These two curious and rare "gun cameras" bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "shoot a photo." Both are exceedingly rare artifacts and will be on the block at the 37th Annual Leitz Photographica Auction next month. At the top is the Leica Gun Rifle developed by E. Leitz, Inc. in the mid-1930s. Inspired by wildlife photographer Attilio Gatti, there were only a dozen or so made. It's estimated to go for around €200,000. The Royu 1 pistol camera is a prototype from 1952. According to the auctioneers, "Due to the durability problems of the Bakelite case and the limited availability of the 9.5mm film in Japan, the camera never went into production." It's estimated to sell for €60,000 – 70,000.
China's Tianwen 1 space probe on its way to Mars ejected a small camera to grab selfies of the spacecraft. See below. The video above, captured by the probe, shows the camera tumbling off into the void. Tianwen 1 launched in July and will enter Mars orbit in February, assuming all goes as planned. From… READ THE REST
Nature photographer Peter Maier captured this magnificent time-lapse video of a downburst over Lake Millstatt in Carinthia, Austria. Maier called it a "Tsunami from Heaven." (Posted by Tamsin_Bailey in the Boing Boing BBS's Odd Stuff thread.) READ THE REST
MIchigan-based retoucher Mike Campau has done a third version in his series of dynamic images: I wanted to revisit my original "Motion in Air" series and give it a modern twist with vibrant pastels and neon glows. Using CGI and stock photography, I created a new technique that blends the two mediums seamlessly in a… READ THE REST
Scientists have found there's a danger just as impactful on your health as killers that everyone talks about like obesity or smoking. This one, though, is a lot more subtle. Researchers say that the threat posed by sitting for eight hours a day with little physical activity is just as harmful as some of the… READ THE REST
Your brain really is every bit the supercomputer that you think it is. Scientists found that over the course of your life, your modest human brain will hold up to 1 quadrillion pieces of information. You also have an average of 70,000 thoughts per day. Considering that, it's really no surprise that we can all… READ THE REST
Prime Day week is here, but before you start rifling through page after page of Amazon deals, you should know Amazon isn't the only fish in the sea. In fact, many companies are combating Amazon's Prime Day dominance with some fairly impressive sales of their own. That includes the Boing Boing Store and a full… READ THE REST