Diamond Square Algorithm
The Diamond-Square algorithm is a common algorithm used for simple heightmaps on a square base. Like all simple heightmap algorithms, it cannot deal with overhangs on any part of the landscape. However, it is one of the best algorithms available for minimising recognisable artifacts on the surface, that point to an artificial origin for the terrain.
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World Review: AlphaWorld
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A computer algorithm developed at the University of Washington uses hundreds of thousands of tourist photos to automatically reconstruct an entire city in about a day.
Prior to 2006, any attempt at investigating wireless technology, developing a new algorithm for propagation, or even trying for a whole new standard, all shared one thing in common: The phenomenal expense for the research team.
The omni-focus is a camera system with the ability to function much like the human eye - capturing objects in its field of vision regardless of the distance, in perfect focus. It even adapts an algorithm from VR, in order to do so.
If you have ever played the original Zelda games, then you will be familiar with what Graal is. This top-down 2D world system uses an almost infinite combination of square areas one and two screens wide, which slot together to form a world.
World Review: Graal
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One of the problems with wandering through a massive persistent world that can be many hundreds of square miles across, is the silence of it. After a while, no matter how beautiful the landscape, how awe-inspiring the view, the sheer bleakness of it all is going to get to you. If you are wandering alone, and have seen no other human participants, then it all starts to feel like dressing for "apocalypse now".
What was nice about the world-building method used in floor 13, was it did not cut off suddenly, like many if not most worldlets in modern times do. Usually you have a grid, of a set number of cells arranged into a square or rectangular shape. Up until the edge of that grid, everything seems normal, then suddenly all the trees, rocks, vegetation, man-made objects stop dead.
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Scientists at the University of Glasgow have developed the world?s smallest diamond transistor.
At just 50 nanometres in length the ?gate? of the diamond transistor developed by Dr David Moran, of the Department of Electronic...
Although we assume we can see everything in our field of vision, the brain actually picks and chooses the stimuli that come into our consciousness. A new study in the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology's Journal of Vision...
University College London resarchers say crystalline carbon containing nitrogen vacancies can store qubits for relatively long periods of time and can house a relatively large number of qubits in a small volume and at room temperature. In d...
Two new studies performed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have revealed a new pathway for materials scientists to use previously unexplored properties of nanocrystalline-diamond thin films. While the properti...
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory in the US have been making electronic transistors out of pure diamond.
The transistors can withstand far higher working temperatures than conventional on...