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Visual Science News

From Grrrl Scientist:

Image: LabGrab, January 2010.

An American start-up company in Portland, Oregon, announced the release of their new technology that creates a colorful chart to visualize the volume of science and medical stories published by discipline (above). The boxes are defined by discipline and their sizes are determined by the total number of article headlines published by universities, journals, science news aggregators, and science blogs within the given time period (as defined by the user).

“We read a statistic that roughly 10,000 items of science news were published daily and thought it would be intriguing to animate that day after day” says Jed Herzog, lead developer on the project.

“Grab More Science” was the result. A comprehensive database of content generated by their web ‘bots, “Grab More Science” was developed by asking users to identify relevant web sites, science blogs, RSS feeds from universities, and scientific journals. Using these data, the “Grab More Science” graphic creates a graphic depicting a collection of daily science news. When moused over, most boxes display several subcategories within each discipline.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.