Virtual Reality

New technology challenges human consciousness and the way we conceive time. Are these cunningly illuminated images, captured within fractions of a second, any more real than the iPad pictures of a skilled artist?

The photographer is Muhammad Al-Qatam at  www.flickr.com

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But do these colourful objects exist? Are they only imaginary? Can they be recreated?

Helene Call

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There are also free downloads of paint splash wallpaper and white floors made of milk splashes:

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(www.superbwallpaper.com)                                                (www.123rf.com)

and there is the more famous David Hockney.

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One thing is certain: the images are possible only by some recent scientific advance.