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Israel, Malaysia leapfrog NZ for global competitiveness By Esther Goh, New Zealand has been named the 25th most competitive economy out of 142 countries, conceding two places from last year's ranking after being leapfrogged by Israel and Malaysia. Switzerland placed first for the third year in a row in the Global Competitiveness Report – produced annually by the World Economic Forum – followed by Singapore which overtook Sweden to claim second position. The competitiveness index consists of 111 indicators categorised into 12 pillars of competitiveness in three sub-indices: Basic requirements such as institutions and infrastructure; efficiency enhancers such as market efficiency and size; and innovation and sophistication factors. While New Zealand continues to do well in in the first two areas, rated 17th (14th last year) and 18th (same as last year) respectively, our infrastructure ranking falls short – particularly in quality of electricity supply, mobile telephone subscriptions, rail and road. Share this on See also Tagged as

OECD – Your Better Life Index Average personal index for Germany, men, 15–24 How’s life? There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. Download executive summary Download the index data Learn more about the index Better Life BlogArchive Happiness pays For World Happiness Day our guest author suggests that money can't buy you happiness but happiness may get you more money. more ... Gender equality in the workplace Over the past twenty years, women have made huge gains in the workplace but full job equality is still far from reality. more ... Education for well-being: Online discussion We know education is an essential component of well-being, so what makes an education that promotes well-being? more ... Visit our blog Blog RSS feed Find Out MoreArchive Mar 19, 2014 Society at a Glance 2014: OECD Social Indicators

2011 September 7 - J102815: A Star That Should Not Exist Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2011 September 7 SDSS J102915+172927: A Star That Should Not Exist Image Credit: ESO, DSS2 Explanation: Why does this star have so few heavy elements? Stars born in the generation of our Sun have an expected abundance of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium mixed into their atmospheres. Tomorrow's picture: a sharper image Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.NASA Web Privacy Policy and Important NoticesA service of:ASD at NASA / GSFC& Michigan Tech.

Markus Kison Pulse 2008 Pulse est une visualisation en temps réel des récentes émotions des rédacteurs de blogs privés du service Blogger. Celles-ci sont analysées et comparées à une liste de synonymes d’émotions. Ces données sont visualisées physiquement par la métamorphose d’un objet malléable suspendu dans le vide par de nombreux fils reliés à des moteurs. Le tout est inspiré de la Théorie psychoevolutionaire des émotions de Robert Plutchik (1980) qui divise les émotions humaines en 8 émotions de bases reparties sur un cône tri-dimensionnel lui même divisé en 24 zones. Pulse peut grandir dans ces 24 directions et représente par ce volume une partie de l’état émotionnel actuel de l’Internet. L’oeuvre prend place dans un cube transparent de 50 cm de largeur. Markus Kison a étudié le design graphique et la physique à Ulm puis la communication visuelle à Berlin. Découvrez ses derniers travaux sur markuskison.de

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 9 September 2011Last updated at 09:44 From giant oval storms on the surface of Jupiter to colourful wispy remnants from a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights - nearly 800 images were submitted for the latest Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Take a look at some of the winning photos with two of the judges from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, public astronomer Marek Kukula and astronomy programmes manager Olivia Johnson. Continue reading the main story Click the bottom right of the slideshow for detailed captions. The judges' choice of the best images can be seen in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London, until February 2012. Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Sky at Night Magazine. Music courtesy KPM Music. Related: National Maritime Museum - Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 Royal Observatory Greenwich Sky at Night Magazine More audio slideshows: Probing plasma

Body. By Stanza. Data Art About Stanza Stanza is an internationally recognized artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. His artworks have won prestigious painting prizes and ten first prize art awards including:- Vidalife 6.0 First Prize. SeNef Grand Prix. Videobrasil First Prize. His artworks have been exhibited globally with over fifty exhibitions in the last five years including:- Venice Biennale: Victoria Albert Museum : Tate Britain : Mundo Urbano Madrid : New Forest Pavilion Artsway: State Museum, Novorsibirsk. His mediums include; painting, video, prints, generative artworks and installations. Artistic Statement. I am researching data within cities and the built environment and how this can be represented, visualized and interpreted. There are three strands of my working process; these involve collecting the data, visualizing the data, and then displaying the data. KEYWORDS. © Copyright Stanza 2012 www.stanza.co.uk email: stanza at sublime.net

Lightweight Cable Made of Braided Nanotubes Could Replace Copper Wires Cables made out of nanowires could be just as efficient as the copper cables we've been using for more than a century, but at a fraction of the weight, according to a new paper. Braiding billions of carbon nanotubes into a nanowire cable can efficiently replace copper in a light bulb circuit. Traditional cables are made by braiding or twisting together two or more wires or optical fibers, usually metal or silicon, to carry a current or signal. In a new study, Rice University researchers instead used double-walled carbon nanotubes, made of concentric rolled-up sheets of graphene. To make the cable, the team grew billions of nanotubes and spun them with a polymer into tiny wires just a few centimeters long. To prove it worked, Rice doctoral student Yao Zhao built a circuit that directed power through the nanocable, replacing copper wire. The work appears in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. [via PhysOrg]

