From Philip H. Howard at Michigan State:
Consolidation has increased in the international seed industry in recent decades. The chart below depicts changes in ownership involving major seed companies and their subsidiaries, primarily occurring from 1996 to 2008. The largest firms are represented as circles, with size proportional to global commercial seed market share.
Extra Credit: Count how many sound like food companies.
Wait for it…
This is probably a good time to point out that every country is a contender for the “greatest country in the world” award.
Just imagine what life would be like were we all “going for it”.
A page from “A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism” by James Clerk Maxwell, 1873 via Wired’s The Classic, Beautiful and Controversial Books That Changed Science Forever.
In the movie Star Trek: First Contact, a character asks Captain Picard how much it cost to build the Enterprise, and he replies, “The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn’t exist in the 24th century. The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves, and the rest of humanity.” What do you think about that? – From Wired interview with Paul Krugman
What’s the goal of BuildTheEnterprise.org?
Exactly what you might hope…
From the BTE site:
We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship known as the USS Enterprise – so let’s do it.
Now that’s the spirit. And based on early projections, it’s only going to cost about a trillion dollars, which at $50 billion a year is pretty much peanuts, particularly considering the scale of the project.
But this is not the first time someone has made such a chart.
This time, however, the studio isn’t involved and the idea is to build it in space, not Nevada, for the purpose of boldly and literally going where no person has gone before.
This first generation Enterprise can have 1g artificial gravity and ample living space. It can be as comfortable to live in as being on earth. A thousand people can be on board at once – either as crew members or as adventurous visitors. While the ship will not travel at warp speed, it can travel at a constant acceleration such that the ship can easily get to key points of interest in our solar system.
What’s the plan?
9 years for research, 11 years for development and then Mars is ours in 90 days. What do you think about that indeed.
While Krugman was not optimistic about the immediately-distant future, why wait three centuries to do something we could technically achieve in our lifetime? We can create jobs and free up some parking spots all in one go.Goddard Group via BoingBoing]
If you’ve ever wondered where your favorite (or least favorite) philosopher got their ideas, the following chart will guide you through the history of thought based on the “influenced by” section for every philosopher on Wikipedia.
Try getting your head around that…
(click image for larger versions)[Chart from Drunks&Lampposts via Foucault News]
…and slept from 11 to 7, 98% of the planet would be awake between 5-6am PST and 75% would be asleep between 2-3pm in the afternoon…TD Architects]
Last week we started an experiment working with headlines from the New York Times to see what might be gleaned from them. This* week the experiment continues with new sources and a complete set of working links…
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