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CyberTracker GPS Field Data Collection System - Home
From its origins with indigenous Kalahari trackers, CyberTracker projects have been initiated to protect rhinos in Africa, to monitor gorillas in the Congo, snow leopards in the Himalayas, butterflies in Switzerland, jaguars in Costa Rica, birds in the Amazon, wild horses in Mongolia, dolphins in California, marine turtles in the Pacific and whales in Antarctica.

CyberTracker is being used worldwide by indigenous communities, in protected areas, scientific research, citizen science, environmental education, forestry, farming, social surveys and crime prevention.

Climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity may have serious impacts on human welfare. To anticipate and prevent negative impacts will require ongoing long-term monitoring of all aspects of the environment.
gis  gps  app  data  collecting 
2 days ago
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soordni izrazi in sinonimi v sodobni slovenščini
slovenia  language  synonyms  words 
9 days ago
In Praise of Limbo
There is a library that's on the border of Canada and the United States — literally on the border, with part of the library in each country. Producer Zoe Chace interviews journalist Yeganeh Torbati about how lately, it's become a critical space for a surprising set of visitors. (7 minutes)
podcast  borders  thisamericanlife  canada  usa  audio  library 
11 days ago
Dad And The Egg Controller - a post on Tom Francis' blog
It worked perfectly. The little fan would spin up and wind down every now and then, and the temperature was dead on nearly 100% of the time, only dipping or rising 1 degree for a moment now and then. Dad would have been proud. He might have even said it was “Quite neat, actually” – his strongest possible praise for a gadget.
cooking  meat  programming 
15 days ago
Ward Cunningham - Wikipedia
Ward is credited with the idea: "The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer."[14] This refers to the observation that people are quicker to correct a wrong answer than to answer a question.
wardcunningham  questions  answers  right  wrong  law  internet 
25 days ago
Cunningham's Law - Meta
"the best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it's to post the wrong answer."
laws  internet  right  wrong  questions  answers 
25 days ago
Becoming a magician – Autotranslucence
One of my heuristics for growth is to seek out the magicians, and find the magic.
[...]

Magicians are wearing not just better, but fundamentally differently shaped lenses to the rest of us. And regardless of your skills and experience, it is likely that you are a magician to someone else.
[...]

Meeting magicians is the first step to becoming one – when you are attempting to learn implicit knowledge that by definition you don’t understand, it is important to have a bunch of examples in front of you to feed your brain’s pattern-recognition systems. This will start to change your worldview without the controlling ‘you’ explicitly approving or denying every new belief or framework. Magicians or their work often seem to have a subconscious glow that I am drawn to, particularly if they use a type of magic that I recognise is on my critical path and thus something I’m currently seeking. Concrete steps I take to find them include asking my most interesting friends to introduce me to their most interesting friends, going down similar rabbit holes with the bibliographies of books that excite me, and generally living in ‘explore’ mode at various points in life, while recognising that not every avenue will lead to a jackpot.
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So, in short, a helpful strategy for becoming a magician: Surround yourself with people who look like magicians to you. Then imagine yourself as one, older and wiser, in great detail. Imagine yourself as the person you would be afraid to say you want to be out loud to others (because it seems so ridiculously impossible right now). Write it down in great clarity and detail, then forget it. And let the part of your subconscious mind that still remembers lead you to becoming the things you want, and maybe, years later, check if it did.
magic  learning 
25 days ago
Lund professor freed student from Islamic State war zone - The Local
"What was happening was completely unacceptable," she told LUM. "I got so angry that IS was pushing itself into our world, exposing my doctoral student and his family to this, and disrupting the research."

She contacted the university's then security chief Per Gustafson.

"It was almost as if he'd been waiting for this kind of mission," Turner said. "Per Gustafson said that we had a transport and security deal which stretched over the whole world."

