We all know what a whale sounds like--but what does all that singing look like?
Humans have five senses that we interpret in extremely specific ways--and not always the best way. Anyone who’s ever mixed music digitally has benefitted from the ability to see sound in waveforms, which can be a visual shorthand that’s far faster than listening to a clip again.
Mark Fischer takes the principle of seeing sound even further in his project Aguasonic Acoustics. After collecting the calls of whales, dolphins, and birds, Fischer interprets the data into a wavelet, or what my pea brain interprets as a spirograph of sound. Then he maps colors on top of this, leaving the viewer with a techno-psychedelic rendition of natural sounds. But as wild as these frames look, they aren’t artistic abstractions. They’re real information, just mapped in a new way.
With large datasets, it should be easier for scientists to identify mutations that cause disease.
What happens when the open data movement collides with research from around the world aimed at decoding the human genome? The creation of a global database of information on genetic variation and health, that could give thousands of researchers and doctors access to information that could both change the way they carry out projects and even save patients’ lives.
The New York Times reports that research institutions from 41 countries have agreed to come up with a way to share their learning on genetics in an effort to unite disparate findings from labs around the globe:
In an interview with Dezeen, the German designer recalls turning down a job offer from Steve Jobs.
In an interview published today on Dezeen, Richard Sapper reveals that he could have been Jony Ive. Steve Jobs tried to hire the German industrial designer, who is responsible for creating IBM’s iconic ThinkPad, the Tizio lamp, and other cutting-edge designs. In fact, Sapper tells Dezeen’s Alyn Griffiths that he was under an exclusive contract with Big Blue when Jobs came calling:
Jobs once wanted to hire me to do the design of Apple [computers] but the circumstances weren’t right because I didn’t want to move to California and I had very interesting work here that I didn’t want to abandon. Also, at that time Apple was not a great company, it was just a small computer company.
The competition challenged businesses to come up with sustainable fishing models that were interesting enough to attract VC dollars.
For the last 50 years, commercial fishing has meant massive trawlers catching as many fish as possible until they ran out. As fish populations have plummeted around the world, this business-as-usual has become a death sentence for species from cod in Canada to tuna in the tropics (PDF) (both fisheries are now functionally extinct). Because fisherman can now wipe out a tenth of a species in less than 15 years, dozens more are destined to follow in their wake.
Now a business competition is trying to sink this model by financing new ways of doing businesses. The Fish 2.0 competition solicited seafood businesses from around the world and matched them with investors plunging into sustainable fisheries. It’s been a welcome burst of progress after 20 years of creeping advances, says Monica Jain of Manta Consulting in Carmel, California, who founded the competition. She says she launched Fish 2.0 to solve three issues holding back sustainable fisheries: too few deals ready for investors, too many small businesses unprepared to scale, and no way to bring these groups together.
James Dive put an amusement park through the compactor and framed the remains as a sculpture.
For some, there are fewer youthful pleasures more exhilarating than a trip to the amusement park, with all its attendant but fleeting charms--funnel cakes, hour-long queues, and stomach-churning rides. That’s why James Dive’s new sculpture, Once, an entire theme park compressed into a tidy cubic monolith, is fun, poignant, and more than a little perverse. Or in Dive’s own words, “brutal.”
The new sculpture, installed as part of the Sculpture by the Sea program in Aarhus, Denmark, consists of a four-ton steel cube that hems in the twisted remains of an erstwhile amusement park. Among the wreckage you’ll find old hand-painted signage, flattened carnival stalls, smashed token dispensers, and, of course, creepy plastic dolls. It wouldn’t be a party without them.
Thalmic Labs has something hot on its hands, er, arms – the Myo controller, which senses hand movements and sends them to a computer or smartphone. The problem is the company hasn’t started manufacturing them yet