have interesting moons but so does Neptune. Here’s a picture of Triton. Notice how it has the same kind of ridges on its surface as Europa, suggesting a subsurface liquid:

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Tags: Astronomy

Earth Giants

November 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Spore has its giants, but so has earth. Scientists have found evidence of a giant sea scorpion. Watch the BBC coverage of it here. And text about it here.
This still shows the fossilized claw:

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Tags: Biology

Jump of the Bridge

November 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Belgian researchers have succeeded in influencing the behaviour of cockroaches by robots. How? Well, for starters by making the robots smell like a regular cockroach. This makes for a perfect disguise, when you’re a cockroach. Next they programmed the robots to run for “cover” when in danger, but not to the cockroaches naturally preferred […]

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Tags: Biology

Picturing animals

November 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Have I told you I love taking pictures? On our holidays we take time to find beautiful animals. Here’s one we took during a stay in Germany.

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Tags: Biology