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  • October 17, 2015
  • 06:25 AM

Five maps to show how sea level rise affects you

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

TFTK has found five of the best free maps that show the neighbourhoods most vulnerable to sea level rise.... Read more »

Strauss BH, Kulp S, & Levermann A. (2015) Carbon choices determine US cities committed to futures below sea level. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 26460051  

  • September 9, 2015
  • 09:13 AM

Churchgoing has been on the decline for decades in Western nations: here’s why

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

It’s a fact that, in the West at least, fewer people are going to religious services than they used to a few decades ago. Countries do follow different trajectories – secularization happened first in the Protestant countries of Northern Europe and Australia, and more recently the Catholic countries of Europe. The Americas have fought the [Read More...]... Read more »

  • June 1, 2015
  • 10:49 AM

The statistics are clear: a cultural shift away from religion is underway in the USA

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

From time to time, we see surveys from the USA that suggest an increasing tide of non-affiliation to religion, especially among the young. Taken in isolation, it’s really hard to know what to make of them. Maybe, for example, what we are seeing reflects religious apathy among the young. Maybe it’s simply that people believe [Read More...]... Read more »

  • December 4, 2014
  • 02:21 PM

ALMA Japan: Hi-Def Imaging of Spiral Gas Arms from Twin Baby Stars (w/video)

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

We know that about half the the stars out there (with sizes close to that of our sun) are binary systems. However, for a long time we've been lacking information on how they develop, since it's not been easy to get a whole lot of data from surrounding scattered mass that's so damned far away! Congrats to all involved!... Read more »

Shigehisa Takakuwa, Masao Saito, Kazuya Saigo, Tomoaki Matsumoto, Jeremy Lim, Tomoyuki Hanawa, & Paul T. P. Ho. (2014) Angular Momentum Exchange by Gravitational Torques and Infall in the Circumbinary Disk of the Protostellar System L1551 NE. The Astrophysical Journal. arXiv: 1409.4903v1

  • October 18, 2012
  • 07:15 AM

OneZoom: Zooming in on the tree of life

by GDW in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

The evolution of life is often depicted in a tree-like fashion (although, at some places, it might be more like a web). This tree analog for life’s evolution is evident in a new project to visualize the evolutionary relationships of … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 8, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Burn your tables

by Zen Faulkes in Better Posters

A new paper provides empirical evidence for something that many people, like Edward Tufte, have been saying for years: graphs and figures are better than tables.Cook and Teo took the results of statistical simulations, and presented them to people in the form of graphs or tables. Everyone were able to answer questions about the data more quickly using a graph. Less experienced people (i.e., undergraduates compared to postgraduates) were able to make more accurate statements about the results whe........ Read more »

  • December 5, 2011
  • 11:47 AM

Techie Ecstasy: Preview of SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

by Nsikan Akpan in That's Basic Science

Highlights from the forthcoming tech fest SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

1) An Iphone app that writes your autobiography from internet posts

2) A Cartography graphics tool for cardiologists

3) A Renaissance collage generator.

Plus a video of some great rendering software innovations.... Read more »

Zhu, B., Iwata, M., Haraguchi, R., Ashihara, T., Umetani, N., Igarashi, T., & Nakazawa, K. (2011) Sketch-based Dynamic Illustration of Fluid Systems. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 30(6), 1. DOI: 10.1145/2070781.2024168  

Huang, H., Zhang, L., & Zhang, H. (2011) Arcimboldo-like collage using internet images. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 30(6), 1. DOI: 10.1145/2070781.2024189  

  • November 30, 2011
  • 01:22 AM

Virtual Reality for Stress Management

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Buffer Going to a relaxing zone in a natural park such as the river, waterfall, lake of garden with virtual reality and doing relaxing exercises supported by a relaxing narrative effectively reduces stress and anxiety. Virtual reality showed better improvements than video or audio although the latter two also reduced stress and anxiety. We found [...]

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  • January 14, 2011
  • 10:45 AM

Computer-enhanced images with almost perfect resolution

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

I used to laugh at those TV series and movies where crime investigators could take a surveillance camera photo, however fuzzy and blurred, and enhance its resolution beyond belief to the point where every possible (and impossible) detail becomes visible. I stopped laughing last week at a conference when I became aware of a 2009 [...]... Read more »

  • December 6, 2010
  • 01:45 AM

Violent Games increase Prosocial Behavior

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Dr Shock is utterly biased when it comes to gaming. Especially when Call of Duty is used for research into the topic of possible negative or positive influences of exposure to violent games. This recent research with the action game “Call of Duty” did not support any negative influence of gaming on prosocial behavior or [...]

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  • November 5, 2010
  • 09:00 AM

Princess Leia and the Next Dimension

by Rheanna Sand in Science in Seconds

With my lightsaber and Jedi robes, this Halloween I defended the Rebel Alliance against the evil Galactic Empire with the help of Princess Leia, who faithfully acted out her hologram scene throughout the night: "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."

