If there’s one character I’m excited to see in Avengers: Endgame, it’s Captain Marvel. She’s the only character we haven’t really seen interact with the rest of the Avengers, and based on the teasers, it looks like she’s ready to get brought up to speed. Recently, Audi released an ad spot called “Debriefing” where the company attempts to show Carol Danvers what she’s missed since her exit from Earth in the 1990s. I got the chance to talk to Captain Marvel herself (Brie Larson) about electric vehicles and why they’re important to her — you can check that Q&A out over on Roadshow — but we also took a few minutes to chat about the MCU and what she hopes the future brings for Marvel’s superhero movie juggernaut. Check out “Debriefing,” and then meet me afterward for our Q&A. Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… I’m so ready to see Kamala Khan in the MCU.Me too, me too! I’m ready. I’m so ready.Big fists!Stretchy arms!So you’re not just an actress, you’re a director, too. Do you have any aspirations to direct an MCU movie?Totally. I mean, for me, whether it’s acting or directing, it’s about story. And I’ve always been incredibly impressed with Marvel’s ability to talk about very difficult subject matters; whether it’s internal human condition stuff or worldwide issues, through the metaphor of superheroes and aliens in space. I feel like they’ve become such a powerful tool of connection that of course it’s something I would love to tackle eventually, given the right story. Because, just on the acting side of Captain Marvel, I worked on it for two years. And I think it’s even longer when you’re writing and directing a Marvel movie. So it has to be a story that you really feel passionate in your gut that it’s undeniable and will carry you through for a couple years.Makes sense. OK, two more questions for you. If Carol were to show up in another MCU film like Thor: Ragnarock, which was kind of a buddy movie between Hulk and Thor, what character would you want to team up with?I’m still really into this idea of an all-female Avengers movie. Getting all the women together and getting them to work as a team … would be so powerful and iconic. Just because having just seen Avengers: Endgame, getting to see all of those characters on screen, you realize the beauty of these new superhero movies is that everybody has their own special skills they bring to the table. Their own, you know, superpower. And to see women work together, and in that way as a team, is not something we’ve seen enough of on screen. You had to go through two different workouts: Physically, we all know you got in insane shape for Captain Marvel. But you’ve also talked a lot about feeling more empowered and able to stand up for yourself and what you believe in throughout this process. What’s your advice for anybody looking to fight for a cause? How can they “flex their activism muscles,” so to speak, and make a bigger impact over time?The main thing is finding out the thing that only you can do. And you might be surprised to discover what that is. Telling stories, making movies that reflect my value system, that put people in the shoes of others, that are able to bridge empathy and show you what the world looks like, has been really profound for me, and in some ways, much more impactful than any words I could ever possibly say, or any street corner that I could shout on. But everybody has their own unique thing. 3:14 Comments 5 Show Us Yours: Marvel fandom pictures from our readers 26 Photos Share your voice Endgame is here TV and Movies I was just at the Time 100 Gala. And it was really powerful to be in that room of people who are all working really diligently and in completely different ways, whether that’s in science or in politics, in any part of the globe, the arts, music … there are so many ways to get involved, and it starts with you. It starts with you figuring out what your thing is that you bring to the table, and then living your life by those value systems.Avengers: Endgame is in theaters worldwide, but if you haven’t caught it yet, you can get ready by watching every other Endgame trailer and teaser right here. Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order CNET: What kinds of technology would Carol be the most surprised by when she returned to Earth? If, of course, there wasn’t a Snapture to avenge?Brie Larson: Well, Carol’s sort of interesting in that she’s at the intersection of like, super-advanced technology and the ’90s at the same time, so I mean, she’s already — even in the ’90s — when she comes down to Earth, surprised by the lack of technology. Things like, carrying around a driver’s license or an ID card just seem totally insane to her. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Spoiler-free review: Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to perfect No postcredits scene, but there’s a tiny audio stinger The biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions It’s three hours long: The best times to pee Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger But at the same time, she’s she’s been able to retrofit the pager. So I think communication devices would be the thing she would be both surprised to see how far it’s come, and also wish that it had gone further; having come from, you know, outer space, where they have much more advanced communications equipment.During your time playing Carol, you’ve been really vocal about intersectional feminism. There are so many amazing female heroes in Marvel Comics. Which one you would like to see headline their own MCU movie? Anyone you’re just dying to see on screen?I would love to see a Valkyrie solo movie for sure. I’d love to see a Ms. Marvel movie for sure. I mean, they haven’t even begun to tap into her abilities. And I love her story so much. It would be my hope she comes in sooner rather than later as Carol’s sidekick, and then eventually kind of takes over. And then of course, the Wakanda ladies, I could watch a whole movie of those warrior women, there’s so much to be mined from that. So I think there’s a lot of material out there and a lot of new worlds to delve into. 49 Photos
Project Loon headed to help Puerto Rico Automation software collects wind forecast data, builds maps of where to travel and then processes each balloon’s observation so changes can be made to follow that map. It is this software that directs the balloon’s movements, not the 24/7 team of engineers monitoring them, head of Engineering Salvatore Candido said.According to Candido, the first time he saw a balloon deciding to zig where a human would have chosen to zag, he had to “stare for a while at the strategy the algorithm was trying to execute” before realizing he had been outsmarted by the software.”The first balloon allowed to fully execute this technique set a flight time record from Puerto Rico to Peru,” Candido said. “I had never simultaneously felt smarter and dumber at the same time.”Balloons also choose when to loiter in an area to wait for winds to change, and fly in figure 8 patterns to maintain a constant LTE signal over an area for longer periods. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Project Loon reached a massive milestone. Project Loon Alphabet’s Project Loon has reached the milestone of flying its balloons in the sky for a collective 1 million hours, the company announced Tuesday. This equates to 40 million kilometers travelled.Project Loon delivers mobile connectivity to remote and disaster-ravaged areas, with the balloons operated by a solar-powered pump. They drift on winds at heights of 50,000 feet to 70,000 feet, tacking like a boat to follow air currents. 0 Project Loon Alphabet says its Loon balloons could beam internet to more people than before Alphabet’s Loon recruits high-powered mobile veterans to serve on board This Loon internet balloon just spent seven months in the air Share your voice Post a comment 1:16 Mobile Sci-Tech
