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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 
10 weeks ago by sspela
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 by sspela
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 by sspela
Scientists Still Can't Decide How to Define a Tree - The Atlantic
We think we know what trees are, but they slip through the fingers when we try to define them.
trees  definition  science 
april 2018 by sspela
Science-based games
The list is essentially about educational based games that nailed entertainment (with a focus on scientific phenomenon).
games  science 
july 2017 by sspela
That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis - The Atlantic
Airport security lines, it turns out, are a fantastic venue for scientists to try their hand at outreach. Various scientists are said to have claimed that you don’t really understand something if you can’t explain it to your grandmother, a barmaid, a six-year-old, and other such sexist or ageist variants. But how about this: can you successfully explain it to an TSA official—someone who not only might have no background in science, but also strongly suspects that you might be a national security threat? Can you justify your research in the face of questions like “What are you doing?” or “Why are you doing it?” or “Why are you taking that onto a plane?”
research  science  planes 
july 2017 by sspela
Znanstveni blog: Vrtec na razstavi o fuzijski energiji
Oblikovalci evropske potujoče razstave o razvoju fuzijskih elektrarn med ciljno publiko najbrž niso predvideli predšolskih malčkov. Tudi vodniki po razstavi v Ljubljani, večinoma doktorski študenti z Instituta Jožef Stefan in ljubljanske univerze, so bili nemalo presenečeni, ko je nekaj dni po odprtju razstave v galerijo vstopila četica malčkov. Vzgojiteljice so jih razporedile v manjše skupine, ki so se razpršile med razstavnimi eksponati. Nekaj jih je obkrožilo interaktivni model fuzijskega reaktorja ITER, drugi so obstopili maketo fuzijske elektrarne, največ radovednih pogledov pa sta pritegnili plazemska krogla in obročasta cev s plazmo. Vodniki so se medtem spogledovali: kdo bo razlagal? Kaj naj jim povemo?

Otroci so v hipu padli v zgodbo o novem viru električne energije: s pritiskom na gumbe so prižigali »plazmo« v interaktivni maketi reaktorja ITER in čisto nič jih ni motilo, da so za plazmo slišali prvič. Saj so tudi za elektriko, strelo, impresioniste in Sonetni venec prvič slišali šele pred kratkim. Lučke so nakazovale smer toka toplote v maketi elektrarne, voda je navidezno pognala turbine in na koncu majčkenih daljnovodov so se v hišah prižgale lučke. Vse jasno!
energy  children  science  fusion  knowledge  future 
june 2017 by sspela
Neuroscientist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty | WIRED - YouTube
The Connectome is a comprehensive diagram of all the neural connections existing in the brain. WIRED has challenged neuroscientist Bobby Kasthuri to explain this scientific concept to 5 different people; a 5 year-old, a 13 year-old, a college student, a neuroscience grad student and a connectome entrepreneur.
explaining  video  connectome  brains  science  bobbykasthuri 
march 2017 by sspela
9 Tips For Communicating Science To People Who Are Not Scientists
3. Get to the point. As scientists we are trained to describe a ton of details and background information before we give the final results. This is the very nature of how graduate students are trained to write their theses and dissertations. It is how scientists deliver presentations at conferences. For the public or policymakers this approach basically needs to be flipped. The key points or findings need to be delivered very early (see below) and it needs to be concise (think elevator speech).
speaking  pyramid  science  communication 
december 2016 by sspela
An alarming number of scientific papers contain Excel errors - The Washington Post
A team of Australian researchers analyzed nearly 3,600 genetics papers published in a number of leading scientific journals — like Nature, Science and PLoS One. As is common practice in the field, these papers all came with supplementary files containing lists of genes used in the research.

