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Four short links: 17 April 2012

  1. Penguins Counted From Space (Reuters) -- I love the unintended flow-on effects of technological progress. Nobody funded satellites because they'd help us get an accurate picture of wildlife in the Antarctic, but yet here we are. The street finds a use ...
  2. What Makes a Super-Spreader? -- A super-spreader is a person who transmits an infection to a significantly greater number of other people than the average infected person. The occurrence of a super spreader early in an outbreak can be the difference between a local outbreak that fizzles out and a regional epidemic. Cory, Waxy, Gruber, Ms BrainPickings Popova: I'm looking at you. (via BoingBoing)
  3. The Internet Did Not Kill Reading Books (The Atlantic) -- reading probably hasn't declined to the horrific levels of the 1950s.
  4. Data Transparency Hacks -- projects that came from the WSJ Data Transparency Codeathon.

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