And thus concludes Data Week, that most amazing of weeks. We've been working our asses off, and we hope you've enjoyed our explorations of all things data. Before we all collapse into our pillows and dream of zeroes and ones, here's this week's This Week in the Future contest.
Visualize the rise of robots -- or any other word -- over 139 years of PopSci
By Pitch InteractivePosted 11.03.2011 at 3:17 pm 0 Comments
In 2009, Popular Science worked with Google to digitize the magazine's archives back to its inception in 1872, transforming 1,563 issues into mineable data. By counting the frequency of every word and two-word phrase in a 1.35-gigabyte file containing the full text from those issues, data visualizers Jer Thorp and Mark Hansen capture the rise and fall of technological trends throughout the magazine's history.
Popular Science, in partnership with InnoCentive, is looking for your ideas for lesson plans for grades 6-8 in five specific science and technology areas. Lesson plans will include a hands-on activity for students and should cost no more than $50 total in readily available materials. If you think you've got a quick and easy way to teach students about cutting-edge research like biomimetic design, polymers, or "big data," enter now and get it in under the wire!
More and more every nanosecond, the world we inhabit is explained by, controlled by, and made up of data. Where you go, what you read, the weather, your food, your body -- all data. And we are acquiring the power to gather, understand, and use that data in never-before-seen ways.
All this week on PopSci.com, we observe Data Week, a multifaceted look at how big data is changing the world.
By Ryan BradleyPosted 10.28.2011 at 12:40 pm 0 Comments
Since 2009, an annual Thrilling Wonder Stories event has taken place at the Architectural Association in London, bringing people together from multiple disciplines to explore the spaces between fiction, science, and design.
This year, we're teaming with the Architectural Association and Studio-X NYC for Thrilling Wonder Stories 3.
Monday, October 31, is the deadline to enter our education challenge. We're looking for fun, inexpensive lesson plans that teachers can use to teach cutting-edge concepts to students in grades 6 through 8. If you think you've got a great way to communicate the fundamental principles of next-gen research, enter now. You don't have to be a teacher — anyone can get involved, and if your lesson plan is chosen, you'll win $5000, and we'll use your lesson plan to create a teaching guide for use in school across the country.
When you can scoop anything you like, as our best buddy (in our unsurprisingly robot-heavy dreams) the PR2 now can, you've got some major choices to make. Genetically modified salmon, or the next Android superphone? Spend the weekend thinking about it, and get back to us.
As a PopSci reader (and likely smartphone user), I'm willing to bet you're also a photographer. Thanks to the collision of digital cameras and the Internet, you and I are living through the most remarkable and historic period for photography since its invention. And today, our sister publication American Photo is launching a new website to guide you through this revolutionary--at times even overwhelming--moment. There you'll find amazing work from emerging and established photographers, along with in-depth features guiding you through the today's exciting world of photography. It's a daily, definitive guide, following a truly integral and fascinating aspect of today's culture—the photographic image. Check it out!
We've been looking in all the wrong places for the creator of bitcoin. All the evidence (read: this Baarbarian illustration) points indisputably toward one culprit: the kraken. The truth is out there, people. Spread the word.