Measuring the Angle of News

January 14th, 2006 | Filed under: AI, Internet, Mapping, News, Programming | 1 Comment »

Neal Goldman’s Inform Technologies LLC converts news into math as each article is calculated in a multi-dimensional universe of topics to match the relevance to a news reader’s interests. Adding to its unique offering allowing users to dig deeper into stories, the news aggregator now offers audio, video, and RSS.

via businessweek


Atoms deform as they collide

October 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: News, Technology | No Comments »

Using laser pulses that last just 70 femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second), physicists have observed in greater detail than ever before what happens when atoms collide. The experiments at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, confirm a decades-old theory of how atoms–like tennis balls–briefly lose form and energy when they hit something. The results will help scientists study other atomic-scale processes and better understand the laws of physics.

via Physorg


Microbial Evolutionary Net

July 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mapping, News | No Comments »

Using Genetrace, Christos Ouzounis and colleagues at EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) were able to construct a microbial evolutionary diagram that shows the exchange of genetic material across distant species.

Since the time of Darwin, the evolutionary relationships between organisms have been represented as a tree, with the common ancestors at the base of the trunk and the most recently evolved species at the tips of the branches. Microbiologists have argued for a long time that this representation doesn’t really hold true for microbes, which often exchange genes among different species. Their claim has been that the evolution of these organisms is better represented by a net.[Press Release] (pdf)

Biology News | EMBL

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Iraq War Fatalities

July 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, News | 1 Comment »

Tim Klimowicz‘s time-lapse visualization, Iraq War Fatalities maps fatalities in action of the US-lead coalition military based on data from icasualties.org and globalsecurity.org. Mapping all deaths may have been great, but Klimowicz explains how his initial endeavor to do so became an apparent impossibility due to the lack of documentation.

via information aesthetics


Newseum : Today's Front Pages

June 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, News, Social | No Comments »

Today’s Front Pages” is Newseum‘s interactive presentation of front pages from more than 300 newspapers from around the world. [launch] (map view)

via WorldChanging

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Brain Cells on Demand

June 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Health, News, Science | No Comments »

Regenerative medicine scientists at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute have discovered a cell culture method that may be able to produce a limitless supply of a person’s own brain cells. [article]

via Science Blog

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Stem Cells from Adult Human Skin

June 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Health, News | 1 Comment »

Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have successfully isolated stem cells from human skin, expanded them in the laboratory and coaxed them into becoming fat, muscle and bone cells. [article]

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Deep Impact

June 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Materials, News, Science, Technology | No Comments »

In less than a week NASA’s Deep Impact mission will collide with comet Tempel 1 with a 1 meter wide impactor at 23,000 mph after a voyage of 173 days and 431 million kilometers (268 million miles). [Impact test video] (made of dust, ice, window cleaner and Worchestershire sauce over garden perlite) [interactive feature]

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Analyzing a Hovering Hummingbird

June 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mapping, News, Technology | No Comments »

“We looked at hummingbird flight for 70 years with high speed cameras, but still could only make assumptions and educated guesses about what was happening,” said Douglas Warrick, an assistant professor of zoology at OSU. Scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Portland and George Fox University used digital particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) to capture the subtleties in the movement of air surrounding the hummingbird’s wings to discover exactly how they manage to hover. [article]

via Nature | Physorg

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Drilling to the Earth's Core

June 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mechanical Tech, News, Technology | 2 Comments »


The 57,500-tonne drill ship Chikyu (Japanese for Earth) will soon be penetrating the Earth’s crust to the mantle. The mission, administered by the Centre for Deep Earth Exploration in Yokohama, hopes to retrieve samples from the mantle to study earthquakes, the history of Earth’s climate, as well as the possibility of deep-Earth life.

via Guardian Unlimited