A surprisingly vocal map of human sounds and emotions now exists online. This map is not a geographical map, it is a noisy map: The map, and the whats and wheres of it, get a detailed description in the study “Mapping 24 emotions conveyed by brief human vocalization,” Alan S. Cowen, Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Petri […]
Maps of the Many, Many Roads to Heaven and Hell
“There are many woodcuts and broadsides depicting the roads to heaven and hell,” says the Graphic Arts Collection blog, from its cozy home at Princeton University’s Firestone Library. The blog shows and discusses several maps of “The Many, Many Roads to Heaven and Hell.” (Thanks to John Overholt for bringing this to our attention.) BONUS […]
When is a Transport Map Too Complex for Your Brain?
This new study explains, maybe, why so many people feel overwhelmed in navigating a big city by metro or bus. The study is: “Lost in transportation: Information measures and cognitive limits in multilayer navigation,” Riccardo Gallotti, Mason A. Porter, Marc Barthelemy, Science Advances, epub February 19, 2016. The authors, at the Institut de Physique Théorique, France, the […]
To license Australia’s National Public Toilet Map dataset…
To license Australia’s National Public Toilet Map dataset, you must agree to a set of terms and conditions. To use the National Public Toilet Map, you go to the National Public Toilet Map web site. There you can: Enter a location, address or postcode to find nearby toilets. Plan a journey, to get a list of toilets along […]
Gluteal Aesthetic Unit Classification
“The idea of an aesthetically pleasing gluteal region has been with us since early recorded history. The ancient Greeks had nomenclature to describe an aesthetically pleasant buttock area: callipygian is derived from calli, meaning beautiful, and pyge, meaning buttocks.” But, when it comes to surgical buttock re-contouring, not everyone’s idea of callipygia is the same. […]
Mapping noses in the Basque Country
Anthropologist Esther Rebato [pictured here] of the University of the Basque Country has mapped the presence of nasal characteristics in people who dwell in the Basque Country. Her study is: “Aspectos métricos y morfoscópicos de la región nasal en vascos [“Metric aspects and morphoscopic the nasal region in Basques”],” Esther Rebato, Munibe Antropologia – Arkeologia, no. […]
Brainy ambition: Connecting this and that, and readability
There’s new hope, in one quarter, about understanding the human brain. Ian Sample reports in the Guardian: Quest for the connectome: scientists investigate ways of mapping the brain Researchers have a goal so ambitious it is almost unthinkable – learning how all 85bn neurons in the human brain are wired up … A human connectome […]
Flying/Carpet Data Trove
Matt Cohen has created a Google Maps application that shows photos of carpeting in many of the world’s airports. This data is available free to all scholars who may have a use for it. The image shown here is of a carpet in Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy.