How to Save a Dying Ocean
- "New England fishermen have mixed feelings about a programme designed to allow overfished species to recover. Mark Schrope reports on how catch shares
have scientists fishing for answers." (via
Nature Publisher Aims To Save Planet by Democratizing Science
- "The next generation of scientists is woefully unprepared to tackle major problems facing humanity. The publisher of the prestigious Nature Journal hopes its socially-networked Scitable
knowledge resource, aimed at increasing the scientific knowledge of students and lay-people alike, will help."
- "Last week I went to a voters-abroad meeting organised by the Dutch embassy to raise awareness for the coming elections. Admirably, the meeting didn't just tell people how to register and so forth, as an American voters-abroad meeting would; it actually involved a debate between panelists on various campaign issues with lots of audience participation, and each issue was followed by a straw poll and then an overhead projection of where each of the country's dozen or so political parties stood on that issue, to help people figure out how to vote."
Clay Shirky: Does the Internet Make You Smarter?
- "The past was not as golden, nor is the present as tawdry, as the pessimists suggest, but the only thing really worth arguing about is the future. It is our misfortune, as a historical generation, to live through the largest expansion in expressive capability in human history, a misfortune because abundance breaks
more things than scarcity. We are now witnessing the rapid stress of older institutions accompanied by the slow and fitful development of cultural alternatives. Just as required education was a response to print, using the Internet well will require new cultural institutions as well, not just new technologies."
New Tools for Big Data
- "The upshot is this: a new class of tools are evolving for Big Data because traditional approaches can't scale up. But these tools share a common goal: scaling down data, and making it human-sized."
Brian Skerry reveals ocean's glory -- and horror
- "Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change."