Climate change is physics and chemistry impacting the atmosphere.

by Conrad Anker On August 14th, Warren Buffet called for the re-evaluation of the tax rates for the mega-rich in a guest column for the New York Times. When one of America’s wealthiest citizens calls for an increase on his own tax, people take notice. As the primary shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway Inc., an investment and holding company, Mr. Buffett is a wildly successful investor. For many Mr. Buffett is the icon of wealth. His sage insight, based on sound business practices, has ...
  • 1 September 2011
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David Brooks is a syndicated columnist for the New York Times. Brooks is that rare bird-- a public intellectual --and his commentaries are always thought provoking. [caption id="attachment_6736" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="David Brooks (credit: Wikipedia)"][/caption] One particularly insightful piece concerned living an engaged, question-driven life and was written while traveling in East Africa. The essence of his article was that consistently asking questions-- even ...
  • 20 August 2011
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Leonardo de Vinci used the phrase Saper Vedere-- knowing how to see --to express his idea of making connections between diverse observations. That is how he developed those forward-thinking flying contraptions from watching birds in flight or how he saw, in ripples of water or human hair waving in fluid air, designs for his paintings. Nowadays, we might call Leonardo's approach connecting the dots or seeing the big picture. Visualizing insights or patterns in gathered data is no less ...
Next to drugs, wildlife trafficking is the second largest source of illegal trade in the world. From Burmese orchids to painted box turtles from Madagascar to palm cockatoos chicks from Australia, the illicit trade in rare plants and animals is a huge and growing business. It is also sending many species towards extinction. The New York Times reported that a major haul of animal parts-- assorted bear paws, lynx furs, and 143lbs of elk lips --were seized from a truck ready to cross into ...
Once upon a time, research seminars consisted of a group of graduate students sitting around a conference room table, sharing a couple of beers, putting Kodachromes in the carrousel slide projector, and discussing data on a white board. It was interactive on a conversational level. Even though meetings of researchers still take place everywhere, those antique approaches to data visualization and discussion are long gone. Today, powerful new tools including notebook computers, digital media ...
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