Who ever thought that the mouse wheel would be the best way to explore the size of the universe? I’m constantly inspired by science and although this isn’t the prettiest of websites, I feel that it’s simply awe-inspiring. After visiting this website I’ve discovered some funny names for some nebulas (Tarantula nebula, Barnard’s Loop, & the Spire to name but a few).
Nathalie Miebach is an artist who manages to find the grey area between sculpture, science, and information design. Most of her work is woven, like a wicker basket. She uses uses climatological data to create the patterns for her weaving, and uses colours to distinguish different data sets (humidity, rain fall, tide, etc). They are fascinating sculptures in their own right, but knowing that these objects can be ‘read’ gives them an additional dimension.
Researchers have discovered a way to reconstruct visual activity in the brain by hooking subjects up to fMRI brain scanners. Essentially, they record specific neural patterns and have learned how to image them. “So far, it’s only been used to reconstruct movie trailers, but it could, it is hoped, eventually yield equipment to reconstruct dreams on a computer screen.” Amazing! Image being able to actually record your dreams…
Is this the first step towards mind-reading through technology? I guess every great technological leap always carries with it a burden of moral responsibility.