September 2nd, 2010
Map of science, in the style of a tube map, by Crispian Jago. August 2010.
Seeking to convey 500 years of science, Crispian Jago got inspired to follow the style of the iconic London Tube Map.
The map primarily includes modern scientists who have made significant advances to our understanding of the world, however I have also included many present day scientists who fuel a passion for, and advances in, science through communication and science popularisation.
Check out Crispian’s full map in his blog. And more after the jump…
August 23rd, 2010
David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell, at University of Texas created an amazing tree of life, which is displayed radially. We learned of this via PZ Myers, a biologist, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and blogger — who recently wrote about their Radial tree of life because he uses their amazing graphic in his talks and presentations.
This tree is from an analysis of small subunit rRNA sequences sampled from about 3,000 species from throughout the Tree of Life.
August 9th, 2010
SpicyNodes soars to new heights when combined with other web services. These web services could be features of your own site, or another site, and the resulting “mashup” is more than the sum of its parts. Check out a demonstration mashup of SpicyNodes with Google Maps. It shows you how SpicyNodes can control another system, and vice versa.
How can you use SpicyNodes on your site to make something fresh?
August 4th, 2010
Hot on the heels of iTHoughtsHD, the folks at MindMeister have just released an iPad version. MindMeister is a collaborative mind mapping tool for creating mindmaps. The MindMeister mind maps spread out from a home node, and users (and authors) can expand and collapse sections of the mindmap. Like SpicyNodes, MindMeister users can share their maps publicly or collaboratively edit. The key difference is that with SpicyNodes, you can put a lot of content (including images and videos) in your nodes, and while navigating your nodes, users click from node to node, with the layout continually changing as your focus moves from node to node.
July 30th, 2010
SpicyNodes is designed to match how our brains process information, but how does that really work? The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published Tuesday a landmark paper entitled “Network architecture of the long-distance pathways in the macaque brain” (an open-access paper) by Modha and Singh”
“We have successfully uncovered and mapped the most comprehensive long-distance network of the Macaque monkey brain, which is essential for understanding the brain’s behavior, complexity, dynamics and computation,” Dr. Modha says. “We can now gain unprecedented insight into how information travels and is processed across the brain.
July 27th, 2010
A new blog post on the Shape of Thought blog takes an illustrated look at various trees which have appeared and reappeared in visual representations over the centuries. This complements some interesting pages on our SpicyNodes site on navigating maps, natural spaces, and browsing hierarchies.
The tree is history’s most enduring symbol, one that demonstrates beautifully how our visual representations are shaped by human perception. We use shapes to visualize knowledge. These visualizations, in turn, shape the way we perceive the world. Using the Shape of Thought Approach, we can see how history and the leading edge meet in a universal image that has transformed as humanity has transformed.