Ivan Debono

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Month: August 2012

Principia ludorum

Paralympics opens with a big bang 

 

A glowing, celestial sphere descended into the middle of a giant central umbrella structure, igniting the ‘big bang’, of which Hawking has written extensively.

 

RIP Neil Armstrong

 Neil Armstrong

1930 – 2012

He showed us the way.

The Universe after the Big Bang

Scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies have created an Arepo simulation that has created the most accurate re-enactment of the universe to date.

 

DNA data storage

 

Writing the Book in DNA | Harvard Medical School

Writing the Book in DNA | HMS

 

700 terabtyes of data storage in 1 gram. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and a founding core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University, and his team encoded the book, Continue reading

India is heading for Mars: it doesn’t need British aid money to pay the bills

India is heading for Mars: it doesn’t need British aid money to pay the bills - Telegraph

 

India is heading for Mars: it doesn’t need British aid money to pay the bills – Telegraph.

Foreign aid doesn’t help any poor countries – it just corrupts their governments

Visualising debt

Demonocracy is an interesting little site which provides graphics for visualising all those hard-to-visualise economic data. Here for instance are the trillions of dollars of debt owned by eleven of the world’s top debtor nations, stacked in 100-dollar bills.

Mars landing party

Map of the Internet

Fortune Magazine published this map of undersea internet data infrastructure around the globe. Continue reading

Bleak outlook

 

Der Spiegel published a chart showing the effects of a breakup of the euro. Will it ever come to this?

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