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Meet Raheem, a Facebook Messenger chat bot who wants your help to keep tabs on police

At any time of day, no matter what happens between you and a police officer, Raheem wants to know about it. Raheem never sleeps. Raheem is a Facebook Messenger chat bot that will gather and map out interactions with police across the country; it just entered beta testing and is looking for a few thousand helping hands. Raheem’s creator, Brandon Anderson, eventually wants to use reports from thousands of users to build a people’s map of police behavior. Using Raheem is super easy.

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How did Fred and George figure out how to use the marauders map? “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” isn’t exactly a phrase you just happen to say.
Imagine the twins staying up late poking at this pilfered piece of old parchment, wants out, trying to figure it out. What if the map really WAS enchanted to insult whomever reads it (with special anti-snivellus spells worked in of course).
The twins LOVE IT, they think it’s hysterical, the want more! So they start interacting with the map more and offering their own quips and insults (“Mssr. Padfoot sounds like a loser with bad hair” “MSSR PADFOOT’S HAIR IS LUXURIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL EXCUSE YOU.”) They start developing a report with the personalities inside the map.
The map decides they’re worthy of its secrets.

Fred and George get even more into the map, and into these four mysterious mischief makers who paved the way for them. Did they go to Hogwarts? What houses were they in? Did Prongs play quidditch or gobstones? Did Moony have a girlfriend? Did Wormtail prefer chocolate or licorice?
Fred and Geoege start making goddamn Marauders headcanons. They’re super into it- these four people are their heroes. They imagine a whole life for them and speculate endlessly.

Flash forward to the summer before their 7th year. They’ve long since passed the map to Harry, have sort of gotten over their obsession with the marauders, have bigger things to focus on. But then in the hallway, in passing, they hear Sirius fondly calling Remus “Moony” and hear Lupin laugh and call Sirius “Padfoot”.

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Yuan Ming Yuan (圓明園)

The garden and palace complex known as Yuan Ming Yuan (圓明園, “Garden of Perfect Clarity” or “Garden of Perfect Brightness”) was constructed in the early 1700s as a retreat for the Qing emperors. It soon grew, becoming the place where they spent most of their year.

One section of this vast park was built in a European-inflected style, with palaces designed with input from Giuseppe Castiglione, a Jesuit artist and missionary from Italy who served as one of Emperor Qianlong’s court painters. 

Our only visual evidence of this part of the Yuan Ming Yuan comes from a set of engravings reproducing original drawings by court artist Yi Lantai. The Getty Research Institute’s copy of these 20 engravings has been digitized, and is available for download here.

The Yuan Ming Yuan was reduced to ruins by British and French troops in 1860 at the end of the Second Opium War, making these engravings especially precious.

@mit​ has a great digital exploration of the Yuan Ming Yuan, including an interactive map showing how it once looked.

South façade of the Harmony of Wonderful Delight, South façade of the Hall of the Calm Ocean, The Mountain of Perspective, and West façade of the Aviary from Yuan Ming Yuan, Portfolio with 20 leaves of plates (Beijing, 1783–1786), 54 x 91 cm. Copperplate engravings after drawings by Yi Lantai. The Getty Research Institute, 86-B26695

The race to map the human body — one cell at a time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished — and inspired. Using a virtual-reality model, Hannon and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge, UK, flew in and out of blood vessels, took stock of infiltrating immune cells and hatched an idea for an unprecedented tumour atlas.

“Holy crap!” he recalls thinking. “This is going to be just amazing.”

On 10 February, the London-based charity Cancer Research UK announced that Hannon’s team of molecular biologists, astronomers and game designers would receive up to £20 million (US$25 million) over the next five years to develop its interactive virtual-reality map of breast cancers. The tumour that Hannon flew through was a mock-up, but the real models will include data on the expression of thousands of genes and dozens of proteins in each cell of a tumour. The hope is that this spatial and functional detail could reveal more about the factors that influence a tumour’s response to treatment.

The project is just one of a string that aims to build a new generation of cell atlases: maps of organs or tumours that describe location and make-up of each cell in painstaking detail.

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The luminous haze that obscures our view of the constellations - light pollution -is one of the most prevalent forms of environmental alteration. Its impact is felt across a swath of life from the migration of sea turtles to the circadian rhythm of humans. 

