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Science 153 Science

  1. 2 years ago /
  2. The Gallery of Concept Visualization features projects which use pictures to communicate complex and difficult ideas (not just data).

    2 years ago /
  3. How NASA, ESA and MIT joined forces with a Dutch artist to create a bizarre work of art using the International Space Station, the James Webb Telescope and the Universe itself.

    2 years ago / /
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  5. This interactive map visualises the estimated concentration of floating plastic debris in the world’s oceans. The densities are computed with a numerical model calibrated against a series of field data collected from the five main Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Further it shows the various expeditions of the sail vessels participating in the data collection effort from 2007 to 2013, and allows the exploration of all plastic concentrations measured using surface net tows and visual sightings.

  6. We describe a novel algorithm for extracting a resolution-independent vector representation from pixel art images, which enables magnifying the results by an arbitrary amount without image degradation. Our algorithm resolves pixel-scale features in the input and converts them into regions with smoothly varying shading that are crisply separated by piecewise-smooth contour curves. In the original image, pixels are represented on a square pixel lattice, where diagonal neighbors are only connected through a single point. This causes thin features to become visually disconnected under magnification by conventional means, and it causes connectedness and separation of diagonal neighbors to be ambiguous. The key to our algorithm is in resolving these ambiguities. This enables us to reshape the pixel cells so that neighboring pixels belonging to the same feature are connected through edges, thereby preserving the feature connectivity under magnification. We reduce pixel aliasing artifacts and improve smoothness by fitting spline curves to contours in the image and optimizing their control points.

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  7. Rekall est un logiciel destiné à l’ensemble des arts de la scène (théâtre, danse, musique, cirque, marionnettes, performance…) et aux installations interactives.

    Rekall permet de :

    • documenter et conserver les œuvres à composante technologique
    • reprendre un spectacle dont les technologies sont obsolètes
    • retrouver les choix techniques et artistiques d’une résidence à une autre


    Rekall est conçu pour :

    • les régisseurs : prise de note rapide pendant les répétitions, mémorisation des différentes conduites techniques (son, lumière, vidéo, dispositifs technologiques), regroupement de tous les documents techniques
    • les artistes : regroupement et sauvegarde des différents éléments du spectacle (artistiques et technologiques) afin d’en assurer la reprise en prenant en compte l’obsolescence programmée des technologies et l’intentionnalité des concepteurs
    • les historiens : documentation des œuvres en prenant en compte le processus de création, les différentes variantes et la multiplicité des types de documents
    • les responsables pédagogiques et les éditeurs : création de documentaires enrichis


    Rekall documente un spectacle à plusieurs moments de sa vie :

    • pendant les répétitions : aide aux régisseurs et aux techniciens
    • au moment de la création et pendant l’exploitation : aide aux artistes pour la reprise du spectacle
    • après la création : aide aux historiens et aux éditeurs pour analyser une œuvre
    2 years ago / / /
  8. This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1211 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

    3 years ago / /
  9. Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

    3 years ago / /
  10. http://www.nearfield.org/2009/10/immaterials-the-ghost-in-the-field

    This video is about exploring the spatial qualities of RFID, visualised through an RFID probe, long exposure photography and animation. It features Timo Arnall of the Touch project and Jack Schulze of BERG. The problem and opportunity of invisibility RFID is still badly understood as an interactive technology. Many aspects of RFID interaction are fundamentally invisible; as users we experience two objects communicating through the ‘magic’ of radio waves. This invisibility is also key to the controversial aspects of RFID technology; once RFID antennas are hidden inside products or in environments, they can be invoked or initiated without explicit knowledge or permission. (See here for more on the invisibility of radio.) But invisibility also offers opportunities: the lack of touch is an enormous usability and efficiency leap for many systems we interact with everyday (hence the success of Oyster, Suica and Octopus cards). But there is also the ‘magic’ of nearness one of the most compelling experiential aspects of RFID. As designers we took this invisibility as a challenge. We needed to know more about the way that RFID technology inhabits space so that we could better understand the kinds of interactions that can be built with it and the ways it can be used effectively and playfully inside physical products.

    3 years ago / /
  11. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an important heat-trapping (greenhouse) gas, which is released through human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, as well as natural processes such as respiration and volcanic eruptions. The chart on the left shows the CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere during the last three glacial cycles, as reconstructed from ice cores. The chart on the right shows CO2 levels in recent years, corrected for average seasonal cycles.

  12. Satire and cartography rarely come in a single package but in the Atlas of Prejudice they successfully blend to produce a book that is shockingly funny and disturbingly thought-provoking all at the same time.

    3 years ago /
  13. The Krubera Cave (Georgian: კრუბერის გამოქვაბული; or the Voronya Cave, sometimes spelled the Voronja Cave) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagrinsky Range of the Western Caucasus, in the Gagra district of Abkhazia, breakaway region of Georgia.[1][note 1]

    The difference in the altitude of the cave's entrance and its deepest explored point is 2,197 ± 20 metres (7,208 ± 66 ft). It became the deepest-known cave in the world in 2001 when the expedition of the Ukrainian Speleological Association reached a depth of 1,710 m (5,610 ft) which exceeded the depth of the previously deepest cave, Lamprechtsofen, in the Austrian Alps, by 80 m. In 2004, for the first time in the history of speleology, the Ukrainian Speleological Association expedition reached a depth greater than 2,000 m, and explored the cave to −2,080 m (−6,824 ft). Ukrainian diver Gennadiy Samokhin extended the cave by diving in the terminal sump to 46 m depth in 2007 and then to 52 m in 2012, setting successive world records of 2,191 m and 2,197 m respectively.[2][3] Krubera remains the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 metres.

    3 years ago /
  14. The NAICA Crystal cave is located 300 meters below ground. filled with enormous, spectacular selenite or moonstone crystals, it reveals its beauty in an atmosphere where the its icy appearance constrasts with the high temperatures in the depths. through the magnificence of its crystals, it leads us down a myriad of paths: scientific, technological, artistic,  philosophical and one involving the magic of nature. it also brings us face to face with an unavoidable responsibility: our obligation to protect and preserve it.

    3 years ago /

  15. All three maps continue reasonate with me. The first offers us a stategic overlay. Which countries are powers/maintainers of the international system – which places are seeking to radical alter it, or cannot seem to become part of the core.

    The second shows the virtual implications of that gap. Here, the gap between core and periphery is made starkly clear in technology use.

    The final shows the physical manifestation of the gap. A stark reminder of the fences we build and the enormous sums of money and energy poured into keeping certain people out.

    As a final note, I do think the third map is slightly misleading. As disturbing as it is, it is actually far, far too flattering to many traditional western powers as it continues to place them at the “centre.” In a world where the United States appears to be in decline this type of map makes China, Brazil, India and Russia (and even South Africa) look like non entities. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    3 years ago /
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