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Picturing the Cosmos — University of Minnesota Press
"Picturing the Cosmos examines the Hubble’s deep space images, highlighting the resemblance they bear to nineteenth-century paintings and photographs of the American West and their invocation of the visual language of the sublime. Strikingly illustrated, this book reveals the scientific, aesthetic, and cultural significance of the Hubble pictures, offering an understanding of how they shape our ideas about the cosmos. "
book  publisher  astronomy  hubble  images  imagery  sublime  nature 
april 2015 by tsuomela
OpenMSI: A Science Gateway to Sort Through Bio-Imaging’s Big Datasets
"Using cutting-edge mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) technology, scientists can study tissues, cell cultures and bacterial colonies in unprecedented detail at the molecular level. This information is already helping doctors better diagnose diseases, pharmaceutical researchers develop more effective drugs, and leading to the creation of energy efficient and renewable biofuels. Despite the advances, researchers envision these areas of science progressing much faster-if only they had a standard set of computational tools to easily process, analyze and share these massive datasets. Now, they do-it's called OpenMSI."
science  big-data  tools  collaboration  biology  chemistry  visualization  imagery 
september 2013 by tsuomela
nanopublic: How the NAS helped turn Natalie Portman into a physicist
In many cases, our views of reality are not based on personal experience.  We find politicians personable or despicable, even though we have never met them in person.  And we feel intimately familiar with landmarks in foreign countries even though we have never visited them.  For many of us, the same is true for scientists working in a lab.  We have mental images of how they act or what they look like, even though few of us have never been in a lab watching a scientist at work. The tricky part: Many of those images may have little to do with reality.
science  public-understanding  media  cultivation  imagery  public  perception  communication 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Vintage Future
Retro images of the future, from various sources.
weblog-individual  tumblelog  images  imagery  futurism  future  history  retro 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Virginia Postrel on Turbines, Trains and Glamour - WSJ.com
Policy wonks assume the current rage for wind farms and high-speed rail has something to do with efficiently reducing carbon emissions. So they debate load mismatches and ridership figures. These are worthy discussions and address real questions.

But they miss the emotional point.

To their most ardent advocates, and increasingly to the public at large, these technologies aren't just about generating electricity or getting from one city to another. They are symbols of an ideal world, longing disguised as problem solving. You can't counter glamour with statistics.
glamour  future  imagery  public  technology 
november 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Uncle Sam
Now of course I don't believe the citizens of a democratic country should blindly trust their government. I don't even believe that the citizens of a democratic country should blindly trust in their own ability to control their government. But I do believe that such citizens can control -- and restrain, and direct -- that government. That is, by definition, what it means to be the citizens of a democratic country.

Democracy isn't automatic, and it's usually not easy, but it is possible. And if we have a government of the people and by the people, then we have the power to ensure that it is also a government for the people.

In other words, we -- we the people -- are Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam is US.
politics  taxes  ideology  propaganda  imagery 
january 2009 by tsuomela
McIDAS
Welcome to the McIDAS Website. In existence since 1973, McIDAS (Man computer Interactive Data Access System) is a suite of sophisticated software packages that perform a wide variety of functions with satellite imagery, observational reports, numerical forecasts, and other geophysical data. Those functions include displaying, analyzing, interpreting, acquiring and managing the data.
meteorology  data-collection  data-processing  satellite  imagery  remote-sensing  gis  weather  software 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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