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Gavin Baker
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I love the idea of handcrafted objects in this day and age. Obviously the quality of speaker systems is going to be greatly influenced by the materials and assembly. I love the aesthetic of analog amplifiers and "old-school" tech, though I am skeptical about how this makes the sound more 'pure' or accurate to the original recording.

I tend to subscribe to the idea that the more modern digital amplifiers and sound systems are able to more accurately reproduce the original signal than analog systems. But that the tonal characteristics that analog systems impart can be valued higher by audiophiles than strict accuracy.

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This is your brain in 11 dimensions.

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Fascinating new research in neuroscience shows how the brain recognises faces. The brain applies processing akin to Principal Components Analysis, where a series of face cells individually recognise certain distinct facial metrics. Only 200 face cells are required to recognise a given face. This suggests an eigenspace of facial metrics, where each cell (eigenvector) responds to a different feature. Great news for CV researchers!

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Brilliant series of interactive tutorials on music and composition with samples.

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Obsessively made books.

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Brilliant to see how Code.org is making huge inroads in increasing gender, racial and socio-ecominic diversity through their educational programmes. We all stand to benefit from more diversity in STEM.

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The pressure to "publish or perish" has lead to a scary amount of junk science. We need Open Science now more than ever.

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Vale, the Queen of Carbon. 1700 scientific papers, 8 books, four national awards, dozens of honorary PhDs, she revolutionised modern materials science and the nanotechnology. (Oh and she was an immigrant.)

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An analog camera made with drinking straws in a multi-point array takes pointillist images. Beautiful!

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'Farm in a Box' - everything you need to start a self-sustaining farm from scratch, with just the land. I predict Agritech is going to be a huge business in the near future.
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