Like never before, you’ve got alternatives…
It would be nice to look at ancient history…
… and feel like things have changed.
Yes, it probably would be nice.
Enjoy 5,000 years of water conflicts over at the Pacific Institute’s Water Conflict Chronology Timeline.
If you’re feeling full of life, it might be because on a cellular level your own cells are outnumbered 10-to-1 by microorganisms inside your body. We know some are keeping us healthy and others are making us sick, but the initial goal of the Human Microbiome Project is to simply take attendance of all our guests.
Now prepare for some potentially unsettling truths with this New York Times’ visualization of the project’s microbe survey:
Yes, we’re all completely gross.
Decide for yourself with the Mars Exploration Family Portrait below and learn more about our track record, including the time the Mars Climate Orbiter (#31) made it all the way to Mars only to burn up in its atmosphere due to a mix-up between imperial and metric units.
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[Chart by Astrosaurus]
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.
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…
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…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…
[Chart by TD Architects]
The Occupy movement spontaneously created something that doesn’t really exist in the country: communities of mutual support, cooperation, open spaces for discussion … just people doing things and helping each other. – Noam Chomsky
Perhaps what also didn’t exist was an entity of sufficient complexity to compete with the corporate and political structures at work in this country. Compared with yesterday’s conglomerate chart, it looks like Occupy Wall Street‘s NYC General Assembly is starting to hold its own when it comes to tentacles…
(And what is it they say about the side that isn’t getting paid?)
Wish you were in NYC? Be there online.