The Australian researchers found that roughly 1 in 5 of these papers included errors in their gene lists that were due to Excel automatically converting gene names to things like calendar dates or random numbers.
research  excel  data  mistakes  science 
august 2016 by sspela
Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone | Science | AAAS
The geography of Sci-Hub usage generally looks like a map of scientific productivity, but with some of the richer and poorer science-focused nations flipped.
science  scihub  icanhazpdf 
april 2016 by sspela
XY Bias: How Male Biology Students See Their Female Peers - The Atlantic
Put it this way: To the men in these classes, a woman would need to get an A to get the same prestige as a man getting a B.
gender  science  biology  knowledge  edyong 
february 2016 by sspela
Meet the Robin Hood of Science | Big Think
The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world.
science  research  icanhazpdf 
february 2016 by sspela
Science Isn’t Broken | FiveThirtyEight
As a society, our stories about how science works are also prone to error. The standard way of thinking about the scientific method is: ask a question, do a study, get an answer. But this notion is vastly oversimplified. A more common path to truth looks like this: ask a question, do a study, get a partial or ambiguous answer, then do another study, and then do another to keep testing potential hypotheses and homing in on a more complete answer.
science  research  christieaschwanden 
august 2015 by sspela
Blue Whale's Perfect Comic Timing! #EarthOnLocation - Earth Unplugged - YouTube
Blue whale interrupts presenter's complaint about how hard it is to find blue whales.
video  whales  bluewhales  coincidence  sea  science  markcarwardine 
august 2015 by sspela
Writing a model, from start to finish: A step-by-step tutorial of Ger Grouper | simulatingcomplexity
A secret is, most models do not spring forth from a modeler’s head fully formed. They are created in increments and along the way things change, plans evolve, and workflow shifts. In this post today I aim to show you how we created a model from a sketchy start to published article.
abm  model  modelling  science 
june 2015 by sspela
PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple (Empirical) Rules for Writing Science
We have found that—when it comes to abstracts—“more is more,” despite clear and abundant advice to the contrary.

This is an interesting and surprising result. An intriguing hypothesis is that scientists have different preferences for what they would like to read versus what they are going to cite. Despite the fact that anybody in their right mind would prefer to read short, simple, and well-written prose with few abstruse terms, when building an argument and writing a paper, the limiting step is the ability to find the right article. For this, scientists rely heavily on search techniques, especially search engines, where longer and more specific abstracts are favored. Longer, more detailed, prolix prose is simply more available for search. This likely explains our results, and suggests the new landscape of linguistic fitness in 21st century science.
abstract  scientificwriting  codyweinberger  jamesevans  stefanoallesina  writing  science  rules 
may 2015 by sspela
Why Do We Have Allergies? - Digg
We might have more effective treatments if scientists understood allergies, but a maddening web of causes underlies allergic reactions. Cells are aroused, chemicals released, signals relayed. Scientists have only partially mapped the process. And there’s an even bigger mystery underlying this biochemical web: why do we even get allergies at all?
carlzimmer  allergies  science  ruslanmedzhitov  health  mystery 
april 2015 by sspela
Busy Hands, Busy Brains | American Craft Council
The best people we’ve met and talked to in every field always say you can learn everything from anything. It means to really master any craft, you have to learn the chemistry and the physics and the engineering and everything else that goes into that – the tools, the manufacture. A ceramist may not be a real chemist, but if they’re glazing their surfaces, they sure as heck have a sense of chemistry that’s just as developed as any experimental chemist. They may not be able to write all the equations for all the chemical reactions, but they know how things interact, what they do, and how to get effects that probably academic chemists have never even thought of. In some ways they’re probably more creative chemists than the academic ones.
joycelovelace  knowledge  craft  learning  science 
february 2015 by sspela
Odprti dostop za raziskovalce
Odprt dostop do objav na svetovnem spletu brez naročniških ali avtorskopravnih omejitev koristi raziskovalcem, institucijam, državam in družbam. Za raziskovalce in raziskovalne institucije pomeni hitrejše širjenje znanstvenih izsledkov, večje število bralcev, večjo vidnost rezultatov raziskovalnega dela ter posledično možno večjo citiranost avtorjev.
openaccess  publishing  science 
january 2015 by sspela
The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovations- page 1 | Innovation | Smithsonian
Once people started to read, and once books were in circulation, very quickly the population of Europe realized that they were farsighted. This is interestingly a problem that hadn’t occurred to people before because they didn’t have any opportunity to look at tiny letter forms on a page, or anything else that required being able to use your vision at that micro scale. All of a sudden there is a surge in demand for spectacles. Europe is awash in people who were tinkering with lenses, and because of their experimentation, they start to say, “Hey, wait. If we took these two lenses and put them together, we could make a telescope. And if we take these two lenses and put them together, we could make a microscope.” Almost immediately there is this extraordinary scientific revolution in terms of understanding and identifying the cell, and identifying the moons of Jupiter and all these different things that Galileo does. So the Gutenberg press ended up having this very strange effect on science that wasn’t about the content of the books being published.
