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Big Data A Physicist's Historical Perspective

Big Data & The Scientific Revolution

**David McCandless' "Are We Alone? (Drake Equation)"

Teaching With Infographics: Science

Hungry Planet Infographic

Complex Flight Paths Of Birds Captured On Video By Dennis Hlynsky

Check Out Some Examples of His Research

His Vimeo Account Presents Over 100 Digital Tracks

Here an artist captures vastes amount of data through video, and then prepares a video inforgraphic that makes flight patterns more discernable than watching the video in its original form. 

"US-based artist and designer Dennis Hlynsky films various creatures as they fly, walk or crawl through the world, tracing their deeply complex and intricate pathways. He does this by editing the video so that each creature in the video leaves a trail behind itself showing where it has been. The artist’s most astonishing clips demonstrate the beautiful and labyrinthine flight paths of birds, unraveling the intricacy of their aerial choreography. Hlynsky, who is also a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, started filming birds with a small Flip video recorder in 2005 and now continues his work with a Lumix GH2. He records gigabytes of footage that are then turned into several-minute-long video clips." (source: 

The Prime Challenge: A Challenge To Find The Lost Primes

The biggest prime number ever discovered is 17 million decimal digits long. Its predecessor, discovered in 2008 was 12 million digits long. Those are huge numbers, but there is also a huge gap between them.  In order to be efficient, the algorithms that have been developed to discover large primes will often leave large areas of unexplored territory in the number-space behind them: the “lost primes”.  We’re challenging you to use cloud computing to find one of those lost primes, and help to increase mathematical knowledge.  Get a free trial to Windows Azure to begin your search.

**Zooniverse - You & Your Students Become Researchers (REAL WORLD!!!)

Zooniverse Hom Pagee

The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Our current projects are here but plenty more are on the way. If you're new to the Zooniverse, we suggest picking a project and diving in - the same account will get you into all of our projects, and you can keep track of what you've contributed by watching 'My Zooniverse'.

The Zooniverse began with a single project, Galaxy Zoo, which was launched in July 2007. The Galaxy Zoo team had expected a fairly quiet life, but were overwhelmed and overawed by the response to the project. Once they'd recovered from their server buckling under the strain, they set about planning the future!  Galaxy Zoo was important because not only was it incredibly popular, but it produced many unique scientific results, ranging from individual, serendipitous discoveries to those using classifications that depend on the input of everyone who's visited the site. This commitment to producing real research - so that you know that we're not wasting your time - is at the heart of everything we do.

The primary motivation behind Zooniverse projects is to collect data on well-defined research questions, however with hundreds of thousands of people worldwide participating in these projects generates amazing potential for education. Projects within the Zooniverse provide an excellent resource for inquiry-based learning within the classroom or at home.  The Zooniverse and the suite of projects it contains is produced, maintained and developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The member institutions of the CSA work with many academic and other partners around the world to produce projects that use the efforts and ability of volunteers to help scientists and researchers deal with the flood of data that confronts them.  

Big Data & The Scientific Method

The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete  By Chris Anderson

Big Data and the Survival of the Scientific Method

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