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In short: A different kind of cinematography, plus the tech to watch in 2013

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May

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Enjoy a sampling of the stories from around the internet that captured our interest this week:

  • Our new favorite Tumblr photographer, Christopher Moloney, takes images of street scenes made famous in classic movies. The twist? He holds an image of the actors in the center of the cityscape. [The Atlantic Cities]
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  • A roundup of the tech to watch in 2013. [IEEE Spectrum]
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  • Mark Lynas was a pioneer of the anti-genetically modified food movement in the 1990s. But at the Oxford Farming Conference this week, Lynas says that he was in the wrong. A brave speech, with a fascinating transcript. [MarkLynas.org]
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  • The app Pocket has revealed the top 10 most-saved videos of 2012, and we are thrilled to see two TED Talks on the list — one second only to “Gangnam Style.” [GetPocket.com]
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  • Online comments can be nasty — but can they have a negative effect on how people interpret what they read before them? A study has found that, when an article on nanotechnology was accompanied by comments full of name-calling, participants gave less favorable reviews of the technology itself. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
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  • The story behind the Great Maple Syrup Heist of 2012. [Business Week]
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  • All-male panels at tech conferences are far too common. Here, a pledge many male speakers are signing that they won’t participate in a panel if it is made up only of guys. [The Atlantic] It reminds us of what TED’s own June Cohen told The New York Times about the complexities of building a conference program where gender disappears.
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  • It’s the future and past of journalism at the same time — a look at the terrible newspaper that appears in Back to the Future Part II. [New York Magazine]
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  • Here, a deep-dive look at how Larry Page is steering the Google ship as CEO. [Fortune] Want to know more about the Google machine? Watch Page’s talk from TED2005, with co-founder Sergey Brin, “The genesis of Google.”
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  • When we look back on life, we realize that we have changed considerably. But we greatly underestimate how much we will change in the future. [The New York Times] Interesting new research courtesy of TED speaker Dan Gilbert.
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  • What hours does the Big Internet Museum keep? Every day, from 00:00 to 00:00, of course. [TheBigInternetMuseum.com]

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