Archive for July 2009
From Stitch Wars –
A long stitch ago in a Gallery not so far, far away, an alliance of crafty rebel artists was formed to honor the epic fantasy world of Star Wars.
From edwardtufte.com –
Nick Johnson, who worked at a military contractor in tracking possible ICBMs and distinguishing a missile attacks from space junk, prepared the 2 drawings used in my Envisioning Information. He told me in 1988 that he decided to make the space-junk object symbol just a little bit bigger than a random speck that might show up in making xerox copies!
Here is a current, non-visual summary of space junk as reported by space.com: there are 4,000,000 pounds now in orbit, and the estimated probability of a penetration of the Space Station in a 10-year period is .45.
— Edward Tufte, January 10, 2002
illustration Stephen D Nash / Conservation International
From the New York Times Week In Review –
Fabio Röhe of the Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Society and his colleagues just announced the discovery of a new monkey in the Brazilian Amazon, a petite saddleback tamarin with a foot-long tail and a pelt of rust, gray and dappled gold, while other scientists with the conservation group have lately detected new primate species in Bolivia, India and Tanzania.
Since the last summary of the world’s mammals was published in 2005, tallying the roughly 5,400 mammalian species then known, Dr. Helgen said, an astounding 400 or so new species have been added to the list. “Most people don’t realize this,” he said, “but we are smack-dab in the middle of the age of discovery for mammals.”
New Creatures in an Age of Extinctions By NATALIE ANGIER