Palimpseste 3D Navigator Palimpseste 3D Navigator propose pour sa première utilisation une navigation dans le site internet Electronic Shadow. Un choix redactionnel a été concerté pour classer l'information du site en différentes catégories: les projets, les différents domaines de création, les thèmes, la chronologie ainsi que les lieux. Palimpseste est un navigateur qui repose sur les liens. Chaque entité liée, ici des mots-clés, se définit à la fois par ce qu'elle est mais aussi par ce qui la relie aux autres entités. couleurs Appliqué au site web de Electronic Shadow, les différents types de liens sont: - les projets - les catégories (ou domaines de création) - la chronologie et les lieux - les thèmes En choisissant un mot (click sur le mot), celui-ci se met au centre et dévoile sa nébuleuse de liens. liens HTML Les liens HTML sont proposés pour certains mots, si celui-ci est activé, la page s'affiche au dessus de Palimpseste, permettant une navigation internet classique. niveaux de détail Environnement graphique

valence << ben fry valence Valence is a set of software sketches about building representations that explore the structures and relationships inside very large sets of information. Genome Valence is the most recent incarnation of this software. It visualizes biological data and was created for the Whitney Biennial in 2002. A simplified online version of the text-analyzing valence was built with Processing. This project makes an appearance in the movie Minority Report thanks to John Underkoffler, the film's Science & Technology Advisor. Another edition of valence compares two German books, for a 2001 installation at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. This page primarily covers the original version of Valence (first developed in early 1999), which was developed as part of my Master's Thesis titled Organic Information Design. View a QuickTime movie of Valence.

Plutchik Pulse Le Sanctum Construit d’après les travaux du psychologue américain Robert Plutchik, la roue des émotions est un modèle des émotions humaines. Il est composé de 8 émotions de base, opposées deux à deux, et de multiples nuances. Dans cette roue, les émotions s’organisent selon leur opposition polaire, autour de deux dimensions principales : L’angle d’orientation par rapport au centre de la roue qui détermine le type même de l’émotion identifiée ;La distance par rapport au centre de la roue qui permet de définir l’intensité de cette émotion. Plutchik considère huit émotions primaires : peur, surprise, tristesse, dégoût, colère, anticipation, joie et acceptation, avec lesquelles il compose d’autres formes d’émotions. Ceci peut permettre approfondir les émotions et comportement d’un personnage au cours de l’histoire. Inversement, si un personnage est naturellement optimiste, c’est parce que ses émotions/attitudes principales sont la joie et l’anticipation. Articles liés WordPress: J'aime chargement…

Pitch Interactive: The Holy Bible and the Holy Quran: A Comparison of Words In order to understand a religion, we can refer to its holy book, which establishes guidelines and principles for followers to adhere to. At the same time, followers, both radical and mild, interpret the holy text to provide a deeper and often more complex meaning of a particular verse, often to help explain issues that directly affect their personal beliefs. Unfortunately, people of one faith try to use the holy text of another faith to ridicule that faith or show its abominations by pointing to a particular text, often entirely out of context or misquoted. Without going deep into personal interpretations, we built a simple linguistic toolset that allows you to search for a word and similar variations of that word to visualize its frequency in both texts. Credits/Sources: Concept, Design, Programming: Pitch Interactive (@pitchinc) Synonym API: King James Holy Bible: The Holy Quran:

Archée : cyberart et cyberculture artistique Entrevue avec ®TMark Richard Barbeau Dans le cadre de la participation du collectif d'activistes ®TMark à la Biennale du Whitney 2000, Archée (qui avait commenté l'événement le mois dernier) a réalisé une entrevue avec Ernest Lucha, porte-parole du groupe composé de cinq membres anonymes. ? ®TMark : ®TMark est une société de courtage qui permet à des investisseurs anonymes de financer des projets de sabotage dont le but est de médiatiser les abus d'une certaine démocratie corporative. Bien sûr, en tant que personnes décentes et sensées (comme c'est le cas pour la majorité des gens du milieu corporatiste), nous espérons que les interventions que nous commanditons mèneront à un plus grand profit plutôt qu'à quoi que ce soit de dommageable. En ce qui concerne la notion de "profit", la différence élémentaire entre ®TMark et les autres corporations est que nous donnons à ce terme une définition différente. ? La "responsabilité limitée" est essentiellement un dégagement des responsabilités.

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