This 11-minute video will start your Thursday off on a good footing by expanding your thinking for today. MIT Professor Ramesh Raskar at the TED Talks. ("Femto-" [symbol f] is a prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of 10^−15 or 0.000000000000001.) I love that it would take a year to record a bullet moving the same distance as the light inside the Coke bottle.
Here's a link to a TED Talks page which might be a better-quality video for you (I had problems embedding that video here). And here's a link to a bio page describing who Ramesh is and what's so interesting about his talk.
(Thanks to David Dyer-Bennet)
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Featured Comment by rnewman: "WHEEEEE!!! Around 1970 we were doing 100,000 fps for photographing explosions, and that was state of the art. A 1^-2 second exposure used lots of film, especially when you considered the spin-up time before actual exposure. I'd love to get a chance to work with this. Ain't science grand??"
Featured Comment by Ed: "Yeps, computational photography rules...absolutely. By the way, I stopped worrying about megapixels when I made a 2.3 gigapixel picture with a $99 Panosaurus, a $100 kit lens, and $100 worth of software...now that was 5.8x2.9 meters in size at 300 DPI. And I didn't even need femtoseconds to do it (in fact it took me 21 minutes of shooting and two days of processing). And then I found out that I hadn't enough webspace to show it :-)—the JPEG data was 590 MB, my webspace only 500. "