In the wake of the scandal around the winner of the World Press Photo award, which was found to have been manipulated significantly with Photoshop, it seems like the right time to discuss this sort of editing. Our sister publication, American Photo, has an excellent interview with Fred Ritchin, a professor at NYU, author, photojournalist, and activist against unannounced digital manipulation of images. Check out the full interview here.
The Atavist, one of our favorite venues for long-form journalism (and a great example of what the future of the medium looks like--their iPad stories have videos, photos, timelines, references, and more, all elegantly presented), just announced their latest story: "The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks", by Joe Kloc. It's the story of Joseph Gutheinz, a rogue NASA investigator, who's dedicated his life to retrieving lost or stolen moon rocks. It's available for $2.99 (Atavist app or iBooks) or $1.99 (Kindle, Nook, text). Now if you'll excuse us, we have some reading work to do.
Erik Andrulis, an assistant professor of molecular biology at Case Western Reserve University, has published an article in a new peer-reviewed journal called Life. His "theoretical framework," he says, "unifies the macrocosmic and microcosmic realms, validates predicted laws of nature, and solves the puzzle of the origin and evolution of cellular life in the universe."
The paper lays out a completely new way of answering the most basic questions of our universe. "In this work," it reads, "I have pursued and arrived at a scientific answer to the Schrödingerian question, 'What is Life?'" That answer has something to do with "gyres."