25 Scenes from New York Comic Con 2012

Last week, more than 100,000 nerds gathered at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City to celebrate all things geek in comics, movies, anime, books, and TV. Here's a glimpse of what it was like. Photos by LoquaciousMuse.


Just a dinosaur. Walking around the Con. Buying some wares. The usual.

The Geek Chic gatekeeper. We need all of these weapons.


No Comic Con is complete without Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles decor.


The cast of Dirty Work gets together for a panel on out-of-the-box production company Fourth Wall Studios.


At his session, Kevin Smith encouraged audience members to make their own podcasts and not let fear or self-doubt stand in the way.


And you thought Hello Kitty was all sugar, no spice.

Two lovely ladies cosplaying as The Hunger Games' Katniss and Peeta.


Have you hugged a stormtrooper today? (Sometimes they bite.)

Two of many gender-reversed Harley and Jokers at the Con.


What a group! Comic Con: The only place where you'll see characters from Borderlands 2, henchmen from The Venture Bros and that creepy clown from Twisted Metal. hanging out.

Captain America salutes us. We swoon a little. It's embarrassing for everyone.

One of Bioshock's Little Sisters come to life.


Here's a horse, kicking Korra and Chun-Li's butts in Just Dance.

Slender Man is freaking absolutely everyone out.


Hottest thing at the Con: "Gangnam Style" flash mobs...


... complete with Joker breakdancing.

Excellent Bellatrix and Lord Voldemort cosplay. Anyone dressed as Harry Potter stayed far away from these two!

How did this lady—who is dressed up a character from the Silent Hill video game—see?

Adorable baby Sokka and older sister Toph. (And check out that excellent Little Mermaid in the background!)


Two villainous worlds collide (Resident Evil and Silent Hill, to be exact).

Captain Planet!


It's nice to see Artist's Alley so crowded.

She should be running away from this dangerous looking Terminator. Instead, she wants a picture.

Robin admires his purchase.


X-Men playing an Avengers game. Only at Comic Con.

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How a Particle Accelerator Is Helping to Unearth Long-Lost Pieces of Art
Oli Scarff, Getty Images
Oli Scarff, Getty Images

A particle accelerator is revealing the people in 150-year-old photographs whose features had been lost to time, Science News reports.

For the first time, Madalena Kozachuk, a Ph.D. candidate at Canada’s Western University, and a team of scientists used an accelerator called a synchrotron to scan daguerreotypes, an ancestor of modern photography.

before and after image of a damaged dagguereotype
Kozachuk et al. in Scientific Reports, 2018

Invented by French painter and physicist Louis Daguerre, daguerreotypes were popular from around the 1840s to the 1860s. They were created by exposing an iodized silver-coated copper plate to a camera (the iodine helped make the plate's surface light-sensitive). Subjects had to sit in front of the camera for 20 to 30 minutes to set the portrait, down from the eight hours it took before Daguerre perfected his method. Photographers could then develop and fix the image with a combination of mercury and table salt.

Because they’re made of metal, though, daguerreotypes are prone to tarnish. Scientists can sometimes recover historical daguerreotypes by analyzing samples taken from their surface, but such attempts are often both destructive and futile, Kozachuk wrote in a study published in Scientific Reports.

Kozachuk found that using a particle accelerator is a less invasive and more accurate method. While some scientists have used X-ray imaging machines to digitally scan other historical objects, such instruments are too large to scan daguerreotypes. Reading the subtle variations on a daguerreotype surface requires a micron-level beam that only a particle accelerator can currently produce. By tracing the pattern of mercury deposits in the tarnished plate, the researchers were able to reveal the obscured image and create a digital photo of what the daguerrotype looked like when it was first made.

before and after image of a recovered dagguereotype
Kozachuk et al. in Scientific Reports, 2018

“When the image became apparent, it was jaw-dropping,” Kozachuk told Science News. “I squealed when the first face popped up.”

Scanning one square centimeter of each 8-by-7 centimeter plate took about eight hours. The technique, though time-intensive, may allow museums and collectors to restore old daguerreotypes with minimal damage.

“The ability to recover lost images will enable museums to expand their understanding of daguerreotype collections, as severely degraded plates would not otherwise have been able to be studied or viewed by interested scholars,” Kozachuk wrote.

[h/t Science News]

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This Scientist's Idea of the 'Perfect' Human Body Is Kind of Terrifying
Courtesy of October Films
Courtesy of October Films

The perfect human body has the legs of an ostrich, the heart of a dog, and the eyes of an octopus, according to anatomist Alice Roberts. And it’s utterly terrifying.

With the help of anatomical artist Scott Eaton and special effects designer Sangeet Prabhaker, Roberts created a life-size replica of herself that fixes many design flaws inherent to the human body, Motherboard reports. Roberts unveiled the sculpture on April 23 at the Science Museum in London. On June 13, the BBC released a documentary about the project.

Among the flaws Roberts’s sculpture corrects are humans’ inferior ears, spine, and lungs. Roberts borrowed anatomy from reptiles, birds, and other mammals to create a Frankenstein-esque creature straight from the island of Dr. Moreau.

The sculpture of Alice 2.0, left, with Alice Roberts, right
Courtesy of October Films

The sculpture has legs like an ostrich because, as Roberts says on her website, the human knee is complex and prone to failure. Like humans, ostriches are bipedal, but they are far better runners. Bird-like lungs that keep air flowing in one direction, not two, make running and other aerobic activities easier for the perfect human to manage. And a chimpanzee’s sturdier spine and a dog’s heart (which has more connected arteries, leading to lower heart attack risk) make Roberts’s alternate self more resistant to injury and disease.

Roberts’s ideal human body also has skin like a frog that can change shades based on the environment, and large, bat-like ears that amplify sound. Roberts also fixed humans’ backwards retina, which produces a natural blind spot, by borrowing from octopus eye anatomy.

Perhaps most disturbing of all is the baby head poking out of the sculpture’s marsupial pouch. Roberts says marsupial pregnancy would be far easier on the human body and more convenient for parents on the go.

“This could be a human fit for the future,” Roberts says at the end of a trailer for her BBC documentary.

[h/t Motherboard]

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