Film: Baraka, The Up Series, Silent Light, The Bothersome Man, Tell No One, Hoop Dreams, Limitless, My Dinner With Andre, Devil's Playground, Sherman's March, Groundhog Day, Stone Reader
Radio: Fresh Air, This I Believe, Diane Rehm, BBC
Deming, only 17, had just been chosen by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel for a high-profile experiment: Put $100,000 apiece in the hands of 24 entrepreneurial teenagers and give them free rein to pursue innovative ideas.
The condition? Deming had to leave her studies and classmates, and vow to stay out of college during the two-year fellowship.
Thiel, who is PayPal's co-founder and holder of two Stanford University degrees, says higher education today is in a "crazy bubble" that, like a bad mortgage, saddles students with tuition debt often for little in return. A vocal libertarian, Thiel, 44, takes the view that a college degree can be harmful to innovators because of the conservative, career-driven mindset it imparts."
Video interview: http:/dailymotion.com/video/xj7jj5_laura-deming-20-under-20-on-msnbc_news
The way to Pluto, that is. This map doesn't show any of the trans-Plutonian dwarves; you would have to scroll for a long, long time to get to them. (See http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/07/15/you-havent-so-much-lost-a-planet-as-gained-five-dwarves/ for why)
So as you move off into the interplanetary void, just remember:
Space is big
Space is dark
It's hard to find
A place to park.
The Genomic Revolution has promised to advance medicine and biotechnology by providing scientists with enormous amounts of data that can be converted into useful information. Over 10 years ago, the Human Genome Project produced the first draft of the more than 3 billion base pairs of DNA that make up the genetic code in each of our cells.
Read more : http://goo.gl/Zkleyj
Image : Duke University
Strong geometry is often the hallmark of a beautiful snowflake. Symmetry also helps, and this crystal seems to have an abundance of each! View large!
Am I running out of interesting things to say about snowflakes? Almost! Good thing I'm nearing the end of this year's snowflake project. :) There are still some very interesting things to admire here, including how neighbouring branches compete for water vapour.
If the side-branches of this snowflake grow outward and connect with neighbouring branches, and it's fascinating to see how they each compete for the available water vapour. You can easily see an indentation in one branch where the competition is strongest and it can't grow as quickly. Given enough time, these side-branches can connect and completely close the gap!
You can also see that the growth of this snowflake is not showing two connected plates as the origin of the bright geometric center, but rather a single plate splitting itself in two. In a bubble stretches across all sides and corners, the snowflake effectively turns into two plates and the bottom plate grew faster that the top one here.
This image was also a slight panorama, with the top branches out of the frame of the rest of the snowflake. I wanted to see what extremes I could push resolution at 12:1 magnification for larger specimens, and the results are promising! It took slightly more frames and editing time than average (52 frames and 5.5 hours beginning to end) but I'm happy with the finished image.
Learn more about how to photograph snowflakes and how they grow in Sky Crystals: http://www.skycrystals.ca/ - trust me, the 304-page hardcover book makes winter slightly more tolerable. :)
You can see the tortured history of the area in the jumbled layers of limestone. The patterns in the rocks are mesmerizing.
The first one (http://submarine-cable-map-2014.telegeography.com/) shows the lines that span the oceans; these are where almost all of the data flows from country to country. (Satellites are actually far less useful in the modern age; their bandwidth is a small fraction of what cables can provide) Fishing nets and ship anchors are the biggest threats to their day-to-day function, and for countries which only have one or two links, a single accident can easily have a huge impact. While it may not surprise you that much of Africa and South Asia are poorly connected, you may be surprised at how few lines flow in to Australia.
The second map (http://global-internet-map-2012.telegeography.com/) shows public interconnect lines and bandwidth. This map is a bit older (2012) but it shows a lot of the real connectivity problems very vividly: North America, Europe, and the Middle East are well-connected, but Asia (except for a few major cities), Africa, and South America fare much worse. To see the real problems, zoom in carefully and try to trace (say) the shortest route you can find from Mumbai to Bangalore. You're not hallucinating: It's via Singapore. This is actually a big improvement; until a few years ago, it was via Zurich. In South Asia and South America, ISPs are sort of infamous for saying "this neighboring ISP is my competitor! Why would I peer [connect networks] with them?" In the rest of the world, everyone connects with everyone -- that's why the network is fast and robust.
I'm not sure if this second map includes private networks or not; I suspect it doesn't, which actually hides a huge fraction of the Internet which you use. For example, when you connect to Google, you're really connecting to the nearest Google endpoint, and then all of the rest of the traffic (to wherever your e-mails, posts, videos, and so on are living) is routed over a very big network that we run -- and which is much faster than the public network, because it's used by a single organization which can carefully control and synchronize traffic.
h/t for leading me to these.
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