The first images coming from the recently activated James Webb Space Telescope are absolutely stunning!

This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth.

“Cosmic Cliffs” in the Carina Nebula

“Cosmic Cliffs” in the Carina Nebula

Source: First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope

This person does not exist – a random gallery of computer-generated faces, created with machine-learning algorithms called GANs. The technology to create these is very impressive, considering how realistic a lot of these look — and at the same kind of scary.

Computer-generated face

Computer-generated face

Of course scammers and other internet lowlifes have been using stolen or stock-image faces for a long time to add authenticity to fake social media profiles, this basically means that now they can just create random faces that will be very convincing, at least in most cases.

There are, at least for now, various ways to recognize fake AI-generated images by subtle hints, but the algorithms can only get better at this over time. Maybe recognizing these faces will be a necessary skill to have in times to come?

Related: Which face is real?

Breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope, posted as a daily advent calendar through December.

The Bubble Nebula.

The Bubble Nebula.

The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is an emission nebula located 8,000 light years away in the Cassiopeia constellation. The bubble is created by stellar wind pushing out from a massive hot central star, visible here just left of the center of the image, a purple star partly obscured by blue gas clouds. The nebula is seven light years across—about one-and-a-half times the distance from our sun to its nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri. This stunning image was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to celebrate its 26th year in space.

Source: 2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar – The Atlantic

From NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day comes definite proof that there is infact, Water On Mars! And in other news…

  • Google introduces the Google Gulp, in four great flavours:
    … through our patented real-time DNA-scanning process, Auto-Drink™, Google Gulp is actually able to “take a picture” of your genetic profile, reconfigure its molecular composition on the fly, and subtly alter your brain’s intricate mosaic of axonial patterns in order to facilitate even faster cognitive processing.
  • RFC 4041 – Requirements for Morality Sections in Routing Area Drafts:
    Young people are particularly at risk from the rising depravity in society and much of the blame can be squarely placed at the door of the Internet. If you do not feel safe on the streets at night, what do you think it is like on the Information Superhighway?
  • Apple hires DVD-Jon:
    If you can’t beat them hire them – This seems to be Apple’s new motto. The reason being, it has hired DVD Jon. The very same Jon, who’s broken into iTunes thrice giving them sleepless nights.

That’s right, it’s that time of the year again…

Once in a while a piece of software comes along and just blows my mind – lately it’s been NASA’s World Wind software which has captured my imagination. This amazing software uses NASA Landsat 7 satellite images to let you zoom in to almost any place on the globe and view the surrounding area in 3D. It also allows you to play around with lots of scientific information for visualization of weather systems or temperature data.

NASA World Wind

NASA World Wind

The very best thing about this is that it’s totally free of charge to download and use. Be warned though – the data it needs will require several gigabytes of diskspace and you’ll need a decent internet connection (512kbps+)(or a lot of patience) to be able to download all the data for the high-resolution images. But it’s still worth it to be able to explore countless places around the globe from the comfort of your home!