Words of the day: “trophic asynchrony”, “phenological mismatch” - disruptions to established seasonal patterns of migration,…

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[cw: media theory] I’m thinking you can make a greimas square of figures for post-broadcast infrastructure: network = horizontal…

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People are scrutinizing airline travel as a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Yes, it seems pretty big, and mainly serves the…

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I believe #gopher is making a viral comeback with good reasons; the hacker communities at large are reacting decades after Tim…

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We live in anxious times, teetering on the edge of conflict, vulnerable to algorithmic manipulation. Our new work ’TRIGGER…

IFTTT, Twitter, Superflux

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You’re sat on a trolley hurtling down the track. Down one fork is a group of ethicists who think the trolly problem is the only…

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Despite a weekend break from the debate, my attention keeps getting pulled back to the threads arguing that personal action to…

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For a year I’ve been reporting this story about major climate news, finally breaking today: A new simulation finds that global…

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A fun excerpt from my Voyager research: at one point, NASA realised that starting and stopping the craft’s tape recorder (used…

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Just in US, vehicule idling is burning 40k tons of CO2 daily, thats nearly 15k kt of CO2 yearly and BTC worldwide is 23k kt. So…

IFTTT, Twitter, gigabyted4

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Hilarious when people say stuff like “capitalism gave us the internet”. Capitalism has done everything in its power to hold back…

IFTTT, Twitter, existentialcoms

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MEDIUM EARTH of @theotolithgroup is generous to the slowness of the eye in gathering cinematic texture. The vastness of the…

IFTTT, Twitter, SonicActs

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“Bag of Tricks for Image Classification with Convolutional Neural Networks” is such a great paper. Really clear, and most…

IFTTT, Twitter, jeremyphoward

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https://t.co/7U5g0AjsQ7 is finally back up t͕̲͉h̺̥a̶̹͈̹t̤̙͉ ̤̝i̗̖͇̳̕ͅͅs҉ ̷̩̖̝̟̤̪ǹ͈̖o̬͕̻ͅț͖̙͞ ḑ͔̮͇e̷̪a̹̙̘͈d̺̖…

IFTTT, Twitter, NyxLandUnlife

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A good tool to have, but which i definitely don’t have the skills to make: a bot that wide searches every known public "people…

IFTTT, Twitter, Wolven

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Properly stoked to announce that I’ve just signed the contract to write a book with @VersoBooks on systems; if you like how I’ve…

IFTTT, Twitter, gsvoss

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A gut feeling for mental health

health, microbiome, depression, KUL, VIB, gut-flora, 2019

The first population-level study on the link between gut bacteria and mental health identifies specific gut bacteria linked to depression and provides evidence that a wide range of gut bacteria can produce neuroactive compounds. Jeroen Raes (VIB-KU Leuven) and his team published these results today in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology. In their manuscript entitled ‘The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiota in quality of life and depression’ Jeroen Raes and his team studied the relation between gut bacteria and quality of life and depression. The authors combined faecal microbiome data with general practitioner diagnoses of depression from 1,054 individuals enrolled in the Flemish Gut Flora Project. They identified specific groups of microorganisms that positively or negatively correlated with mental health. The authors found that two bacterial genera, Coprococcus and Dialister, were consistently depleted in individuals with depression, regardless of antidepressant treatment. The results were validated in an independent cohort of 1,063 individuals from the Dutch LifeLinesDEEP cohort and in a cohort of clinically depressed patients at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.

via http://www.vib.be/en/news/Pages/A-gut-feeling-for-mental-health.aspx


python, visualization, data, 2018

Datashader is a graphics pipeline system for creating meaningful representations of large datasets quickly and flexibly. Datashader breaks the creation of images into a series of explicit steps that allow computations to be done on intermediate representations. This approach allows accurate and effective visualizations to be produced automatically without trial-and-error parameter tuning, and also makes it simple for data scientists to focus on particular data and relationships of interest in a principled way.

