Chicago’s Festival of Maps – a citywide celebration of geography and maps

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Kicking off on November 2nd, over 25 institutions around the city of Chicago will be participating in the Festival of Maps, which will include exhibitions, lectures, displays and other events continuing well into 2008. Some of the participating institutions include the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, the Adler Planetarium and […]

Calling all Owls…….

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The MIT Media Lab and Maine Audobon are working on a project that uses cell phones to help study bird populations and habitat. The Owl Project researchers actually use cell phones placed within the forest to call owls, play owl sounds, and then record the responses. Following the success of a pilot project in Connecticut, […]

LucidTouch – double-sided touch surface

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Microsoft Research, in partnership with Mitsubishi and the University of Toronto, is developing a double-sided touch screen surface interface for handheld devices. The idea is that the screen will be partly transparent, so you can see your finger as they interact with the back of the screen. That way, the display you’re working with, such […]

Epidemiologists Turn to Video Game For Help

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Ars Technica (an excellent tech news site, by the way) has an interesting article concerning epidemiologists turning to the game developer Blizzard for help. Blizzard is the developer and publisher of the wildly successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft (WoW for short). So why are epidemiologists so suddenly interested in games? Turns […]