Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Random pictures - nature/wildlife


Source:  Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2017 galleries  Go to the link to see the full, un-cropped pictures and many more...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Random charts - income mobility


"... We estimated rates of “absolute income mobility”—the fraction of children who earn more than their parents—by combining data from U.S. Census and Current Population Survey cross sections with panel data from de-identified tax records. We found that rates of absolute mobility have fallen from approximately 90% for children born in 1940 to 50% for children born in the 1980s. Increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates alone cannot restore absolute mobility to the rates experienced by children born in the 1940s. However, distributing current GDP growth more equally across income groups as in the 1940 birth cohort would reverse more than 70% of the decline in mobility. These results imply that reviving the “American dream” of high rates of absolute mobility would require economic growth that is shared more broadly across the income distribution..."

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Random pictures - science


Source The Winners of the 2017 Vizzies (formerly The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge)

Head to the link for the full, un-cropped visualizations and more...

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Random charts - population


"... Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation, according to population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau. Millennials, whom we define as those ages 18-34 in 2015, now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69). And Generation X (ages 35-50 in 2015) is projected to pass the Boomers in population by 2028..."

Monday, August 28, 2017

Random pictures - Iceland


Source: 36 photos of beautiful places in Iceland Visit the link for the full, un-cropped pictures and many more...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Random pictures - here be dragons

"The fantasy of California as an island earthly paradise can be traced back to a 1510 book, Las Sergas de Esplandian which describes a land of Amazonian women without a single man. The women were of course beautiful, had weapons made of gold and tamed wild beasts..."

Friday, August 18, 2017

Random pictures - mystery manuscript


"Named for Polish book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who acquired it in 1912, the Voynich manuscript is a mystery that has remained unsolved for centuries. 

The manuscript is a 6x9-inch codex of bound calfskin vellum, which has been carbon-dated to the early decades of the 15th century, and is believed to have come from northern Italy. It holds approximately 240 pages, some which fold out, though it is believed that some pages are missing.

The content of the manuscript is truly baffling, though. It is written in a completely unknown script, and illuminated throughout with illustrations of seemingly fantastical plants. Estimates of how many individual characters compose the script vary from 15 to 40. 

Many amateur and professional cryptographers, including Allied codebreakers from both World Wars, have spent years trying to decipher the text, with little success.."

Visit the link for the story and more pictures!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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