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Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers

insects, climate-change, biodiversity, 2019, ecology, science, extinction

Biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide. Here, we present a comprehensive review of 73 historical reports of insect declines from across the globe, and systematically assess the underlying drivers. Our work reveals dramatic rates of decline that may lead to the extinction of 40% of the world’s insect species over the next few decades. […] The main drivers of species declines appear to be in order of importance: i) habitat loss and conversion to intensive agriculture and urbanisation; ii) pollution, mainly that by synthetic pesticides and fertilisers; iii) biological factors, including pathogens and introduced species; and iv) climate change

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data, satellite, imaging, maps, cartography, search, Terrapattern

Terrapattern provides an open-ended interface for visual query-by-example. Simply click an interesting spot on Terrapattern’s map, and it will find other locations that look similar. Our tool is ideal for locating specialized ‘nonbuilding structures’ and other forms of soft infrastructure that aren’t usually indicated on maps. It’s an open-source tool for discovering “patterns of interest” in unlabeled satellite imagery—a prototype for exploring the unmapped, and the unmappable.

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Better Language Models and Their Implications

gpt2, ML, AI, text, text-generation, generative, OpenAI, 2019

GPT-2 displays a broad set of capabilities, including the ability to generate conditional synthetic text samples of unprecedented quality, where we prime the model with an input and have it generate a lengthy continuation. In addition, GPT-2 outperforms other language models trained on specific domains (like Wikipedia, news, or books) without needing to use these domain-specific training datasets. On language tasks like question answering, reading comprehension, summarization, and translation, GPT-2 begins to learn these tasks from the raw text, using no task-specific training data. While scores on these downstream tasks are far from state-of-the-art, they suggest that the tasks can benefit from unsupervised techniques, given sufficient (unlabeled) data and compute.

via https://blog.openai.com/better-language-models/

This article uses an annotation tool so that we don’t have to define cultural terms in the article. We’re doing this because we…

IFTTT, Twitter, frankshyong

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Svalbard Satellite Station, also known as SvalSat, is a satellite ground station near Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. Its…


Svalbard Satellite Station, also known as SvalSat, is a satellite ground station near Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. Its position on the 78th parallel north makes it advantageous for communication with satellites in low polar orbits. SvalSat has 31 multi-mission and customer-dedicated antennas, serving clients like NASA, the European Space Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and others.

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How can science fiction help us confront environmental crisis? @grist investigates, with a particular emphasis on climate…

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Worldwide nonstop stream of around 168 performances over 84 hours, from 12:00, 14 Feb 2019 until 23:59:59 17 Feb 2019 (UTC,…

toplap, live coding, music, live stream, eulerroom

Worldwide nonstop stream of around 168 performances over 84 hours, from 12:00, 14 Feb 2019 until 23:59:59 17 Feb 2019 (UTC, please click for your local times).

Celebrating 15 years of the live coding community, first formed at the Changing Grammars symposium, 14th February 2004. We wrote this shortly after. Now there are bazillions of live coding environments and a thriving worldwide community of practice.

You’ll be able to watch the stream here: http://youtube.com/eulerroom/live/

We delivered a talk on “exit and salvagepatch” strategy to a group of young militants and polipunks in the inner city today….

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how large a city could you build (how many people) in which 1) the only forms of transportation are walking (or chairs/electric…

IFTTT, Twitter, interfluidity

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The other night I found myself sitting in my dark car in the Vroman’s parking lot, laptop actually in lap, listening to old Art…

IFTTT, Twitter, lemonodor

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Your tweets hint at an intuition I had about the human experience (qualia) of time. It seems to me that frequency is the way…

IFTTT, Twitter, pwang

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I’d like you to know that the final message we played for Opportunity was a song. We sang her to sleep with Billie Holiday’s…

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“Now it is true that we very proudly killed Cook, who brought VD & Tuberculosis to the Hawaiian people with his disease-ridden…

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Anyway it’s quite something, I guess, to be the generation to ride the peak, to be the ones who can look back at the long rise…

IFTTT, Twitter, kaimingmck

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AGF: plotting my interaction with bio modular synthesizer CELLF [cultured human cells with IPs cell technology to neural network…

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I’m going to refer to the ideal as “Interdependent Music” from now on. Seems sticky & illustrative. Independence without mutual…

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The Opportunity to Rove on Mars! 🔴


Today, we’re expressing gratitude for the opportunity to rove on Mars (#ThanksOppy) as we mark the completion of a successful mission that exceeded our expectations.  

