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November 22 2012

Science Podcast - The deep Earth, chicken origins, protein folding, and more (23 November 2012)

A new spin on seismic surveying to image the deep Earth; the origins of the world’s most important domesticated animal; a review of 50 years of protein folding; and more.

November 04 2010

Four short links: 4 November 2010

  1. The Journey (Matt Jones) -- an incredible reimagining of what travel could be if we used technology subtly, playfully, and helpfully. This is beautiful and brilliant. Read the explanation of the different elements in the video, there's a month's worth of sparking ideas in just a few paragraphs.
  2. Incidental Media (Jack Schulze) -- beautiful playful visual demonstration of what happens when surfaces are active but do not claim our full attention. From the same BERG London work that prompted The Journey above. I don't normally put two links to the same site in the one edition of Four Short Links, but these are both mindbuggeringly good.
  3. 1st Fans Shifts to Meetup -- Brooklyn Museum's online connection to their community moves from Facebook+Twitter to Meetup. There's a wonderfully honest and informative explanation of why the two big social sites didn't work for them. Great to see them sharing what they learned.
  4. HTTP Cookies, or How Not To Design a Protocol -- detailed deconstruction of the deeply broken state of web site cookies. (via Matt Biddulph on Delicious)

July 12 2010

Four short links: 12 July 2010

  1. Shogun: A Large Scale Machine Learning Toolbox -- open source (GPL v3), C++ with interfaces to MatLab, R, Octave, and Python. Emphasis for this toolkit is on SVM and "large scale kernel methods".
  2. The Agnostic Cartographer (Washington Monthly) -- land and sea are easy to measure compared to the trouble you get into when you put names on them. The end of the colonial period, hastened by World War II, ushered in a broad crisis in geographical data collection. “The modern era collapsed under its own weight,” says Michael Frank Goodchild, a British American geographer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “By the 1970s it was apparent that it was no longer going to be sustainable to have a world in which national governments sustained geographic information.”
  3. Niu Personalized Newspaper to Launch -- sign up, select news sources, and every day you get a personalized 24-page print newspaper on your doorstep. They're not attached to print, but print is the delivery mechanism their customers preferred.
  4. Ambient Devices -- amazing lineup of products that ambiently reflect data (mostly weather). I love the umbrella whose handle glows if you should take it today. (via data4all on Twitter)

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