reading  innovation  science  books  gutenberg  ideas  megangambino 
december 2014 by sspela
Atomic Anxiety and the Tooth Fairy: Citizen Science in the Midcentury Midwest—Vol. 2, No. 4—The Appendix
A childhood fascination with the abstraction of science (reminiscent of Vannevar Bush’s postwar report) abounds: “I always loved science and things of the sort,” confided one young girl. “I hope you are successful in what you are trying to do for science and people.” Another boy praised the scientists for their bravery and selflessness, declaring that God would give them “an eternal reward” for their good deeds (one wonders if perhaps a classroom lesson on the Curies’ death from exposure to radium prompted him to imagine the CNI scientists’ work as a suicide mission). Many addressed their notes to the Tooth Fairy, and one kid began simply “Dear Science.”
teeth  radiation  usa  stlouis  children  science 
november 2014 by sspela
Duhem–Quine thesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Duhem–Quine thesis (also called the Duhem–Quine problem, after Pierre Duhem and Willard Van Orman Quine) is that it is impossible to test a scientific hypothesis in isolation, because an empirical test of the hypothesis requires one or more background assumptions (also called auxiliary assumptions or auxiliary hypotheses). The hypothesis in question is by itself incapable of making predictions. Instead, deriving predictions from the hypothesis typically requires background assumptions that several other hypotheses are correct; for example, that an experiment worked as designed or that previous scientific knowledge was accurate.
assumptions  hypothesis  science  test 
september 2014 by sspela
CiteSpace: visualizing patterns and trends in scientific literature
CiteSpace is a freely available Java application for visualizing and analyzing trends and patterns in scientific literature. It is designed as a tool for progressive knowledge domain visualization (Chen, 2004). It focuses on finding critical points in the development of a field or a domain, especially intellectual turning points and pivotal points.
visualization  science  literature 
september 2014 by sspela
A bibliometric analysis on rural studies in human geography and related disciplines - Online First - Springer
This paper performed a bibliometric analysis on rural geography studies based on the peer-reviewed articles concerning rural geography published in the SSCI-listed journals from 1990 to 2012. Our analysis examines publication patterns (document types and publishing languages, article outputs and their categories, major journals and their publication, most productive authors, geographic distribution and international collaboration) and demonstrates the evolution of intellectual development of rural geography by studying highly cited papers and their citation networks and temporal evolution of keywords.
ruralgeography  science  bibliometrics  journals  citations  publication  languages  networks  geography 
august 2014 by sspela
Andrei Linde and the Beauty of Science : The New Yorker
Professor Kuo approaches Linde’s house, in a quiet California suburb. [...] “I have a surprise for you,” Kuo tells them. Then he says the magic words: “It’s five sigma at point two.” [...] Linde acts incredulous, even affronted. “What?” he shouts. “Just a second.” He makes Kuo repeat himself. “Five sigma,” Kuo articulates slowly. “Clear as day. R of point two.” [...] Inside the house, the scientists pop open a bottle of champagne. Linde says that he had no idea who would be at the door. His wife thought it must be a delivery and asked if he’d ordered anything. “Yeah,” he says now, “I ordered it thirty years ago. Finally it arrived.”
physics  bigbang  andreilinde  science  stanford 
june 2014 by sspela
Academic Torrents
Sharing data is hard. Emails have size limits, and setting up servers is too much work. We've designed a distributed system for sharing enormous datasets - for researchers, by researchers. The result is a scalable, secure, and fault-tolerant repository for data, with blazing fast download speeds.
data  torrent  research  academia  science  opendata 
february 2014 by sspela
How far should we trust scientific models? – Jon Turney – Aeon
Repetition helps. Paul Bates, professor of hydrology at the University of Bristol, runs flood models. He told me: ‘The problem is that most modellers run their codes deterministically: one data set and one optimum set of parameters, and they produce one prediction. But you need to run the models many times. For some recent analyses, we’ve run nearly 50,000 simulations.’ The result is not a firmer prediction, but a well-defined range of probabilities overlaid on the landscape. ‘You’d run the model many times and you’d do a composite map,’ said Bates. The upshot, he added, is that ‘instead of saying here will be wet, here will be dry, each cell would have a probability attached’.
jonturney  models  modelling  paulbates  repetition  probability  analysis  science 
january 2014 by sspela
Who's Afraid of Peer Review?