Over a few days of intense activity, Gustafson hired a security company which then arranged the rescue operation.
sweden  phd  superpowers  rescuemission  war  student  mentors 
4 weeks ago
Photosynthesis Makes a Sound | Hakai Magazine
Like the plants that help us breathe, algae also photosynthesize. Underwater, that process of converting sunlight and carbon dioxide into energy and oxygen sends tiny bubbles spiraling toward the surface. And according to new research, when each bubble detaches from the seaweed, it goes ping.
algae  photosynthesis  sound  biology 
4 weeks ago
Polar Explorers
Complete 10 challenges before all the ice blocks melt! (and save the south cryosphere!) The story: Being part of a team of enthusiastic young explorers on a polar quest to save Antarctica from global warming. Throughout your expedition, you encounter many challenges linked to different areas of scientific research, different time frames and other common problems. Your team also learns a lot about equipment, climate, animals and natural phenomenons.
antarctica  game  boardgame  exploration  globalwarming  climate  climatechange 
4 weeks ago
Home - Hacked By Mister Spy
Rural Hub is the rhizome of a network of researchers, activists, scholars, and managers interested in identifying new models of economic development. All those people are motivated to find new solutions to the needs (both social and market-related) of the new rural enterprises.

It was founded as a research union, in order to facilitate the connection between new and innovative enterprises, investors and trade associations. This “response” to the lack of business incubators and service providers could really entail a renewal of the business, for a sustainable development of the agri-food industry.

Rural Hub is the first Italian hacker space allowing connection and sharing among people, ideas, technologies and projects concerning social innovation projects applied to the rural world.
rural  italy  innovation 
4 weeks ago
Kartografija
"Kartografi bodo na novo izrisali meje okrajev, statistiki bodo proučili, ali je število volivcev, živečih v novih okrajih, približno enako, geografi bodo tehtali, ali so novi okraji vsaj za silo zaokrožene družbene entitete. Kot pri vseh dobrih zgodbah se vrag skriva v podrobnostih. Če so meje volilnih okrajev izrisane drugače, to posredno učinkuje tudi na volilne izide. Ni namreč vseeno, ali je volilni okraj v mestnem okolju, mešanem vaško-mestnem okolju ali na vasi. Če bodo novi okraji homogenejši, bo rezultat lahko za odtenek drugačen. Gre za finese politične obrti, ki jih v strankah z daljšo tradicijo zelo dobro razumejo. V strankah, ki nimajo narejene analize volitev od volišča do volišča, pa te finese razumejo slabše. Rezultati z nekaterih volišč se bodo po novem knjižili v tabele drugih volilnih okrajev."
elections  cartography  maps  gerrymandering  slovenia 
4 weeks ago
Made-to-measure decals - About - True Doors - The story behind the door
True Doors are a simple idea with a big effect that improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

True Doors are made to measure decals with photos of actual doors. Residents at nursing homes select their own decals. As a result:

Residents recognise and find their own doors
Reminiscence and social interaction is stimulated
Facilities feel more like homes
Residents' identities and life stories are brought to the fore
doors  stickers  dementia  netherlands  elderly  life  identity 
4 weeks ago
Sounds of Mars: NASA’s InSight Senses Martian Wind - YouTube
Listen to Martian wind blow across NASA’s InSight lander. The spacecraft’s seismometer and air pressure sensor picked up vibrations from 10-15 mph (16-24 kph) winds as they blew across Mars’ Elysium Planitia on Dec. 1, 2018. The seismometer readings are in the range of human hearing, but are nearly all bass and difficult to hear on laptop speakers and mobile devices. We provide the original audio and a version pitched up by two octaves to make them audible on mobile devices. Playback is suggested on a sound system with a subwoofer or through headphones. Readings from the air pressure sensor have been sped up by a factor of 100 times to make them audible.
mars  sound  wind  audio 
5 weeks ago
Teaching kids to code: I’m a developer and I think it doesn’t actually teach important skills.
Coding is like that. Try something. See if it works. Try again. If a problem was straightforward, it would be automated or at least solved with some open-source code. All that’s left is the difficult task of creating something unique. There are no books that teach you how to solve a problem no one has seen before. This is why I don’t want my kids to learn syntax. I want them to learn to solve problems, to dive deep into an issue, to be creative. So how do we teach that?
programming 
5 weeks ago
Greta Thunberg, the Fifteen-Year-Old Climate Activist Who Is Demanding a New Kind of Politics | The New Yorker
“I can become very angry when I see things that are wrong,” she said. On a recent class trip to a museum exhibit on climate change, for example, she noticed that some figures in the show—statistics on the carbon footprint of meat production, for example—were wrong. “I became very angry, but I’m quiet, so I just went to the exit and sat there by the doors. I didn’t say anything until people asked me.” In general she prefers action to conversation.
environment  climatechange  introverts  gretathunberg  sweden  climate 
6 weeks ago
Tadashi Tokieda Collects Math and Physics Surprises | Quanta Magazine
Sometimes adults have a regrettable tendency to be interested only in things that are already labeled by other adults as interesting. Whereas if you come a little fresher, and a little more naive, you can look all over the place, whether it’s labeled or not, and find your own surprises. [...]

