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Comment: 2 565 2795 (Score 1) 663

by MMatessa (#43601519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?
To stay under a 2 degree celsius global warming increase, we can pour about 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, fossil fuel companies are already planning on releasing 2795 gigatons from their proven reserves.

Comment: International Business Times... (Score 1) 108

by MMatessa (#40958485) Attached to: Curiosity Transmits First 360-Degree Panorama From Mars where I go to get the latest space news. Just kidding. I go to the Bad Astronomer, who posted a color 360 panorama two days ago: C'mon Slashot, you can do better than this.

+ - Mystery company may be an asteroid mining project->

Submitted by MMatessa
MMatessa (673870) writes "From The Verge: MIT's Technology Review has just gotten news of a mysterious new project that claims it will "create a new industry and a new definition of 'natural resources.'" Space exploration company Planetary Resources will be unveiled in a conference call on Tuesday, April 24th. Besides the audacious announcement, which promises to "overlay two critical sectors — space exploration and natural resources — to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP," what makes this unique is its high-profile support group. The venture is backed by Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, director James Cameron, and politician Ross Perot's son, among others."
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+ - Liquid metal batteries may be the solution to renewable energy->

Submitted by MMatessa
MMatessa (673870) writes "What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage — so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap.""
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Comment: Re:ManyEyes by IBM (Score 0) 26

by MMatessa (#39231281) Attached to: A Taxonomy of Visualization Techniques
Article types
Data & View Specification: Visualize data by choosing visual encodings. Filter out data to focus on relevant Items. Sort Items to expose patterns. Derive values or models from source data.
View Manipulation: Select items to highlight, filter, or manipulate them. Navigate to examine high-level patterns and low-level detail. Coordinate views for linked, multi-dimensional exploration. Organize multiple windows and workspaces.
Process & Provenance: Record analysis histories for revisitation,, review and sharing. Annotate patterns to document findings. Share views and annotations to enable collaboration. Guide users through analysis tasks or stories.

Many Eyes types
See relationships among data points: Scatterplot. Matrix Chart. Network Diagram.
Compare a set of values: Bar Chart. Block Histogram. Bubble Chart. Track rises and falls over time: Line Graph. Stack Graph. Stack Graph for Categories.
See the parts of a whole: Pie Chart. Treemap. Treemap for Comparisons.
Analyze a text: Word Tree. Tag Cloud. Phrase Net. Word Cloud Generator.
See the world: Ottawa Neighbourhood Map. US County Map. World Map. Massachusetts Map. New Jersey Map.

Comment: Re:ManyEyes by IBM (Score 0) 26

by MMatessa (#39231237) Attached to: A Taxonomy of Visualization Techniques
Article types: Many Eyes types: See relationships among data points Scatterplot Matrix Chart Network Diagram Compare a set of values Bar Chart Block Histogram Bubble Chart Track rises and falls over time Line Graph Stack Graph Stack Graph for Categories See the parts of a whole Pie Chart Treemap Treemap for Comparisons Analyze a text Word Tree Tag Cloud Phrase Net Word Cloud Generator See the world Ottawa Neighbourhood Map US County Map World Map Massachusetts Map New Jersey Map

Comment: Pittsburgh! (Score -1, Offtopic) 285

by MMatessa (#37074730) Attached to: Airline Pilots Allowed To Dodge Security Screening
Pittsburgh is one of the few American cities to be spelled with an h at the end of a burg suffix. While briefly named "Pittsburg" from 1890 to 1911 following a declaration by the United States Board on Geographic Names, the "Pittsburgh" spelling was officially restored after a public campaign by the citizens of the city.

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