Have you ever wondered in what locations people swear more or less versus other geographic locations? I can’t say I have, either. Having said that, sometimes too much data can be a wonderful thing — if one has a sense of humor, that is.
Clicking on the above map will take you to the full PDF of the map, which is located on the web site of the North American Cartographic Information Society.
Daniel Huffman is responding to sincere comments about the map on his blog, Cartastrophe.
Are you surprised by any of the information presented in the map? Do you think that Twitter users would swear more or less than non-Twitter users, or do you believe the sample population are representative of the habits of the larger population (both Twitter users and non-Twitter users)?
Nestle, one of the world’s largest food companies, hopes to develop new types of foods that, essentially, seek to trick the gut brain. The foods could make people feel full earlier, or stay full longer, in order to curb the desire to eat more. For example, cooking french fries in oil that gets digested more slowly than regular oil could confer a longer-lasting sense of satiety, researchers speculate.
“This means that people will report a sense of fullness more quickly,” says Heribert Watzke, a senior food scientist at Nestle. “That tells the big brain to stop eating.”
During the course of this research, they have learned a few things about the stomach’s “gut brain”. The infographic below explains the data and information about how the stomach “thinks” regarding hunger in terms I can understand.
Clicking on the image above will take you to a larger image with a zoom function. Image courtesy The Wall Street Journal.)
Does this infographic of what I believe is a complicated set of information and data about the stomach’s functioning explain to you why your stomach has a mind of its own?
The information explosion. What does that mean to you? Does it mean multi-tasking, multiple Internet-enabled devices, cyber-friends, a vast database of knowledge at your fingertips…and a sense of being overwhelmed with too much information?
If you were an adult before the World Wide Web became common, are you more informed or less informed because of the Web? From whom do you get most of your information now? Your church? Your school or workplace? Your family? Or marketers?
Plearn posted the thought-provoking video, Information – Deformation, below with the view that the information explosion is devoid of meaning. He asks, “Is there a difference between knowledge, information, and wisdom? If so, what is it?”
I’d like to see more links at the end of the video to the sources of his data, although he does provide some citations for some of the data he quotes. He threw a lot of figures out at me. I did like the questions the video explored, though.
Has the information explosion provided you with more or less meaning regarding your relationships with other people, and your life in general?
Have you ever wanted to be a librarian? Have you ever wondered what a librarian does?
This Vocational Guidance Film from 1947 describes what a librarian does, and what the requirements are to be a librarian. LIbrarianship is about managing, accessing, storing, and retrieving information. That information may be stored in a book, database or other kind of virtual or physical object.
I disagree with the statement that you must love books. If you apply to library school and state that you “love books” in your application, the library school faculty are likely to tell you to go work in a book store! You have to love managing information.
In your view, how well does the description of librarianship from 1947 apply to the work of a librarian in 2011? In my opinion, the general gist of the occupation is still relevant, such as reference and cataloging, even taking into account the digital component of librarianship in 2011.
How big is a 31 oz cold coffee beverage? How can you display the new beverage size so that a layperson like me can understand exactly how oversized the new beverage is?
Starbucks recently announced that they will add a larger size to their menu of beverages — the “Trenta“. As I stated above, the new cold beverage size is 31 oz.
The National Post created this graphic that shows exactly how large 31 oz is. In the metric system, 31 oz equals 916 ml. The average human stomach holds a mere 900 ml. In other words, if you drink one of these beverages, you probably won’t need a meal for a while. Thankfully (depending on your point-of-view), the new size will only be available for cold beverages.
All I can say is, hot or cold, the last thing I want is someone near me to have consumed 31 oz of any caffeinated beverage!
Would you drink 31 oz of a caffeinated beverage at one sitting on a normal day?
[Blog post idea via Anderson Cooper’s “The Ridiculist“, video dated 18 January 2011. The thumbnail at the upper left of this post is courtesy the National Post.]
Seven billion people. That’s how many people the earth will carry by the end of 2011. I cannot imagine that many people, yet if we all stood shoulder to shoulder, apparently we could all stand in the area of the City of Los Angeles.
National Geographic Magazine has taken on the task of addressing the population boom by creating a year long series on human population growth. You may read the first feature article online. For example, according to the motion graphic video below that was created to market the year-long series, in 1800 the world’s population first hit 1 billion. Now, every second, 5 people are born. Where are we all living and where will most of us live? In urban areas.
The video throws a lot of data at you, but the visualization is such that I did take note of the information presented. As the authors of the video make clear, the population boom isn’t about space, it is about balance. We need to balance energy use, among other natural resources the authors of the above video did not mention. For example, we need to provide areas for wildlife to thrive and access to clean water for humans and animals.
Figure 1: Screenshot via the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade DatabaseIntroductory Maps page.
The countries and regions covered in the database include Africa, Europe, Brazil (i.e., “South America”), the Caribbean, and North America. The project team has digitized manuscripts and images of people and places and put those documents online for users to read and view. Other resources available online include lesson plans for grades 6-12, and links to related resources on the Web.
This is a great resource for genealogists, historians, teachers, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the forced migration of Africans to the New World.
How can you determine if two fingerprints are merely similar or are an exact match? Is forensics as practiced currently, skill and art — or science?
I was surprised to learn from Sargur Srihari that forensics is not as scientific in its methods as one might think from watching the various TV shows. Neither are the practitioners as unbiased as one might prefer when examining the data. Srihari is working to improve forensic methodology. He writes that one way to improve the methodology is to use “pattern recognition and other computational methods [that] can reduce the bias inherent in traditional criminal forensics” [Srihari, 2010].
He wrote an article in the December 2010 IEEE Spectrum called Beyond C.S.I.: The Rise of Computational Forensics in which he gives an overview of how computational forensics can improve the methods and results of forensic investigation. For example, in the image below, he describes how computers are used to compare a shoe print from a crime scene against a database of known shoe prints.
To view a larger image, please click on it and click on it again on the new page.
Do you believe that computers can make forensic investigations more science than art and skill? Why or why not?