A beautiful infographic journey: The Lexicon of Sustainability
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Among this year’s participants of #scio12 is Usha Lee McFarling. She is one of the authors of Altered Oceans: A Five-Part Series on the Crisis in the Seas (with Kenneth R. Weiss, photography and video by Rick Loomis. 2006. Los Angeles Times), which is a truly impressive piece of multimedia storytelling, and for which she won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2007.
Unfortunately, the oceans haven’t improved since 2006.Read More
It may look like some sort of planetary map, but in fact it is a visualisation of genome data:
It is pretty impressive as a still, but as I understand it the original even moves. Will have to take a look at Ang Lee’s “Hulk” to see that, I guess.
Its creator Ben Fry describes it like this:
This piece is part of a larger body of research into how to build visual constructions of very large amounts of data, in particular genomic information. The works range from practical tools to conceptual works for alternative methods for viewing data.
Valence originated as a project for my master’s thesis which focussed on using properties of organic systems as a method for dealing with large amounts of data from dynamic sources.
More infographics by Ben Fry and his colleagues.
Oft geht es dabei auch um wissenschaftliche Themen – zum Beispiel wie Robben nur mit ihren Barthaaren den dicksten Fisch erkennen. Mir gefÃ¤llt ihre Umsetzung fÃ¼r Kinder – spielerisch und anschaulich, und trotzdem auf den Punkt.
Das Experiment aus Sicht der Wissenschaftler:
Und bei Irene Goede:
Mehr Illustrationen gibt es hier.
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Careful analysis by Annalee Newitz at io9:
Is there really a connection between zombie movies and social unrest? We decided to do some research and find out. The result? We’ve got a line graph showing the number of zombie movies coming out in the West each year since 1910 â€” and there are definite spikes during certain years, which always seem to happen eerily close to historical events involving war or social upheaval […]
You can see that most of these spikes in zombie popularity do seem weirdly close to periods of historical trauma like wars or the AIDS epidemic. Is there a causal connection, or is it just coincidence?
A while ago, Wired published a collection of fascinating science visualization videos.
This is one example: The Explosion of Type Ia Supernovae From Multiple Ignition Points
Type Ia supernovae are thought to be white dwarfÂ stars in binary systems that explode due to aÂ thermonuclear runaway. This movie shows aÂ simulation of Type Ia supernovae exploding from multipleÂ ignition points. When theÂ hot ash breaks through the surface of the star, itÂ spreads rapidly across the stellar surface, convergesÂ at the opposite point and produces a jet-like flow that triggers a detonation. TheÂ simulation shows that multiple ignition points generate more nuclear burning and produce moreÂ expansion of the star than a singleÂ ignition point. As a result, less radioactive nickel isÂ produced during the detonation phase, and theÂ explosion is less luminous.
Video: DOE SciDAC Program/Brad Gallagher, George Jordan, Dean Townsley, Robert Fisher, Nathan Hearn, Jim Truan and Don Lamb