Thursday, January 3, 2013

End Of The Year Tab Dump - Pop Science

It's the end of 2012 and my folder full of tabs / bookmarks that I've been meaning to share is over flowing.  The end of a year seems like a good enough reason to get them all out there for your perusal and it doesn't hurt that it will help get me up over the 100 post threshold for 2012 either.

We're gonna do this categorically, sort of at least, some other links ended up on twitter; check the sidebar for those or @hcoppola.

So we didn't get through everything on new year's eve, I had better things to do what can I say?  Which means the dump will continue to start off 2013.

For lack of a better term we're calling this gaggle Pop Science and hooooo it's a doozy...

Paul Krugman is a big fan of Asimov's Foundation Series, giving the books some credit for inspiring him to do what he does today. Both of those links are great, especially if you're a Krugman and Asimov fan.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is always trying to teach us something and for one of his newer projects he's enlisted the help of Wu-Tang's GZA.  That's right, Neil deGrasse Tyson ain't nothin to fuck with.

This is what happens when physicists get curious about how we walk around museums while we look at art.

Rory Sutherland expounds upon the importance of perspective...

Voyager is still going strong 35 years later.

Gizmodo went long on how Yahoo screwed up Flicker and 'lost the internet'.

Robert Sapolsky talks about dopamine and how it drives our behavior...

Dopamine Jackpot! Sapolsky on the Science of... by FORAtv

These next few are all mapping related, not surprisinglymany of them have to do with google:

Rich and Poor neighborhoods look different from above, enough so that you can pretty much differentiate them from space based on tree coverage.

Time took a look at google streetview's influence on art and photography.

The Atlantic geeked out about how google builds its maps and why the techniques used are important.

The Guardian also thought about how google maps has changed and is changing the world.
Ever wonder how supermarkets decide where to open?  Even if you haven't this presentation will make you wish you had.

Fractals are still really cool, and there are pictures to prove it.  Raise your hand if you played with that fractal trees program back in the day.

The BBC wants to help you make better decisions.  But not enough to stop them from slapping a copyright complaint on the full 50 minute youtube of this show.

There are other planets out there, some of them orbit Alpha Centauri.

Music has a shockingly large impact on how we view and interpret images.

That's all she wrote folks, thanks for playing.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming...

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