Category: Do it-soon

The stories behind The New Yorker’s iconic covers

VIDEO: In this visual retrospective, Francois Mouly, longstanding Art Editor of the New Yorker, considers how a simple drawing can cut through the torrent of images that we see every day and elegantly capture the feeling (and the sensibility) of a moment in time. Although referring solely to the New Yorker, the video covers a much larger sweep in terms of how line and colour, stripped to essentials, can capture ideas and the spirit of events.


Weight loss from dieting may be nothing more than a placebo effect

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While all popular dietary regimens and fads make impressive claims, science has shown again and again that dieting just doesn’t work in the long-term. Most people either don’t lose the weight or see it boomerang right back. If no diet has turned out to be a silver bullet for weight loss, then what could explain why some of them at least seem to work, at least for some time? Could it be that the inherent placebo effect that comes with any diet is what’s causing you to lose weight?

SOURCE: Business Insider

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child — all children have the potential for greatness

ARTICLE: Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Adults can help almost any child become gifted. The latest neuroscience and psychological research suggests most people, unless they are cognitively impaired, can reach standards of performance associated in school with the gifted and talented. However, children must be taught the right attitudes and approaches to their learning and develop the attributes of high performers – curiosity, persistence and hard work, for example – an approach called “high performance learning”.

SOURCE: The Guardian

Where do ideas come from?

VIDEO: This short film tackles the nebulous origins of inspiration. Does a good idea strike like a bolt of lightning, or does it emerge from a soup of random ingredients cooked at just the right temperature? In a series of brief interviews with writers, artists, kids, and other creatives, we get personal perspectives on where the best ideas originate.

SOURCE: Colossal

The Periodic Table of the elements as an interactive infographic

INFOGRAPHIC: These colourful, fun, and informative periodic tables are great for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults. The infographic is richly interactive and pops up a set of useful information on each page — a visual delight that could well be imitated by those attempting to deliver complex ideas in an eye-catching manner.


Unsplash: a single stop for guaranteed free-to-use, high quality images

UTILITY: All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible. Over 200,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

SOURCE: Unsplash

Globalisation: gospel that is losing faith and followers all over the world

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? Called “anti-globalisation” by the media, and the “alter-globalisation” or “global justice” movement by its participants, a counter-movement tried to draw attention to the devastating effect that free trade policies were having, especially in the developing world, where globalisation was supposed to be having its most beneficial effect.

SOURCE: The Guardian

Publishers of scientific journals generate obscene profits from the unpaid labour of researchers

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Scientific journal publishing is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell. In 2010, Elsevier’s scientific publishing arm reported profits of £724m on just over £2bn in revenue. It was a 36% margin – higher than Apple, Google, or Amazon posted that year.

What other industry receives its raw materials from its customers, gets those same customers to carry out the quality control of those materials, and then sells the same materials back to the customers at a vastly inflated price?”

SOURCE: The Guardian

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