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The Picture Show
11:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Bird Photos That Defy Time And Space

Blue-Throated Hummingbird, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, May 1959
Eliot Porter

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 11:04 am

According to legend, when asked "Why birds?" photographer Eliot Porter replied as if it were obvious: "Because they fly."

But wait! Don't dismiss these as "bird photos." First, it helps to know just how difficult it is to capture a bird in flight — especially on film. It's also good to know how special it was to be photographing in color in the 1940s, and how onerous it is to make one's own dye-transfer prints.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:31 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Check It Out: 'The Human Face Of Big Data'

Shwetak Patel (foreground), a MacArthur Fellow, recognized that every device in a home has a unique signature that can be used to track energy usage. The data collected by Patel's system showed that digital video recorders were responsible for 11 percent of this home's power use, just one example of The Human Face of Big Data.
© Peter Menzel 2012 from The Human Face of Big Data

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 11:52 am

I am just starting to dig into a beautiful new book/project that I wanted to pass along to our 13.7 readers. Its called The Human Face Of Big Data and it is a remarkable attempt to capture the profound transition we are all living through.

The Human Face Of Big Data is a book, a blog, an app and a whole lot more. As the website puts it:

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Planet Money
11:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

NYT Excerpt: Gas Is Too Cheap

Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:33 pm

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about taxing social costs of activities that are not captured by free-market prices. Here's an excerpt.

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

As Australia Faces Catastrophic Fires, Forecasters Chart Record Heatwave

Weather forecasters add deep purple to charts to show extreme heat.
Australia National Science Week

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 9:22 am

Thousands of acres are burning in one of Australia's worst fire seasons ever. Firefighters are deployed in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, notes the Sydney Times Herald. About 140 fires are burning, and some of them aren't contained.

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The Record
11:29 am
Tue January 8, 2013

You Can Never Say Goodbye To The Dancefloor

Gloria Gaynor, whose cover of the Jackson 5's"Never Can Say Goodbye" was one of the first songs included in a side-long megamix, in the 1970s.
Echoes Redferns

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:36 am

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All Songs Considered
11:28 am
Tue January 8, 2013

There's A Brand New David Bowie Song

David Bowie's 30th studio album, The Next Day, will come out on March 12.
Jimmy King Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:36 am

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Favorite Sessions
11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Alt-J: An 'Awesome Wave' Of Eccentric Rock

Britain's Alt-J performs live at opbmusic's studios in Portland, Ore.
Inger Klekacz opbmusic.org

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:20 pm

Even before Alt-J's An Awesome Wave took home this year's Mercury Prize (which honors a panel's choice for the best record to emerge from the U.K. each year), there had been considerable buzz about the band on this side of the Atlantic. By the time the album finally came out here in September — it had been released abroad several months earlier — An Awesome Wave's arrival received the kind of attention few debuts ever see.

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Book Reviews
11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

From George Saunders, A Dark 'December'

Flickr user Anja Jonsson

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 6:03 am

Since the publication of George Saunders' 1996 debut story collection, Civilwarland in Bad Decline, journalists and scholars have been trying to figure out how to describe his writing. Nobody has come very close. The short story writer and novelist has been repeatedly called "original," which is true as far as it goes — but it doesn't go nearly far enough. Saunders blends elements of science fiction, horror and humor writing into his trademark brand of literary fiction.

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Political Junkie
11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:53 am

The fiscal cliff drama? Over. The Redskins' season? Kaput.

There's only one thing left. ScuttleButton.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it's something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Huell Howser, A Favorite Public TV Personality, Dies At 67

TV personality Huell Howser died of natural causes Sunday night, according to KCET. Here, he's seen at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2008.
Charley Gallay Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 9:14 am

Huell Howser, a fixture of public television in California, has died at 67. Howser hosted several public television programs, the most popular being California's Gold, which celebrated the state's unique stories and natural beauty.

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