Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Information and Good Reads

Ironworkers spray paint the names of children with cancer on construction beams as they build a new hospital. It thrills the kids, and in a fashion immortalizes them. (via Metafilter)

Graphic artist Jonathan Jarvis created a visual rundown of the factors causing the economic meltdown. The two-part animated video is the simplest of the many explanations I've seen.

A cancer victim sells the rights to film her death for a reality TV series. What seems like a bid for attention is her way of providing for the two young sons she'll leave behind.

Where Are They Now: Advertising Icons. The Gerber baby, the Dutch Boy, and Wendy were all real people who went on to excel in very different areas.

How Much Stuff Do You Really Need? If your house was on fire, you'd figure out quickly that you don't need any of it.

Beauty Affects Men's and Women's Brains Differently. While men calculate where to find a thing of beauty, woman sort those things into categories, which may be an evolutionary response.

The Science of Nostalgia. Things were always better back when we didn't remember them so well.

A comparison of cells in the human body and stars in a galaxy. It makes you wonder what amazing patterns are beyond the realm of our understanding. (via Dark Roasted Blend)

Of the 160 or so space launch failures, here are five of the worst.

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