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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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A long piece of rope represents three dimensionally a series of waves floating in space, as well as producing sounds from the physical action of their movement: the rope which creates the volume also simultaneously creates the sound by cutting through the air, making up a single element.

Depending on how we may act in front of it, according to the number of observers and their movements, it will pass from a steady line without sound to chaotic shapes of irregular sounds (the more movement there is around the installation) through the different phases of sinusoidal waves and harmonic sounds.

More about the project is here.

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Bear 71 is an interactive documentary by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison with the National Film Board of Canada:


It’s hard to say where the wired world ends and the wild one begins.




So this is, what “nature documentary” can look like, too. But then again: this goes way beyond nature documentary… Pretty fascinating.


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100 Suns is a photo book by Michael Light:

100 SUNS documents the era of visible nuclear testing, the atmospheric era, with 100 photographs drawn from the archives at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. National Archives in Maryland. It includes previously classified material from the clandestine Lookout Mountain Air Force Station based in Hollywood, whose film directors, cameramen, and still photographers were sworn to secrecy.

I think, these are some of the most terrifying and beautiful pictures in science. You can explore the collection here.


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(I am researching atoms for a project these days. Came across some interesting sites. Will post “atomically” all week.)

The Radioactive Orchestra is a project by the Swedish nuclear safety organization KSU and DJ Axel Boman. The idea is to provide a way to “sense” radiation, and to do so in a playful way that invites exploration. The “instruments” of the orchestra are the 3175 currently known isotopes. For each of them, their energy levels during radioactive decay are represented by sound.

It may look a bit technical at first, but I found it quite intriguing and fun when I started to play around a bit:

Here is a sample by Axel Boman himself, featuring Rubidium 88 & Cobolt 60:



via @brainpicker

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Für alle, die immernoch glauben, Fisch wäre so viel besser, wenn er keine Gräten hätte:


Wunderschöne interaktive Fotoserie bei Smithsonian:  What You See When You Turn a Fish Inside Out | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine.


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Three days ago, Kevin Zelnio posted a personal and very moving account of his own way into science at DeepSeaNews.

Inspired by sessions at #scio12, he reached out to the wider community via Twitter:

This is when the realization hit me that we all have amazing stories that we bottle up inside us. Perhaps we are embarrassed about them or just think no one cares. So I started the twitter hashtag #IamScience and implored my twitter friends to tweet their “nontraditional” experiences. The response was overwhelming. I’ve included a storify all the responses below. I’ve read every single one and am truly humbled to be in the wake of such amazing individuals who have overcome so much to be where they are at today.

And this is, what crowdsourced storytelling can be:

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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.

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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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For all who are watching or studying Shakespeare’s plays and get forever confused or distracted or even discouraged – help is on the way!

Take a look at Kate Hudson‘s demo of Popcorn.Macbeth:



Matt Thompson of Mozilla points out some highlights of the project and also describes a possible future of this kind of hyper-video:

For me, Kate’s demo speaks to the larger potential of social video in the classroom: turning a formerly passive activity (video watching) into an interactive and social experience. This can allow educators to speak the multimedia language that’s native to most learners, while at the same time making it a more engaging, “lean forward” experience than sitting in a darkened room watching some one-way film.

You can also make your own social video now with Popcorn Maker.

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