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Cool, random finds that stand alone in their coolness
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Emmy Noether, the Most Significant Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of

Emmy Noether, the Most Significant Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Albert Einstein called her the most “significant” and “creative” female mathematician of all time, and others of her contemporaries were inclined to drop the modification by sex.

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The Book Surgeon (15 pieces)

The Book Surgeon (15 pieces) | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

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Watch the Ocean Currents turn the Earth into a Living Van Gogh

Watch the Ocean Currents turn the Earth into a Living Van Gogh | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Who knew that our ocean currents were constantly painting Van Gogh's Starry Night across the planet? This visualization, created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, captures the surface currents that danced and twisted across Earth's oceans from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007 while transporting heat and carbon through the waters. This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations; the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.

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If you just wanna watch it, and not worry about actually downloading it, you can see it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/7009056027/
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Rude Messages Left by Monks in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts

Rude Messages Left by Monks in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Colin Dickey introduces the current Lapham’s Quarterly collection of rude and complaining messages left by monks in the margins of medieval manuscripts, a subject covered in detail in Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art, Michael Camille's 2004 book.

 

Marginal illustrations could be profane and bizarre: one manuscript of the romance of Lancelot shows a nun breastfeeding a monkey; another marginal image in the Rutland Psalter features a demon of some sort firing an arrow into the ass of a merman.

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How Reading Deepens Your Mind and Makes You a More Complete Person

How Reading Deepens Your Mind and Makes You a More Complete Person | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

“Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined.” That’s the takeaway from a great column in the New York Times which summarizes current neuroscience research into the effects of reading, and fiction, on the brain.

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The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965)

Based on the book by Norton Juster from 1963, this 1965 short film won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Created by classic animation artist Chuck Jones, the story was inspired by a the Victorian novella "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions," in which the protagonist visits a one-dimensional universe called Lineland, where women are dots and men are lines.

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Rocky Road: Ernst Haeckel

Rocky Road: Ernst Haeckel | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Haeckel was born in 1834 to a family of some distinction. He studied medicine at the universities of Würzburg and Berlin, but soon realized he hated disease too much to be a good doctor. When he opened a medical practice in Berlin, it was only a formality. The young man then embarked on a lengthy trip to Italy, financed by his father, where he toyed with the idea of becoming a landscape painter. By then, Dad had lost patience, and Haeckel abandoned that fancy and turned to science. Besides he was in love.

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Apple's 'Mac vs. PC' Ad Campaign: All 4 Years and 66 Commercials

Apple's 'Mac vs. PC' Ad Campaign: All 4 Years and 66 Commercials | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Steve Jobs could sell. He did it in person, he did it on stage, and he did it on television—in the form of advertising campaigns that were often the envy of the business. Among the most beloved was the long-running "Get a Mac" series with John Hodgman and Justin Long as the bumbling PC and the hip, unflappable Mac—an odd couple who would entertain viewers for years with their quips, barbs, sight gags, and one-liners.

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Geometry of Circles - Philip Glass Music on Sesame Street (1979)

This original set of music compositions was composed by Philip Glass for four individual episode presentations. This video stitches together all four together in one presentation.

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Manhatta (1921) - Documentary Film by Paul Strand

Manhatta (1921) is a short documentary film which revels in the haze rising from city smoke stacks. With the city as subject, it consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a sky scraper ...and some oddly ominous music as accompaniment. 

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Something about the root-children (1906) - Book Preview

Something about the root-children (1906) - Book Preview | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Read the full book here at the International Digital Children's Library. Von Olfers' books have been translated and printed in many editions throughout the world.

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Digital Humanities Spotlight: 7 Important Digitization Projects

Digital Humanities Spotlight: 7 Important Digitization Projects | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Despite our remarkable technological progress in the past century and the growth of digital culture in the past decade, a large portion of humanity’s richest cultural heritage remains buried in analog archives. Bridging the disconnect is a fledgling discipline known as the Digital Humanities, bringing online historical materials and using technologies like infrared scans, geolocation mapping, and optical character recognition to enrich these resources with related information or make entirely new discoveries about them.

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50 Awesome Free Sans-Serif Fonts

50 Awesome Free Sans-Serif Fonts | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Today I have collected 50 Awesome Free Sans-Serif Fonts. I recommend downloading all of them but don’t forget to read the license agreement before using them in commercial projects.

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Skull Carved out of Obsolete Computer Manuals

Skull Carved out of Obsolete Computer Manuals | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Maskull Lasserre, a Canadian sculptor, made this beautiful, realistic skull ("Incarnate") by clamping a collection of obsolete computer manuals together and carving away at the pages.

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Harvard Scientist Creates 'Intergalactic Tube Map of Milky Way'

Harvard Scientist Creates 'Intergalactic Tube Map of Milky Way' | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
A Harvard scientist has created a simplified, intergalactic map of the Milky

 

The computational sociology fellow designed the transit map to display the "vast and complex interconnections" of the Milky Way what he described as an accessible and familiar way for people to understand.

 

The idea drew him to analyse the first modern subway map, London's Tube Map, designed by Harry Beck.

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IMAGINE: How Creativity Works

The act of feeling frustrated is an essential part of the creative process. Before we can find the answer — before we can even know the question — we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach.

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Megalara Garuda: the King of Wasps

Megalara Garuda: the King of Wasps | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
A new and unusual wasp species has been discovered during an expedition to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The new species is pitch-black, has an enormous body size, and its males have long, sickle-shaped jaws.
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Visual Emotions

Visual Emotions | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
I came across the website, Emotionally Vague, it’s a project by graphic designer Orlagh O’Brien to visually document how we feel different emotions. He gathered data from about 500 people and charted their emotions this using words, colors and line.
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Unseen Titanic - Zoomable Images: Complete Views of the Wreck

Unseen Titanic - Zoomable Images: Complete Views of the Wreck | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

The April 2012 edition of National Geographic magazine features the first ever complete views of the legendary wreck, made from thousands of high-resolution images, in its current state as it rests on the seafloor. In a tricked-out trailer on a back lot of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), William Lange stands over a blown-up sonar survey map of the Titanic site—a meticulously stitched-together mosaic that has taken months to construct. At first look the ghostly image resembles the surface of the moon, with innumerable striations in the seabed, as well as craters caused by boulders dropped over millennia from melting icebergs.

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Charles Limb: Your brain on improv | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation -- so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out.

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The Story of "Keep Calm and Carry On"

A short film that tells the story behind the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster. Its origins at the beginning of WWII and its rediscovery in a bookshop in England in 2000, becoming one of the iconic images of the 21st century. Film, music, script and narration by Temujin Doran.
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Avengers Japanese Trailer # 2

New footage of Avengers Movie surfaces via this Marvel's Avengers Japanese Trailer # 2. We can notice a new shot with Hawkeye, a sneak peek to the Aliens Invasion, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. The Avengers hits theaters on May 4.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Consigns Print Edition To History

Encyclopedia Britannica Consigns Print Edition To History | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

In 1768, the Enlightenment was in full swing, and the printing press was being employed liberally as a method of disseminating knowledge among the (then still relatively few) literate and learned. So it is strange to attempt to put in context the fact that 2010′s Encyclopaedia Britannica will be the last one printed.

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1953: The Year That Revolutionized Life, Death, and the Digital Bit

1953: The Year That Revolutionized Life, Death, and the Digital Bit | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Three technological eras began in 1953: thermonuclear weapons, stored-program computers, and modern genetics.
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