That crazy bunch at MIT have been busy. They’ve made a camera with a shutter speed so quick it can be used to see a single light pulse from a laser travelling through a medium. They’ve used their camera to “film” a light pulse travelling through a bottle. All is explained below:
Now they just have to work out a way to make the videos cat related and they’ll have an internet sensation on their hands.
I remember when we were planning for A-Level projects at sixth form: one chap in the class came in with a grand plan to try and measure the speed of light by filming a torch being switched on in front of a ruler, then go through the video frame by frame to watch the light… When asking if it would work, the teacher and I simultaneously said “no”. If only we had seen this setup and the chap had a ton of cash to hand, we wouldn’t have been quite so quick to suggest he think of something else. One must keep an open mind at all times…
(found via Engadget)