Ultima Thule has a new mug shot. The closest-yet image of the ancient Kuiper Belt object, captured as the New Horizons spacecraft flew by January 1, shows a relatively smooth face unmarred by impact craters. “The thing is just not covered in craters,” says planetary scientist Kelsi Singer of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., of the image, released January 24. That lack of impact scars suggests that the Kuiper Belt, a reservoir of ancient space rocks beyond the orbit of Neptune, has fewer small objects than scientists expected. If true, that could mean that the precursors to planets grew up fast, without leaving many protoplanetary crumbs behind. Snapshots taken when New Horizons flew past Pluto and its moons in 2015 showed that those bodies are surprisingly smooth, too. Many of Pluto’s craters could have been covered by geologic activity on the dwarf planet, such as the movement of glaciers (SN Online: 10/15/15). But Pluto’s largest moon … [Read more...] about The latest picture of Ultima Thule reveals a remarkably smooth face
PUBLISHED: 11:03 29 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:07 29 January 2019 Joseph Norton A caravan has been destroyed following a suspected arson attack at Haven holiday park in Caister. Picture: Ron Marshall Archant Pictures have emerged showing a caravan in ruins following a suspected arson attack at a coastal holiday park. The suspected arson attack took place on Saturday, January 19. Picture: Ron MarshallLast week this newspaper reported on the fire which broke out in one of the mobile homes at Haven holiday park in Caister on Saturday, January 19.Latest images now show the destruction caused by the blaze which ripped through the caravan.The fire broke out in the caravan and also damaged two others on the holiday park in Caister. Picture: Ron MarshallAnother two caravans were also damaged in the same incident.Norfolk Police are continuing with investigations into the fire but believe it was started deliberately.Anyone with information on the fire should call … [Read more...] about Pictures emerge of caravan destroyed in suspected arson attack at holiday park
Ultra-wide cameras seem to be one of Samsung’s primary weapons in the company’s fight against the Chinese competition. Samsung was the first manufacturer to put an ultra-wide camera on a mid-range phone, and today, the company has unveiled the budget Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20. Both the M10 and M20 are quite impressively priced and an ultra-wide camera is a common feature across both. Until now, the second rear camera on Samsung’s phones was about zoom and/or Live Focus bokeh pictures, but the focus seems to have now shifted to allowing users to take wider pictures.Of course, with triple camera or quad camera setups, you can have both ultra-wide and Live Focus capabilities. But for budget phones, Samsung is probably going to have to take a call and choose between the two. Ultra-wide imaging is what the company has decided on for now, and we think it’s a better use of a dual camera setup, especially since Live Focus is something that can be implemented via … [Read more...] about [Poll] Ultra-wide vs Live Focus (bokeh) pictures: Which would you prefer more?
A year ago, WhatsApp added picture-in-picture video playback in its iOS app. It wasn't until October that the feature made its way to Android in beta, then a few weeks ago, it rolled out to the stable version of the app. Now, it's making the switch from mobile to desktop, as PIP videos have appeared on WhatsApp Web. You need v0.3.2041 of the web app to get PIP videos working. If you're on an older version, you'll have to force clear the page's cache and restart your browser. When it's working, you can click on any video preview to see it open in a floating window above your current conversation. You can move the video around, resize the window or switch to fullscreen, control playback and volume, and open the original URL if needed. The feature should work for videos from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Streamable, but only the first one is functional now. The others throw an error stating "The video can't be played" with a link to open it in a separate tab. It's likely that … [Read more...] about WhatsApp Web adds picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook
And the nominees are... Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It's already a cultural phenomenon, a critical success, a billion-dollar box office sensation. At the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, will it also usher in a new era of recognition for effects-driven superhero blockbusters? The film captured the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast on Jan. 27. The SAG Awards often prove to be a leading Oscar indicator. As announced earlier, Black Panther is up against BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born for the best picture of 2018. Check out the full list of nominees here.So what are Black Panther's chances?Effects-driven blockbusters do win Oscars, of course. They just tend to be confined to the technical Oscars, for visual effects and sound design and so on. This year, Black Panther joins Avengers: Infinity War, First Man, … [Read more...] about Why SAG winner Black Panther could actually get best picture at the Oscars