Big Ideas

Facebook Twitter

This Kid Thinks We Could Save So Many Lives If Only It Was OK To Say 4 Words. Dialect Survey Results. Starting with the point-referenced data from Bert Vaux's online survey of English dialects , we used a k -nearest neighbor smoothing algorithm to estimate the probability of seeing a particular answer—eg, whether a person would say soda , pop , or coke —at every point in the continental US.

Dialect Survey Results

The composite map gives a picture of the overall distribution, coloring each cell according to whichever answer is estimated to be most likely at that location. The more clearly one answer dominates, the darker the color. Individual maps show estimated probability of each particular answer at a given location, with larger probabilities shown in red and smaller probabilities shown in blue. 21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic] Few of us use all--or even most--of the 3,000 English-language words available to us for describing our emotions, but even if we did, most of us would still experience feelings for which there are, apparently, no words.

21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic]

In some cases, though, words do exist to describe those nameless emotions--they're just not English words. Which is a shame, because--as today's infographic by design student Pei-Ying Lin demonstrates, they often define a feeling entirely familiar to us.

Politics

Everything is a Remix Part 1. The Illusion of Choice. It seems like in today’s world there are fewer and fewer people making choices for the greater good.

The Illusion of Choice

What I mean to say is that everything in our world seems to be able to be consolidated. The media of course is no exception to this trend with only 6 major companies dictating about 90% of the media we have access to. In less than 30 years the number of companies providing us with our media has dropped from 50 to just 6. The six companies consisting of GE, New-corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS.

If your wondering who owns the major networks its CBS of course, GE owns NBC, News-corp owns fox, and Disney owns ABC. Everything is a Remix Part 2. Everything is a Remix Part 3. Everything is a Remix Part 4. Rethinking the Concept of “Outliers”: Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation.

This post written by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain.

Rethinking the Concept of “Outliers”: Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation

He is the founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, iNome and Infospace. Naveen is a trustee of Singularity University and X Prize foundation. Follow Naveen Jain on Twitter: @Naveen_Jain_CEO Naveen Jain - Trustee at Singularity University. Bullies Called Him Pork Chop. He Took That Pain With Him And Then Cooked It Into This. Shane Koyczan was bullied a lot when he was a kid.

Bullies Called Him Pork Chop. He Took That Pain With Him And Then Cooked It Into This.

So he took that pain and made this stunning video with the help of some amazingly talented people. It's kind of breathtaking and powerful, just a warning. Also, it has a happy ending. At 1:20, he reminds us all what we heard growing up.

Education

Technology. A Rethought Calendar Makes Each Year Identical to the One Before. As the calendar turns over to a new year, a couple of researchers over at Johns Hopkins University are rethinking the way we tick off the days during our annual trip around the sun.

A Rethought Calendar Makes Each Year Identical to the One Before

The duo has devised a new yearly calendar in which each 12-month period is identical to the one before--meaning if your birthday is on a Monday one year, it's on a Monday every year--until the end of time. The Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar--named for Richard Conn Henry and Steve H. Hanke at JHU, the researchers behind the reformed calendar--isn't just a realignment of the way we count days, but a simplification of the overall economic rhythm of the world. Ikea as Rat-Maze - Ideas Market. By Christopher Shea It’s a cliché that casinos are designed to prevent people from recognizing how much time has passed (no windows) and to steer people away from exit routes and back to the tables.

Ikea as Rat-Maze - Ideas Market

But much more salient, to me at least, is the infuriating design of Ikea stores. Invariably, my wife and I separate at some point and then, once I’m done browsing, I end up spending 20 minutes walking in circles trying to find the route back to children’s furniture (or some other designated meeting spot). I wind up passing the same mock studio apartment half a dozen times, blood pressure rising with each new sighting. How can a font alleviate reading problems. Dyslexics invert and transpose letters because they confuse letters that look alike.

How can a font alleviate reading problems

The switching of b and d, for example, is very common because the letters are simply reflections of each other. (In fact, dyslexia is much more common for English readers than readers of other languages, like Italian, in which words are spelled phonetically more than they are in English.) One of the biggest variables today in how we read are fonts—the visual style of letters. Fonts are designed in part with aesthetic goals, but there are features of fonts that can make reading easier or not. Video: MIT Constructs Old-Age-Simulator Suit to Make Young People Feel Elderly. I have a vague memory of an exercise in elementary school in which, among other contrivances, the students smeared Vaseline on a pair of non-prescription glasses in order to simulate the effects of old age.

Video: MIT Constructs Old-Age-Simulator Suit to Make Young People Feel Elderly

As good as that science was, some researchers over at MIT created an impressive full-body aging simulation, complete with bungees (to bend the body and make everyday tasks more difficult) and a jumpsuit (because old people like jumpsuits (I think)). A product of the MIT Age Lab, the project has the DARPA-level acronym AGNES, which stands, only slightly awkwardly, for Age Gain Now Empathy System. It's a full-body suit that mostly relies on bungees to bend the body and make ordinary tasks more difficult. The helmet is bungeed to the torso, causing the wearer to bend forward; the wrists are bungeed to the hips, making reaching and grabbing difficult (but inadvertently providing an excellent resistance-band workout); and the legs are bungeed to the waist, making walking more strenuous.

World