explore-blog:

Massive visualization uses Google’s Ngram Viewer – a remarkable big-data tool for tracking changes in culture though word usage in more than 4 billion books – to depict political, scientific, cultural, and philosophical themes. 
One of the most prominent patterns is the fall of “God” over the course of the 20th century, as well as the rise of utopias – a concept that has always enchanted us – in the aftermath of WWII.

explore-blog:

Massive visualization uses Google’s Ngram Viewer – a remarkable big-data tool for tracking changes in culture though word usage in more than 4 billion books – to depict political, scientific, cultural, and philosophical themes.

One of the most prominent patterns is the fall of “God” over the course of the 20th century, as well as the rise of utopias – a concept that has always enchanted us – in the aftermath of WWII.

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How Google Maps is changing the face of data — Cloud Computing News

Geospatial adds an incredible amount of context. It allows for complex tasks such as tracking of people as they go about their business to help determine who’s connected to whom, or predicting where someone might go next and what’s the best route to get there. If we’re talking about a spreading disease, Jonas explained, geospatial data helps us determine its vector and velocity.

parkparadigm:

Unlimited Detail Real-Time Rendering Technology Preview 2011 (by EuclideonOfficial)

Euclideon was formed in May 2010 and is the sole owner of the “Unlimited Detail” method for displaying unlimited point cloud data in real time.

Unlimited Detail is a technology which was secretly in development for many years. It enables computers to display infinite geometry at real time frame rates and has made many prominent appearances in the media, in magazines including New Scientist, Wired, Popular Science, Hyper, Atomic and PC Power Play amongst others.

Satellite Image of U.S. Snowstorm

As what promises to be a crippling winter snowstorm moves across the United States, threatening areas from New Mexico to New England, NASA captured this photograph using GOES-13, one of a series of satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “Heavy snow is expected today in portions of northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Snowfall from the system extends from Michigan west to Montana, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. A mix of rain and snow also stretches into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and it is all moving east,” NASA explained, covering most of the American heartland. “This system appears to be as large as 1/3rd of the Continental U.S.”
[NOAA/NASA GOES Project]
theatlantic:

Satellite Image of U.S. Snowstorm

As what promises to be a crippling winter snowstorm moves across the United States, threatening areas from New Mexico to New England, NASA captured this photograph using GOES-13, one of a series of satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “Heavy snow is expected today in portions of northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Snowfall from the system extends from Michigan west to Montana, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. A mix of rain and snow also stretches into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and it is all moving east,” NASA explained, covering most of the American heartland. “This system appears to be as large as 1/3rd of the Continental U.S.”

[NOAA/NASA GOES Project]

theatlantic:

food+tech connect | promoting a networked food system
Created by shiftN, this map visualizes the global interconnections among food, agriculture, water, energy, soil, and humans that comprise our food system.
What fascinates me about this map is how I discovered it and how that  process demonstrates an opportunity for information technology to  connect us with the information, people, and resources necessary to  address pressing global food and environmental challenges. I stumbled  upon this graphic in a presentation from the Workshop on Skills and Translation of Agri-Food Research in the UK, which I located through a Google search for open agricultural research in the UK.  In effect, Google enabled me to quickly and effortlessly discover that  the open agriculture conversation is already underway across the ocean.
What about this graphic interests you?
- Danielle Gould

food+tech connect | promoting a networked food system

Created by shiftN, this map visualizes the global interconnections among food, agriculture, water, energy, soil, and humans that comprise our food system.

What fascinates me about this map is how I discovered it and how that process demonstrates an opportunity for information technology to connect us with the information, people, and resources necessary to address pressing global food and environmental challenges. I stumbled upon this graphic in a presentation from the Workshop on Skills and Translation of Agri-Food Research in the UK, which I located through a Google search for open agricultural research in the UK. In effect, Google enabled me to quickly and effortlessly discover that the open agriculture conversation is already underway across the ocean.

What about this graphic interests you?

- Danielle Gould

Pico Projector Displays

Every year the gadgets that get crammed onto mobile phones get more and more impressive. But one that has so far failed to take off has been video, mainly because watching film or TV on a tiny screen is hardly worth the effort. But now a new generation of devices are being developed that should make the experience easier on the eyes.

13/03/09 (via worldbusiness)

MellaniuM

has developed a process for translating CAD designs directly into a virtual environment, web.alive, based on the Unreal game infrastructure. Step into the Furnace demo yourself here:

http://furnace.projectchainsaw.com/

The environment showcases a precise model of an industrial copper refining furnace built by a company in Pittsburgh, and is another example of the increasing interplay between physical and digital design realms, with implications for product design, marketing, simulation, modeling at “digiphys” convergence.

