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Links for 2009-01-04: The Creature Crisis

The Creature Crisis In New Zealand we could discover and name a new species every day for a long time, with the right level of resources applied to the task. New Zealand ranks among Conservation International’s top-25 biodiversity hotspots – “the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth”. About 80% of the plants found here occur nowhere else, making it an enormous job to identify and record them, along with all the other life-forms. “In some groups we really are in a mess. For example, although there are a number of good mycologists in New Zealand study-ing fungi, it’s a group of perhaps 20,000 species and only three or four people are working on them." For those already working in the field, the irony is that at the very time their discipline is withering, the demand for biosystematic skills to serve the emphasis on biodiversity, climate change, conservation, sustainability and biosecurity – all of which the Government claims to give priority to – has never been greater. (tags: NZ NewZealand …

Links for 2008-11-13: Travel

Street with a View Reality intervention: Street With A View introduces fiction, both subtle and spectacular, into the doppelganger world of Google Street View. Then neighbors and passers-by noticed what was going on and got in on the action, devising their own unplanned scenarios. (tags: art googlemaps maps artisticintervention technology mapping fiction streetwithaview) transfercar – from a to b for free Great idea – Transfercar makes it easy for rental car companies that need to relocate vehicles and travelers that want to save money to find each other. Travelers get a free ride driving "relocation cars" for the rental companies, which saves them costs as well. (tags: free transportation travel newzealand innovation startup rentalcar)

Links for 2008-11-12: Evolving Evolution

transfercar – from a to b for free Great idea – Transfercar makes it easy for rental car companies that need to relocate vehicles and travelers that want to save money to find each other. Travelers get a free ride driving "relocation cars" for the rental companies, which saves them costs as well. (tags: free transportation travel newzealand innovation startup rentalcar) Evolution's new wrinkle: Proteins with cruise control provide new perspective The evolution of evolution: "A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution." (tags: evolution adaptation biodiversity science systemsthinking dynamic mitochondria)

Links for 2008-11-10: Web for Change

Al Gore and the Purpose-Driven Web Forget about swapping party pictures on Facebook and other “gee-whiz stuff,” says former Vice President Al Gore. “Web 2.0 has to have a purpose.” “The purpose, I would urge all of you — as many of you as are willing to take it up — is to bring about a higher level of consciousness about our planet and the imminent danger and opportunity we face because of the radical transformation in the relationship between human beings and the Earth,” Mr. Gore said Friday evening at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. — Swapping party pictures is like Joshua playing tic-tac-toe in Wargames, the first steps towards realizing everyone and everything is connected all the time, the beginnings of consciousness raising. (tags: al_gore web2.0 environment globalwarming socialresponsibility consciousness socialaction internet socialnetworking) Obama's Seven Lessons for Radical Innovators Bigness of purpose is what separates 20th century and 21st century organizations: yesterday, we built huge corporations to do tiny, incremental things – tomorrow, we must build small organizations that can do …

Links for 2008-09-28: Open Everything

openeverything.net Open Everything is a global conversation about the art, science and spirit of 'open'. It gathers people using openness to create and improve software, education, media, philanthropy, neighbourhoods, workplaces and the society we live in: everything. It's about thinking, doing and being open. (tags: open opensource participatory art science community)

Links for 2008-09-09: Friendly Invaders

Friendly Invaders When Europeans began arriving in New Zealand, they brought with them alien plants — crops, garden plants and stowaway weeds. Today, 22,000 non-native plants grow in New Zealand. Most of them can survive only with the loving care of gardeners and farmers. But 2,069 have become naturalized: they have spread out across the islands on their own. There are more naturalized invasive plant species in New Zealand than native species. It sounds like the makings of an ecological disaster: an epidemic of invasive species that wipes out the delicate native species in its path. But in a paper published in August in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dov Sax, an ecologist at Brown University, and Steven D. Gaines, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, point out that the invasion has not led to a mass extinction of native plants. The number of documented extinctions of native New Zealand plant species is a grand total of three. (tags: evolution,biodiversity,diversity,new zealand,nyt,new york times,carl zimmer,plants,extinction,botany,ecology,life,biology,science)

Links for 2008-08-31: Open Things

littleBits ittleBits is an opensource library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. Just as Legos allow you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks that make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers and designers. (tags: components design electronics engineering opensource prototyping) Opentape Roll your own muxtape! Opentape is a free, open-source package that lets you make and host your own mixtapes on the web. Upload songs (web or FTP), reorder, rename, customize the style, and share what you like on other sites with an embeddable player. (tags: music mixtape opensource open sharing)

Links for 2008-05-26: Greening the Grocery Store

Greening the Grocery Store Our throw-away society functions on a presumption: somebody else is taking care of this waste. Investigation suggests otherwise. The landfill is a flawed design. Even recycling, in its current mode, is deficient. Only when people become aware of facts, no (tags: design recycling sustainability graphicdesign graphics green plastic supermarket retail shopping information)