RB Editor’s Selections: Light From Thin Air, Fast fMRI Processing, and The Decidedly Non-cute Cookiecutter Shark

Sarah Kendrew Sarah Kendrew selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the physical sciences, chemistry, engineering, computer science, geosciences and mathematics. She blogs about astronomy at One Small Step.

[Cross-posted from ResearchBlogging News.]

Welcome to the start of a new week! Here are some highlights from ResearchBlogging’s physical sciences categories from the last week.

Rumours of exciting physics results from the Large Hadron Collider abound, but let’s not get too distracted from other amazing research. Joerg Heber describes an awesome experiment demonstrating for the first time the exotic dynamic Casimir effect, which literally creates light from thin air using superconducting circuits.

Violent videogames invite a whole range of accusations, from violence to obesity and brain rot. But the gaming industry has led to some great advances in computer graphics processing. One application is the heavy duty image processing from functional MRI, as Neuroskeptic discusses this week.

The cookiecutter shark: not as cute as it sounds. On Deep Sea News, read the story behind a recent paper describing the first documented case of this creature attacking a live human. In the middle of the night. Thankfully the victim lives to tell the tale to blogger para_sight.

I’ll be back next week with more selections.