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Story of Change « The Story of Stuff Project Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting change can be made—or is even best made—through alterations in our individual consumption patterns. These efforts—buy Fair Trade or organic, use a reusable bag, screw in a CFL lightbulb—are a great place to start, but they are a terrible place to stop, ignoring the real source of our power: coming together as engaged citizens. In The Story of Change, released in July 2012, Annie Leonard argues that it’s not bad shoppers who are putting our future at risk; it’s bad policies and business practices. Can we change the future? A scientific view... I was reading this article from 1998 about quantum theory – I know it’s pretty old…, but there was something about it that struck me! It’s maybe also because I’m reading this book that contains a lot of prescience characteristics or just my open mind. So, I decided to put together all this scientific evidence with one scope – Can we change the future? Do we have an influence on our future?

How to Create a Color Palette for Your Website A color palette is the set of colors used in the design and creation of the website. These colors should be chosen carefully because they will not only determine the overall look of your site, but they will help define your brand as well. Most color palettes consist of between two and four colors, not including basic colors such as black and white. If you already have a logo or corporate design, then you may already have a good idea of the colors you wish to include in your website. First, choose a primary color. If you already have a logo, choose the main color of that logo. What am I looking at? | Chromoscope Last updated: 5th July 2012 Nick Risinger, Took 1026ms to load. Gamma rayX-rayVisibleHydrogen αNear-InfraredFar-InfraredMicrowaveRadio

Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next 23 December 2010Last updated at 02:38 By Finlo Rohrer BBC News Magazine Cheap air travel was among the predictions (illustration from Geoffrey Hoyle's book) A 1972 book which predicts what life would be like in 2010 has been reprinted after attracting a cult following, but how hard is it to tell the future? Geoffrey Hoyle is often asked why he predicted everybody would be wearing jumpsuits by 2010. How to Report Bugs Effectively by Simon Tatham, professional and free-software programmer [ English | Português | 简体中文 | Česky | Dansk | Deutsch | Español | Français | Magyar | Italiano | 日本語 | Nederlands | Polski | Русский | 繁體中文 ] Introduction

Data « Chromoscope Blog Chromoscope uses a variety of publicly available data to produce the multiwavelength sky you ultimately see. These data were all created by different teams of people, using different instruments and technologies. Here we take a moment to explain the data used to create Chromoscope, where it came from and some of the advances that it helps to make. If you want to learn more about the electromagnetic spectrum, Wikipedia have an excellent article with many useful figures. Gamma-Ray (Fermi All Sky Survey) The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, reveals the high-energy sky between 10 keV – 300 GeV.

Sustainability (OASIS) Peter Drucker: Beyond the Information Revolution? (The Atlantic, October 1999) – Medal of Freedom winner and famed economist Peter Drucker describes how aquaculture could trigger the next major societal shift. Blue Revolution (Huffington Post, February 16, 2009) – Friend of the Institute Patrick Takahashi describes his vision for the future of ocean aquaculture: a floating OTEC plant that upwells deep ocean water to spur algae blooms, and forms the basis for an entire marine biomass plantation/seastead city-state. Phosphorus Famine: The Threat to our Food Supply (Scientific American, June 3, 2009) – David Vaccari warns of the possibility of “peak phosphorus.” The entire food chain depends on this key nutrient, and the only place where is remains abundantly available is just beneath the ocean’s surface.

Turn Your Old Router into a Range-Boosting Wi-Fi Repeater I spent WEEKS trying this and I never successfully accomplished it. I spent less time configuring a cantenna and Alfa USB WiFi cards than I did ramming my face into my wall repeatedly until I fell unconscious. Flagged 8 math talks to blow your mind Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers both solved and unsolvable, and even some still waiting for solutions. Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs When Ron Eglash first saw an aerial photo of an African village, he couldn’t rest until he knew — were the fractals in the layout of the village a coincidence, or were the forces of mathematics and culture colliding in unexpected ways?

Winners of Google Glass to receive product beginning this week Contest winners will start receiving their Google Glass this week but it could take weeks for some to receive it. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is starting to distribute its new Internet-connected glasses, something seen as the next breakthrough in mobile computing. Google has picked 8,000 people in the U.S. who entered a contest. The winners will have to pay $1,500 apiece for a test version of Google Glass. The company also took an unspecified number of orders from computer programmers. Google said Wednesday it started making the glasses available Tuesday, though it may take weeks for recipients to get them.

Spotlight Live: Falling Into a Black Hole NOTE: Thanks to everyone who joined our discussion. AN INDEX OF QUESTIONS are listed below with time stamps for hearing the answers. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FALL INTO A BLACK HOLE, the mysterious remnant of a dead star whose gravity is so strong that not even light can escape? According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, the fall would be uneventful, until at some point the force of gravity would rip you apart. But a new theory suggests a different fate — and if correct, could challenge our understanding of gravity and how the universe works.