3D Map of Universe Captures 43,000 Galaxies

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The 2MASS Redshift Survey (details here) took 10 years to complete, and it has now yielded the finest 3D map of the universe ever made, cataloguing more than 43,000 galaxies within 380 million light-years from Earth. The new map was presented last week at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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Penn Sound: Fantastic Audio Archive of Modern & Contemporary Poets

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The University of Pennsylvania hosts an extensive and pretty remarkable audio collection of modern and contemporary poetry, with a generous helping of prose writers thrown in. Directed by Al Filreis and Charles Bernstein (whose U.

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A Digital Reconstruction of Washington D.C. in 1814

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What did the U.S. capital look like 200 years ago? Finding a satisfactory answer to this question is very difficult since there are very few reliable images, maps and written accounts from Washington’s early days.

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Chemistry on YouTube: “Periodic Table of Videos” Wins SPORE Prize

≡ Category: Science, Video - Science |1 Comment

A few years ago, we posted about an ambitious project out of the University of Nottingham called The Periodic Table of Videos.

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City of Eight Million Soundtracks

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“Solitude,” wrote Henry David Thoreau in Walden, “is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows. The really diligent student in one of the crowded hives of Cambridge College is as solitary as a dervish in the desert.

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The Musalman: The Last Handwritten Newspaper in the World

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Tucked away in the crowded southern Indian city of Chennai, in the shadow of the Wallajah Mosque, is an unflattering building. But what happens inside the building is remarkable. Every day since 1927, a dedicated team has worked tirelessly to create a handwritten newspaper, The Musalman (in Urdu: مسلمان).

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The Guitar Prodigy from Karachi

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Usman Riaz began playing classical piano at 6, then took up the guitar at 16. Fast forward four years, and you have this — the 20-year old Riaz playing his song “Firefly” in a music video that’s more like a mini indie arts film than anything else.

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Don’t Dance at the Jefferson Memorial: A Quick PSA

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Anyone know what law these dancers were violating, since the arresting officer apparently doesn’t know (or won’t say)?
Update: This article/post gives you the backstory. It explains that the dancers were “there protesting a … court decision [handed down] earlier this month that upheld a ban on dancing within the memorial.

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Gil Scott-Heron, Godfather of Rap, Rest in Peace

≡ Category: Music, Poetry |6 Comments

Gil Scott-Heron, sometimes called the “Godfather of Rap,” passed away in New York today. He was 62 years old.
Scott-Heron started setting poetry to rhythmic jazz during the late 60s and and gained fame when he recorded The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in 1971.

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John Banville: Art is a Minority Sport

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The Franz Kafka Society announced yesterday that it was awarding the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize for 2011 to the Irish writer John Banville, who has built a reputation for being one of the finest prose stylists working in English–and for being a bit difficult.
First, there are the books themselves.

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