Some good things we’ve seen #5

14 December 2009 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

  • Since another decade is drawing to a close, here’s complete list of ‘best of the noughties’ lists (via Marginal Revolution).
  • In the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate summit, come these not so good things we’ve seen; this map starkly shows the globe if countries are resized to represent their fossil-fuel based emmisions:

Whilst this one shows the countries sized proportionately in terms of the predicted distribution of climate-sensitve diseases, such as malaria, malnutrition, and diarrhea:

The maps are from the UN’s State of the World Population 2009 report (Via Global Dashboard).

  • The world’s first supercomputer – Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine –  has been rebuilt in California. It’s essentially a very large calculator, but it’s quite spectacular to watch in action.
  • Shereen El Feki, an academic from Cairo, talks about the potential for pop culture in the Arab world. And on a similar, but slightly more provocative note, here’s more anecdotal evidence of Western cultural influence in Afghanistan.
  • Google Chrome’s new advert shows the latest features for its browser with an ironic twist.
  • And finally – on a completely frivolous note –  Bruce Lee plays Table Tennis with Nunchucks, taken from Gawker’s Top 100 viral Youtube videos of 2009. All are shorter than 3 minutes!

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