“The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is situated 100 meters below ground at CERN and is considered the biggest single machine on the planet. It is also the location of one of the most important scientific achievements of this century, the Higgs boson.“
A few weeks ago I mentioned I was considering a redesign for the blog. At the time I made a few tweaks as realised a new ‘look’ would take more time than I had to spare. A few months ago I was one of many who helped crowd fund a “Evolution in Action” science project. The aim is serious, studying bacterial genetic evolution to help combat disease, but one of the fun rewards provided a new blog logo and inspired the theme.
She drew the new logo in bioluminescent bacteria, literally a live glowing design. The current banner image, from the video below, shows her bioluminescent bacteria inside a live mouse in the mouse poo.
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Alan Alda joins Star Talk Radio for our first live show, recorded at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York on September 15, 2011 for the 4th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Along with Kristen Schaal of the The Daily Show and Flight of the Conchords and Scott Adsit of 30 Rock, Neil, Eugene and Alan Alda travel through time and higher dimensions, discuss pseudoscience and the state of science literacy in the US, and take questions from the audience that explore just how weird and funny science can be.
This is my attempt at the showing geometry discussed, using the application they mentioned:
At Autodesk University 2011 Shaan Hurley introduced me to a representation of a very distant ancestor. It was a 3D fossil skull scan (perched on his shoulder in the photo right) assembled from cardboard contours created with 123D Make.
A few years ago I submitted my DNA to the National Geographic Genographic Project. The results (below) showed that my ancestral DNA left Africa about 60,000 years ago migrating across continents to the U.K. & Western Europe. From there a much more recent migration resulted in me being Kiwi born.
It’s interesting to think how much, and in some ways how little, the world and its inhabitants have changed over that time. A casino floor in Vegas is a strange place to contemplate that!
Until recently you had to travel to Africa to “meet the ancestors”. Now fossil records are being captured as high resolution photorealistic 3D models to view on-line. Shaan’s post details the technology, process and team doing this fine work. It goes beyond ‘reality’ to capture our shared past!
Our Retail Design application subscriptions are actually funded from an IT budget. Its owner just happened to be near my desk as I was dealing with the 2011 license file today. It’s amazing that writing quite a large cheque results in the delivery in a few lines of text in an 8KB lic file. Of course, those few lines of magic numbers unlock gigabytes of complex software but the key is just one precious little file.
What is a Building Information Model? My interpretation is simply an information model of a building. It’s not a technology, it’s not a way of working, it’s the expression of a building as data. To the architect it’s a design and, hopefully, construction model, to the engineer it’s an analysis & fabrication model, to the owner it may include the economic model used to justify it’s creation and the operating model that will determine and manage it’s life-cycle.
Whatever your definition there’s a common factor in all these models. Whether digital or analog, they are all forms of information.
But what is information? The rather surprising answer is, “everything”, even you! Quirks & Quarks have a podcast (posted in Jan 08) of a forum discussion which takes the meaning of “Information” about as far as it’s possible to go. Its not really about Building Information Modelling but it does make you think. We are all information models, creating information models!
Physicists are not like you and me. That’s because they don't see the world the same way we do. Take information, for instance. When you have a question or an interest in some topic, and you want more information about it, chances are you look for answers by reading a book, searching the Internet, or even listening to a radio program. But that's not how physicists view information. They want to know what it's actually made of. And that idea leads to a whole lot of weird and quirky views of how the universe works...
"The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space telescopes in the world for a seamless, guided exploration of the universe"
Sadly magician, illusionist, thinker Jerry Andrus died recently. He was a master of illusions which use perspective to fool the mind. About 1 minute into this one look for a city model that defies gravity. You can view the others on his website.