A new atlas of light pollution created by an international team of scientists reveals just how pervasive this artificial glow is. The atlas shows that more than 80% of the world and more than 99% of the U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies. The Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans.

Check out this interactive map and read more here.

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For the past 2? weeks I’ve been working on a custom menu system for fleshchild! Since I’m stupid, players have options between 4 different color schemes. This means… a lot of work for me orz (visi and vice’s main menu sprites including all effects and most effect variations totaled up to a little over 60 pictures alone LOL)

HOWEVER I really enjoy making custom menus so not to worry! It will add on a lot of time just working on this, but the game will look much more polished as a result. And yeah, there will be a semi-interactive map of Ashvale just for fun

Earlier this week, my son was using an interactive map online and trying to name all the states. He got ahead of himself and yelled “KENTUCKY!” just before clicking the wrong spot and having the computer respond “Pennsylvania.” He immediately started laughing, and kept bringing it up later that night. 

Seeing his sense of humor develop as he grows has been such a blessing to witness. As simple as this napkin was to draw, it’s probably one of my new favorites, because of the joy I know he’ll get from it.

anonymous asked:

Hello! i have a question for you... Have you ever considered writing something about Nami and Drake? I don't mean as a pairing... But just an idea focused on them?

Hmmm, yes and no. Like, I have lots of little interaction ideas in my head, both based in canon and non-canon, some that involve my sibling headcanon, others that don’t. I could never view them in terms of a pairing, so any ideas I have always come from a friendship or siblingship place.

Most of my ideas involve Nami riding on dino-Drake’s back to get away from danger because apparently he’s a coward at heart, too. Also, who wouldn’t want to have their own personal carnivorous dinosaur as a guard dog? I’m sure Nami would take full advantage of any protective inclinations Drake might have toward her. And imagine her taking him shopping. He’d probably at least sprout his dino tail to carry more bags. It’d be so cute.

So, I have ideas, but nothing to make into a cohesive piece focused entirely on them. Maybe once we get to Wano and hopefully see more of Drake, I’ll have more solid inspiration to write something.

Bloomberg Risk Indicators Matrix, 2017.

The Bloomberg Country Risk Score is a composite of 29 indicators representing financial, economic and political risks facing investors. Risk scores are calculated on a monthly basis and range from 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating less overall risk relative to other countries.

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so since I’m probably getting pet rats in a couple weeks and I’m excited for them, what if all the Pines had their own very close pet, not just Mabel with Waddles?

Dipper would, I think, do a ton of research before selecting a strange, somewhat exotic pet that fits his personality. Maybe an African Grey parrot, known to be super smart, that Dipper spends hours trying to teach intelligence puzzles and increasingly complicated phrases? Imagine Dipper using his parrot as a study aide, pretending its a person he’s teaching the content to (they say teaching something is the best way to properly learn it) and this leads to amusing situations where the parrot starts including trigonometric functions and the steps of mitosis into its everyday randomly repeated vocabulary

Stan would probably be much more “boring” by comparison, having taken pity on some stray cat or dog (grudgingly impressed by its moxie in breaking into the shack or something). The stray is missing half an ear and is clearly blind in one eye with a crooked tail, looks ugly as sin and hates everything and everyone except for Stan. They learn to tolerate family, but they will never cuddle and ask for attention from the other Pines like Waddles sometimes does. 

This is totally coloured by my recent experience, but I like the idea of Ford having a rat. Normally, rats are always better in pairs, but Ford just has the one. It makes up for this species isolation by literally always being with Ford, somewhere in his jacket or sleeve usually. Rats also only live at most to 3 years, but Ford had it out of the portal, and its still pretty spry after a couple years on the Stan o War. Stan’s convinced it’s some genetically altered specimen Ford rescued, because there’s no way Ford has a normal pet rat. Dipper thinks its a normal rat and that Ford is doing Great Science Things to prolong its life. Mabel thinks that it’s “love conquering all” and that karma really owes it to Ford anyways. The real truth is that it’s a pet rat that happens to be from a dimension where rats have a much longer lifespan and are even more intelligent

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// Synth Space - An interactive video installation that transforms the structure into a visual instrument. An iPad with TouchOSC controls a vvvv patch that generates animated graphics. The graphics are projected onto a mirror-turntable with glass objects and optical beam splitters that distort the light. A camera picks up that image, and outputs to four projectors, covering the structure with light.