Chris Doe

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Why English is a Better World Language than Chinese (and How that Might Change)

No prizes for guessing that English is the world's <i>lingua franca</i>. But how good are the world's other languages at spreading information? As these maps …

This Guy Found An Old Piece Of Wood From A Timber Yard. What He Transformed It Into Is Genius.

It’s amazing what a little creativity can do. Check out what this clever Imgur user made using some scrap wood and a special glow resin.<p>He started …

Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops

Fruits and vegetables have changed a lot since the onset of agriculture 10,000 years ago, as generation after generation of farmers artificially bred crops to select for more desirable traits like size and taste.<p>But that change can be hard to visualize. So James Kennedy, a chemistry teacher in …

Your Life in Weeks

<i>Note: If you want to print this post or read it offline, the PDF is probably the way to go. You can buy it here.</i><p>This is a long human life in …

An Open Letter to Parents From Your Kids’ Camp Counselors

It’s that time of year again. The time we ready our children… and ourselves… for camp. Camp. With all the camp feelings. Because we parents LOVE …

Pyura chilensis: the closest thing to getting blood from a stone

Credit: Arvid Puschnig<p>“<i>Period</i> Rock? You’re calling me Period Rock now? Guys, seriously, I might look like a stone, but that doesn’t mean I have the …

NYC's PLUTO data, Visualized

Need to determine the age of a building?<p>The dates in this map are rough estimates. They come from the PLUTO dataset, which is an unreliable …

Global Migrant Flows: An Interactive Map

People are constantly migrating around the globe. But scientists have long had trouble quantifying how many people are moving and where they are …

Radiation Physicist Beautifully Colorizes X-Ray Images of Nature

<b>Hanging Begonia, Chameleon</b><p>In late October, at the TEDx event in Groningen, Netherlands, one man stood on the stage and gave a fascinating talk about how his life's work had taken him on a journey to becoming an artist. Arie van't Riet studied radiation physics at Delft University of Technology and …

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Ant colony optimization algorithms

In computer science and operations research, the <b>ant colony optimization</b> algorithm (<b>ACO</b>) is a probabilistic technique for solving computational …

I survived the “Destroying Angel”

This memoir of a near-fatal mushroom poisoning was written by our most fortunate guest, Richard Eshelman. Happy Thanksgiving, all.<p>I. That Fateful day …