A glossary of the 26 inventions that have most changed the world have been turned into a literal ABCs, thanks to a new typeface by New Delhi design student Khyati Trehan. The project is called the Beauty of Scientific Diagrams. Trehan’s intricate typeface represents 26 important technological advancements by diagramming a Roman alphabet of how they work. She illustrates, in letters, such inventions as Archimedes’ Water Screw, Thomas Edison’s Phonograph, Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin, and more. According to Trehan, who posted a free e-book online about how she designed the typeface, the project was originally inspired by a book she read about William Harvey, a 17th-century English physician who was the first to explain the circulatory system. Frustrated by how difficult it was to visualize the working of a human heart, Trehan experimented with visualizing the first initial of Harvey’s name, William, as a circulatory system in its own right. Her … [Read more...] about Scientific Typeface Illustrates 26 Great Inventions
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No more are Salman Khan’s ventures reserved for the Eid holiday. Christmas is his new release haven. However, can his next film Dabangg 3 turn out to be a big success just like his previous Christmas release Tiger Zinda Hai?While the buzz for Dabangg 3 looks strong, only time will tell if the film will make it big at the box office. However, the film’s trailer sends out the signal that probably stardom will overpower content once again for a Salman Khan venture. That is something we saw for his last few offerings such as Bharat, Race 3 and Tubelight.Bharat and Race 3 told us that no matter who the star is, the audience will not come to the theatres if the story on the big screen is compelling. On its home turf, both Race 3 and Bharat turned out to be big disappointments with revenue of Rs 166 crore and Rs 197 crore, respectively, and with a budget of Rs 185 crore and Rs 240 crore, respectively.Close … [Read more...] about Will Dabangg 3’s run-of-the-mill content be another blip in Salman Khan’s career?
Theaster Gates (No. 11) Theaster Gates, a Chicago-based potter turned conceptual artist with a background in urban planning, is using culture as a strategy to improve poor neighborhoods. He’s turned vacant homes into cultural spaces and transformed a former housing project into a mixed-income residential and arts hub. And there’s more in the works. advertisement advertisement Anna Maria Chávez (No. 22) With Girl Scout membership dropping, Anna Maria Chávez is working to lead the organization into the future. Girl Scouts now offers programs and badges in STEM–related fields, and in March, she teamed up with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to launch the provocative “Ban Bossy” campaign, which encourages the development of young leaders. Max Ventilla (No. 29) Dismayed by the lack of available school options for his young children, Max Ventilla developed two goals: grow … [Read more...] about The Most Creative People In Social Good, 2014
In 1903, a 10-minute silent film by director Edwin Porter revolutionized filmmaking. The Great Train Robbery was the first film to employ cross cutting to create narrative. In the movie, a train is shot moving left to right in one frame. In a second shot, the bandits are shown riding their horses from right to left. When these shots are placed one after the other, the bandits appear to be riding toward the train. “These cuts create narrative,” explains Sergei Gepshtein, a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, who has become interested in how audiences experience cinema. “When ordered in a specific way, you get a sense of continuity.” advertisement advertisement Despite most filmmakers’ reliance on cuts, Gepshtein believes there are other ways to create a contiguous cinema-watching experience. He’s hoping that neuroscience can help directors develop new narrative techniques that are actually better suited to how the … [Read more...] about Beyond The Cut: Exploring The Future of Movies With Neuroscience, Virtual Reality, And Architecture
Last month, Austin Stewart gave a rather unique virtual reality demonstration at a storefront in Ames, Iowa. With a wall TV display, an Oculus Rift headset, and yoga ball trackpad, the Iowa State University assistant professor showed how virtual reality could enrich the inner lives of farm animals confined to small spaces. Strap an Oculus Rift headset onto a chicken, and it’s free range, you see. In its mind. advertisement advertisement “It’s really pastoral,” Stewart says of the Second Livestock world, inspired by humans’ Second Life, and first reported by the Ames Tribune. “There’s waving grass, a few trees, and some artificial intelligence chickens wandering around as well.” With the trackpad, participants were able to mimic the pace of chicken feet with their fingers. Stewart’s also very excited about the next version of the Oculus Rift headset, which will allow for positional head tracking, or craning your neck at … [Read more...] about Could “Second Livestock” Give Chickens A Virtual Free Range?