Reblogged from adjectivelyamber
Strange Attractors by Chaotic Atmospheres
The darkest art known as Chaos Theory is perfectly embodied in the form of its strange attractors: vast looping trajectories of variables that, when plotted, conjure gorgeous yet insidiously disruptive patterns. Chaotic Atmosphere’s Math: Rules series pays tribute to the beautiful form of chaos and its inevitable collapse of all our efforts to predict it.
I recently switched from using TeXworks to using TeXmaker to type my LaTeX files, and while I adore the TeXmaker interface, its spell-check feature upsets me because it keeps underlining common math words like “injective,” “homomorphism,” and “nontrivially.” I suppose it is probably only using the standard dictionary, but I wish it knew math words.
Reblogged from purple-cosmos
Daily hair growth: the human body produces 100 feet of hair substance every day. If all this growth were to converge into one single hair, that hair would grow by one inch every minute. (1929)
How German gynecologist-turned-designer Fritz Kahn revolutionized science communication and became the Carl Sagan of infographics in the 1920s-1930s.
Reblogged from theuncolonizedmind
To the forgotten kings and queens of the Nile
"Good morning, new Egypt, good morning, far-away Egypt
Good morning, new Egypt, good morning, far-away Egypt,
Good morning, naked casualties, good morning, massacre of the wounded,
A prophetic morning, with tears raining down the faces of the broken,
Adolescence is taking place in the center of my country, in the middle of winter.”
Sorry for the poor translation! Here are the lyrics in Arabic.
Reblogged from we-are-star-stuff
Seeking innovation? Look for the intersection of physical and digital worlds.
Take, for example, Tesco supermarkets in South Korea. The company wanted to increase sales without creating more stores. Tesco understood that Koreans work long hours and have little appetite for shopping at the end of the day so they created virtual grocery stores at subway stations. These virtual stores, shelves and all, are projected on the walls of subway stations. To purchase items, shoppers simply go to a Tesco app on a smartphone and scan the projected items’ QR code. When purchases are completed, the order is delivered to shoppers’ homes shortly after they get home from work.
The Tesco app was downloaded 400,000 times in one month after the launch and Tesco skyrocketed to number one in online sales in Korea.
Reblogged from harvardseas
Harvard computer scientists have shown that an important class of artificial intelligence algorithms could be implemented using chemical reactions. In the long term, the researchers say, such theoretical developments could open the door for “smart drugs” that can automatically detect, diagnose, and treat a variety of diseases using a cocktail of chemicals that can perform AI-type reasoning. Read more about programming smart molecules.