FURNACE (via copper13)

The event began with a chance to learn about the three major approaches to full-colour 3D display today, and a chance to try out a couple of them. They are:
 Active LCD shutter glasses darken one eye, then the other, in sync with the alternating image being shown on a standard display. This halves the effective frame rate by sharing the display across both eyes, and being an active system requires power to operate the shutters and also to be in sync with the display. Expensive glasses, but off-the-shelf (though high-end) screens or projectors. [more on wikipedia]
Passive polarised glasses work much like the old red and green glasses, but using polarised filters rather than red/green means you get a full colour experience. It means cheap, passive glasses but complicated and expensive screens and projectors. If you’ve seen a colour 3D movie, this was probably the way it was delivered. [more on wikipedia]
Autostereoscopic display is a stupid name for a screen which displays 3D without needing glasses by use of a lenticular or ‘parallax barrier’ layer in front of a specialised (usually LCD) display, presenting a different image based on viewing position. No glasses, but a very limited viewing angle. [more on wikipedia] (via 3D TV - Roo Reynolds)

The event began with a chance to learn about the three major approaches to full-colour 3D display today, and a chance to try out a couple of them. They are:

  1. Active LCD shutter glasses darken one eye, then the other, in sync with the alternating image being shown on a standard display. This halves the effective frame rate by sharing the display across both eyes, and being an active system requires power to operate the shutters and also to be in sync with the display. Expensive glasses, but off-the-shelf (though high-end) screens or projectors. [more on wikipedia]
  2. Passive polarised glasses work much like the old red and green glasses, but using polarised filters rather than red/green means you get a full colour experience. It means cheap, passive glasses but complicated and expensive screens and projectors. If you’ve seen a colour 3D movie, this was probably the way it was delivered. [more on wikipedia]
  3. Autostereoscopic display is a stupid name for a screen which displays 3D without needing glasses by use of a lenticular or ‘parallax barrier’ layer in front of a specialised (usually LCD) display, presenting a different image based on viewing position. No glasses, but a very limited viewing angle. [more on wikipedia] (via 3D TV - Roo Reynolds)
Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data. The system is still in early development, but we invite you to explore our current data and suggest research ideas. This is an open-source project, and we will be releasing all of the code soon. You can read more background on the project or just get started below. (via Media Cloud)

Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data. The system is still in early development, but we invite you to explore our current data and suggest research ideas. This is an open-source project, and we will be releasing all of the code soon. You can read more background on the project or just get started below. (via Media Cloud)

Alioscopy Unveils 3D Video Without the Red-and-Blue Glasses

(Posted by Blackberry 8830) It’s pretty hard to get people — busy New Yorkers, in particular — to stop in their tracks on the sidewalk to look at an advertising display. Let’s face it, much of New York City is an advertising opportunity.Yet a single 42-inch LED display screen in the window of an unoccupied retail store on Seventh Avenue and 50th Street in Manhattan is causing groups of people to stop, look and wonder. The display shows looped videos of a rotating Snickers bar and a moving Intel logo. What’s different about this is that it is a 3-dimensional display which doesn’t require viewers to wear those annoying red-and-blue glasses to see the 3D effect.

Web 3.0 will be 3 dimensional : The internet of the future!  » Blog Archive   » Hardware Technology that leads to deep Immersion in 3D Web Cyberspace
The geoweb is going 3D. Google is bringing Google Earth into the browser via a plug-in. Photosynth, 3D photo collection creator and viewer, is moving into the Microsoft’s Virtual Earth team (this was posted about on July 26th; the post was removed, but is still findable in the cache’s of both Google and Live). Google’s Panoramio, a location-oriented photo-sharing site, has released their own 3D-ish photo viewer (see the Sydney Opera House and launch coverage on Google Earth Blog). And the geo teams of both Google and Microsoft have their own 3D modelers, Sketchup and trueSpace (more info) respectively. earthmine measuring building However the imagery that you see in VE or Google is not 3D. That is where Earthmine, a Berkeley-based startup is hoping to come in (Radar post). They are currently mapping four cities with NASA technology and a custom-designed camera rig. Each pixel in an image is assigned 3D coordinate. Capturing this data allows for a multitude of future applications. (via Earthmine: Imagery for a 3D Geoweb - O’Reilly Radar)

The geoweb is going 3D. Google is bringing Google Earth into the browser via a plug-in. Photosynth, 3D photo collection creator and viewer, is moving into the Microsoft’s Virtual Earth team (this was posted about on July 26th; the post was removed, but is still findable in the cache’s of both Google and Live). Google’s Panoramio, a location-oriented photo-sharing site, has released their own 3D-ish photo viewer (see the Sydney Opera House and launch coverage on Google Earth Blog). And the geo teams of both Google and Microsoft have their own 3D modelers, Sketchup and trueSpace (more info) respectively. earthmine measuring building However the imagery that you see in VE or Google is not 3D. That is where Earthmine, a Berkeley-based startup is hoping to come in (Radar post). They are currently mapping four cities with NASA technology and a custom-designed camera rig. Each pixel in an image is assigned 3D coordinate. Capturing this data allows for a multitude of future applications. (via Earthmine: Imagery for a 3D Geoweb - O’Reilly Radar)

science:

A huge ocean wave has been filmed from beneath the surface, revealing features never before captured on camera.

The remarkable video, which will be shown as part of the BBC Natural History Unit’s new series South Pacific, was filmed in super slow motion using a high-definition camera. It reveals the hidden power of a four-metre-tall monster barrel wave and shows the first images of underwater spiralling vortices created by the wave’s action.