Friday, September 11, 2015

Link Round-Up: September 11, 2015

Lady Mechanika by Joe Benitez & Sabine Rich

"Lady Mechanika" by Joe Benitez & Sabine Rich

Inside the Lost 1980s Dungeons & Dragons Movie Gary Gygax Loved

It’s important to remember that scientists present their data in ways that their fellow scientists can comprehend. Technical jargon and statistical error bars can efficiently communicate the legitimacy of a scientific breakthrough to a scientific audience. However, these same features can be both confusing and distracting when presented to a wider audience. For the public to be excited and informed about the latest scientific breakthroughs, technical data visualizations need to be transformed into engaging visual stories that a wider community can understand

M.C. Escher’s Perpetual Motion Waterfall Brought to Life: Real or Sleight of Hand?

Since 1933, the Cambridge University Library has had a pristine copy of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu, the Ten Bamboo Studio collection of calligraphy and painting from 1633. Because the book was so fragile, the butterfly bound (Google books preview) manual for teachers of art and writing was not opened until it could be properly digitized. That day has come, and the entire book is online, giving the world a view of “the earliest and the most beautiful example of multicolor printing anywhere in the world,” according to Charles Aylmer, head of the Chinese department at Cambridge University Library.

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