Resisting our slide in to stupidity... An outstanding discussion worthy of your time and attention. In this episode of the Waking Up podcast from early July this year,  Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity. Information, Complexity,Intelligence M cubed Mayhem...

A film created by Carl Schlesinger and David Loeb Weiss documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times.

  167 global temperature maps - one for every year from 1850 to 2016, in a single chart. These are Robinson projections based on the UK Met Office HadCrut4 Arctic Sea Ice A still image generated from National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) north pole sea ice extent images. These images  [TP Public Data sets] are arranged in a grid pattern with…

Deep

Yes, 95% of Earth’s living space is underwater. Most at depths with no light and near freezing temperatures. Thanks to Seth Dixon for the original post. Links XKCD.com Seth Dixon The Smithsonian Institution Challenger Deep Kola Borehole [ Deepest Hole ever drilled]

Global Population Density

Max Galka [@galka_max] on global population densities. Just 5% of the world lives in the entire blue area. Another 5% lives in the red area. Good to see discussion of Gall-Peters v Mercator. I sit with Gall-Peters when a globe is not available!. [Am pretty sure the GTAV were one of the first to introduce this in the 80's... had one…

On July 27, 2016, Michigan-based Vayu, Inc., in collaboration with the Stony Brook University Global Health Institute completed the first ever series of long-range, fully autonomous drone delivery flights with blood and stool samples, setting records in the process. The samples were flown from villages in rural Madagascar to Stony Brook University's Centre ValBio, a central testing facility located adjacent…

The World Wide Web

Those of us over thirty years of age, may have lived the majority of our lives without the World Wide Web, yet I imagine it is increasingly more difficult to remember what that was like. Perhaps more significantly, those under thirty have only lived with the World Wide Web. 25 years ago, the first website was launched. A simple announcement in a…

Carbon Budget

I doubt we will get to choose 1.5... An excellent public lecture today in Lab-14 co-hosted by the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, the Climate Institute and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Thank goodness for the University of Melbourne! In this talk Dr Tabea Lissner (Climate Analytics) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research presented regionally differentiated analysis on impact shifts…

Yes. Genuinely EPIC. I learnt about Lagrange Points at school, never imagined I could see what the earth looked like from one of them. Is this not truly awe-inspiring? On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera…

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