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Mercator: Extreme

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Drew Roos made a thing that lets you move the poles of the Mercator projection to anywhere in the world.

As you probably know, map projections all have their pros and cons since there are challenges that come with transforming a globe onto a two-dimensional surface. The Mercator projection, one of the most well-known, distorts as you approach the poles. The scale approaches infinity actually, which is why we're used to seeing a Greenland that is bigger than Africa. (It's not.)

Above shows the pole shifted to Washington, D.C. Trippy."

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ask a scatterbrain: writing goals

ask a scatterbrain: writing goals | HumanNature | Scoop.it
A colleague of mine has set up a writing accountability group for the summer. They'll check in once a week to see how the past week went and to map out the coming week. The group is not explicitly ...
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Fantastically Wrong: Why People Once Thought Mice Grew Out of Wheat and Sweaty Shirts | Science | WIRED

Fantastically Wrong: Why People Once Thought Mice Grew Out of Wheat and Sweaty Shirts | Science | WIRED | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Our forebears couldn’t for the life of them figure out how maggots could just up and appear in a corpse, or how oysters just seemed to materialize in the sea. They had to have been spontaneously generating, no sex required.
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11-Million-Year-Old Weird Worm Lizard Discovered

11-Million-Year-Old Weird Worm Lizard Discovered | HumanNature | Scoop.it
A complete fossil skull of an 11-million-year-old worm lizard reveals that these bizarre creatures have evolved little from that time to today. Researchers used high-tech imaging to study the miniscule skull.
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Beached Whale Revealed in Mysterious Dutch Painting | Video

Beached Whale Revealed in Mysterious Dutch Painting | Video | HumanNature | Scoop.it
When art conservators peeled back a layer of varnish on a 17th-century Dutch painting, they uncovered an image of a beached whale that had been hidden for at least 150 years.
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Tiny Frogs Use Concrete Storm Drains as Megaphones

Tiny Frogs Use Concrete Storm Drains as Megaphones | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Loud little frogs in Taiwan get a boost from manmade structures by issuing their mating calls from open concrete drains, new research finds. The drains are unlike anything in the frogs' natural environment, but they use them anyway.
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For One Night Stands, Girth Matters

For One Night Stands, Girth Matters | HumanNature | Scoop.it
For one night stands, size does matter, but it's not penis length that women are concerned about — it's girth, a new study suggests.
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Wow! The Most Amazing Images in Science This Week

Wow! The Most Amazing Images in Science This Week | HumanNature | Scoop.it
New Zealand's winter storm, 3d printed blood vessels and California's tule fog are just a few of our favorite images in Science this week.
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mapsbynik: Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census...

mapsbynik: Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census... | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United...
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Zeigarnik Effect — PsyBlog

Zeigarnik Effect — PsyBlog | HumanNature | Scoop.it
What can waiters, the TV series ‘Lost’ and the novelist Charles Dickens teach us about avoiding procrastination?
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Happy Birthday Tetris!

Happy Birthday Tetris! | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Released on 6th of June 1984, Tetris is 30 years old today. Here's a video where I try and explain something of the psychology of Tetris: All credit for the graphics to Andrew Twist. What I say in ...
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659 - Liège, Belgium's 'Vanishing Twin' | Strange Maps | Big Think

659 - Liège, Belgium's 'Vanishing Twin' | Strange Maps | Big Think | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Belgium and its provinces have had roughly the same shape since independence in 1830. It's taken those 184 years to make a shocking discovery: hidden inside Belgium is another Belgium. For the borders of the province of Liège are an eerie copy of the entire country's international borders. And what ...
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Why do physicists hate philosophy?

Why do physicists hate philosophy? | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Lately there has been a slew of physicists making claims like this: Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in...
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3D-printed handles for flint-knapped hand axes - tech - 06 June 2014 - New Scientist

3D-printed handles for flint-knapped hand axes - tech - 06 June 2014 - New Scientist | HumanNature | Scoop.it
The definitive human tool gets a 21st-century upgrade with 3D-printed handles that artfully highlight the hand axe's sheer range of uses
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Measuring the Complexity of the Law | Science Blogs | WIRED

Measuring the Complexity of the Law | Science Blogs | WIRED | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Our legal codes are complicated technologies, growing and becoming more interconnected over time. But how complicated are our laws? In a working paper titled “Measuring the Complexity of the Law: The United States Code”, Daniel Katz and Michael Bommarito of Michigan State University recently set out to measure exactly that.
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Humans Blamed for Extinction of Mammoths, Mastodons & Giant Sloths

Humans Blamed for Extinction of Mammoths, Mastodons & Giant Sloths | HumanNature | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that humans were mostly to blame for the extinction of large mammals such as the woolly mammoth, though controversy over the cause of the global loss of megafauna will likely continue.
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Amazing Video Captures Polar Bear's Point of View

Amazing Video Captures Polar Bear's Point of View | HumanNature | Scoop.it
An amazing new video shows Arctic life from a polar bear's point of view.
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A Chatbot Has 'Passed' The Turing Test For The First Time

A Chatbot Has 'Passed' The Turing Test For The First Time | HumanNature | Scoop.it
A Russian chatterbot named "Eugene Goostman" has become the first to pass the Turing Test – an assessment of machine intelligence first proposed in 1950 by visionary mathematician, logician and codebreaker Alan Turing – by convincing 1 in 3 judges that it was a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking Ukrainian boy.
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Harvard Has a Book Bound in Human Skin...Your Move, Yale

Harvard Has a Book Bound in Human Skin...Your Move, Yale | HumanNature | Scoop.it
In the mid-1880s, the book was apparently swathed in the skin from the unclaimed body of a female mental patient who had died of a stroke. Harvard scientists only yesterday revealed they had confirmed the binding came from a human being.
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mapsbynik: Waffle House by Latitude After the seriousness...

mapsbynik: Waffle House by Latitude After the seriousness... | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Waffle House by Latitude After the seriousness of the Nobody Lives Here map, we’re back to the silliness of Waffle House. I promised more visualizations of WaHo geography, and here I deliver.
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Social Progress Index - Data - Social Progress Index - The Social Progress Imperative

The Social Progress Imperative creates a shared language and common goals to align different organizations and achieve greater social impact.
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How will sexbots change human relationships? – Leah Reich – Aeon

How will sexbots change human relationships? – Leah Reich – Aeon | HumanNature | Scoop.it
Thanks to new technology, sex toys are becoming tools for connection – but will sexbots reverse that trend?
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