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I want to travel to space

Unfortunately if you want to travel to space today, it will cost you $200,000 USD per person. I guess I’ll have to wait for the price to go down, I just hope it doesn’t take very long.

Meanwhile I can almost see what it’s like to be there with the help of these sites with downloadable applications:

GOOGLE EARTH: http://earth.google.com/Google Earth

With Google Earth you can fly to any part of the Earth to see satelite images, maps, buildings in 3D… from galaxies in space to explore Mars in 3D.

CELESTIA: http://www.shatters.net/celestia/Celestia

It is a free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. You can travel throughout the Solar System, to more than 100,000 stars or even beyond our galaxy.

Did you know that astronauts that have been living in space…

  1. suffer from space sickness, nausea, headaches and difficulty to locate their own limbs? This is space travelcaused by the confusing information that gets to their inner ear where balance is controlled.
  2. snore less when they sleep in outer space than when they slept on Earth?
  3. they season their food with liquid salt and pepper? To prevent the grains reach their nose and obstruct their vents.
  4. when they get back to Earth they report difficulty to move their arms and legs? This is another reason why they call it the “second birth”.
  5. they claim they can’t get used to falling objects when they drop them? Ha.
  6. 18 people have died in space missions, but never in space, it has always been leaving the Earth or returning back.

Raise your hand if you want to eat powder food every day and sleep “standing up” inside a sleeping bag… anyone?, another reason why we should thank the astronauts.

These astronauts weren’t taught that they shouldn’t play with their food, I think that adults become kids again in space Ü.

GOOGLE EARTH: http://earth.google.com/Google Earth

Google Earth te permite volar a cualquier parte de la Tierra para ver imágenes de satélite, mapas, relieves, edificios en 3D… desde galaxias del espacio exterior hasta explorar Marte en 3D. Podrás explorar un rico contenido geográfico, guardar los lugares que visites y compartirlos con otras personas.

CELESTIA: http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

Simulación espacial que te permite explorar el universo en tres dimensiones. Puedes viajar a través Celestiadel Sistema Solar, a cualquiera de más de 100,ooo estrellas o incluso más allá de nuestra galaxia.

Para obtener más detalles de estas aplicaciones, puedes acceder a este número de la revista virtual Piensa Indigo.

Complementando lo anterior, ¿sabías que los astronautas que viven en el espacio…

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The Googleplex: Every Employee’s Dream

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Yes, I know, the Googleplex has been functioning for several years by now, but come on let’s be honest, who wouldn’t like to have a gym in their office, two swimming pools, free laundry, beach volleyball courts, ping-pong tables, child nursery, massage salon, pool tables, restaurants and cafeterias with free meals and above all be able to take your dog to work?

It seems like a dream, but no, it is the mere reality for the Google employees in Mountain View, California.

And here, the Googleplex (click the image for a bigger view):

Googleplex

The solar panels in the roofs provide 30% of the Googleplex’s electric needs.

Some wonders of Google’s organizational culture:googleplex 3

  • Every person has their own work rhythm depending on their personal interests and life style. For this reason, there are no specific work timetables in the company, anyone is free to arrive and leave at any given time.
  • Everybody is equal in Google, there are no hierarchical, religious or social differences.
  • Training and learning are permanent. To work in this company, you have to stay up to date and willing to learn something new everyday.
  • If you don’t want to wear a tie it doesn’t make you less professional. I mean, have you ever seen Sergey Brin or Larry Page wearing a tie? I haven’t.googleplex 1

It’s easy to see that Google is trying to make their employees want to stay as much time as possible in their facilities. They have created a little city from which nobody has to get out. They provide 3 payed gourmet meals per day per employee, they do their laundry, take care of their children, offer exercise facilities, I guess bedrooms are the only thing that is measing, or are there?

And now, the million dollar question: can google keep giving their employees these privileges? keep giving free lunches? free recreational activities?Googleplex 2

It seems easy now that the company is doing great, it keeps on growing year after year, their revenues keep raising. I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but what will happen when the market gets more competitive or stops growing at the pace that is growing now? Will their privileges be the same?

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Alert: Traditional Education Systems are Becoming Obsolete. Part II.

As I previously said, this is the second part of the post about the big changes that are happening in the education systems around the world.

We shouldn’t be surprised if every day new students at their university lectures know more stuff than their teachers. This can occur particularly in classes related to computer programming, systems engineering or computational science and engineering.

In many cases, the students complement the teacher’s knowledge. This is due to the existence of a huge number of tutorials, manuals and courses available for free on the web, which are very user friendly and that can teach us about a vast variety of topics.

We can find content for anyone and everyone.

Here are a couple examples:

http://www.youtube.com/edu

youtube.com/edu: Hundreds of universities and institutes have a channel on this site. Here, you can access relevant content and share it with others.

http://freesciencelectures.com/

freesciencelectures.com: The name is pretty self-explanatory. On this site you can find science related videos and lectures.

http://ecorner.stanford.edu/ecorner.stanford.edu: For the entrepreneur that lives inside you, Stanford University shares podcasts and videos of entrepreneurial thought leaders and innovators from Silicon Valley.

http://oyc.yale.edu/oyc.yale.edu: Yale University has also available lectures of Philosophy, English, Physics, Economy, Engineering, just to mention a few.

http://www.apple.com/education/mobile-learning/itunes u: You can access this section through the itunes store. It contains more than 100,000 educational files: audio and video.

It seems that we’ll be lacking time because there’s infinte content.

