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Imaging Without Boundaries conference at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana

"The Strategic Initiative on Imaging is dedicated to bringing together ideas, modalities, and people in imaging to foster the interdisciplinary discovery of fundamental principles in imaging science, new enabling technologies for the next generation of imaging instruments, and novel techniques for basic and translational research."

http://www.imaging.beckman.illinois.edu/imaging2010/ [via Paul Debevec]

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Behind the Scenes: The Abyss Part 1

The Real Story Behind WB's Decision to Drop Harry Potter's 3D

"Apparently there were multiple, major problems that just started to stack up as the months went by, and the execs at Warner Bros were faced with a tough decision."

http://www.firstshowing.net/2010/10/11/the-real-story-behind-wbs-decisio... [via Eric Alba]

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52 Canon DSLR Cameras Used for Matrix-Style Surfing Shots

"Surf wear maker Rip Curl recently teamed up with Timeslice Films for an ambitious project of shooting surfers in “bullet-time“"

Video after the jump.

http://www.petapixel.com/2010/10/02/52-canon-5d-mark-ii-cameras-used-for... [via PetaPixel]

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GPU Technology Conference

"The arrival of fully programable GPUs is now changing the visual effects industry, which traditionally relied on CPU computation to create their spectacular imagery. Implementing the complex image processing algorithms used by VFX is a challenge, but the payoffs in terms of interactivity and throughput can be enormous."

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67 Terabytes for $7,867

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"At Backblaze, we provide unlimited storage to our customers for only $5 per month, so we had to figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way—and keep our costs low. After looking at several overpriced commercial solutions, we decided to build our own custom Backblaze Storage Pods: 67 terabyte 4U servers for $7,867."

Blade Runner: Hades Landscape

"In the first of a three part series, Doug talks about the creation of various effects sequences completed for Blade Runner. In this video, he focuses on creating the opening sequence referred to as the "Hades Landscape"

Click on the link below to watch the video.

http://douglastrumbull.com/key-fx-sequences-blade-runner-hades-landscape [Thanks, Phil]

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Life Magazine Publishes Never Before Seen Pictures of Lascaux

"In 1947, LIFE's Ralph Morse went to Lascaux, and became the first photographer to ever document the astonishing, vibrant paintings. Here, on the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the cave and its treasures, in a gallery featuring rare and never-published photographs, Morse -- still vibrant himself at 93 -- shares with LIFE.com his memories of what it was like to encounter the long-hidden, strikingly lifelike handiwork of a vanished people: the Cro-Magnon."

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