My mom's new website...

I just set up a new site for one of my mothers projects: "Baum der Religionen" (Tree Of The Religions) - a project to improve the understanding and tolerance between different cultures and religions.

The idea is actually quite simple: Several different apple sorts were grafted onto an apple tree. Each of the seven apple sorts represent on of the seven world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and Baha'i.

How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib

WIRED features an interesting interview with psychologist Philip Zimbardo who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment. He links his research to actual events like Abu Ghraib or jewish wardens in nazi concentration camps.

Read "How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib" over at WIRED.

Interactive physics simulations

Remember you days at school and your physics class? Wouldn’t it be great if that sketch of a pendular or that hand-drawn solar system magically turns into an animated physics simulation?

Actually this is possible for some time now, as MIT developed ASSIST, an sketch understanding system for whiteboards.
It lets you draw objects like bricks, balls, and springs. Your sketch is interpreted so that the system gets an understanding what is a moveable object which elements should stay in place.
After hitting "Run" your drawing is feed into a physics engine and magically turns into a nice animation on your whiteboard.


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