Reading the World

By nature, humans generally like to share what they know – at least, they like to share parts of what they know. The very form and manner we choose¬†to visualize what we know in a way that can be shared with¬†others says a lot about how we see the world. For example, one of my…

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View from Above

We’re always looking for reasons, causality, connections, in life and in science. There’s an ongoing project that might be an invaluable tool in discovering unexpected interconnectivity on the planet’s surface. The ICARUS Initiative (“International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space”) is a scientific collaboration working towards placing a remote sensory system on the International Space…

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Hard Data

When I was a teenager, I went on an archeaological dig for a week or so. It was an enlightening experience, and not just because it made me realize how much I don’t like camping in the rain, even on a California beach. One fascinating aspect of the dig was the discovery of various artifacts…

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Harnessing Big Data at CERN

According to this playful map by Symmetry Magazine, we live somewhere in France between the Kingdom of CMS and the Canton of Alice. My regular running path takes me past a large access point to the CERN accelerator, which is 17 miles (27 km) in circumference. If it were shown on this map, I suppose…

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