Kempegowda International Airport BengaluruPixabayBengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will soon have biometric facial recognition technology at the boarding points. The technology is already available at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport under the Narendra Modi government’s Digit Yatra initiative.”As an outcome of trials conducted and proof of concept established over 24 months ago, BIAL is implementing a biometric-based passenger boarding process at the KIA. It will ensure quick, seamless boarding for passengers,” Bangalore International Airport Limited officials told The Times of India.At the moment, travellers are required to show their boarding pass at multiple checkpoints. However, with facial recognition, travellers will have to show their documents and have their faces scanned at one point.Reports state that the first phase will be rolled out by July-end and will be implemented at the domestic terminal. After the trial run and the technology flows smoothly, it will be implemented for international passengers after the go-ahead by the government as well as other approvals by regulatory authorities.KIA in Bengaluru has already a body scanner initiative trial in place at the security checkpoints. Those travellers who don’t want to go through the body scanner will be frisked. Before installing the body scanners, a trial run at KIA began on July 1 and is expected to go on for three to four weeks.The body scanners will be situated at airports deemed as ‘hypersensitive’. The other airports include Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. Along with them, three airports in Jammu and Kashmir are also included in the list, reports Hindustan Times. This initiative was made mandatory by the Bureau for Civil Aviation Secretary (BCAS).One of the reasons to implement the new technology is to reduce the amount of time spent at the counter which leads to congestion and help make travel more efficient and hassle-free.
Illustration of the new optical lens with a near-unity numerical aperture. Credit: Paniagua-Domínguez et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers, led by Arseniy Kuznetsov and Ramón Paniagua-Domínguez, at A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology, and Research) and Nanyang Technological University, both in Singapore, have published a paper on the lens with near-unity numerical aperture in a recent issue of Nano Letters.Previously, the highest numerical aperture for a free-space lens was 0.95, which corresponds to a maximum collection angle of around 72°. Due to the way these lenses are made, they are also large and expensive, and so cannot be easily scaled down to work with very small systems.With its numerical aperture of 0.99, the new lens has both a higher resolution and a larger collection angle of 82°. The new lens is made of a metasurface rather than traditional lens materials. The metasurface consists of a pattern of subwavelength-scale structures and has an overall thickness of less than one wavelength of light, resulting in a small size that greatly expands its potential applications.”High-numerical aperture lenses/microscope objectives are major optical components that are widely used in microscopy, optical detection systems, optical lithography, quantum optics, etc.,” Kuznetsov told Phys.org. “Having a high numerical aperture is of primary importance in achieving a high resolution and high detection level of optical signals. Currently existing high-numerical-aperture lenses/microscope objectives are bulky and expensive. In this work, we showed that, using a new concept of metasurfaces based on dielectric nanoantennas, it is possible to design and realize flat optical components that can achieve a numerical aperture higher than all existing optical objectives, using just a device just a few hundred nanometers thick.”To demonstrate the advantages of the new lens, the researchers used it to image nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond nanocrystals, which are several tens of nanometers in size. The images scanned by the new metalens revealed smaller spots compared to images scanned using commercial lenses with smaller numerical apertures, demonstrating the new lens’ higher resolution.The researchers expect that, in the future, the new lens may also be used to make improvements to photolithography, which is used to produce computer chips and other high-resolution devices. In addition, the new lens’ wide-angle collection is expected to increase the efficiency of single-photon emission processes, which are used in quantum optics systems.”We believe that this new concept will find broad applications in areas where detection of weak optical signals is important,” Kuznetsov said. “One example is in quantum optics, which deals with systems containing only single atoms or quantum emitters emitting light at the single-photon level. Such flat lenses not only allow for the detection of weak optical signals, but also can operate at extreme conditions of low temperatures and in vacuum, which is typical for quantum optics experiments.”Another important application direction could be in wearable and mobile photonic devices, where dense integration of high-efficiency optical components is required. For example, the lenses could find applications in mobile phone cameras and augmented reality glasses.” Nanostructured thin-films that can bend light by large angles could be a replacement for bulky glass optical components Explore further More information: Ramón Paniagua-Domínguez et al. “A Metalens with a Near-Unity Numerical Aperture.” Nano Letters 18, 2124–2132 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00368 Researchers have designed an optical lens with the highest free-space numerical aperture to date, achieving a value of just under 1. As the numerical aperture indicates the highest possible resolution that a lens can attain, the new lens can focus light with unprecedented ability, as well as collect light from wide angles. These abilities should make the lens particularly useful for low-light applications, such as single-photon emission, which is often used in quantum optics systems. Journal information: Nano Letters Citation: Metalens achieves near-unity numerical aperture (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-metalens-near-unity-numerical-aperture.html © 2018 Phys.org