The Science of What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Data Visualization

Read the full story at HBR Blogs. Visualization is easy, right? After all, it's just some colorful shapes and a few text labels. But things are more complex than they seem, largely due to the the ways we see and digest charts, graphs, and other data-driven images. While scientifically-backed studies do exist, there are actually …

Climate Change, Wine, and Conservation

Via Docuticker. Source: Conservation International From humanature blog: True or false? Wine grapes may soon be growing around Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Wines from New Jersey are statistically indistinguishable from French wines. A little over a century ago, Algeria was the world’s largest wine exporter. China is the world’s fastest growing wine-producing country. As …

UK: Pollinators and Pesticides

Via Docuticker. Source: House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (UK) From Summary: Insects are exposed to many environmental factors, but recent research suggests that one group of insecticides—neonicotinoids—is having an especially deleterious impact on insect pollinators. The body of peer-reviewed science on that point has developed appreciably in the course of our inquiry, but certainty …

A Zero Waste Spring Break

Read the full story from Rural Action. Ohio University students who participated in the Beyond Athens alternative spring break trip didn’t anticipate how much the trip would change their perspective on waste in Appalachian Ohio. What Ohio University Senior Allison Hight learned during this experience, however, was that small improvements, such as cleaning a dump …

‘Artificial Leaf’ Gains the Ability to Self-Heal Damage and Produce Energy From Dirty Water

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society. Another innovative feature has been added to the world’s first practical “artificial leaf,” making the device even more suitable for providing people in developing countries and remote areas with electricity, scientists reported here today. It gives the leaf the ability to self-heal damage that occurs during …

New Approach to Testing Health, Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society. Earlier efforts to determine the health and environmental effects of the nanoparticles that are finding use in hundreds of consumer products may have produced misleading results by embracing traditional toxicology tests that do not take into account the unique properties of bits of material so small …