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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Interactive cell size visualization

The University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center has cell size visualization is reminiscent of the classic Powers of Ten video. It helps the user to compare the size of various types of cells (along with a few larger common objects). A slider adds interactivity, allowing the user to manipulate the scale. Link via Kottke.

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Colors of geotagged Flickr photos

The Flickr as a Paintbrush post explains how geotagged pictures on Flickr were used to create a map of the predominant colors in a geographic bounding box. The process looks pretty easy, although a bunch of photos have to be downloaded (small sizes should be fine for this, though). I’m thinking of making one of […]

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Is Data Visualization Useful?

Jorge Camoes has an article on his Charts blog about whether all the fancy points and rules about visualization are really worthwhile and can be used for general audiences. The conclusion is that audiences need to be educated slowly; a graphic intended for everyone needs to tend towards eye candy rather than a sophisticated presentation […]

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Opticks Open Source Programming Contest

Win a free Wii in the Opticks Open Source Programming Contest by writing an Opticks extension in C++, Python, or IDL. I’m not familiar with Opticks, but it looks like an ENVI competitor: Opticks is an expandable remote sensing and imagery analysis software platform that is free and open source.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Build a brain in a supercomputer

Henry Markram’s TED talk shows how high-performance computing (including many excellent visualizations) are being used to understand the human brain. Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved — soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models […]

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

The Visual Miscellaneum

The Visual Miscellaneum is a coffee table book of visualizations. The author, David McCandless, has a post on his site showing some photos of the book. McCandless writes about the book: Overall though, I think it’s pretty good. Ultimately, I wanted to explore a whole range of subjects as visually and beautifully as possible, with […]

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

Fermi supercomputer

NVIDIA’s Fermi architecture at Oak Ridge: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA®’s next generation CUDA™ GPU architecture, codenamed “Fermi”. Used to pursue research in areas such as energy and climate change, ORNL’s supercomputer is expected to be 10-times more powerful than today’s fastest supercomputer.

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009

VisWeek 2009: VAST

As it ends, I’m going to write-up some thoughts about each conference from VisWeek: VAST, Vis, and InfoVis. I certainly can’t include everything, but will try to post some links to the points that hit me the hardest.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Object-oriented programming in IDL webinar

ITT VIS is doing an object-oriented programming in IDL webinar on October 21.

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Scheduled IDL 8.0 release date

From the newsletter: For IDL, release 8.0, scheduled to release mid next year, will add new language features and visualization experiences aimed at breaking down the barriers between complex data and actionable results. IDL users will quickly and easily be able to create highly interactive visualizations from their complex data sources, while also IDL’s powerful […]

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