Well, if Leia were here now, she could actually send that holographic message. That is, if she were friends with Nasser Peyghambarian at the University of Arizona. He and his colleagues have developed a new technique for three-dim........ Read more »

P.-A. Blanche, A. Bablumian, R. Voorakaranam, C. Christenson, W. Lin, T. Gu, D. Flores, P. Wang, W.-Y. Hsieh, M. Kathaperumal.... (2010) Holographic three-dimensional telepresence using large-area photorefractive polymer. Nature, 80-83. info:/10.1038/nature09521

  • November 3, 2010
  • 02:03 PM

Real-time holographic video displays could be near

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

Holograms may seem like an original invention from some science fiction films. A famous scene often mentioned in this context is that from Star Wars where Princess Leia records an important holographic message, ending with the words “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi“. Such visions of holograms aren’t fiction. In a paper published in Nature, Nasser Peyghambarian, [...]... Read more »

Blanche, P., Bablumian, A., Voorakaranam, R., Christenson, C., Lin, W., Gu, T., Flores, D., Wang, P., Hsieh, W., Kathaperumal, M.... (2010) Holographic three-dimensional telepresence using large-area photorefractive polymer. Nature, 468(7320), 80-83. DOI: 10.1038/nature09521  

  • June 27, 2010
  • 09:03 PM

Plot Multiple Time Series using the flow/inkblot/river/ribbon/volcano/hourglass/area/whatchamacallit plots ~ blue whale catch per country w/ ggplot2

by apeescape in mind of a Markov chain

Ever since I first looked at this NYT visualization by Amanda Cox, I’ve always wanted to reproduce this in R. This is a plot that stacks multiple time series onto one another, with the width of the river/ribbon/hourglass representing the strength at each time. The NYT article used box office revenue as the width of the river. It’s also an interactive web app. thanks to some help from graphic designers.... Read more »

Havre, S., Hetzler, E., Whitney, P., & Nowell, L. (2002) ThemeRiver: visualizing thematic changes in large document collections. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 8(1), 9-20. DOI: 10.1109/2945.981848  

  • May 26, 2010
  • 06:05 PM

Google Maps shows North Korea logging endangered tigers' protected forest

by Benno Hansen in Ecowar

This scandal has been reported on several websites: The sharp images from Google Earth clearly shows the North Korean communist dictatorship is logging forest areas in a UN national park. Not only does the megalomaniac Kim Jong-il seek to build a nuclear armament, impoverish his subdued people and occasionally sink South Korean ships – he's also cutting down trees in the fragile, ancient forest ... Read more »

Tang, L., Shao, G., Piao, Z., Dai, L., Jenkins, M., Wang, S., Wu, G., Wu, J., & Zhao, J. (2010) Forest degradation deepens around and within protected areas in East Asia. Biological Conservation, 143(5), 1295-1298. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.01.024  

  • March 6, 2010
  • 01:22 AM

Booming world population doesn’t mean growth everywhere

by Dave in The Daily Monthly

Population changes don’t affect all nations equally at once. While population in some countries is increasing rapidly, in others it’s slowing or even declining. Take a look at the case of Japan and Nigeria:









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Populat........ Read more »

Kent, M.M., & Haub, C. (2005) Global Demographic Divide. Population Bulletin, 60(4), 3-24. info:/

  • March 5, 2010
  • 05:20 PM

Booming world population doesn’t mean growth everywhere

by Dave in The Daily Monthly

Population changes don’t affect all nations equally at once. While population in some countries is increasing rapidly, in others it’s slowing or even declining. Take a look at the case of Japan and Nigeria:

Currently Nigeria and Japan have nearly equal populations, but in [...]... Read more »

Kent, M.M., & Haub, C. (2005) Global Demographic Divide. Population Bulletin, 60(4), 3-24. info:/

  • December 21, 2009
  • 02:50 AM

Virtual Reality for Treatment of PTSD

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Three fast track articles were recently published on CyberPsychology and Behavior about the treatment of PTSD with virtual reality exposure therapy. Exposure therapy is the most evidence based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More than 18 studies have been published on the use of virtual reality exposure treatment for PTSD.
One of [...]

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Gamito, P., Oliveira, J., Rosa, P., Morais, D., Duarte, N., Oliveira, S., & Saraiva, T. (2009) PTSD Elderly War Veterans: A Clinical Controlled Pilot Study. CyberPsychology , 2147483647. DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2009.0237  

Botella, C., García-Palacios, A., Guillen, V., Baños, R., Quero, S., & Alcaniz, M. (2009) An Adaptive Display for the Treatment of Diverse Trauma PTSD Victims. CyberPsychology , 2147483647. DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2009.0353  

  • September 29, 2009
  • 02:35 AM

Brain Training for Elderly Better On Paper or Computer?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

As always the answer to this question is not simple. From recent research it’s concluded that brain training games on paper are more effective and efficient than on computer consoles (Nintendo DS, in this research). Meaning that the task completion time was shorter on paper and the error rate was lower on paper.
However the [...]

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  • June 8, 2009
  • 12:00 PM

Silver Surfer Franchise

by David Bradley in SciScoop Science Forum

Forget the image of Grandma tracking down the latest cutting edge technology news in mobile feed reader, or Uncle Joe whose retirement has been filled with Diggs, Tweets, and Facebook pokes. According to Mark McMurtrey, Ronald McGaughey, and James Downey, in the Department of MIS, at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, the silver surfer, [...]... Read more »

McMurtrey, M., McGaughey, R., & Downey, J. (2009) Seniors and information technology: A potential goldmine of opportunity?. International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 1(3), 300. DOI: 10.1504/IJIIM.2009.025371  

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