We need your help. The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015. Please share this post to help more people across the country become aware of this project. Thank you! 

See our interactive database, map and read the latest reports. Follow the conversation on special Facebook community page and on Twitter.

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Clouds

An innovative interactive documentary on coding and creativity has been released featuring many key figures in the field. Featuring 3D content which you can guide, the content can also be viewed with an Oculus Rift headset:

A generation of artists and hackers have emerged on the internet using open source technologies for experiments in art and design.

CLOUDS is an interactive documentary and a portrait of this community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. The project asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms play an important role in shaping culture.

People featured in the film include 40 artists, designers and hackers who participate in the co-creation of free tools for creative expression: Processing and openFrameworks. Reflecting the story of these online communities, the software behind CLOUDS was built in C++ using openFrameworks, and includes real-time interactive visualizations by the artists featured in the documentary.

In its revolutionary hybrid format, somewhere between a documentary, a videogame, and data visualization, CLOUDS allows viewers to navigate a web of ideas. It uses a data-driven Story Engine to present an endless ever-changing conversation, where artists co-exist with their code, presented through real-time interactive visual systems and lush 3D environments.

Highly recommended - you can rent a stream for $5 or purchase a copy for $10 (for Mac and PC) for the interactive version.

You can find out more about the project here

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Unique Glasscapes of Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebner

“Using flat sheets of kiln-polished glass in layers separated by space, Huebner and Boucher’s Cathedral Series of sculptures perfectly captures the subtle shading and layering effect of fog-shrouded mountain ranges. The internal lighting further adds mystery and drama to this peaceful landscape.” H/T

Beautiful and well crafted three-dimensional layered glasscapes by Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebner take engaging glass displays to the next level.

Featured by Chaz M. Follow us to have more fun on Facebook.

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The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States in 2015, to monitor their demographics, and to tell the stories of how they died. 

The database will combine Guardian reporting with verified crowdsourced information to build a more comprehensive record of such fatalities. The Counted is the most thorough public accounting for deadly use of force in the United States, but it will operate as an imperfect work in progress – and will be updated by Guardian reporters and interactive journalists as frequently and as promptly as possible. Contributions of any information that may improve the quality of our data will be greatly welcomed as we work from a dearth of available information toward better accountability. Please contact us to pass on tips, links and multimedia as well as new information on existing cases already recorded.

Why is this necessary?

The US government has no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement. This lack of basic data has been glaring amid the protests, riots and worldwide debate set in motion by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. Before stepping down as US attorney general earlier this year, Eric Holder described the prevailing situation on data collection as “unacceptable”. The Guardian agrees with those analysts, campaign groups, activists and authorities who argue that such accounting is a prerequisite for an informed public discussion about the use of force by police.

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Project Soli

Another announced project from Google ATAP today in collaboration with Ottica (and other partners) developing interactive method using small RADAR chips and finger gestures:

Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects.

Link

Ottica have a Tumblr blog here

The gap between rich and poor schools grew 44 percent over a decade

The richest 25 percent of school districts receive 15.6 percent more funds from state and local governments per student than the poorest 25 percent of school districts, the federal Department of Education pointed out last month (March, 2015).  That’s a national funding gap of $1,500 per student, on average, according to the most recent data, from 2011-12. The gap has grown 44 percent since 2001-02, when a student in a rich district had only a 10.8 percent resource advantage over a student in a poor district.

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Project Jacquard

Project from Google ATAP looks into ways to turn textiles into interactive interfaces:

Project Jacquard is a new system for weaving technology into fabric, transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces. Project Jacquard will allow designers and developers to build connected, touch-sensitive textiles into their own products. This is just the beginning, and we’re very excited to see what people will do with it.

You can find out more at the project page here

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Blue Aurora Borealis at the Museumplein       

The Waterlicht project of studio Roosegaarde continues and takes place this time at the Amsterdam Museumplein. Still on the concept of waving and artificial aurora borealis creations, this installation of blue lights shows the DNA of this city : the power and poetry of water. Via:fubiz

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I discovered a really fun website, it’s called agar.io and it’s an online game with people from all over the world!

You are a cell, and the goal is to grow bigger and bigger by eating smaller cells. It’s ridiculously simple, you navigate with your mouse and you split your cell by pressing the space bar. 

It’s a survival of the fittest, where you are constantly on the run for bigger cells and at the same time hunting for cells you can eat. The interaction between users is really funny too. 

Go try it!