Blindfolded dolphin mimics its mates

 

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Dolphins keep amazing people with their clever tricks. Now it seems they can even copy the moves of others without needing to see them (see video above). A team at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida, conducted the first experiment with blindfolded dolphins to investigate how they imitate others. Although they are known to mimic sounds and actions, it’s unclear exactly what senses they use to do this.        (?!<—EchoLocation–red.)

A dolphin called Tanner that had previously been trained to imitate other dolphins visually was chosen for the task. When his trainer gives a hand signal, Tanner knows to copy the moves of the dolphin next to him. To see how he performed without sight, his eyes were covered with plastic eye cups after he was given the cue. Then a second dolphin performed an action, or produced a sound Tanner was familiar with, and the researchers observed his ability to replicate it.

Unsurprisingly, the team found that he had no problem reproducing sounds blindfolded. But he also reproduced a lot of actions with his eyes covered up, and even when he made mistakes the move wasn’t too far off.

“Since we know he wasn’t using sight, he had to be using sound,” says Kelly Jaakkola, a member of the team. “Either by recognising the characteristic sound that the behaviour makes, like you or I may recognise the sound of hands clapping, or by using echolocation.”

READ MORE over here: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2011/01/blindfolded-dolphin-mimics-its-mates.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

If I may add to this article: A very insightfull documentary about Echolocation:(Red. ArtAfFactory.)

Daniel Kish and Juan Ruiz using and explaining Echolocation

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 Derren Brown : On Echolocation. (s.v.p.: Click inside video to see it on youtube)

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Speaking about Dolphins:

Here is a Lovely Art Book about these truely amazing creatures:

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Everyone loves a dolphin: the forehead that bulges sweetly like an overinflated Lilo; the smooth beak around which the mouth curves into a permanent grin; the high-pitched chirrup, like laughter in Morse code. Happily, dolphins seem to like us too – a result, according to A School of Dolphins, “not only of a shared biological descent, but also of a roughly equivalent size of brain in proportion to body mass”.

 

This book bears many of the hallmarks of Thames & Hudson, its highly regarded publisher, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary. A “survey of the dolphin in Western art”, it is elegantly designed, handsomely bound and full of lavishly reproduced pictures.

It is also staggeringly niche, a big (and rather odd) fish in an exceedingly small pond; again, no great surprise from a publisher that has never been afraid to delve into the neglected corners of art history, an approach that has paid off in the past with such feather-ruffling titles as Robert Hughes’s Shock of the New and David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge.

A School of Dolphins, to its detriment, has the feel of a project commissioned on a whim (after a couple of glasses of bubbly at the company’s birthday party, perhaps?) predicated on the fact that Thames & Hudson – which takes its name from the rivers of London and New York – happens to have two dolphins in its logo. The company’s founder, Walter Neurath, apparently thought dolphins to be intelligent and friendly, qualities he hoped both his books and employees would share.

Charles Avery, a former deputy keeper of sculpture at the V&A Museum, somehow manages to spin out his esoteric subject over more than 250 pages, arguing a case for the dolphin to be acknowledged as a sort of Zelig-like figure of Western art: a most adaptable creature that has been cropping up for millennia, in slightly different guises, in mosaics, paintings, sculpture and pottery.

The book’s glut of images – a triumph of picture research – lends some weight to this thesis. Here, in a Greek fresco from 1500BC, a pod of multicoloured dolphins frolic around a couple of crowded galleys. There, on a Renaissance fountain, a particularly obliging specimen serves as a sort of cetacean love seat for Peleus and Thetis, while elsewhere, two more dolphins form the arms of Henri Matisse’s favourite chair.

Avery maps the changing role assumed by the dolphin in the cultural consciousness – as lucky mascot, aquatic steed for Cupid and Venus, French heraldic symbol, and even, in Greek myth, as psychopompos, carrying across the River Styx the souls of men too grand to cadge a ride on Charon’s creaky ferryboat.

He also explores the curious case of Venice, a city surrounded by water whose outline bears an uncanny resemblance to a dolphin. Avery argues that this similarity has been deliberately exaggerated over time, first by 16th-century mapmakers, and later by town planners whose “major extension along the northern fringes of the city served to enhance the streamlined profile of the dolphin’s back”.

