The Beauty of Maps: A Documentary Here we bring you the 4 part BBC series, The Beauty of Maps. Released almost a year ago the documentary takes us through the staggering four million map collection of the British Library in London. Through the ages the story of the worlds landscape and population has been told through the creative and colorful use of maps. Often that tale has been destorted or idealized by the map maker, adding layers of history and revealing the society behind the maps making. Some examples are simply informational, the layout of streets and their names… others are highly beautiful, displaying a careful hand and creative mind. This is a story that will take you through time and around the world. Medieval Maps Pt 1 Medieval Maps Pt 2 Medieval Maps Pt 3 City Maps Pt 1 City Maps Pt 2 City Maps Pt 3 Atlas Maps Pt 1 Atlas Maps Pt 2 Atlas Maps Pt 3 Cartoon Maps Pt 1 Cartoon Maps Pt 2 Cartoon Maps Pt 3
Which is the safest seat on an aircraft? Despite such research, the world’s two biggest aircraft manufacturers insist that no conclusive evidence is available. “One seat is as safe as another,” said a spokesman for Boeing. “Especially if you stay buckled up.” That is an important point. Airbus said much the same as its rival, adding dryly that: “the safest aircraft is one that doesn’t crash and is well maintained”. This evacuation issue is also key. Conclusion Flying is very safe. But you might raise that figure slightly by sitting in economy class, with your seat belt fastened, by the window, within a few rows of an emergency exit.
Using Cows to Define Politics Ever needed to know the difference between communism and socialism? What about the difference between American corporations and French corporations? Try taking an explanation from Howard Lindzon about what each political perspective would do with two cows, and then visualize it with a hilarious infographic created by Kyla Tom Design on Visually. Help spread visual literacy. Share the news!
Earth Population as Village of 100 Claim: List summarizes what proportions of common traits would be like if we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people. Example:[Collected on the Internet, 2001] If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. There would be: 57 Asians 21 Europeans 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south 8 Africans 52 would be female 48 would be male 70 would be non-white 30 would be white 70 would be non-Christian 30 would be Christian 89 would be heterosexual 11 would be homosexual 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States. 80 would live in substandard housing 70 would be unable to read 50 would suffer from malnutrition 1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education 1 would own a computer 52 would be female 48 would be male
How to sleep in hot weather 20 August 2012Last updated at 12:29 GMT By Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine Southern and eastern Britain has experienced a mini heat-wave. What's the best way to get to sleep on sticky nights? The hot, humid weather across parts of Britain has made for uncomfortable nights. The Met Office says temperatures will now fall slightly but humidity will remain fairly high at 60-80%. Humidity is a big part of the problem, making it hard for sweat to evaporate. In places like the US, where powerful air conditioning units are reasonably common in houses in hot and humid areas, it's not so much of a concern. But in places like the UK where it's hot and humid less frequently how should people ensure they get a good night's sleep? Weather expert Philip Eden recommends a technique common in Mediterranean countries. Continue reading the main story Sleep strategies "As a species, we are diurnal," says Dr Malcolm von Schantz, a molecular neuroscientist at the University of Surrey's Sleep Centre.
Over or Under? The Great Toilet Paper Debate When you really think about it, most of the things we love most about the modern world have been given to us by engineers. Cars, computers, and even awesomely unstable-looking treehouses have all been achievements of that singular science known as engineering. Some feats of engineering, however, though no less ubiquitous than the others, are overlooked because of their serene simplicity and unassuming demeanor. Toilet paper is one of these inventions. Click for Full-Size Image: [Source: engineeringdegree.net] Embed this Image on Your Site: <a href=" src=" alt="Toilet Paper Rules" width="500" border="0" /></a><br />Via: <a href=" Degree</a>
MediaLab UMCS | Kultura popularna w sieci i poza siecią 85 rikare än halva jordens befolkning tillsammans Publicerad 2014-01-20 10:19 Världens 85 rikaste personer har mer pengar än jordens fattigaste hälft, 3,5 miljarder människor, tillsammans. De ekonomiska orättvisorna fortsätter öka globalt, enligt välgörenhetsorganisationen Oxfam. – Det är skakande att halva jordens befolkning på 2000-talet inte äger mer än en liten elit vars antal bekvämt skulle få plats i en dubbeldäckare, säger Oxfams vd Winnie Byanyima under det pågående Världsekonomiskt forum i schweiziska Davos. Oxfams rapport ”Working for the few” ger svindlande perspektiv om fördelningen av världens ekonomiska tillgångar som totalt uppskattas till 1.560 biljoner kronor (en biljon har tolv nollor, reds anm). Sverige ligger exempelvis trea på listan över länder där de rikare blivit rikare sedan 1980. • De 85 rikaste personerna har lika mycket pengar som de 3.500.000.000 fattigaste. • Världens rikaste procent äger hälften av världens rikedom – 712 biljoner kronor – och 65 gånger så mycket som den fattigaste hälften.
Decoding the Secret Language of Food Expiration Dates Americans tend to harbor dark suspicions about that forgotten can of beans in the back of the pantry, far past its sell-by date. If you’re like most consumers, you probably just toss expired items on the better-safe-than-sorry principle (unless, perhaps, it’s a Twinkie). But there’s a good chance many aged food remains totally safe to eat, according to a new report (PDF) that blames the flawed food-dating system for tons of perfectly edible food getting wasted each year. While many consumers consider the dates printed on foods a hard deadline, they actually indicate maximum quality or freshness, not safety, explains David Fikes, vice president in charge of consumer affairs at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), a food trade group. “Producers want people to have the best experience of product,” he says. There’s a window after the “expiration” date when a product is still edible—it just won’t look or taste quite as good. • Pack date: This is the day the product was manufactured.
10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines Advertisement Everyone would agree that usability is an important aspect of Web design. Whether you’re working on a portfolio website, online store or Web app, making your pages easy and enjoyable for your visitors to use is key. Many studies have been done over the years on various aspects of Web and interface design, and the findings are valuable in helping us improve our work. 1. A study by UX Matters found that the ideal position for labels in forms is above the fields. Tumblr features a simple and elegant sign-up form that adheres to UX Matter’s recommendation. Positioning labels on the left also poses another problem: do you left-align or right-align the labels? 2. People instinctively notice other people right away when they come into view. Eye-tracking heat map of a baby looking directly at us, from the UsableWorld study. And now the baby is looking at the content. Here’s an eye-tracking study that demonstrates this. 3. 4. Basecamp makes great use of space. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.