— digitalgrip.fieldnotes


The new project is online! Still a bit under construction, but then – that’s what it is all about in the first place: construction. Of big machines, mostly. And scientific ideas. Go on, take a look!


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And yet another site sprung from the Incubator of Awesomeness:

Download The Universe is a review site for science ebooks and apps. And when you look at the list of contributors, you will immediately rush to make room on your shelves… but, wait, you don’t have to! Just a few more electrons here, a few synapses there. Awesome. But I think I said that already…

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medical translation


Hier zwei schöne Projekte, die sich mit Kommunikationsproblemen zwischen Arzt und Patient befassen:

washabich.de ist eine Online Portal, auf dem (fortgeschrittene) Medizinstudenten medizinische Befunde in eine verständliche Sprache übersetzen. Einfache Idee, aber ziemlich clever, und offensichtlich so gefragt, dass die “Ãœbersetzer” schon ein Wartezimmer einrichten mussten.

Und bei solchen Befunden braucht man das auch:

In der flüssigkeitssensitiven Sequenz Nachweis eines ausgeprägten Knochenmarködems an der ventralen Zirkumferenz des Humeruskopfes. Auch an der dorsalen Zirkumferenz des Glenoids deutliches Knochenmarködem mit blutiger Imbibierung der angrenzenden Muskelmanschette.

MediBabble ist eine App, die bei der Ãœbersetzung von Symptomen ins Englische helfen soll:

a free, professional-grade medical translation tool. MediBabble is a robust history-taking and examination application designed to improve the safety, efficiency, and overall quality of care for non-English speaking patients.

Medical translation tool

In dieser schlichten App steckt eine Menge Arbeit und Knowhow. Die Fragen und Übersetzungen kommen nicht einfach aus dem Computer, sondern wurden von Fachleuten so praxisnah wie möglich zusammengestellt:

Patient safety is topmost among our concerns and is the reason we created MediBabble in the first place. All of the phrases included in MediBabble were written and reviewed by a panel of physicians, translated from English by professional medical translators, and then vetted and recorded by hospital-based medical interpreters. Every single phrase in our database has been closely reviewed by at least two medically-trained native speakers for accuracy, cultural appropriateness, and accessibility to patients of varying levels of education and health literacy.


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The New York Public Library has put some of its treasures online and made an iPad app on the 1939-40 World’s Fair Collection:

Enter the World of Tomorrow through one of the Library’s richest and most heavily used archival collections: the official corporate records of the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair. The Fair — like the Library — has something for everyone, from technological innovation and classical music, to pop culture and a world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship. This website and the free Biblion iPad app take you all but literally into the Library’s legendary stacks, opening up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad storylines they hold and preserve. Experience documents, images, films, audio, and essays directly from the collections — and explore not only what the Fair teaches us about the past, but also the future…

One of the films is this one: a 1940’s view on robots and cars (and women, in a way…)

Great specialFX from 6:14!!

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Clearly, Ada Lovelace is one of the most remarkable women in science. And this comic by Sydney Padua is one of the most delightful accounts of her life I have come across so far (now also available as free iPad-app):


It was originally drawn for Ada Lovelace Day, an event that…

 …aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.

The inspiration for Ada Lovelace Day came from psychologist Penelope Lockwood, who carried out a study which found that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male role models. “Outstanding women can function as inspirational examples of success,” she said, “illustrating the kinds of achievements that are possible for women around them. They demonstrate that it is possible to overcome traditional gender barriers, indicating to other women that high levels of success are indeed attainable.”


For more on Ada I recommend Janet Stemwedel’s post at Doing Good Science on Ada Lovelace and the Luddites, where – after making many other interesting connections – she writes on the activity of programming:

That this activity got its start with the technically minded daughter of the romantic poet who defended the Luddites somehow strikes me as exactly right.

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For conservation super heroes: Track your local bats with the Zoological Society’s new “bat phone”.

BBC Nature – A smart way to save wildlife.

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Miniermotten-Monitoring per App (leider nur in England):

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