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40 Inspiring Responsive Websites So this ' responsive web design ' lark is proving rather popular isn’t it? Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last 12 months you’ll know that the trend of building websites that respond to different browser window sizes is one that is showing no signs of abating.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-28148" title="tangled string" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/09/tangled-string.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="496" /> String theory has finally made a prediction that can be tested with experiments — but in a completely unexpected realm of physics. The theory has long been touted as the best hope for a unified “theory of everything,” bringing together the physics of the vanishingly small and the mindbendingly large. But it has also been criticized and even ridiculed for failing to make any predictions that could be checked experimentally.
by Kirstin Butler Why Sarah Palin identifies with the grizzly bear, or what the unconscious knows but doesn’t reveal. A primary method for making sense of the world is by interpreting its symbols. We decode meaning through images and, often without realizing, are swayed by the power of their attendant associations.
Collision and convergence in Truth and Beauty at the intersection of science and spirituality. On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore . The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history, exploring the age-old friction between science and religion . Science and the Indian Tradition: When Einstein Met Tagore recounts the historic encounter, amidst a broader discussion of the intellectual renaissance that swept India in the early twentieth century, germinating a curious osmosis of Indian traditions and secular Western scientific doctrine. The following excerpt from one of Einstein and Tagore’s conversations dances between previously examined definitions of science , beauty , consciousness , and philosophy in a masterful meditation on the most fundamental questions of human existence. EINSTEIN: Do you believe in the Divine as isolated from the world?
“ Why does all the girls have to buy pink stuff? ” Even a child can see something is wrong in our toy stores .
Fluid dynamics for the artistically inclined: To create his astounding Black Hole series, which shows paint modeled by centripetal force, photographer Fabian Oefner dripped various shades of acrylic paint onto a metallic rod connected to a drill. Once the drill is switched on, the paint swirls away from the rod, creating astounding structures. Oefner writes: The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, I connected a sensor to the drill, which sends an impulse to the flashes.
Little Bird: A Beautifully Minimalist Story of Belonging Lost and Found by Swiss Illustrator Albertineby Maria Popova “There are no greater treasures than the little things.” Children’s picture books — the best of them , at least — have this magical quality of speaking to young hearts with expressive simplicity, but also engaging grown-up minds with subtle reflections on the human condition. Such is the case of Little Bird ( public library ) by Swiss author-illustrator duo Germano Zullo and Albertine , published by the wonderful Enchanted Lion Books .
by Maria Popova “…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” In the spring of 1957, at the age of 84, legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung set out to tell his life’s story. He embarked upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend, Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for the text. At times, so powerful was his drive for expression that he wrote entire chapters by hand.
by Maria Popova Pain, pleasure, and what sets man apart from machine. Last month, in response to the impossibly fantastic conversation between Einstein and Indian philosopher Tagore , reader Feña Avila recommended an intriguing collection of conversations between the Dalai Lama and prominent Western scientists across physics, neuroscience, biochemistry, mathematics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive psychology. Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind is an extraordinary exchange of ideas in its entirety, but this particular excerpt from the Dalai Lama’s opening remarks articulates an incredibly important point, one C.
by Maria Popova What vintage science fiction has to do with the future of self-directed learning. We’re deeply fascinated by how the past envisioned the future. Previously: retrofuturistic artwork , Orson Welles’ Future Shock techno-paranoia , a vision for the iPad 23 years before the iPad , Marshall McLuhan’s “global village” concept , and a living timecapsule of futurism by cultural luminaries .
by Maria Popova What Oscar Wilde has to do with Hippocrates and the neurochemistry of romance. It’s often said that every song, every poem, every novel, every painting ever created is in some way “about” love. What this really means is that love is a central theme, an underlying preoccupation, in humanity’s greatest works. But what exactly is love? How does its mechanism spur such poeticism, and how does it lodge itself in our minds, hearts and souls so completely, so stubbornly, as to permeate every aspect of the human imagination?
by Maria Popova “Two girls discover the secret of life on a sudden line of poetry.” The secret of happiness — or of purpose , for the semantically scrupulous — is a kind of holy grail of human existence.
14 MARCH, 2012 by Maria Popova The basics of optimism and color theory, with a nod to neuroscience. When Freud came to believe he was going to die between the ages of 61 and 62, and subsequently began seeing the two numbers everywhere he looked, which only intensifying the urgency of his superstition, he came to observe the value of selective attention in focusing the unconscious. But what if we engineered this selective attention purposefully and aligned it with our emotional and mental well-being? That’s exactly what photographer, children’s author, and educator Ruth Kaiser did in 2008, when she began seeing smiley faces everywhere she turned.