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December 31st on the Cosmic Calendar

To complement the previous post about Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar, I here add what happened on December 31st, the last day of the year.

December 31st

  • 1:30 pm: Origin of the Proconsul and the Ramapithecus, probable ancestors of humans.
  • 10:30 pm: First human being appears.reloj
  • 11:00 pm: Use of stone tools.
  • 11:46 pm: Domestication of fire.
  • 11:56 pm: Most recent glacial period.
  • 11:59:20 pm: Invention of agriculture.
  • 11:59:50 pm: Great discoveries on astronomy.
  • 11:59:52 pm: Alphabet invention, Hammurabic legal codes.
  • 11:59:53 pm: Bronze metallurgy, compass invention, Trojan War, Olmec culture.
  • 11:59:54 pm: Iron metallurgy, Kingdom of Israel.
  • 11:59:55 pm: Birth of Buddha and Confucious, Ch’in Dynasty China, Periclean Athens.
  • 11:59:56 pm: Euclidean geometry, Archimedean physics, Ptolemaic astronomy, Greek Olympic games, Roman Empire, Birth of Christ.
  • 11:59:58 pm: Mayan civilization, Sung Dynasty China, Byzantine empire, Mongol invasion, Crusades.
  • 11:59:59 pm: Voyages of discovery from Europe and from Ming Dynasty China, Columbus lands in America, Renaissance in Europe.
  • Today, first second of the new year: Beginning of modern culture, science and technology development, French revolution, World War I, World War II, Apollo lands on the moon, spacecraft planetary exploration, search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

All wars, inventions, discoveries, kings, revolutions, independences, and all the written history of humankind happens in the las 10 seconds of December 31st.

This makes me wonder what is important in life. We have been here for a really short period of time.

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Cosmic Calendar

I have already mentioned in previous posts that I am a HUGE Carl Sagan fan, not just because of his expertise in several science areas, but also because he loved to share everything he knew with calendariopeople and he did it in a way that was really easy to understand for everyone.

One of my favorite explanations made by him is the cosmic calendar and it is precisely the topic of this post.

The main purpose of the cosmic calendar is to represent the history of the universe in a calendar year (from January to December) since the Big Bang till today. The object is to represent the most important events in a timeline to have a better perspective and understanding of what happened billions of years ago.

Having this in mind, this is how the cosmic calendar looks like:

JANUARY

  • January 1st: The Big Bang. The universe is formed.

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

  • May 1st: Origin of the Milky Way.

JUNE

  • Planetary systems are formed.

JULY

  • Planetary systems are formed.

AUGUST

  • Planetary systems are formed.

SEPTEMBER

  • September 9th: Origin of the Solar System.
  • September 14th: Formation of the Earth.
  • September 25th: Origin of life on Earth.

OCTOBER

  • October 2nd: Formation of the oldest known rocks.
  • October 9th: Oldest fossils.

NOVEMBER

  • November 1st: Sexual differentiation.
  • November 12th: Oldest photosynthetical plants known.
  • November 15th: Eukaryotes appear (first cells with a nucleus).

DECEMBER

  • December 1st: Formation of an atmosphere filled with oxygen on Earth.
  • December 18th: First plancton.
  • December 19th: First fish. Vertebrates appear.
  • December 21st: First insects.
  • December 23rd: Reptiles appear.
  • December 24th: First dinosaurs.
  • December 26th: Mammals appear.
  • December 28th: First flowers. Dinosaurs become extinct.
  • December 29th: First primates.
  • December 31st: First human appears.

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Temporary Scale:

Ω A month represents 1.25 billion years.
Ω A day represents 40 million years.
Ω A second represents 500 years.

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When I first read this data I found myself in a universal context in which I had never been.

On the next post I’ll give the detail of what happened on December 31st of the cosmic calendar.

If you want further information about the topic you can find it in the famous Carl Sagan’s TV series “Cosmos” or in his book  “The Dragons of Eden.” In youtube you can also find related content.

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Alert: Traditional Education Systems are Becoming Obsolete. Part I.

I could practically guarantee that any and every type of knowledge and information is or will be available in the palm of our hands and free of charge on the web.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit is the most popular encyclopedia on the web and was created only 8 years ago (2001), it has about 2’877,700 articles only in English.

This encyclopedia receives between 10,000 and 30,000 page petitions per second. Let’s now imagine how it will be 10 years from now, I doubt there’ll be something that we couldn’t find on this site.

Los cuatro logos oficiales utilizados por Wikipedia desde su creación.
The four official logos used by Wikipedia since its birth.

Everyday new valuable content is added to the internet. Several universities, educational and cultural institutes share important documents, videos, texts, even complete university courses on video, (it’s just as if you were seated in the classroom just beside your classmates and a few meters from the teacher). Besides, these courses are given by the best universities in the world.

Academic Earth

Such is the case of Academic Earth, a website in which you can find courses related to Psychology, Law, History, Physics, Political Science, and much more subjects from universities such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and everything is FREE.

Now there are no excuses, today more than ever, knowledge is in the palm of our hands.

I’ll come back to the subject with a future post and more websites that make education and knowledge available for every human being with an internet connection.

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Sanyo’s Ad Campaign

This incredible ad campaign is based in the mixture of typographies and double sense to publicize the new waterproof camera from Sanyo.

Created by the  Saatchi & Saatchi agency of New Zeland.

Sanyo Campaign 1

Sanyo Campaign 2

Sanyo Campaign 3

Sanyo Campaign 4

Via NOTCOT.

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