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Breathing Earth of vegetation

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Using data from NOAA STAR, Nadieh Bremer creates a breathing Earth that shows the seasonal cycles of vegetation over the course of a year.

The animation happening in the map above, through all 52 weeks of 2016, visualizes these seasonal cycles. The rise and fall of the growing season in the Northern Hemisphere is particularly visible. However, when focusing on different parts of the planet other cycles & different seasons become noticeable as well; the Southern regions of Africa, Brazil, and New Zealand, having the reverse cycle as the North, or India getting drier and drier up until the July when the monsoons start. The more often you watch the year go by, the more small details will start to stand out.

See also John Nelson’s project from a while back of the same name, which made use of satellite imagery.

Tags: animation, environment, vegetation

¿Esta píldora te evitará ir al gimnasio?

Genciencia by Sergio Parra

Si el olor de los gimnasios te repele, si no quieres compartir espacio vital con los que suelen retorcer mancuernas para, a continuación, avanzabar en esa actitud chulesca que recuerda de perfil a un croissant, o sencillamente hacer deporte te da pereza, quizá esta píldora podría ser la solución a todos tus males.

En definitiva, una pastilla que produce los beneficios del ejercicio físico ahorrándonos los sacrificios que acarrea.

El desarrollo de la píldora

Esta pastilla no era un mito, sino una idea conceptual basada en un desarrollo de investigadores del Instituto Salk, en La Jolla (California), que creen que sería posible de concebirla.

Con todo, si ya estás empezando a dar palmadas de alegría, mejor que te advierta que: a) todavía queda trabajo para terminarla y b) no se usará para los perezosos, sino para personas con trastornos cardiacos o pulmonares, discapacitados o afectados por la diabetes tipo 2.

El secreto reside en el hallazgo de un gen en ratones, el el PPARD, que causa los mismos efectos que el entrenamiento físico: no ganaban peso con facilidad y tenían una respuesta rápida a la insulina.

Los investigadores han encontrado también un compuesto químico, llamado GW1516, que activaba el gen PPARD.

Tras el análisis molecular de los músculos de ratones que habían recibido este compuesto duarante ocho semanas, se descubrió que cambiaba la expresión de 975 genes: los que se activaban estaban vinculados a la quema de grasa para conseguir energía, mientras que los se apagaban eran los encargados de hacer lo propio con los carbohidratos (azúcares). Según explica Michael Downes, coautor del estudio:

El estudio sugiere que quemar grasa no es tanto una manera de lograr la resistencia cardiovascular, sino más bien de ahorrar glucosa y preservar el buen funcionamiento del cerebro.

El siguiente paso potencial sería la creación de un medicamento para humanos basado en el compuesto GW1516 que pueda activar el gen PPARD sin necesidad de hacer ejercicio a fin de ayudar a personas con trastornos cardiacos o pulmonares, discapacitados o afectados por la diabetes tipo 2.

Poly Fluid Sizing

Jake Wilson digs in, and while he finds that calc() isn’t quite up for the job (e.g. font-size: calc(3vw * 3vw); /* This doesn't work in CSS */), he does land on a technique he’s calling Poly Fluid Sizing, which takes a map of breakpoints and font sizes and linear interpolates them just about as good (*it depends*).

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Air Tight Bonsai AL-05 Mini-Monitor

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Air Tight Bonsai AL-05 Mini-MonitorIf you think mini-monitor means small sound, the Air Tight Bonsai will have you thinking again. Forget mini; the sound here is decidedly, uh, maxi. For starters, the speaker’s wide dispersion and voluptuously full and rounded imaging will fool you into thinking you’re listening to a far larger transducer. Plus, in the midband the Bonsai delivers an exciting sense of immediacy and a bold presence, coupled with remarkable detail, that also belie its size and single 4″ driver. It’s a thing of beauty to behold, to boot. Air Tight, founded by the legendary Atsushi Miura and based outside of Osaka, …

 

Discover “Unpaywall,” a New (and Legal) Browser Extension That Lets You Read Millions of Science Articles Normally Locked Up Behind Paywalls

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Earlier this month, Impactstory, a nonprofit supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, launched, Unpaywall, a free browser extension that helps you “find open-access versions of paywalled research papers, instantly.”

As the co-founders of Impactstory describe itUnpaywall is “an extension for Chrome and Firefox that links you to free full-text as you browse research articles. Hit a paywall? No problem: click the green tab and read it free!”

Their FAQ gets into the mechanics a little more, but here’s the gist of how it works: “When you view a paywalled research article, Unpaywall automatically looks for a copy in our index of over 10 million free, legal fulltext PDFs. If we find one, click the green tab to read the article.”

While many science publishers put a paywall in front of scientific articles, it’s often the case that these articles have been published elsewhere in an open format. “More and more funders and universities are requiring authors to upload copies of their papers to [open] repositories. This has created a deep resource of legal open access papers…” And that’s what Unpaywall draws on.

This seems like quite a boon for researchers, journalists, students and policymakers. You can download the Unpaywall extension for Chrome and Firefox, or learn more about the new service at the Unpaywall website.

Note: Over at Metafilter, you can find a good list of sources of, or methods for, obtaining free academic content.

via London School of Economics/Metafilter

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The Fascinating Engraving Process Used to Turn Lincoln’s Penny Profile Into a Skull With Scrolls

Laughing Squid by Lori Dorn

Coin engraver Shaun Hughes demonstrated the fascinating process by which he transformed a 1973 Lincoln penny profile into a skull with decorative scroll flourishes. This craft, known as Hobo Nickel, is incredibly intricate, but Hughes walks the viewer through every step, making it seem easier than it is.

via The Awesomer

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Legendary Saxophonist Sonny Rollins Opens Up About Self-Confidence in a Lost 1985 Interview

In a beautiful episode of “Notes from the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame“, a collaborative series from Quoted Studios and Jazz at Lincoln Center, an animated version of legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins opened up about his sense of self-confidence, his endless drive to be the best version of himself and that seminal night in 1959 when he went to practice his horn on the Williamsburg Bridge during a self-imposed musical sabbatical. This interview took place with journalist Ben Sidran on November 14, 1985.

It was beautiful because you’re playing against the air. You know the sky it was just a beautiful place to practice a horn. It’s a magical thing you know the keys are there on the piano but what you do with them Tuesday night is going to be different than anything you could have thought about Sunday. So this is the magic of it and it’s a beautiful life.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/211519205

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GOP Congressman Defending Privacy Vote: ‘Nobody’s Got To Use The Internet’

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Wisconsin congressman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. defended his decision to help repeal broadband privacy rules by telling a constituent, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet.” An anonymous reader quotes the 73-year-old congressman: “And the thing is that if you start regulating the Internet like a utility, if we did that right at the beginning, we would have no Internet… Internet companies have invested an awful lot of money in having almost universal service now. The fact is is that, you know, I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising for your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it, and then you take it upon yourself to make that choice… That’s what the law has been, and I think we ought to have more choices rather than fewer choices with the government controlling our everyday lives.” “The congressman then moved on to the next question,” reports The Washington Post, but criticism of his remarks appeared on social media. One activist complained that the congressman’s position was don’t use the internet if you don’t want your information sold to advertisers — drawing a clarification from the congressman’s office. “Actually he said that nobody has to use the Internet. They have a choice. Big difference.”

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WEBSITE: Jazz Near You Event Submission Form Improves

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The Jazz Near You event submission form for single or recurring events was upgraded resulting in a more user-friendly experience while reducing submission time. The new interface is more intuitive and prompts the user for WHO, WHERE, and WHEN information with each of the three steps annotated for clarity…