And so that’s what you do. You just look around. And sometimes you feel tired, or you feel dizzy, or you feel preoccupied by other things, and you cannot do this. But you’re not always tired and you’re not always preoccupied. In those moments, you can find lots of wonderful things.
tadashitokieda  surprises  adults  children  math  science 
6 weeks ago
PhyloPic — Free Silhouette Images of Life Forms
Free silhouette images of animals, plants, and other life forms, available for reuse under a Public Domain or Creative Commons license.
images  biology  animals 
6 weeks ago
Jerry Saltz: How to Be an Artist
Lesson 24: Artists Must Be Vampires

Stay up late every night with other artists around your age. Show up. Go to openings, events, parties, wherever there are more than two of your kind.

Artists must commune with their own kind all the time. There are no exceptions to this rule, even if you live “out in the woods.” Preferably commune in person, but online is more than fine. It doesn’t matter where you live: big city, small city, little town. You will fight and love together; you will develop new languages together and give each other comfort, conversation, and the strength to carry on. This is how you will change the world — and your art.

To protect yourselves, form small gangs. Protect one another no matter what; this gang will allow all of you to go out into and take over parts of the world. Argue, sleep with, love, hate, get sick of your fellow gang members. Whatever happens, you need one another — for now. Protect the weakest artist in your gang, because there are people in the gang who think you’re the weak one.
creativity  art 
6 weeks ago
How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request | Ars Technica
Lawyers and engineers noticed in the early part of this decade that lawmaking and software engineering have a lot in common when it comes to tracking changes to their code—whether it be legal code or software code. The District has managed to take a practice of modern software development and apply it to its legal code by putting its legal code onto GitHub at https://github.com/DCCouncil/dc-law-xml.
law  git  usa  changes  engineering 
7 weeks ago
The Moon Is Flipped on The Other Side of The World, And It's Freaking Us Out
You step off the plane, having travelled across the world to the opposite hemisphere. The seasons are all backwards, and when you look up at the full Moon, you realise it's not even the right way up!

Not only is this incredibly weird (mostly because, how did we not realise this before?), but this curious quirk of our round planet actually has surprising implications for researchers trying to investigate the night sky.

"From our perspective, the Moon and the night sky is actually rotated 180 degrees compared to our Northern Hemispherical friends," Jake Clark, an astronomer from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, explained to ScienceAlert.

"In the south we see the Moon's dark 'Oceanus Procellarum' sea in the south-east corner compared to in the north-west corner for a northern observer."

But why does it look like this? Well, because physically, we're actually upside down compared to someone standing in the opposite hemisphere.
moon  space  southernhemisphere  earth 
8 weeks ago
Why Doctors Hate Their Computers | The New Yorker
"Human beings do not only rebel. We also create. We force at least a certain amount of mutation, even when systems resist. Consider that, in recent years, one of the fastest-growing occupations in health care has been medical-scribe work, a field that hardly existed before electronic medical records. Medical scribes are trained assistants who work alongside physicians to take computer-related tasks off their hands. This fix is, admittedly, a little ridiculous. We replaced paper with computers because paper was inefficient. Now computers have become inefficient, so we’re hiring more humans. And it sort of works."
medicine  technology  computers  atulgawande 
8 weeks ago
What nobody tells you about documentation - Blog - Divio
Documentation needs to include and be structured around its four different functions: tutorials, how-to guides, explanation and technical reference. Each of them requires a distinct mode of writing. People working with software need these four different kinds of documentation at different times, in different circumstances - so software usually needs them all.
documentation  tutorials  reference  howto  guidelines 
8 weeks ago
Programming Wisdom
"Read other people's code and 'steal' the good parts. Even if you try to do things exactly like someone else, you'll fail, but in doing so create something that's truly your own." – Peter Cooper (invoking Roman Mars)
programming  twitter  stealing 
8 weeks ago
The Ancient Art of the Numerati
A guide to practical data mining, collective intelligence, and building recommendation systems
datamining  book  machinelearning  python 
9 weeks ago
Letterlocking: Intelligencer Simeon Fox’s Dagger-Trap Pleated Letter sent from Venice (1601) - YouTube
An ingenius mechanism for locking a paper letter so the receiver knows if it has been read or not.
letters  security  lock  paper  video 
9 weeks ago
Orange – Data Mining Fruitful & Fun
Open source machine learning and data visualization for novice and expert. Interactive data analysis workflows with a large toolbox.
datamining  python  machinelearning 
9 weeks ago
Fifty Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal | Time
When it comes to technology, I don’t feel like a grumpy old man. Nearly always, I believe that the best of times is now. But I don’t mind saying this: The world was a better place when almost everybody who used PCs at least dabbled in BASIC.
basic  programming  computers 
11 weeks ago
The Leitner Box—How to Remember Anything Forever - YouTube
How to make and use a Leitner Box! The Leitner Box is a kind of spaced repetition system; basically, flashcards on steroids. It is one of the fastest, easiest, and most reliable ways to put lots of data into your long-term memory—and chances are, you have everything you need to make one already!
video  memorization  box  indexcards  flashcards 
11 weeks ago
Why Japan is So Obsessed With Kit Kat
As it turned out, a huge part of Kit Kat’s success story in Japan is due to one fortunate coincidence: Kit Kat sounds similar to the Japanese phrase kitto katsu, which means: “you will surely win”.

