"I downloaded the 12 cloud-free satellite imagery mosaics of Earth at each month of the year," he explains, “wrapped them into some fun projections, then stitched them together into a couple animated gifs." The end result is a pulsing visualization he calls “A Breathing Earth":
Having spent much of my life living near the center of that mitten-shaped peninsula in North America, I have had a consistent seasonal metronome through which I track the years of my life. When I stitch together what can be an impersonal snapshot of an entire planet, all of the sudden I see a thing with a heartbeat. I can track one location throughout a year to compare the annual push and pull of snow and plant life there, while in my periphery I see the oscillating wave of life advancing and retreating, advancing and retreating. And I’m reassured by it.
Read more about his inspiration for this and other projects on his blog. [via io9]
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock provides an overview of her unconventional career path to becoming a space scientist, including how her fascination with the moon started with The Clangers.
She challenges delegates to tackle the stereotypes of science careers, encouraging them to pursue alternative roles in science after completing their studies. ba "My first job was hanging out of the door of an aircraft, taking pictures of missiles. I must admit as a scientist I’d expected that I’d be working in a lab somewhere, or playing with test tubes. This was more like James Bond!"
"You’ve got the opportunity to make a real difference to society… [And] the potential to do more than you ever realise."
"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you, to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say “No. This is what’s important.”"