Link About It: This Week’s Picks

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

1. Seeing is Hearing 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 …

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 …