Being a common phrase said to students sitting exams, it was an instant ideal marketing opportunity which the company immediately tapped soon after they noticed parents were giving Kit Kats to their children, and friends to each other to express support, usually with hand-written messages. The practice eventually extended beyond exams.

Banking on the instant catchphrase’s success, Nestlé even collaborated with Japan Post to launch the postable Kit Kat. The campaign was a massive hit, resulting in an annual tradition that had people sending Kit Kats to almost half of the country’s 600,000 annual exam-taking students for good luck.

It was just the start of numerous other innovations that would result in the Japanese Kit Kat being a totally unique brand that the rest of the world recognizes.
japan  kitkat  chocolate  exams  luck  food 
11 weeks ago
If Printed Dictionaries Are History, What Will Children Sit on to Reach the | National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
But, as anyone who grew up in twentieth-century America knows, many a dictionary stopped a door or flattened autumn leaves between waxed paper. Earlier in the year, flowers had dried within their pages. At Thanksgiving, children unable to reach their turkey sat atop the big Webster’s or Random House. Heaven help the family with too many children and too few dictionaries. Dictionaries were useful objects, but when people weren’t sitting on them or looking things up in them, they were also household ornaments that signified eloquently the social status of their owners.
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But now, in the twenty-first century, it’s not clear that dictionaries-as-physical-objects will persist, and, even if they do, surely their cachet will be diminished. Digital dictionaries are practically useless: It would be reckless to stop a door with your laptop, and you can’t raise children to table level by having them sit on your phone.
dictionary  books 
12 weeks ago
I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake | Life and style | The Guardian
I was crawling along the bottom of the lake on my arms and knees, looking for stones to skim, when my hand and knee felt something long and hard buried in the clay and sand. I pulled it out and saw that it was different from the sticks or rocks I usually find. One end had a point, and the other had a handle, so I pointed it up to the sky, put my other hand on my hip and called out, “Daddy, I’ve found a sword!”

I felt like a warrior, but Daddy said I looked like Pippi Longstocking. The sword felt rough and hard, and I got some sticky, icky brown rust on my hands. It started to bend and Daddy splashed up to me, and said I should let him hold it. It was my sword and now he was taking it away! I gave it to him in the end.
sweden  sword  history  archeology 
12 weeks ago
Donna Strickland's Wikipedia Page and Women Nobel Winners - The Atlantic
The construction of the Wikipedia page feels like a metaphor for a historic award process that has long been criticized for neglecting women in its selection, and for the shortage of women’s stories in the sciences at large. To scroll through the “history” tab of Strickland’s page, where all edits are recorded and tracked, is to witness in real time the recognition of a scientist whose story likely deserved attention long before the Nobel Prize committee called.
wikipedia  woman  science  donnastrickland  nobelprize 
october 2018
Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry | Science | The Guardian
“If somebody else thinks something that you don’t believe in, just think they’re wrong and you’re right and keep going,” Strickland told a young scientist at the press conference following the announcement of her win. ”That’s pretty much the way I always think.”
science  donnastrickland 
october 2018
Banksy artwork shreds itself after £1m sale at Sotheby's - BBC News
The framed Girl With Balloon, one of the artist's best known works, was auctioned by Sotheby's in London.

