Is your city part of the global Occupy Wall Street movement? This interactive map of OWS protests around the world also includes info on arrests (blue) and major events (orange).
If you know of more locations for the map, send a link to a news article or blog posts to traja [at] motherjones [dot] com or @tasneemraja.
And now for today’s awesome science update: Arthur Olson’s Molecular Graphics Lab uses 3-D printers to spit out physical models of drugs and enzymes, and attaches augmented-reality tags to them so that computer vision can help researchers find the optimal fit. Think of it like playing with a Rubik’s cube, except the solution may help cure HIV.
The world is on fire! Literally. NASA just released a virtual video tour of Earth’s fires. As it turns out, agricultural fires in the Southeast and Mississippi River Valley are more visible from space than the forest fires of the West. See more…
The Social Innovation Fellows have always been crowd favorites at PopTech. As Andrew Zolli said when introducing the program, it’s impossible to be cynical around these people who are working so hard to better the world.
This morning we met two entrepreneurs who are both working to improve the lives of people living under $4 (and in some cases much less) a day.
IBM THINK Exhibit: a Review
If you’re like me, and in the habit of overconfidently wandering into a new neighborhood without consulting a map, the lead-in to IBM’s centennial exhibit may be hard to spot at first. En route, there’s the pristine square of Lincoln Center to get lost in, flanked by marbled and gilded institutions of New York’s cultural elite.
Two Words: Cat Cafés!
They’re all the rage in Japan. Seriously.
Many people were there, their focus directed exclusively to one cat or another. They held them on their laps, sat beside them, stroked, patted, and murmured sweet nothings in their ears. All the while, the cats purred the deep purrs of creatures entirely satisfied with their lots in life. After a cup of coffee and brief interactions with three separate cats, my time was up, and I could now say I’d had the full cat café experience.
Yes it’s true. The iPod was truly a game changer for Apple and the world, but Is it Time For Apple To Kill The iPod?
Even as sales continue to slip now (though market share remains around 70%), it has had one hell of a run. Macworld has the story of its birth on October 23, 2001.
Apple chose to unveil its portable digital music player in a low-key special event held on Apple’s campus in Cupertino. The press and Apple fans alike met the iPod with severe skepticism. Pundits openly wondered what business Apple had selling consumer music gadgets. Many proclaimed doom.
Skepticism. Contempt. Doom. Sounds familiar. Sounds like the same reaction that just about every game-changing product initially receives.
The iPod was going to be a huge failure. Except that it was the opposite. It was actually the catalyst that kick-started Apple’s run towards becoming the most important tech company in the world. An MP3 player no bigger than a deck of cards.