Sunday reading links: More on Ida, YouTube captions (again), newspaper horders, books on the iPad, swine flu

By Grant Jacobs 07/03/2010

Sunday reading picks from the science blogosphere and in the media. (This may be lazy of me, but it’ll keep you busy!)

’Paul Revere’–not a real name–at Effect Measure has presented a graph from CDC data showing childhood deaths to H1N1 (aka ’swine flu’) over the past few years. It shows a distinctly higher peak for 2009.

Science writers have for years been commenting on the decline of print newspapers.

GrrlScientist presents a hilarious video from ’Onion News Network’ of a media discussion of How Will the End of Print Journalism Affect Crazy Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers?

What will they stack when all the print newspapers are gone? What will publicity-seeking kidnappers use for random notes? What will teachers use to make papier mâché sculpture for the kids?

Brian Switek of Laelaps has an article New Study Confirms That “Ida” is Not Our Great-Great-Great-Great-Etc. Grandmother explaining further evidence why the recent fossil ’Ida’ is not a direct ancestor of Homo sapiens.

(In case anyone is confused, this is Darwinius masillae, not Ardipithecus ramidus that I’ve pointed to previously.)

The scholarly kitchen is hosting a video of Penguin’s ideas on what their books might look like on the iPad. (I wrote previously about the iPad, in particular how it might impact on the textbook market.)

Looking at this video, you can see some of the possibilities for books on a touch-driven screen like the iPad. What you see is a blend of book, interactive website, and interactive software. It’s interesting to think about and think how you might take the general ideas seen there further towards the textbook market, as opposed to the children’s market that this their main focus in this presentation.

The media has finally started reporting YouTube’s ’new’ captioning feature that I reported in November 2009…

Hey, guys, it’s great news but it’s old news… (They ought to have been paying more attention to the blogosphere…!)

0 Responses to “Sunday reading links: More on Ida, YouTube captions (again), newspaper horders, books on the iPad, swine flu”

  • Thanks for the link! Just one point of correction; no one has argued that Darwinius was a hominid or hominin. Everyone recognizes that it belonged to a group of fossil primates called adapiformes, but the controversy has been whether adapiformes are haplorrhines (which would make them closely related to early anthropoids, i.e. monkeys) or strepsirrhines (which would make them more closely related to lemurs, lorises, and bush babies). Despite the protests of the original description of Darwinius, the evidence is very strong that it was a strepsirrhine.

  • Sigh. I know what I meant yet somehow managed to write something completely different. I must have been horribly distracted when I wrote that one… I’ve corrected the post.