"In fact, [the paper] should have been promptly rejected. Any reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted the paper's short-comings immediately. Its experiments are so hopelessly flawed that the results are meaningless. I know because I wrote the paper. Ocorrafoo Cobange does not exist, nor does the Wassee Institute of Medicine. Over the past 10 months, I have submitted 304 versions of the wonder drug paper to open-access journals. More than half of the journals accepted the paper, failing to notice its fatal flaws."
johnbohannon  openaccess  peerreview  publishing  science 
october 2013 by sspela
E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists : NPR
"You need a lot of time," says Dr. Wilson. "It's a good idea to be alone a lot and talk to yourself. I don't know if—how many other scientists talk to themselves. I do so all the time silently. And I guess I risk my reputation for complete sanity by admitting that. And I've now wondered how many creative scientists, people who are constantly in search of new ideas, new ways of looking at things, new enterprises, talk to themselves in a way as though they were speaking to another person, and trying to open up new subjects, new ways to get into old subjects. And this is a very good mental process for doing original science."
talking  story  time  audio  thinking  edwardwilson  silence  science 
august 2013 by sspela
Maybe academics aren't so stupid after all | OUPblog
" Strong-minded people like this can be incoherent in speech because they constantly think about criticisms that could be leveled against their idea. They constantly interrupt themselves to insert additions or digressions to defend what they are saying against any criticism. Sometimes the digression gets even longer as they move on from simple defense of their idea to an active attack on the criticism. This is a mind constantly on guard. [...] Their sentences are confused because it seems as though they can’t quite make up their minds; they are characteristically tentative and tend to undermine what they are saying by being unable to resist mentioning a telling criticism.[...] It comes from a tendency to feel loyalty to conflicting points of view. As soon as I start to say X, my mind is tickled by the feeling that Y is also a valid point of view. “Maybe I’m wrong. Uh oh. I can’t quite figure out what I really think. Should I change my mind?”
academics  writing  peterelbow  academia  scientificwriting  science 
february 2013 by sspela
The Technium: The Post-Productive Economy
eGenerally any task that can be measured by the metrics of productivity -- output per hour -- is a task we want automation to do. In short, productivity is for robots. Humans excel at wasting time, experimenting, playing, creating, and exploring. None of these fare well under the scrutiny of productivity. That is why science and art are so hard to fund. But they are also the foundation of long-term growth. Yet our notions of jobs, of work, of the economy don't include a lot of space for wasting time, experimenting, playing, creating, and exploring.
robots  arts  play  humans  kevinkelly  wastingtime  exploring  measuring  productivity  science 
january 2013 by sspela
Timeline of the far future - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While predictions of the future can never be absolutely certain, present scientific understanding in various fields has enabled the course of the far future to be plotted if only in the broadest outlines.
predictions  time  technology  planets  space  earth  astronomy  geology  wikipedia  universe  physics  timeline  science  future 
december 2012 by sspela
The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell
In the spirit of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, this paper takes a humorous look at the fate that awaits scientists who sin against best practice.
hell  inferno  dantealighieri  statistics  dante  science 
november 2012 by sspela
S tekom po tekočini do večje priljubljenosti znanosti :: Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija
"Z razmikom vprašanja in odgovora pa smo hoteli pokazati, da odgovor v znanosti ni nekaj, do česar enostavno prideš, ampak je treba malce nagubati čelo."
science  hišaeksperimentov  gap  experiments  answers  questions  mihakos 
november 2012 by sspela
“It was a cold and rainy night”: Set the Scene with a Good Introduction
Introductions seemingly should be easy to write, since they do not require details about methods and results or a discussion of the results. Besides, the introduction is usually found right after the abstract, where you already summarized the content for the reader. In actuality, however, writing a good introduction requires considerable time and thought.
