Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ’insulted’ by movie about her life | World news | The Guardian (2011)
Nature’s Disastrous ‘Whitewashing’ Editorial, by Ross Andersen - The Atlantic
Nature’s editors don’t say whether there is a substantive case to be made that Sims’s or Parran’s scientific achievements merit these honors in spite of their ghastlier deeds. You can understand why they’d be gun-shy about making that case. For one, the two figures’ sins are not private indiscretions, incidental to their professional reputations. Their treatment of black men and women as subhuman subjects was core to their work. They profited from these experiments, and in the field’s highest currency: scientific prestige. And their actions are not dead history. They are continuous with the racism that infects American society, to the present day. They helped construct a system of medical #apartheid, in which black people were allowed to serve as subjects in the experiments that nudged #medicine into modernity, but were denied the fruits of those experiments.
Science’s ethos of self-correction should apply to how it thinks about its own history, too.
Hurricane How-To, by Adam Pearce
After a couple of days of scrambling, we managed to make a map showing both the accumulation and rate of rainfall
IBM pitched Watson as a revolution in cancer care. It’s nowhere close
three years after IBM began selling Watson to recommend the best cancer treatments to doctors around the world, a STAT investigation has found that the supercomputer isn’t living up to the lofty expectations IBM created for it. It is still struggling with the basic step of learning about different forms of cancer. Only a few dozen hospitals have adopted the system, which is a long way from IBM’s goal of establishing dominance in a multibillion-dollar market. And at foreign hospitals, physicians complained its advice is biased toward American patients and methods of care.
The Khayelitsha Commission was the outcome of over a decade of struggles on safety and justice.
The Commission itself was a truly ground-breaking moment. For the first time in South Africa many of the inner workings of the police were made public as tens of thousands of pages of SAPS information was made available. It offered the opportunity for residents to tell their stories and senior officers had to account to the public.
“People’s Power” tells this story from the eyes of the activists and community members who fought, and continue to fight, for a safer and more just society.
Produced by @chronicle.digitalZA for the Social Justice Coalition.
Un défi cartographique - Brèves de Maths
5 Reasons the UN Is Jumping on the Blockchain Bandwagon
the World Food Program is already using the #Ethereum #blockchain in a pilot program called Building Blocks to distribute vouchers for food to refugees in Jordan. There are plans to expand the program to refugees in the other eighty countries where the WFP operates.
But this is just the beginning. Experts are brainstorming how to take advantage of the Ethereum blockchain’s adaptability.
Bikini islanders still deal with fallout of US nuclear tests, 70 years later
Prepared by female graduate students and research staff in the Laboratory for Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT
In my view, this is the most useful report ever written in terms of its potential to improve the environment for members of under-represented groups in academia. Rather than focusing on egregious examples of harrassment (the staple of “let’s avoid lawsuits” presentations), this report focuses on the million and one small ways in which even the best intentioned of us inadvertently create environments that are not conducive to the career development of women, and, by extension, members of other under-represented groups.
city model (GHS-SMOD)
Format: the grid data are distributed as raster files in TIF format. The ZIP files contain raster files together with pyramids (i.e., TIF and OVR files).
Temporal resolution: 1975, 1990, 2000, 2015
The Global Human Settlement Layer: an amazing new global population dataset
Conversions via #inkscape en ligne de commande :
for i in /path/to/*.ai; do
j=`basename $i .ai`;
inkscape "$i" --export-png=/tmp/"$j".png --export-background-opacity=1 --export-background=white --export-dpi=300;
(ici pour convertir des fichiers #illustrator (.ai) en png)
We conduct the largest ever investigation into the relationship between meteorological conditions and the sentiment of human expressions. To do this, we employ over three and a half billion social media posts from tens of millions of individuals from both Facebook and Twitter between 2009 and 2016.
Quelques milliards de tweets permettent d’affirmer avec un certain niveau de confiance que l’humain moyen n’aime pas la pluie et préfère une température entre 20°C et 30°C.
Kaspersky Lab turns the tables, forces “patent troll” to pay cash to end case | Ars Technica
“Why don’t you pay us $10,000 ?”
Nouvel incendie dans une usine chimique d’Arkema au Texas, frappée par Harvey
Les responsables de l’usine ont par ailleurs défendu la décision de garder sur place le peroxyde sur le site, jugeant que tenter de faire sortir les conteneurs de peroxyde de l’usine avant qu’elle ne soit inondée par les pluies de l’ouragan Harvey, était trop risqué, même si cela impliquait qu’ils se mettent à brûler plus tard.
City of Cape Town ordered to buy land for Marikana residents | GroundUp
The City of Cape Town has been ordered to negotiate with the owners to purchase the land on which the Marikana informal settlement is located. Judge Chantal Fortuin handed down this landmark judgment in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, ensuring that about 60,000 people will not be evicted from their homes in Philippi East.
Visualizing Sex as a Spectrum - Scientific American Blog Network
The search for solid data on transgender and intersex populations proved challenging, and was confounded by a variety of factors. For example, surveys often lump transgender in with gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities. And DSDs, in addition to being variously defined by different entities, sometimes go undetected or emerge unexpectedly, either during sexual development or later in life.
The project abruptly transformed into an exercise in visualizing complexity. First, it seemed imperative to define a few terms. Sex, gender, and sexuality are all distinct from one another (although they are often related), and each exists on its own spectrum. Moreover, sex cannot be depicted as a simple, one-dimensional scale.
DeepL schools other online translators with clever #machine_learning
repéré par @severo, le moteur de #traduction_automatique #DeepL (Linguee) a l’air plus performant que celui de google. Il y a une espèce d’API (secrète ?) exploitée ici par exemple :
et qui pourrait rejoindre le plugin #SPIP traduire_texte (au moins)
I used #machine_learning techniques and #visualization to explore new navigation possibilities for Wikipedia while preserving its hypertextual feel. With Encartopedia, you can map the path of any journey through Wikipedia, or use the visualization to jump to articles near and far.
(assez proche de ce que je fais avec #tSNE)
Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector by Nevada Museum of Art — Kickstarter
Orbital Reflector is a satellite that will have no commercial, military, or scientific purpose. Instead, it will be a public sculpture, visible from the ground without a telescope — a satellite that belongs to everyone.
Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant - The New York Times
Citizens Against Monopoly that accuses Google of “trying to censor journalists and researchers who fight dangerous monopolies.” The website vows, “We are going to make sure Google doesn’t get away with this.”
Amazing graphics from the 1950s New York Times archive
graphics teams back then used illustration in creative and beautiful ways. Some of the most stunning graphics I saw in the collection were illustrations.