Seeing is Hearing

Super-fluffy pancakes, inflatable concrete, Baroque photojournalism and more in our look at the web this week

MIT engineers have developed a technique to “listen” to sound without the use of a microphone—audio can be recovered just from video by analyzing how an inanimate object (such as a bag of chips or a plant’s leaves) responds to sound vibrations. This means combining and filtering movements as small as 1/1000th of a pixel to retrospectively piece back conversations that took place near the …

Seal “Hangs Fin” with Local Surfers

Super-fluffy pancakes, inflatable concrete, Baroque photojournalism and more in our look at the web this week

The internet was abuzz this week with animal cuteness from an unlikely critter. A curious baby seal joined a group of surfers in the chilly waters of the North Sea near Northumberland, UK for a surf session. The friendly mammal hopped up on longboards, played with the surfers and even did a bit of bodysurfing of its own. After an hour the surfers headed into …

Web Fonts and the Global Economy

Super-fluffy pancakes, inflatable concrete, Baroque photojournalism and more in our look at the web this week

Before web fonts, designers were bound to whatever came bundled with software. For English, the Latin alphabet and commonly used scripts this didn’t pose a major hurdle. But, building a webpage for Farsi readers posed a real problem. Web fonts make it so users don’t need pre-bundled alphabets in order to see a page, browsers download the fonts automatically. Whether it’s a proprietary font in …