The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more...]
Words don’t always do a conversation justice – especially when that convo is text based. You’re there texting your bestie and an overwhelming sense of glee sweeps over you. What to do? Say it with an emoji of course.
With the announcement of Unicode 7.0 and 250 new emojis in the works (what would we do without “Man in Business Suit Levitating”) Microsoft has imagined what the new update missed – adding 49 more emojis you seriously wish you had. [Read more...]
When Spike Jonze’s film “Her” hit theaters, many people were struck by the timely relevance of its story. It seems with each passing day we interact more closely with the technology around us, and even if we aren’t talking late into the night with our computers just yet, that and other possibilities seem just around the corner. In response to the film, Motherboard, in association with Microsoft and Warner Bros. is asking a question: “How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other?” The answer comes in the form of the 2 part documentary Captivated by Her. [Read more...]
On the surface, it would seem that new frontiers have been just about exhausted on Earth… but sometimes you just have to look deeper. The world’s oceans are vast, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and containing 97 percent of the water… yet only about 5 percent of the ocean and its depths have been explored. The Neptune Canada project is aiming to change that. By filling us in with real-time video and data direct from the far reaches of the sea floor, the project launched in 2009 is already helping scientists understand mysteries of the deep – and they’re doing it with the help of people like you. [Read more...]
In recent years, there have been few space projects as exciting as the International Space Station, or ISS. Even though it is the 9th space station to take orbit, it is the first to house a full-time crew and a dedicated research laboratory. And, with recent social media exploits – like those of the excellent Commander Chris Hadfield who famously sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity from orbit – space has never looked so near or friendly for the human species. [Read more...]
As far as great projects go, it’s hard to top the Human Genome Project (HGP). Still the largest collaborative biological endeavor in history, it has given us the first complete look at the blueprint for building human beings, and with that knowledge, it’s hard to think of anything that is contributing more to human health in our modern world. [Read more...]
You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.
This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on. [Read more...]
As part of an interesting content development initiative to showcase their new Surface Pro product, Microsoft just announced the launch of a new 3-part documentary series that features “behind the scenes” looks at the work of three influential artists from various fields. The series notes it will be chronicling New York City filmmaker Chayse Irvin, NY-based animator Christy Karacas (Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Superjail!), and architect Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner).