May I have your attention, please?
(…Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?)
Very funny. But seriously, I’ve got breaking news!
The Institute on the Environment’s Dialogue Earth program is bursting into the online community. With their first press release, Twitter account, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and blog, they’re drawing attention, and new supporters, every day. They've even been featured on The Line, SUNfiltered, The Daily Crowdsource, and Crowdsourcing.org.
Big things, folks. I’m telling ya: big things.
(Um, excuse me, KelsiDayle, but what is Dialogue Earth?)
Oh, gosh. I’m always getting ahead of myself. I’ll allow Dialogue Earth to explain for themselves:
“The Dialogue Earth™ team is working to increase public understanding on timely issues related to the environment by delivering engaging, trustworthy multimedia content to large, diverse audiences.”
Consider these three main ways people gather information about the environment:
Dialogue Earth is developing ways to monitor the ‘chatter’ from each information source.
For example, weather and gas price data sets allow Dialogue Earth to monitor these environmentally-relevant personal experiences.
Twitter provides the Dialogue Earth team with an intriguing sample of peoples’ conversations that have some connection to the environment. Dialogue Earth has developed a method of analyzing Tweets for sentiment through crowdsourcing.
Emerging or social medias, like blogs, are changing our understanding of what’s news, but there are still ways to understand the content, frames, sentiment, and assertions of stories. Dialogue Earth is working on developing a responsive and scalable method for so doing.
Eventually, Dialogue Earth hopes to help people process through the hot topics of the day, but for now Dialogue Earth is focusing on understanding what the big issues are and how people are communicating about them. Knowing these things first should help Dialogue Earth develop additional effective communication tools in the coming months. In fact, Dialogue Earth has already conducted their first experiment in crowdsourcing creative content via Tongal. Check out the winning science video on the topic of ocean acidification below:
Pretty great stuff, huh?
It's two of my great loves -- PBS science shows, and Auto Tune -- brought together by Symphony of Science and made accessible to everyone via YouTube.
Watch them all. Download the MP3s. And you might find yourself walking around all day, singing to yourself
"...the secrets of evolution are time and death..."
"...one of the great revelations of space exploration is the image of the earth, finite and lonely, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time..."
"...matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you..."
"We are all connected...to each other, biologically...to the Earth, chemically...to the rest of the universe, atomically..."
And that, friends, would be awesome.
In fact, post your favorite "lyric" below.
"The Unbroken Thread"
"Our Place in the Cosmos"
"We Are All Connected"
"A Glorious Dawn"
We've had a lot of chicken littles weighing in on the Buzz the past few days with their worries about the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland yesteday. Here's a link to a Michigan State University student who thinks the whole deal is so cool that she created a rap song on YouTube to celebrate the learning that the LHC will unleash. WARNING: This video does contain footage of scientists dancing.
Courtesy Zettl Research Group
A fully integrated radio receiver, orders-of-magnitude smaller than any previous radio, was made from a single carbon nanotube (CNT).
When a radio wave of a specific frequency impinges on the nanotube it begins to vibrate vigorously. An electric field applied to the nanotube forces electrons to be emitted from its tip.
This nanotube radio is over 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 times smaller than the Philco vacuum tube radio from the 1930s.
The single nanotube serves, at once, as all major components of a radio: antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator. (Berkely physics research)
Videos from an electron microscope view of the nanotube radio playing two different songs are linked below.