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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. At the moment, only the four most popular answers for each survey question are displayed . Further details of the model construction can be found in the accompanying poster . All coding was done in R / Shiny. Joshua Katz 2013. 21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic]

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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. 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. A reason for concern is the gross misrepresentation have so few companies controlling so much causes.

If the free market had truly decided who was the winner and loser I would have no problem with there just being six companies running our media. Click to enlarge Share This Infographic. 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 Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something, whether it’s playing the guitar, charting the stars or writing software code.

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.

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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

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

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. For example, serifs (the little feet on fonts) help us read more quickly by training the eye to run along a straight line. If some fonts help us read, could a font alleviate the impact of dyslexia? When another graduate student tested the font with a group of people with dyslexia, it proved to be effective in reducing errors and easing the physical difficulty dyslexics can experience while reading. 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.

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