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The surprising math of cities and corporations

The surprising math of cities and corporations

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Watch the world change over three decades TIME and Space | By Jeffrey Kluger Spacecraft and telescopes are not built by people interested in what’s going on at home. Rockets fly in one direction: up. Telescopes point in one direction: out. Of all the cosmic bodies studied in the long history of astronomy and space travel, the one that got the least attention was the one that ought to matter most to us—Earth. The Hidden Message in Pixar’s Films I love Pixar. Who doesn’t? The stories are magnificently crafted, the characters are rich, hilarious, and unique, and the images are lovingly rendered.

BumpTop demo from TED2007, now on TED Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a fresh user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3D extreme. In this physics-driven universe, important files finally get the weight they deserve via an oddly satisfying resizing feature, and the drudgery of file organization becomes a freewheeling playground full of crumpled documents and clipping-covered “walls.” Worried your laptop’s desktop will descend into the same disorder as its coffee-mug-strewn real-life equivalent?

Cognitive & Neural Systems » Academics The Graduate Program in Cognitive & Neural Systems (CNS) provides advanced training and research experience for graduate students and qualified undergraduates interested in the neural and computational principles, mechanisms, and architectures that underlie human and animal behavior, and the application of neural network architectures to the solution of technological problems. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) Graduate Program in Cognitive & Neural Systems is no longer admitting students. Students interested in a PhD in Computational Neuroscience are directed to BU’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) Graduate Program for Neuroscience. Degree requirements for currently enrolled, continuing GRS Cognitive & Neural Systems students can be referenced at the MA in Cognitive & Neural Systems and PhD in Cognitive & Neural Systems portions of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin.

Mapping Where We Live Showing where we live is, of course, one of the oldest and most useful reasons to create a map. As we bask in the “Big Data” era, the trend for mapping population is increasing simply because there are more data points out there, the bulk of which are generated by people. Population distribution is important because, as xkcd wittily illustrates, if you were to map these points without accounting for it you often just get a population density map. Or worse still, you think you are creating a map that represents the whole world, but instead you only get the parts of it where people are connected to the internet. Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle Review By Daniel J. Solove When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they're not worried. "I've got nothing to hide," they declare.

Neuroscience Overview Students and faculty in the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program study questions spanning the entire spectrum of modern neuroscience research. Key questions include: how do molecules work together in time and space to build functioning nerve cells? how do individual neurons and their interconnections lead to the emergent properties of neural circuits? The Pickle Index IMAGE: Two heads of whole zha cai with chilli paste; photograph by Sjschen via Wikipedia. Chinese officials, charged with moving 250 million rural farmers into cities over the next decade under the central government’s sweeping “National Plan for Promoting Healthy Urbanization (2011-20),” have developed a “pickle index” for measuring the movement of migrant workers. According to the South China Morning Post, the country’s National Development and Reform Commission has found that sales of zha cai, a pickled mustard tuber, provide a better guide to population flows than often unreliable provincial statistical data. As an unnamed planner explained to the Economic Observer: Under normal circumstances, urban consumption levels of convenience foods such as instant noodles and pickled mustard is essentially constant.

What You Can't Say January 2004 Have you ever seen an old photo of yourself and been embarrassed at the way you looked? Did we actually dress like that? We did. Neuroscience Offerings for Non-Neuroscience Majors – Princeton Neuroscience Institute With the objective of opening up whole new fields of knowledge, the Princeton Neuroscience Institute offers different programs for non-neuroscientists. At the graduate level, a joint degree program with sister departments is offered. At the undergrauate level, we offer freshman seminars to pique the interest of the budding scientist. In addition, we also offer courses and research opportunities for engineering students. Freshman Seminar There are currently no Freshman Seminars offered in Neuroscience. Science and Technology course for non-majors:

Projects — Transit Oriented Menu Mini Metros 220 metro and light rail systems from around the world, shrunken and simplified. Read more about this project here. Buy Prints & Mugs of this Design

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