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100 Years Of Infographics From National Geographic. Don Norman is a technological optimist.

100 Years Of Infographics From National Geographic

The author of The Design of Everyday Things and head of UC San Diego's Design Lab believes that artificial intelligence might only take the worst parts of our jobs, and when it gets smart enough, it will pity us rather than destroy humanity. On these points, the scientist in him admits that he might be wrong, but Norman would prefer to live his life hoping for the best. Because nobody wants to go to sleep at night expecting a Terminator in his bed in the morning. Plant Image Analysis - Software. Communicating Effectively with Graphics – Plant Science Today. Frédéric Bouché, a postdoctoral research with Richard Amasino at the University of Wisconsin, recently caught our attention when he published a set of impressive visual abstracts to support his latest research papers.

Communicating Effectively with Graphics – Plant Science Today

We invited him to share how and why he makes these images. -Editors When you work hard, and your scientific work is finally out, you want to reach out the science community. However, scientists are busy; to catch their attention, you need to communicate efficiently. Summarizing your research in a graphical abstract/infographic is a fantastic way to grab the attention of many readers. To draw the infographics, I use a vector-based program called Adobe Illustrator. Though these programs are complicated and not very intuitive, anyone can get great results after some practice.

You might argue that it could be easier to incorporate clipart elements instead of drawing them. One thing to keep in mind is that almost every complex-looking object is made up of simple parts.


Fastcocreate. A striking infographic visualizing a general decline in the number of people suffering from infectious diseases across all 50 states and the District of Columbia won Gold for Data Visualization at the annual Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2015 which were announced in London on December 2.


Vaccines and Infectious Diseases by Dov Friedman and Tynan Debold at the Wall Street Journal comprises a series of heat maps showing the number of cases per 100,000 people measured over 70 years. Launched four years ago by data visualizer David McCandless, author of Information is Beautiful, and Kantar creative director Aziz Cami, the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards is a platform to promote global best practice for a nascent design form that is now big business. This year’s other Gold Winners include: How to Build a Human by Eleanor Lutz (Mini and Mobile Visualization) charts human embryo and fetus development from fertilization to birth through 44 animations that are nine frames each. Microscopy. The 5 most influential data visualizations. Origin of Species Revisions.

The Preservation of Favoured Traces Charles Darwin first published On the Origin of Species in 1859, and continued revising it for several years.

Origin of Species Revisions

As a result, his final work reads as a composite, containing more than a decade’s worth of shifting approaches to his theory of evolution. In fact, it wasn’t until his fifth edition that he introduced the concept of “survival of the fittest,” a phrase that actually came from philosopher Herbert Spencer. By color-coding each word of Darwin’s final text by the edition in which it first appeared, our latest book and poster of his work trace his thoughts and revisions, demonstrating how scientific theories undergo adaptation before their widespread acceptance. The original interactive version was built in tandem with exploratory and teaching tools, enabling users to see changes at both the macro level, and word-by-word. Plant Nutrient Deficiency Leaf Illustrations and Charts Reference Guide. Soil is a non-renewable resource. Soils are the foundation for vegetation. Healthy soils are crucial for ensuring the continued growth of natural and managed vegetation, providing feed, fibre, fuel, medicinal products and other ecosystem services such as climate regulation and oxygen production.

Soils are the foundation for vegetation

Soils and vegetation have a reciprocal relationship. Fertile soil encourages plant growth by providing plants with nutrients, acting as a water holding tank, and serving as the substrate to which plants anchor their roots. In return, vegetation, tree cover and forests prevent soil degradation and desertification by stabilizing the soil, maintaining water and nutrient cycling, and reducing water and wind erosion. As global economic growth and demographic shifts increase the demand for vegetation, animal feed and vegetation by products such as wood, soils are put under tremendous pressure and their risk of degradation increases greatly.

Embed Code. The 2014 Chemistry Advent Calendar. How to Take a Nature Walk, Part One. The Chemicals Behind the Colours of Autumn Leaves. Click to enlarge With autumn looming on the horizon, the leaves on some trees have already begun the transition towards the vibrant hues of autumn.

The Chemicals Behind the Colours of Autumn Leaves

Whilst this change may outwardly seem like a simple one, the many vivid colours are a result of a range of chemical compounds, a selection of which are detailed here. Before discussing the different compounds that lead to the colours of autumn leaves, it’s worth discussing how the colours of these compounds originate in the first place. To do this we need to examine the chemical bonds they contain – these can be either single bonds, which consist of one shared pair of electrons between adjacent atoms, or double bonds, which consist of two shared pairs of electrons between adjacent atoms.

The colour causing molecules in autumn leaves contain systems of alternating double and single bonds – this is referred to as conjugation. Chlorophyll. Histography - Matan Stauber. How to build a human. Beautiful Science - Natural History Timeline. OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer. The Timescale of Life. Researchers draft the first comprehensive tree of life.

It's very poetic to talk about a tree of life, where every species can trace its roots, but actually illustrating this tree is no mean feat when Earth has been home to at least 2.3 million known species.

Researchers draft the first comprehensive tree of life

However, scientists have finally given it a shot. They've published the first draft of a comprehensive tree of life that shows every major evolutionary branch, ranging from the very first organisms to complex beings like humans. This isn't a complete tree, of course (it's doubtful that we'll ever know all the species that ever existed), but it beats the patchwork from before. The best part is that this tree isn't buried inside an academic paper or otherwise hidden to the public. Its creators have posted the tree of life online (it's down as I write this, likely due to high traffic), including both the pure data and the source code for tying it all together. [Image credit: Duke University] Life on Earth. Life on Earth. The DeepTree.