thomasannesley  writing  introductions  scientificwriting  science  howto 
october 2012 by sspela
Slime Mold Grows Network Just Like Tokyo Rail System | Wired Science |
When presented with oat flakes arranged in the pattern of Japanese cities around Tokyo, brainless, single-celled slime molds construct networks of nutrient-channeling tubes that are strikingly similar to the layout of the Japanese rail system
science  japan  transport  slime  biology  rail  networks  tokyo 
september 2012 by sspela
A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD - Megan Garber - The Atlantic
What I like doing is finding the places in those questions where normal people -- or, people who have less spare time than I do -- think, "This is stupid," and stop. I think the really cool and compelling thing about math and physics is that it opens up entry to all these hypotheticals -- or at least, it gives you the language to talk about them. [...]
And the great thing with this is that once someone asks me something good, I can't not figure out the answer, you know? I get really serious, and I'll drop whatever I'm doing and work on that.
megangarber  physics  questions  science  interview  randallmunroe  xkcd 
september 2012 by sspela
As We May Think - Vannevar Bush - The Atlantic
The owner of the memex, let us say, is interested in the origin and properties of the bow and arrow. [...] He has dozens of possibly pertinent books and articles in his memex. First he runs through an encyclopedia, finds an interesting but sketchy article, leaves it projected. Next, in a history, he finds another pertinent item, and ties the two together. Thus he goes, building a trail of many items. Occasionally he inserts a comment of his own, either linking it into the main trail or joining it by a side trail to a particular item. [...] He inserts a page of longhand analysis of his own. Thus he builds a trail of his interest through the maze of materials available to him.

And his trails do not fade. [...] A touch brings up the code book. Tapping a few keys projects the head of the trail. A lever runs through it at will, stopping at interesting items, going off on side excursions. It is an interesting trail, pertinent to the discussion.
research  trails  science  memex  vannevarbush  computers  technology  information  knowledge 
september 2012 by sspela
Warren Ellis » How To See The Future
"And perhaps magic seems an odd thing to bring up here, but magic and fiction are deeply entangled, and you are all now present at a séance for the future. We are summoning it into the present. It’s here right now. It’s in the room with us. We live in the future. We live in the Science Fiction Condition, where we can see under atoms and across the world and across the methane lakes of Titan."
marshallmcluhan  iphone  gps  science  sciencefiction  fiction  warrenellis  technology  magic  future 
september 2012 by sspela
Stanford researchers' cooling glove 'better than steroids'
"We built a silly device, took it over to the recovery room and, lo and behold, it worked beyond our wildest imaginations," Heller explained. "Whereas it was taking them hours to re-warm patients coming into the recovery room, we were doing it in eight, nine minutes."
craigheller  dennisgrahn  muscles  steroids  stanford  heat  biology  science  discovery  accidents  glove  cold  temperature 
september 2012 by sspela
Open notebook science - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Open Notebook Science is the practice of making the entire primary record of a research project publicly available online as it is recorded. This involves placing the personal, or laboratory, notebook of the researcher online along with all raw and processed data, and any associated material, as this material is generated. The approach may be summed up by the slogan 'no insider information'. It is the logical extreme of transparent approaches to research and explicitly includes the making available of failed, less significant, and otherwise unpublished experiments; so called 'Dark Data'.
darkdata  data  openaccess  openscience  notebook  research  science 
august 2012 by sspela
A charismatic new species of green lacewing discovered in Malaysia (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae): the confluence of citizen scientist, online image database and cybertaxonomy - Pensoft
"An unusual new species of green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae: Semachrysa jade sp. n.) is described from Selangor (Malaysia) as a joint discovery by citizen scientist and professional taxonomists. The incidental nature of this discovery is underscored by the fact that the species was initially photographed and then released, with images subsequently posted to an online image database. It was not until the images in the database were randomly examined by the professional taxonomists that it was determined that the species was in fact new."
collaboration  insects  stephenbrooks  hockpingguek  shaunwinterton  taxonomy  science  photography  flickr 
august 2012 by sspela
Mars Rover Soundtrack
The Mars rover engineering team works on Mars time. A martian day, also called a "sol", is 40 minutes longer than an Earth day. Each martian morning as the rover wakes up they play a song related to the events of the upcoming sol. Occasionally a second or third song is played during the sol in addition to the wakeup song.
science  nasa  space  soundtrack  music  song  rovers  opportunity  spirit  mars 
august 2012 by sspela
DAD: Why is soap a surfactant?
