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A Smart Animation Explores the Magnitude of our Solar System [Infographic]

Wednesday 11.06.2013 , Posted by

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The last time I went to the planetarium it was in Delhi, India. I didn’t expect much from the domed structure with swarms of kids inside, but in fact I was blown away. It’s a hard thing to show the magnitude of the universe and impress people with its true scale – but even the rough idea I saw that day was mind blowing. This video from German design trio Kurzgesagt takes a whole different angle, impressing us with facts about the form of our solar system in flat infographic form. The result is informative and even jaw dropping when you consider the facts. [Read more…]

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Logical Fallacies Explained With Fun Animal Illustrations: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever found yourself on the losing side of an argument you couldn’t even understand? It’s likely that that argument was one of the many examples in the recently released online guide, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. This absolutely endearing read, authored by programmer Ali Almossawi and illustrator Alejandro Giraldo, uses fun animal illustrations to demonstrate logical fallacies; like being guilty by association or appealing to someones ignorance. [Read more…]

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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet

Tuesday 06.18.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is quickly transforming the world we live in, bringing us all closer together and helping us to learn about things we would never know without it. But, according to Google, for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable internet connection is still unavailable. Keeping the “affordable” part of that equation in mind, and considering all the rugged terrain around the world, running cables and placing antennas simply isn’t going to solve the problem. Enter Project Loon: the latest moonshot from Google[x] that envisions using high-altitude balloons to provide internet at 3G or faster speeds to remote and under supplied areas around the world. [Read more…]

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Pecha Kucha Night: The Presentation Series in Posters

Wednesday 04.17.2013 , Posted by

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Since its inception in 2003, Pecha Kucha has gone viral around the globe. The clever format of short talks gives the creative and interesting people of our world a platform to express themselves… while staying extremely concise. Presenters at each event are given just 20 seconds each to describe 20 slides. This short 8 minutes gives a Pecha Kucha Night the informal and spontaneous feel of something special and very personal. With all the creativity that flows from these events, we thought we’d share some of our favorite recent posters from the now 10 year old series. [Read more…]

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Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head [Read more…]

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Visualized: How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

Monday 10.31.2011 , Posted by

The world population was just 1 billion people in 1804, but now just two centuries later the people count on our planet has reached an astounding 7 billion. What has contributed to this exponential and dramatic increase, and what does it mean for us in the future? As this video and related article by NPR cleverly explores, the causes are far simpler than the solutions. What will our population reach in the next 100 years? [Read more…]

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Saving PBS: Public Broadcasting on the Rocks

Wednesday 02.23.2011 , Posted by

From kids programming like Sesame Street to space exploration on NOVA, PBS has been a source of inspiration and learning to generations. On February 19th, 2011, the House of Representatives voted 235-189 to pass a continuing resolution that eliminates funding for public broadcasting. Talented illustrator Chris Bishop, put together this handy graphic illuminating the many reasons why PBS is worth saving. Visit 170 Million Americans for more information on how we can save this treasure! [Read more…]

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