There’s fun to be had here looking at the images of painted or sculpted dolphins and trying to work out whether or not the artist responsible had ever clapped eyes on the real thing. There are some impressively lifelike specimens from nearly four millennia ago, but, as late as the Renaissance, many artists were still getting it spectacularly wrong. In Giovanni della Robbia’s gaudy sculpture of Cupid on a dolphin’s back from around 1520 the dolphin has scales, creepy yellow eyes, a pig’s snout and a set of pointy gnashers the envy of any alligator.

The prose Avery stumps up to accompany these pictures is too often dry, academic stodge. “A dolphin carried for Renaissance man a weight of symbolism to us surprising, mostly derived from ancient sources,” he intones in one tortuous introduction typical of the book.

Far more engaging writing comes at the end, in a short anthology of cetacean cameos from literature – ranging from Aesop’s tragic fable of the monkey and the dolphin to Douglas Adams’s insistence that dolphins are brilliantly brainy mammals “that had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man”. By the time I had trawled through to this point, though, my affection for dolphins had begun to wear rather thin. I felt close to drowning in this bottlenose bottleneck, and couldn’t wait to resurface into the wider world.

A School of Dolphins

by Charles Avery

(via: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5323526/A-School-of-Dolphins-by-Charles-Avery-review.html )

A School Of Dolphins

 

The Book: A School Of Dolphins: http://www.thamesandhudson.com/9780500238615.html

10 High Quality Seamless Patterns You Must Add To Your Design Arson

(via creativenerds)

So its coming up to 6months since Creative Nerds team launched their 3rd design blog Vector Patterns so far it’s been pleasure to work on. To celebrate 6months of Vector Patterns where going to run down Top 10 Vector Patterns which we have featured on the site, this is to showcase to new readers to vector patterns the best content which has been featured on the site so far. Stay tuned to Vector Patterns because there’s a lot more great content on the horizon.

A Very Beautiful Floral Seamless Vector Pattern

 Metal Seamless Photoshop And Illustrator Pattern

Ornament Free Seamless Vector Pattern

For many more Patterns go over here to download: http://creativenerds.co.uk/freebies/10-high-quality-seamless-patterns-you-must-add-to-your-design-arson/

Examples of Stunning and Beautiful Night Photography

Night lapse of the 401. Even at 9:30pm, the ro...

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Night photography refers to photographs taken outdoors between dusk and dawn. Night photographers generally have a choice between using artificial light and using a long exposure, exposing the scene for seconds or even minutes, in order to give the film enough time to capture a usable image, and to compensate for reciprocity failure. With the progress of high-speed films, higher-sensitivity digital image sensors, wide-aperture lenses, and the ever-greater power of urban lights, night photography is increasingly possible using available light.
Night Photography often got its own attraction and capturing a good night photography requires your skills and a camera that is capable of doing good night photography. You may need a camera which able to keep its shuttle open for a longer time. In this article I am going to present to you 50 awesome and stunning examples of night photography that will truly inspire you. (via tripwiremagazine)

 

Victor Shilo

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Eiffel Tower at night

Singapore

Oliver Wu

Kevin McNeal

Boracay Fire Dance, Philippines

Toby Keller

For many more examples head over here: http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2011/01/50-examples-of-stunning-and-beautiful-night-photography.html

Trompe L’oeil: Artistic Wall Murals that Bend & Twist Reality

 

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Trompe L’oeil, french for “deceive the eye,” is the art of creating two dimensional images with such realism that they appear to be in three dimensions. A trick often used in the backdrop of classic films before the advent of green screen technology, these illusions are found in cities across the world.


 
 

 

Surreal Murals - trompe-loeil-wall

 



Why add a window to a drab backyard or side alley, when one can have one that opens into a gorgeous world. Feeling claustrophobic? Gaze out into the lush jungle on the other side of your wall.







Imagine walking down the street and stumbling upon a building that looks like the surface of a disturbed pond. This is one of the most dedicated examples, and stunning in the largeness of its scale.



READ MORE over here: http://weburbanist.com/2011/01/13/trompe-loeil-murals-that-twist-reality/

Vintage Poster Market Proves as Strong as Ever at Poster Auctions International

 (1 year later & still going strong)

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NEW YORK, NY.-A record number of buyers showed up at Poster Auctions International on November 8, proving that the vintage poster market is as strong as ever! In its 49th semi-annual auction of rare posters, Poster Auctions International realized over $1,600,000 milliona number 50% higher than that posted at this time last year.

