Tagged: design

The best visualisation of the solar system yet - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 07, 2014

Regular readers may be aware of my penchant for whimsy. My happy grinnings when people mix pedantry with a sense of humour*. And today’s offering is just such a one. The description is perfectly apt: it IS a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system. But there are some wonderful surprises, and I found myself scrolling for an awfully … Read More

Winners of 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge announced - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 07, 2014

And my goodness but there are some stunners this year. It’s difficult to pick a favourite, but I did want to highlight the video below as one of them. Produced by NASA and winner of the video category, it shows the beautifully intricate and dynamic relationship between Sol (our sun) and Earth. How it affects our climate, the effect of … Read More

Classifying plankton: more fun than you might think - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 16, 2013

One of my favourite things to do with this blog these days is to catalogue/chronicle awesome citizen science initiatives. And there’s a new one! And it’s lots of fun! In Plankton Portal, you get to help identify plankton from images taken . I’ve just started playing, and so far it’s actually trickier than it looks, but one gets added benefit … Read More

Happy World Octopus Day! - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 09, 2013

Today is, apparently, the tenth annual World Octopus Day. So, I figured you’d all enjoy this fun infographic, courtesy of the National Aquarium. And what better time to go and read this stunning article about these stunning creatures (my favourite form of the plural), and, if you live in Wellington, make a date to go meet the octopodes at the … Read More

Meet the newest members of our family - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 19, 2013

Our family just keeps growing and growing. In addition to me and Partner, there’s Beefcake, Monster and (very recently) Hank, the motorbikes. And of course Derek, the car. Leviathan, my bicycle, is on long term loan, but we haven’t forgotten it, heh. And now? I’d like to introduce you to Tim, Hippolyta, Mary-Sue and Pip (short for Pipsqueak, because it’s … Read More

Book review: The Year Without Pants - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 02, 2013

If sometimes you wonder whether everything possible hasn’t already been written about startups, business, software startups, software businesses and so on (ad nauseum), you wouldn’t be alone. Certainly, the industry which examines this seems pretty healthily active. Books, lectures, blawgs,… Read more › … Read More

Scientific collaboration between researchers – map - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Aug 20, 2013

Following my last post, which talked about work which has been done ranking the excellence of scientific organisations around the world, there’s this: a map of scientific collaboration between researchers. Developed by Olivier H. Beauchesne, who makes really interesting data-visualising… Read more › … Read More

Mapping Scientific Excellence – ranking the world’s best scientific organisations - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Aug 08, 2013

Introducing Mapping Scientific Excellence – a new, interactive web app/map which ranks scientific institutions around the world based on citations (more on that shortly). The app was designed by Lutz Bornmann and colleagues at Germany’s Max Planck Society, and looks… Read more › … Read More