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Dartmouth researchers’ new chip could revolutionize cameras

Dartmouth College engineering Professor Eric Fossum and his colleagues at the Thayer School of Engineering are trying to equip cameras with the kind of vision that would make even Superman envious (or, more simply, make photos taken by your iPhone X look like cave paintings).

National Public Radio reported on Tuesday that Fossum has developed an ultra-sensitive chip called QIS, which stands for Quanta Image Sensor. Rather than pixels, the chip has “jots,” which can detect a single particle of light, aka a photon.

“What this chip can do because it’s sensitive to single photons is it can see in the dimmest possible light,” Fossum says.

Fossum envisions QIS will permit a new approach to creating digital images. Fast electronics allows each jot to be sampled 1,000 times per second. To build an image from the chip, the individual samples are added together and, using image processing software, a single image is produced.

The downside? Fossum’s technology isn’t likely to start popping up in cameras anytime soon — Fossum estimates it’ll be about 20 years before the chip sees widespread use.

Weekend picks: Dance for LGBT+ teens; JAGfest theater festival; Enfield snow fun; Pilgrims show


Love Wins: Dance for LGBT+ Teens!


JAGfest, a weekend performing arts festival of new works all celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights and performing artists, kicks off tonight at 7:30 in White River Junction and runs all weekend.

Photographed in West Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 1, 2018, Jarvis Antonio Green is the founding producing artistic director for JAG Productions and BarnArts Center for the Arts. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


The Newport Winter Carnival!

At the 100th Newport Winter Carnival in Newport, N.H., spectators watch the Axe Man Challenge on the green on Feb. 13, 2016. Participants of the challenge try to split as much wood as they can in two minutes. Wood is then auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Newport Recreational Center. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Enfield is The Place To Be!

  • Beginning at noon, the Mascoma Sailing Club and the Enfield Village Association will host a “Winter WingDing” at Mascoma Lakeside Park. The event is free and goes to 4 p.m.
  • Also taking place in Enfield will be the annual Snowshoe Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum. The event — held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — features guided snowshoe tours and opportunities to explore trails at one’s own pace. There will also be sled dog rides, lunch and a bonfire (with toasted marshmallows of course).

Scenes from last year’s “Winter WingDing” in Enfield. (Courtesy photographs)


We already told ya about the whole thing with the flannel and the world record attempt and the basketball.

Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell (5) tries to get between Dartmouth’s Brendan Barry (15) and Will Emery (0) during an NCAA college basketball game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)


There’s also The Pilgrims playing a show at the Windsor Station. (You may remember they have a fun new video.) They’re joined by Faux in Love and it all starts at 9:30 p.m.



JAGfest and the Newport Winter Festival continue. And also, what a busy weekend. Maybe take a nap?

Hanover High graduate steps into the spotlight

Director Reed Morano and actor Peter Dinklage on the set of

Director Reed Morano and actor Peter Dinklage on the set of “I Think We’re Alone Now”, which screened recently at the Sundance Film Festival. Morano, a Hanover High School graduate, has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work on “The Handmaid’s Tale.” (Beka Venezia photograph)

Reed Morano, a 1995 alumna of Hanover High School, is officially in the big leagues, bringing her movies to you on the big screen (and the silver screen, and streaming devices).

Morano is an award-winning director whose career has been on the fast track since the debut of her first directorial feature, Meadowland, in fall 2015. Since then, she’s directed episodes of Showtime’s Billions and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, but her signature achievement is Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name. She’s already won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her directorial work on that show’s first three episodes.

Before she started working on The Handmaid’s Tale, Morano told the Valley News, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do next.

“Then it all started happening at once,” she said.

Tonight, she will wait to see if she snags the Directors Guild of America’s award for outstanding directorial achievement in a dramatic series for television. She’s the only female nominated for the honor — her competition includes the directors of three separate episodes of HBO’s powerhouse Game of Thrones and one episode of Stranger Things, the hit Netflix series.

Read the full interview with Morano here.

Event picks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 19-21)


Via Facebook:

See, Hear, Meet, Speak… BYOB your friends and family to the Main St. Museum for a night out of eclectic ephemera and rock n’ roll provided by The Journals Kept, Carton, and Chodus!

Starts at 8 p.m.


Via the Top of the Hop Bar events page:

Sat • Jan 20 • 6 pm
Are You Game? Tiltfactor Game Night


Try your hand at popular board and card games and get an exclusive sneak peek at NEW unreleased creations from Dartmouth’s own game lab. Meet the designers, help prototype new projects, or just gather around a table and play one of your favorites. For teens & adults. Info: tiltfactor.org.


Via the Valley News:

For a change, it appears the ice will be very nice for one of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance’s biggest fundraisers of the year.


The Lake Morey Skating Trail is set to host the annual UVTA Skate-a-Thon on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The trail, a 4½-mile loop, will be open for skaters to show how many laps they can complete in support of the UVTA.

Ty Couture, 5, of South Royalton, center, yells as he skids down a shoveled line of ice while taking a break from ice fishing as John Moore, 11, of Topsham, watches, and Tyson Allen, 6, of Windsor, slides on his back during the 13th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby on Dewey’s Pond in Quechee, Vt., on Jan. 25, 2014. The group of boys took to taking turns sliding on the ice when there was a lull in the fishing action. (Valley News – Sarah Priestap)