The truth behind the shiny-legs photo that had the Internet guessing

An unintentional optical illusion has the Internet guessing whether legs in a photo are oiled up, covered with gloss, or something else. According to the photographer, the illusion wasn’t planned, but quickly confused people who saw it.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/10/28/truth-behind-shiny-legs-photo-that-had-internet-guessing.html

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World’s largest neutrino detector gets a Fujitsu-powered supercomputer upgrade

Kamioka neutrino detector
The Super-K neutrino detector is looking for Cherenkov radiation: the optical equivalent of a sonic boom. And it’s about to triple its data throughput.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/235679-worlds-largest-neutrino-detector-gets-a-fujitsu-powered-supercomputer-upgrade

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Apple concept describes optically-based docking mechanism with wearables in mind

Article Image Apple may be exploring the possibility of docking two devices using optical transmitters, rather than plugged-in connectors, a proposed invention from the company reveals.

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IBM announces silicon photonics breakthrough, set to break 100Gb/s barrier

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IBM has announced a breakthrough in silicon photonics technology — a 100Gb/s fully integrated set of optical components that could be used to link multiple components in a server. Bit by bit, silicon photonics is becoming a reality.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/205713-ibm-announces-silicon-photonics-breakthrough-set-to-break-100gbs-barrier

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By 2020, you could have an exascale speed-of-light optical computer on your desk

Optalysys optical computing: Multiple lasers, firing through multiple liquid crystal grids
Optalysys, a UK technology company, says it’s on-target to demonstrate a novel optical computer, which performs calculations at the speed of light, in January 2015. If all goes to plan, Optalysys says its tech — which is really unlike anything you’ve ever heard of before — can put an exascale supercomputer on your desk by 2020.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/187746-by-2020-you-could-have-an-exascale-speed-of-light-optical-computer-on-your-desk

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