Art Deco certainly dominated the sale, with works by A.M. Cassandre and Paul Colin leading the way. Cassandre’s famous poster for “Dubonet” as well as his “United States Lines”, each saw $20,700, with his stately “La Route Bleue” close behind at $18,400. Even more impressive was Colin’s “Leroy Opticien”, far exceeding its estimate to reach $41,400. His portfolio “Le Tumulte Noir”, a visual homage to the excitement of the “Jazz Age”, also saw an impressive $23,000.
 
 
 

 

  
 

 

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Art Nouveau masterworks continued to show their enduring popularity, with posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha receiving the most attention. For Lautrec it was his “Troupe de Mlle. Eglantine” ($46,000), “May Belfort” ($34,500), and “Babylone d’Allemagne” ($39,100) which captivated the crowded room. Mucha enthusiasts, meanwhile, mostly bid by phone, his “Moet & Chandon duo, Monaco Monte-Carlo”, and “Bieres de la Meuse” each driven up to $25,300. Further interest in Mucha also showed in the $46,000 fetched for an original painting, “The Girl from Montenegro”.

One of the most unexpected moments in the auction came when two never before seen posters by Grun went up for sale. With a bidding war that ended in fierce applause, both nearly doubled their estimates, his “Paris-Medoc” reaching $13,800 and his “Societe Parisienne” achieving an unprecedented $12,650.

Other highlights include Ludwig Hohlwein’s “PKZ” ($19,550) and “Audi” ($21,850), Leonetto Cappiello’s “Bitter Campari” ($17,250), Matania’s “Southport” ($9,200), Steinlen’s “Chocolats/Thes” ($16,100), and Rosa Bonheur’s “Buffalo Bill” ($14,950). Strong prices were also realized in the large selection of over 40 aviation posters, with Charles Brosse’s “Meeting d’Aviation/Nice Seeing” $13,800, and M. Dessoure’s “Semaine d’Aviation/Caen” reaching $10,350.

Poster Auctions International will be presenting its 50th auction on Sunday, May 2, 2010, featuring only the world’s top posters of the last 130 years. A special month-long exhibition will be free and open to the public, as well as a host of exciting events to celebrate their semicentennial sale. Consignments are accepted through January 15, 2010.

read more over at: ArtKnowledgeNews

 

Mind Games: Four Games You Control With Your Brain

Forget using your body to control your video games, or making realistic motions with a game controller to make similar movements in the game. The future of toys and video games will be the ones that only require you to sit still, concentrate and use your brain. The EEG technology used in hospitals to measure brainwaves has found its way into the consumer market in the form of games that let you move control the game piece or character just by thinking really hard. The games using the technology are currently pretty simple, but it’s easy to imagine that mind-controlled games could soon let you do everything that games with hand-held controllers do now.

A simpler toy that uses the same brain-controlled air stream concept is the Star Wars Force Trainer. It doesn’t involve any complicated mazes or guiding the ball through hoops; you just have to control the flow of air to Yoda’s cues. As you learn to control your concentration and brain waves more effectively, you move through the Jedi ranks. Hopefully the constant Star Wars sound effects don’t distract you from achieving your destiny. If you’re ready to start your training, the Star Wars Force Trainer is available from Think Geek for around $130.

The technology used in both of the above toys was developed by NeuroSky, a San Jose, California-based company. They also offer their own take on brainwave games with the NeuroSky Mindset. The headset looks a little like a hands-free telephone headset with the microphone in the wrong place. The starter set comes with “Brainwave Visualizer,” an application that lets you control on-screen shapes based on your state of mind. A demonstration of The Adventures of Neuroboy is also included; the demo has you use your mental muscles to push, pull, lift and burn on-screen objects. A game called Math Trainer is also included with the Mindset, and apparently lets you answer math questions with your mind. Several other applications are in the works, and NeuroSky seems devoted to figuring out fun new ways to use brainwaves as entertainment. The company even offers development tools to help users create their own games and content for use with the Mindset. Get the starter kit from NeuroSky’s online store for $199.

Read More over here: http://gajitz.com/mind-games-four-games-you-control-with-your-brain/