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Playing Footsie

So. Freakin. Cool. Robert Full’s TED talk on “Secrets of Movement” and designing artificial feet for all-terrain robots.

Once again the folks at TED are posting new talks from previous years. I think this completely rocks, for those of us keenly interested, but unable to attend. Unlike some similar conferences (many of which are, I believe, imitators of TED) which make talks available via expensive DVDs, these folks really care about the IDEAS and sharing them. Huzzah!

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Go watch Hans Kessler presenting his mind-blowing data visualization of world health, economy, and myth debunking at TED 2006.

Using the nonprofit GapMinder Foundation site’s tools and database access, it should be possible to create similar correlations between results of conservation efforts like acquisition of permanent easement land by conservation trusts, annual bird and wildlife counts, water and wetlands analysis, and localized life expectancy, cancer, and economic data.

I want to see this. If it correlates the way I *hope* it will, it could be an extremely powerful tool for conservation, right-sizing, and healthy sustainability.

If you get to it before I do (likely!), can you please comment here or email me? Many thanks!

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