The piece which shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon was the final work sold at the auction.

However, moments after the piece went under the hammer, the canvas passed through a shredder that was hidden inside the frame.
banksy  art 
october 2018
Alternative Moons – ViennaPhotoBookAward 2017
42 unique photographic images of moons and cosmic landscapes.
42 brand new discoveries unlike you have ever seen before.
moon  book  photos  pancakes 
september 2018
CTS - conserve the sound
Conserve the sound« is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life.
sound  history  phone  modem  walkman  typewriter  audio 
september 2018
Great Leap Years - Official site of Stephen Fry
The podcast explores topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the astonishing combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.
stephenfry  audio  podcast  inventions  history 
september 2018
Welcome to Botwiki | Botwiki
examples of interesting and creative online bots, and providing tutorials and other resources to folks interested in making them.
bots  wiki 
september 2018
transitive.js
Javascript library to draw nice transit/underground maps
mapping  maps  transport  subway  underground  transit  javascript  via:amcewen 
september 2018
Freeways by Captain Games
"You are a traffic engineer. Draw freeway interchanges. Optimize for efficency and avoid traffic jams."
games  traffic  engineering  roads  via:infovore 
september 2018
At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts - Human behaviour
It turns out that someone’s “location capacity”, the number of places which he or she visits regularly, remains constant over periods of months and years. What constitutes a “place” depends on what distance between two places makes them separate. But analysing movement patterns helps illuminate the distinction and the researchers found that the average location capacity was 25. If a new location does make its way into the set of places an individual tends to visit, an old one drops out in response. People do not, in other words, gather places like collector cards. Rather, they cycle through them. Their geographical behaviour is limited and predictable, not footloose and fancy-free.
geography  places 
september 2018
The Vanishing City | DiscoverMagazine.com
Every year around Labor Day weekend, about 75,000 people converge on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to build a city. Occupying more than 14,000 acres, the pop-up metropolis features distinctive neighborhoods, extensive dining and entertainment, even a small airport. I find no hint of this when I visit the playa, or desert basin, on a sunny afternoon in March. All I see is a flat expanse of white alkaline soil, nearly identical to what pioneers described in their 19th-century journals.

The disappearing act is by design. It’s one of the core attributes of Black Rock City, guided by the tenets of the event for which this temporary metropolis is built: the annual pyrotechnic extravaganza known as Burning Man. Yet the weeklong festival’s leave-no-trace ethos has not stopped archaeologist Carolyn White from studying the city as she would any other vanished civilization. In fact, the cyclicality is one of the qualities that draws her here year after year.
nevada  usa  desert  city  burningman  archeology 
august 2018
The Official CrowBox
The CrowBox is an experimentation platform designed to autonomously train corvids (the family of birds crows belong to). So far we’ve trained captive crows to deposit dropped coins they found on the ground in exchange for peanuts.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcp_FWfYtLY
birds  crows  joshuaklein 
august 2018
Women's Pockets are Inferior.
What do we want? Functional pockets. When do we want it? NOW, but really like several centuries ago.
gender  clothes  pockets 
august 2018
Figures in the Stars
It is innately human to see and use the figures in the night sky. To dream, to tell stories, to navigate, and more. Some groups of relatively bright stars are so distinct that cultures from around the world, separated by vast oceans, have connected them into a constellation in almost the same way. It's our human imagination and cultural history that ascribes wildly different figures and meaning to the shapes though. From kings, to legendary & important animals to mythical gods and beings.
stars  mentalmaps  constellations  sky 
july 2018
How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses | ArchDaily
The lumber we use to build is extracted from the trunks of more than 2000 tree species worldwide, each with different densities and humidity levels. In addition to these factors, the way in which the trunk is cut establishes the functionality and final characteristics of each wood section. Let's review the most-used cuts.
trees  wood 
july 2018
How can I print more than 9 thumbnails to a page in powerpoint? | PC Review
File > Print, set to print SLIDES (not handouts), then go to LAYOUT and the PAGES PER SHEET pull down menu. Select 16. (you can also select 2, 4, 6 or 9 here and it will put less space between the slides than if you use the "handout" selection)
powerpoint  printing  slides 
july 2018
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