Steven Pinker on Linguistics and Style – [VIDEO]

Steven Pinker presents the latest research in linguistics and cognitive science. He outlines differences in style guides and some hilarious misuses of words and grammar.

(h/t boingboing)

Mashup Music Video

DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2015 [VIDEO]

DJ Earworm’s mashup of 2015’s biggest US hits.

Infographic Science

How Scientists Fool Themselves – [INFOGRAPHIC]

Research is tough and there are numerous ways in which data can be interpreted incorrectly. Nature recently published an striking article detailing the many ways in which scientists end up tricking themselves into seeing evidence that isn’t there, resulting in publishing false results. The highlights are outlined below

(Source: How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop)


20 Cognitive Biases – [INFOGRAPHIC]

20 of the most popular and common cognitive biases.

(via thisishappiness)

Travel Video

Iceland from above – [VIDEO]

Filmed over 8 days, this mesmerizing footage from Blue Racer Productions showcases the stunning landscapes and beauty of the North Atlantic Island.

Travel Video

Los Angeles by Air – [VIDEO]

Ian Wood’s beautiful and enchanting glide through the streets and landscapes of North America’s third largest city.

Los Angeles from Ian Wood on Vimeo.

Locations detailed at

Music: BLu ACiD’s adaptation of “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” by Boo Boo Davis.

Earth Travel Video

Beautiful drone footage (Iceland and Jordan) – [VIDEO]

Dima Balakirevs beautiful drone footage of Iceland, showcases the Island’s magnificant waterfalls, geothermal features, and lava formations.

In a similar vein, Scott Sporlede and Ross Borden have created another video of Jordan highlighting its stunning features from the ancient ruins of Petra to the mind-blowing rock formations of Wadi Rum.

(h/t boingboing)

Politics Video Visualizations

Military and Civilian Deaths of World War II – [VISUALIZATION]

The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary examining the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war.

Neil Halloran’s film below explores the numbers to provide a perspective and context on the military and civilian deaths in this conflict and others. It highlights the massive lost of life incurred by Germany, The Soviet Union and China during this time.

For the full interactive visualizations, check out

Funny Images Visualizations

‘The Fear’ – [VISUALIZED]

It’s a sensation, a feeling, most Irish people will have experienced at some time in their lives. It’s a saying we’ll all have heard by those in a delicate way on a Sunday or Monday morning. Eoin Whelehan’s visualization documents brilliantly the feelings associated with this experience.

(h/t broadsheet)

Art Images Time-lapse Video

Mining Online Photos To Create Time-Lapses – [VIDEO]

Researchers at the University of Washington and Google have stitched together fascinating time-lapse films based on large collections of online photos.

We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections. The approach is completely automated and leverages the vast quantity of photos available online. First, we cluster 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker. Our resulting time-lapses show diverse changes in the world’s most popular sites, like glaciers shrinking, skyscrapers being constructed, and waterfalls changing course.

The engadget article explains the basic process:

Here’s how it works: first, the researchers sorted some 86 million photos by geographic location, looking for widely snapped landmarks. Next, the photos were ordered by date and warped so that all had a matching viewpoint. Lastly, each photo was color-corrected to have a similar appearance, resulting in uniform time-lapse videos.

For more on the research and a PDF of the process, check out their project website at Time Lapse Mining from Internet Photos.

(h/t boingboing)