The End of Computers as We Know It [infographic]

May 13, 2011 |  by  |  Tech  |  2 Comments
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This is one of the coolest infographic designs I have ever seen. Probably because I’m a sucker for typography, cheesy allusions and computers. I hope you are too. This is pretty much a 50 year timeline of the history of computers. It is crisp, clean and the colors snap, although it is a little low on content.

Besides my critique, I actually learned a few things from this graphic. The fact that “scientists already have the basic building blocks of DNA computers” blew my mind. Imagine tini-tiny biological robots that can enter your body to fight off disease. Also imagine tini-tiny biological robots that can enter your body to be the disease. Yuck.

All technology in my opinion has served the greater good, but when should we start to lookout for the bad? What if evil scientists start popping up and creating super robot viruses for humans we could all be screwed. Evil scientists may be a stretch, but any country *cough North Korea cough* with some DNA robotic engineers could possibly create a devastating biological catastrophe.

This is where I get to my point: North Korea is going to release biological robots to take over the world in the near future. In order to combat this, America needs to keep researching this technology to be able to counter the attack. But if somehow these DNA-filled robots ever band together, we’ll have a horrible case of Skynet. [Via]

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Killer Bees Vs. Killer Cheese [infographic]

May 12, 2011 |  by  |  Funny  |  No Comments
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If you liked the Sitting is Killing You infographic (click here to view) then you will like today’s infographic entitled Killer Bees Vs. Killer Cheese. On the evening news we are constantly made aware of freak accidents resulting in people’s death. Anything from alligator attacks to people dying on the toilet. Just how dangerous is the world we are living in?

Often we hear of animals attacking and killing humans. As many of you remember not too long ago, in 2001, we had the summer of the shark attack. Leading to many people fearing the beach. However, is it really the ocean we should be afraid of? No, it’s bees, there are reportedly 60 shark attacks a year, with only a few resulting in death. Death by bees on the other hand are 48.5, quite high when compared to the .05 deaths caused by polar bears each year.

Animals are not the only thing we have to fear as humans we alos have our household items to fear. Such as ladders, resulting in 122 deaths, electrocution in the bath tub, and powered lawn mowers. Although no danger is greater than our health risks, the greatest being heart disease resulting in 616,000 deaths per year.[via]

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Operation: Kill Osama [infographic]

May 11, 2011 |  by  |  Government  |  No Comments
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Even ten days after the late-night announcement on May 1st, 2011, the death of Osama Bin Laden is still a hot topic on many news shows. It is a story with an endless cache of angles, twists, retracted statements and tongue twisting names (Osama/Obama—say it 10 times fast!). Today’s infographic culls the answers to a USA Today/Gallop Poll survey questioning Americans’ post-Osama feelings.

According to the poll, 54% of Americans feel that the U.S. is safer after Bin Laden’s death. To the question of importance, 1% of Americans responded humorously that it was “not at all important” that Osama Bin Laden was killed. Also interesting is who respondents feel deserves the most credit: 89% back the U.S. Military.

As one chapter in American history closes and almost instantly reopens with further chaos and unrest in the Middle East, it is good to see Americans questioning and developing opinions about the events of the past nine and a half years. Especially when those opinions come in the form of a nifty graphic. [Via]

Americans' Responses to Bin Laden's Death

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Sitting Down is Killing You [infographic]

May 10, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  19 Comments
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According to today’s data visualization, modern human-beings sit down more during the day than they sleep. I am one of these people.

I’m not happy about it. It isn’t healthy to sit around that long, but I do it everyday. Between classes and studying, I almost never stand up. Also, most people with desk jobs don’t have the option to stand while they work. We’re all in the same boat.

I do slouch sometimes, and I try to sit up straight whenever I can remember, but this infographic does say that leaning back when I sit will lead to less strain on my back. I would hate to have back pain anytime soon. [Via]

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Carrots Used to be Purple? [infographic]

May 9, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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Yes, you read today’s title correctly, before the 17th century carrots in fact used to be purple. The carrots we eat today are actually the mutant strains of those of the past; we have the Dutch to thank for the carrots of today. Today’s infographic entitled 10 Fascinating Food Facts is chuck full of food facts that many of us may have never heard before.

I don’t know about you, but Rice Krispies are amongst my favorite of cereals. Not only are they a breakfast cereal but when mixed with marshmallows make some pretty delicious treats. There is also their slogan, how can anyone ever forget the catchy slogan of snap, crackle, pop? Have you ever wondered how exactly that snap, crackle, pop happens? This may be dumb, but I did not know that Rice Krispies are made of actual rice and the snap, crackle, pop is all in the cooking process. Similar to popping popcorn, the rice is cooked into a kernel with thin walls allowing for air pockets to form within, once cold milk is added you get that snap, crackle, pop that we are all used to.

Have you ever wondered why a baker’s dozen is 13 instead of 12? Back in the day bakers used to have it pretty rough, if they were ever caught cheating a customer they would receive punishments such as having their hands chopped off or their ear nailed to to the bakery door. As a result bakers always made sure to give extra product to avoid punishment. [via]

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