DAD: That is an EXCELLENT question. Soap is a surfactant because it forms water-soluble micelles that trap the otherwise insoluble dirt and oil particles.
SARAH: I don’t get it.
DAD: That’s OK. Neither do most of my students.
professors  science  soap  chemistry  why  questions  children 
july 2012 by sspela
ODD - Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ - Forschen für die Umwelt
ODD (=Overview, Design concepts, Detail) is desigend as a general protocol for communicating individual-based and agent-based models.
modelling  science  communication  patterns  design  protocol  odd  abm  volkergrimm 
july 2012 by sspela
EPJ Data Science - a SpringerOpen journal
EPJ Data Science offers a publication platform to address this evolution by bringing together all academic disciplines concerned with the same challenges:

how to extract meaningful data from systems with ever increasing complexity
how to analyse them in a way that allows new insights
how to generate data that is needed but not yet available
how to find new empirical laws, or more fundamental theories, concerning how any natural or artificial (complex) systems work

This is accomplished through experiments and simulations, by data mining or by enriching data in a novel way. The focus of this journal is on conceptually new scientific methods for analyzing and synthesizing massive data sets, and on fresh ideas to link these insights to theory building and corresponding computer simulations.
datamining  systems  simulations  data  science  journal  openaccess 
july 2012 by sspela
A Very New Thing: Dan Pinchbeck « Electron Dance
"You have an amazing safety net in academia, because failure means something different. If you are a developer and you take a risk and it doesn't pay off, you're in real trouble. As an academic, if you take a risk and it doesn't pay off, provided it fails in a way that is interesting and pushes the dialogue about the ideas further, that's still a positive thing."
safetynet  safety  interesting  danpinchbeck  risk  science  research  academia  failure 
june 2012 by sspela
Khan Academy and the Effectiveness of Science Videos - YouTube
Presenting students' common misconceptions in a video alongside the scientific concepts has been shown to increase learning by increasing the amount of mental effort students expend while watching it.
elearning  derekmuller  effort  learning  misconceptions  khanacademy  science  video 
june 2012 by sspela
Welcome aboard! | Pirate university
"The Pirate University is an on-line service for students and scholars who need certain academic articles which they don't have in their own library."
pirate  science  openaccess  university  journals 
june 2012 by sspela
Eulerian Video Magnification
"Using our method, we are able to visualize the flow of blood as it fills the face and also to amplify and reveal small motions."
webcam  pulse  analysis  mit  visualisation  blood  heartbeat  science  video 
june 2012 by sspela
The shape of your problem
- Some problems are stable. These are for politicians.
- Some problems worsen steadily. These are for engineers.
- Some problems immediately threaten life, liberty or happiness. These are for physicians and soldiers.
- Some problems are a recurrent itch. These are for entrepreneurs.
- Some problems loom at the horizon of human foresight. These are for scientists.
mattmight  research  science  problemsolving  problems 
april 2012 by sspela
List of cognitive biases - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A cognitive bias describes a replicable pattern in perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgment, illogical interpretation, or what is broadly called irrationality. They are the result of distortions in the human mind that always lead to the same pattern of poor judgment, often triggered by a particular situation.
irrationality  judgements  thinking  science  bias  psychology 
march 2012 by sspela
To Know, but Not Understand: David Weinberger on Science and Big Data - David Weinberger - Technology - The Atlantic
"[T]he new generation of scientists was too busy churning out bricks -- facts -- without regard to how they go together. Brickmaking, Forscher feared, had become an end in itself. "And so it happened that the land became flooded with bricks. ... It became difficult to find the proper bricks for a task because one had to hunt among so many. ... It became difficult to complete a useful edifice because, as soon as the foundations were discernible, they were buried under an avalanche of random bricks."
davidweinberger  data  knowledge  bricks  science 
february 2012 by sspela
Origami Science: origami-like techniques used in advanced tecnologies.
