"Virality isn’t a function of content. It’s a function of the network in which the content is placed."

— I just want to make sure that we’re all clear on this. (via kenyatta)

"As the Secretary General of the United Nations, an organization of 147 member states who represent almost all of the human inhabitants of the planet Earth, I send greetings on behalf of the people of our planet. We step out of our solar system into the universe seeking only peace and friendship, to teach if we are called upon, to be taught if we are fortunate. We know full well that our planet and all its inhabitants are but a small part of the immense universes that surrounds us and it is with humility and hope that we take this step."

The story of Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, humanity’s eternal message to the cosmos 

(via explore-blog)

Fascinating story

jtotheizzoe:

This new tune from A Capella Science is the bomb. It’s a hip-hop retelling of the difficult day when mankind harnessed nuclear fission and scientific progress came face to face with war… all set to an Eminem song. 

Previously: A Capella Science has wowed us with amazing science covers before. Check out Bohemian Gravity and Rolling in the Higgs.

This was a fun watch. Great idea for reappropriation. And even though I’m not much into science, I enjoyed the skill and wit it takes to make something like this. As such, I started thinking about how I could do something like this with literature.

skunkbear:

As Virginia Hughes noted in a recent piece for National Geographic’s Phenomena blog, the most common depiction of a synapse (that communicating junction between two neurons) is pretty simple:

Signal molecules leave one neuron from that bulby thing, float across a gap, and are picked up by receptors on the other neuron. In this way, information is transmitted from cell to cell … and thinking is possible.

But thanks to a bunch of German scientists - we now have a much more complete and accurate picture. They’ve created the first scientifically accurate 3D model of a synaptic bouton (that bulby bit) complete with every protein and cytoskeletal element.

This effort has been made possible only by a collaboration of specialists in electron microscopy, super-resolution light microscopy (STED), mass spectrometry, and quantitative biochemistry.

says the press release. The model reveals a whole world of neuroscience waiting to be explored. Exciting stuff!

You can access the full video of their 3D model here.

Credit: Benjamin G. Wilhelm, Sunit Mandad, Sven Truckenbrodt, Katharina Kröhnert, Christina Schäfer, Burkhard Rammner, Seong Joo Koo, Gala A. Claßen, Michael Krauss, Volker Haucke, Henning Urlaub, Silvio O. Rizzoli

(via npr)

Tags: brain synapse

red-bird-writes:

coketalk:

"An Illustrated Guide to American Personhood" by Sarah Baker

I have never wanted to post something so bad to Facebook…

Interesting repetition. 
I’m thinking that the first week of school I’ll have students make lists of major news events from the summer and make a graphic using particular rhetorical strategies and use the graphic above as a model.

red-bird-writes:

coketalk:

"An Illustrated Guide to American Personhood" by Sarah Baker

I have never wanted to post something so bad to Facebook…

Interesting repetition.

I’m thinking that the first week of school I’ll have students make lists of major news events from the summer and make a graphic using particular rhetorical strategies and use the graphic above as a model.

(via kenyatta)

The anatomy of a book.

The anatomy of a book.

(Source: ebookporn)

Tags: books

jtotheizzoe:

thesciencestudio:

Please welcome our first guest picker, Virginia Hughes! Here’s her first pick:

A few weeks ago I saw UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley give a talk about his group’s Glass Brain project, which produces three-dimensional visualizations of a live human brain based on data from a suite of brain-imaging technologies. This clip takes you on a short, flashy ride through our most mysterious organ.

Read more about the Glass Brain Project here »

Virginia Hughes is a journalist based in Brooklyn, New York, who writes for a wide variety of magazines. She focuses on the brain, behavior, and genetics for her blog, Only Human, which is hosted by National Geographic.

A mind-blowing look inside the blown-up mind (brain? mind? both?) from Science Studio, a new project that aims to feature the best science multimedia from across the web.

Tags: brain video

The first Disney/ Tumblr gif set that caught my attention.

Would love to have a source.

Great remix nonetheless.

(Source: dopeybeauty, via lauraolin)

"5. INTRODUCE FEAR, UNCERTAINTY, AND DOUBT

Fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or FUD, is often used legitimately by businesses and organizations to make consumers stop, think, and change their behavior. FUD is so powerful that it’s capable of nuking the competition."

5 Psychological Tactics Marketers Use To Influence Consumer Behavior (via fastcompany)

Fascinating. This would be a great primer to give students on a Friday and them send them out into the world looking for working examples of these things.

(via fastcompany)

fastcompany:

Call Me Ishmael Is An Intimate, Multimedia Love Letter To Books
Leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you’ve lived, the project asks.
It was a long flight, and one woman had brought Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese to occupy herself. When she got to the book’s saddest passage, she started sobbing. “I mean complete, shameless, snot flowing down my face sobbing,” she says. That’s when another woman sitting across the aisle from her handed her a tissue she had been holding in anticipation of this moment. “I read that book a few weeks ago, and I knew you were getting close,” she said.
This is one of many anonymous stories about books that has been told to Ishmael, of the site Call Me Ishmael, since it launched in June. The premise is simple: Anyone can call the site’s phone number and answer the prompt, “Leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you’ve lived.”
Ishmael, who is voiced by TED-Ed director Logan Smalley, turns one of those voicemails each week into a video by sticking his iPhone to his typewriter with silly putty and running a transcription of the message through the roller to the speed of the audio. From a single prompt, the site has unleashed a wide range of stories.
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Incredible. The should be a way to make this something that can happen at the local level and within a school. This would be a great project for a creative writing blog. Maybe it could work with ELL students to practice transcription and the elements of a narrative.

fastcompany:

Call Me Ishmael Is An Intimate, Multimedia Love Letter To Books

Leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you’ve lived, the project asks.

It was a long flight, and one woman had brought Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese to occupy herself. When she got to the book’s saddest passage, she started sobbing. “I mean complete, shameless, snot flowing down my face sobbing,” she says. That’s when another woman sitting across the aisle from her handed her a tissue she had been holding in anticipation of this moment. “I read that book a few weeks ago, and I knew you were getting close,” she said.

This is one of many anonymous stories about books that has been told to Ishmael, of the site Call Me Ishmael, since it launched in June. The premise is simple: Anyone can call the site’s phone number and answer the prompt, “Leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you’ve lived.”

Ishmael, who is voiced by TED-Ed director Logan Smalley, turns one of those voicemails each week into a video by sticking his iPhone to his typewriter with silly putty and running a transcription of the message through the roller to the speed of the audio. From a single prompt, the site has unleashed a wide range of stories.

Read More>

Incredible. The should be a way to make this something that can happen at the local level and within a school. This would be a great project for a creative writing blog. Maybe it could work with ELL students to practice transcription and the elements of a narrative.