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Public Interface

nodegoat is a web-based data management, network analysis visualisation environment. Using nodegoat, you can create and manage any number of datasets …

What I’ve learned so far from living in a Mars simulation – Sheyna Gifford

I don’t quite remember what it’s like to wake up on Earth. Five months after ‘landing on Mars’, my day begins in a white dome in the middle of a red …

Space Exploration

Poll: Nearly 10 Percent Of College Grads Think Judge Judy Is On SCOTUS

Nearly 10 percent of college graduates surveyed in a poll released this month believed that Judith Sheindlin, known on TV as Judge Judy, serves on …

We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand

The way the public hears about conservation issues is nearly always in the mode of ‘[Beloved Animal] Threatened With Extinction’. That makes for …

How Utah Became a Bizarre, Blissful Epicenter for Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

Three years ago I walked out of my house and put a .32 pistol to my head.”<p>Jared Allen, a property manager from Idaho, chokes up as he tells this …

The future of loneliness

At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a lower-case sans serif font – corporate code for friendly – it declared: “be together. not the same.” This erratically punctuated mantra sums up the web’s most …

University of Chicago

The Grantland Q&A: Errol Morris

Some factual statements I can definitively make about Errol Morris as of the morning of February 9, 2015, four days after his 67th birthday: He met …

Salt Crystals and Selfies: Curiosity after the Seven Minutes of Terror

In October 02013, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner spoke to the Long Now about landing the Curiosity rover on Mars. A decade of exhausted alternatives …

The Cathedral of Computation

We’re not living in an algorithmic culture so much as a computational theocracy.<p>Algorithms are everywhere, supposedly. We are living in an “algorithmic culture,” to use the author and communication scholar Ted Striphas’s name for it. Google’s search algorithms determine how we access information. …

Algorithms

Invasion of the hedge fund almonds

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>By Tom Philpott | Mon Jan. 12, 2015 6:00 AM ET<p>On a sunbaked August morning, off a …

World War II Sites, Then and Now

About two years ago, we shared with you a set of enhanced photographs that visualized the transformation of World-War-II-era Leningrad into …

New frontiers in pain compliance

Not long ago, viewers of CBS’s <i>60 Minutes</i> were treated to an intriguing bit of political theater when, in a story called “The Pentagon’s Ray Gun,” a …

The body is Brooklyn-based artist Trina Merry’s canvas, as she seamlessly blends her subject into the NYC landscape.

The Drugging of the American Boy

By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many …

A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100

On 8 June, a Scottish banker named Alexander Fordyce shorted the collapsing Company’s shares in the London markets. But a momentary bounce-back in …

Facades

I’ve got a soft spot for Photoshopped architecture photos, so Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy’s Façades series is right up my alley. Gaudrillot-Roy removes …

mattmurdockisredbatman:

This is why education and science communication are important.<p>I was laughing at this until it dawned on me that these people were not being ironic.<p>Now I’m depressed.

The Secret Auden

1.<p>W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He kept it …

Why do we assume the future will be short? Blame the Bible – J L Schellenberg

In <i>Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle</i> (1987), Stephen Jay Gould tells the story of one John Playfair, who in 1788 accompanied the great British geologist …

Brand minimalism

Shopping in a supermarket can be visually overwhelming. Designer Mehmet Gozetlik took the packaging of some well-known brands and simplified them …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

The Science of Citizenship

ONE OF THE MOST remarkable scenes in Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 work of science journalism, <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i>, happens about halfway …

That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind

I joined Twitter, with very bad grace, on March 5, 2010. I was a few months away from publishing my first book, and my agent, editor, publicist, and …

The Evolution of Little Red Riding Hood

We in the Western world are not the only ones who grow up with the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.<p>Stories about young children who face off …

CABINET // Forensic Topology

Spring 2013<p>Forensic Topology<p>Geoff Manaugh<p>“Pressure” Maxwell (Edward G. Robinson) and Jug Martin (Broderick Crawford) get to work on a bank burglary …

Why The Best Teams Might Be Temporary

When we think of high-performing teams, we often think of them as long-term allies—a band of brothers in the organizational world. It takes a while for teams to move through the traditional phases of <i>storming</i> and <i>norming</i> before they start to really perform. It’s logical, then, to assume that the …

The Ideal English Major

Soon college students all over America will be trundling to their advisers' offices to choose a major. In this moment of financial insecurity, …

Leveling up conferences

tags: communityLast month I went to AdaCamp and learned a ton partly because the Ada Initiative runs it both as a place to discuss solving problems …