Our Opportunity Rover’s last communication with Earth was received on June 10, 2018, as a planet-wide dust storm blanketed the solar-powered rover’s location on the western rim of Perseverance Valley, eventually blocking out so much sunlight that the rover could no longer charge its batteries. Although the skies over Perseverance cleared, the rover did not respond to a final communication attempt on Feb. 12, 2019.

As the rover’s mission comes to an end, here are a few things to know about its opportunity to explore the Red Planet.

90 days turned into 15 years!

Opportunity launched on July 7, 2003 and landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004 for a planned mission of 90 Martian days, which is equivalent to 92.4 Earth days. While we did not expect the golf-cart-sized rover to survive through a Martian winter, Opportunity defied all odds as a 90-day mission turned into 15 years!


The Opportunity caught its own silhouette in this late-afternoon image taken in March 2014 by the rover’s rear hazard avoidance camera. This camera is mounted low on the rover and has a wide-angle lens.

Opportunity Set  Out-Of-This-World Records

Opportunity’s achievements, including confirmation water once flowed on Mars. Opportunity was, by far, the longest-lasting lander on Mars. Besides endurance, the six-wheeled rover set a roaming record of 28 miles.


This chart illustrates comparisons among the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Earth’s moon and Mars. Opportunity holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 28.06 miles (45.16 kilometers) of driving on Mars.

It’s Just Like Having a Geologist on Mars

Opportunity was created to be the mechanical equivalent of a geologist walking from place to place on the Red Planet. Its mast-mounted cameras are 5 feet high and provided 360-degree two-eyed, human-like views of the terrain. The robotic arm moved like a human arm with an elbow and wrist, and can place instruments directly up against rock and soil targets of interest. The mechanical “hand” of the arm holds a microscopic camera that served the same purpose as a geologist’s handheld magnifying lens.


There’s Lots to See on Mars

After an airbag-protected landing craft settled onto the Red Planet’s surface and opened, Opportunity rolled out to take panoramic images. These images gave scientists the information they need to select promising geological targets that tell part of the story of water in Mars’ past. Since landing in 2004, Opportunity has captured more than 200,000 images. Take a look in this photo gallery.


From its perch high on a ridge, the Opportunity rover recorded this image on March 31, 2016 of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below. The view looks back at the rover’s tracks leading up the north-facing slope of “Knudsen Ridge,” which forms part of the southern edge of “Marathon Valley

There Was Once Water on Mars?!

Among the mission’s scientific goals was to search for and characterize a wide range of rocks and soils for clues to past water activity on Mars. In its time on the Red Planet, Opportunity discovered small spheres of the mineral hematite, which typically forms in water. In addition to these spheres that a scientist nicknamed “blueberries,” the rover also found signs of liquid water flowing across the surface in the past: brightly colored veins of the mineral gypsum in rocks, for instance, which indicated water flowing through underground fractures.


The small spheres on the Martian surface in this close-up image are near Fram Crater, visited by the Opportunity rover in April 2004.

For more about Opportunity’s adventures and discoveries, see: https://go.nasa.gov/ThanksOppy.

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"when removed from the circumstances for which it was designed, WaveNet can “speak” on its own. […] speechlike sounds are…

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Ever had one of those bugs that makes you want to study really hard, apply to grad school, get a doctorate in physics, spend the…

IFTTT, Twitter, SarahJamieLewis

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Mileva Maric was the only woman in the physics program w Einstein. She failed her exams a few weeks after discovering she was…

IFTTT, Twitter, MonicaBeletsky

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That’s what I normally use, but in this case I need to be able to differentiate those people as a clump from the other people…

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"What happens to us Is irrelevant to the world’s geology But what happens to the world’s geology Is not irrelevant to us. We…

IFTTT, Twitter, RobGMacfarlane

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Great text on a great painter. Everything and nothing at the same time. “It has to look easy,” he said, “That feeling like it…

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On the 19th @ 1900 I’ll be at @Futures_Design London meet-up talking about the failure of speculative design to achieve anything…

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