Category Archive for Science

BP Oil Spill Multitouch Map Mashup

BP Oil Spill Multitouch Map Mashup

Just like everyone else over the last two months, we’ve watched the continuing oil spill in Gulf of Mexico with a sense of helplessness and despair. Not only did has this unnecessary accident taken …

A View of the Moon from Chaco Culture National Park

Last week, I was part of a group of amateur astronomers who attempted to capture NASA’s LCROSS mission impact from Chaco Canyon. As I mentioned in an earlier post , I first tried my hand at astrophotography the weekend before the event. The photograph below was taken just after the spacecraft impact early in the morning on October 7th. Unfortunately, the event was not visible from any of our telescopes. (You’ll have to visit NASA’s LCROSS site to see the effects of the …

100″ Multitouch Table, EM Spectrum Exhibit

Update: February 13, 2015  – We have a completely updated version of the EM Spectrum application using dual 55″ 4K UHD screen.  We’ve begun work on our most ambitious multitouch exhibit to date. We are building a 100″ table for Adventure Science Center’s Sudekum Planetarium in Nashville, Tennessee. The design is based on our MT2 multitouch table. For this custom installation, we are doubling the current form factor to create our largest multitouch surface to date. Of course, doubling the size involves a number of significant changes.

Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)

Recently we helped redesign the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) website. CAISE is a NSF-funded center “devoted to advancing and improving informal science education (ISE) in its many and varied forms.” As part of this effort, we worked closely with CAISE to conduct video interviews with principal investigators (PIs) of four NSF-sponsored projects in Washington D.C. The full video interviews appear on the CAISE site, and introductory clips are on YouTube. Below is the introductory clip interview with Frances …

KQED QUEST’s Next Step

A new and improved version of  KQED’s QUEST Website, which we helped to develop, is now live. QUEST is an ambitious project utilizing all of KQED’s platforms to not only broadcast science and nature programming, but to also build a community supporting further exploration in the area. Ideum worked with KQED to design a website promoting community participation via an interactive mashup-driven website. The most recent version of QUEST includes a number of improvements intended to simplify the navigation of the site’s ever-expanding …