1 Million Spiders Make Golden Silk for Rare Cloth A rare textile made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids. The resulting 11-foot by 4-foot textile is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today. “Spider silk is very elastic, and it has a tensile strength that is incredibly strong compared to steel or Kevlar,” said textile expert Simon Peers, who co-led the project. “There’s scientific research going on all over the world right now trying to replicate the tensile properties of spider silk and apply it to all sorts of areas in medicine and industry, but no one up until now has succeeded in replicating 100 percent of the properties of natural spider silk.” See Also:
How to make infographics: a beginner’s guide to data visualisation As a growing number of international NGOs are using infographics, charts and interactive maps to share success and highlight disaster, how can organisations with less resources create high quality visualisations without having to pay to outsource them? We’ve put together a beginner’s guide for visualising development data. Organising your data The Lists, To-dos and Illustrated Inventories of Great Artists by Maria Popova What a 21-point scale of self-confidence has to do with Adolf Konrad’s carry-on and Picasso’s favorite artists. We’ve previously taken a voyeuristic look inside the notebooks and sketchbooks of great creators and, today, we turn to an even more private facet of the creative self: the list.
The secrets to successful data visualization Effective data visualization is about more than designing an eye-catching graphic. It's about telling a clear and accurate story that draws readers in via powerful choices of shapes and colors. These are some of the observations you'll find in the insightful new book Visualize This: The Flowing Data Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics (Wiley) by Nathan Yau, the blogger behind the popular site Flowing Data.
Stunning Infographics and Data Visualization - Noupe Design Blog Feb 02 2010 Information graphics, or infographics, are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. The graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as on signs and maps and in journalism, technical writing and education. Today, infographics surround us in the media, in published works both mainstream and scientific and in road signs and manuals. They illustrate information that would be unwieldy in text form and act as a visual shorthand for everyday concepts, such as “Stop” and “Go.” Creating an effective infographic requires both artistic sense and a clear vision of what to tell the audience.
Why time appears to speed up with age (idea) In a groundbreaking article, T. L. Freeman discusses the relationship between actual age and effective age1. His conclusion is that the passing of the years goes faster as we grow older. This makes sense; for instance when you are 10 years of age, a year represents 10% of your life, and seems like a very long time. However, when you are 50 years old, one year has reduced to only 2% of your life, and hence seems only one-fifth as long. User:Poulpy/gallery From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Sun Dec 30 04:33:54 CET 2012 Kabufuda card: 1 (alternate design)Kabufuda card: 1 (standard design)Kabufuda card: 4 (alternate design)Kabufuda card: 4 (standard design)Kabufuda card: blank card Sat Dec 29 19:07:46 CET 2012
50 Great Examples of Data Visualization Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information. And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for. But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner. Below are 50 of the best data visualizations and tools for creating your own visualizations out there, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter. Music, Movies and Other Media Narratives 2.0 visualizes music.
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