Via another great TEDEd lesson.
- Whoa, now the KKK are also fighting against Westboro Baptist
- “We still look at ourselves as survivors”: over 80 years later, remembering the deadliest school massacre in American history
- The rather interesting origin story of ‘Miranda Rights’
- Warren Ellis on The Social Web: end of the first cycle (stoked it’s close to what I’ve been mediating on throughout the year)
- UCL research paper on Why the Internet only just works (.pdf)
- What the world will look like in 2030 — as predicted by the Government
- Will we ever… have cyborg brains?
- A few Tolkien-rific facts about the book version of The Hobbit
- Try this interactive/zoomable four BILLION pixel image of Mt Everest
- Earthmoving: Ways of moving the Earth’s orbital path
Lastly, the latest TEDEd on ‘What is colour’ gives a very concise and simple explanation on the how with some very nice animation too.
- Bryan Stevenson’s crusade with the US justice system and why mass incarceration defines us as a society
- While Europe debates it, decriminalising prostitution has been great for New Zealand
- Craig Thornton and the obsessive world of underground cuisine
- “It’s so pervasive. It’s a virus.” Tom Waits’ 2002 letter on the commercialisation of songs
- The 25-GPU cluster that’ll crack a password in under 6 hours
- A letter to the TEDx community on TEDx and bad science
- Statistician Howard Wainer on the most dangerous equation (pdf)
- Study shows Fox News viewers have a 20 point lower IQ than the national average
- A man wrestled a shark to get back his nephew’s severed arm
- Wickr – now you can send ‘self-destructing’ messages
- A new trailer released for that South Park video game. Still looks good.
Here’s a simple and fascinating short video by NPR that visually explains how the human population has exponentially reached 7 billion people by using a collection of glassware and coloured water. The visual execution of this is really well done and to see the growth of the different continents over time makes for good brain juice.
This also reminds me of another video I’d meant to post ages ago, but could never figure out when/how to post it (that or I was just being a lazy sonnofabitch); but following on one of the last points in the above video: why is the world population expected peak at 10 billion? Given that we’ve gone from 1 billion to 7 billion in only two centuries, how can they come to this conclusion?
At TEDxSummit 2012, science polymath Hans Rosling gave a talk on the subject of this 10 billion threshold, framing it in the context of ‘Religion and Babies’ and trying to find the correlation between the two, which he concludes: it is non-existent. Instead, his research reasons that it’s actually the economic climate of a country that effects birthrates and via his fun humor and totally awesome data software, provides a very entertaining and informative talk on just where we’re heading.
Terry Moore explains ‘x’ as an unknown‘s origins in this short, humourous talk. Plus it’s more trivial knowledge for those bar quizzes.