You will be surprised to know that paper folding ideas are used in technically advanced science projects. Some projects use bona fide origami folding techniques in the their work. However, in some cases, the term "origami" is used even when their is minimal folding involved.
folding  science  origami 
february 2012 by sspela
NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio
The mission of the Scientific Visualization Studio is to facilitate scientific inquiry and outreach within NASA programs through visualization. To that end, the SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualization products, systems, and processes in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at Goddard Space Flight Center and within the NASA research community.
earth  space  animation  images  visualization  science  nasa 
january 2012 by sspela
Escape velocity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
To leave planet Earth an escape velocity of 11.2 km/s (approx. 40,320 km/h, or 25,000 mph) is required.
physics  space  gravity  velocity  earth  escapevelocity  science  speed 
november 2011 by sspela — Bear with us, while we think.
Science needs time to think. Science needs time to read, and time to fail. Science does not always know what it might be at right now. [...] We do need time to think. We do need time to digest. We do need time to mis­understand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue between humanities and natural sciences. We cannot continuously tell you what our science means; what it will be good for; because we simply don’t know yet. Science needs time."
science  slow  slowscience  manifesto  longnow  thinking  failure  notknowing  research  time  speed 
november 2011 by sspela
Whales | Home
"You can help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. Listen to the large sound and find the small one that matches it best."
whales  science  zooniverse  marine  research  whalesongs  sound 
november 2011 by sspela
Wired Petri Dish Gives Real-Time Updates - Technology Review
A new prototype petri dish can create an image of what's growing on it and send that information to a laptop, all from inside an incubator. The prototype, dubbed the ePetri, was created from Lego blocks and a cell-phone image sensor, and uses light from a Google Android smart phone. [...] With ePetri, it's like getting continuous tweets from the cells rather than an occasional postcard.
petridish  imagesensor  realtime  updates  science  cells  biomedicine  caltech  michaelelowitz  lego  cellphone  tweets 
october 2011 by sspela
The Search for a More Perfect Kilogram | Magazine
"[O]f the seven fundamental metric units—the kilogram, meter, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, and candela—only the kilogram is still dependent on a physical artifact. [...] The American prototype is one of some four dozen such national standards around the world, and each of those, in turn, is accountable to an even higher authority: a regal artifact called the international prototype kilogram. Familiarly known as Le Grand K and held in a vault just outside of Paris under three bell jars, it dates back to the 1880s, when it was forged by the British metallurgist George Matthey from an alloy of nine-tenths platinum and one-tenth iridium."
science  kilogram  kg  legrandk  metrics  mass  metricunits  jonathonkeats  essays  standards 
october 2011 by sspela
The importance of stupidity in scientific research
"Science makes me feel stupid too. It's just that I've gotten used to it. So used to it, in fact, that I actively seek out new opportunities to feel stupid. I wouldn't know what to do without that feeling. I even think it's supposed to be this way."
science  research  stupidity  essays  martinaschwartz 
october 2011 by sspela
Every Child Is A Scientist | Wired Science |
[I]t’s the not knowing – that tang of doubt and possibility – that keeps us playing with the world, eager to figure out how it works.
children  education  curiosity  science  jonahlehrer  play  notknowing 
september 2011 by sspela
Maps of Citations Uncover New Fields of Scholarship - Research
When they describe what they're doing, Mr. Bergstrom and his colleagues speak like explorers, invoking geographical and urban imagery to describe the landscape their algorithms reveal. Mr. Rosvall compares moving through the scholarly landscape to trying to get from one Rockies mountaintop to the next; the team's challenge is to identify peaks and valleys and help researchers move past the barriers that separate them. Mr. Bergstrom likens the network of citations to a city that is "growing organically as you're trying to navigate through it." Capture it in the right sort of map, he says, and "if that map is there, the story of how fields are changing is all there in this big lattice of citations."
citations  maps  academia  research  jenniferhoward  science 
september 2011 by sspela
CERN Press Release
“When an experiment finds an apparently unbelievable result and can find no artefact of the measurement to account for it, it’s normal procedure to invite broader scrutiny, and this is exactly what the OPERA collaboration is doing, it’s good scientific practice,” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “If this measurement is confirmed, it might change our view of physics, but we need to be sure that there are no other, more mundane, explanations. That will require independent measurements.”
science  physics  cern  research  surprise  speed  light  neutrinos  discovery  sergiobertolucci 
september 2011 by sspela
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