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Open-Source Maps Made Easy

The Open Street Map project is a very ambitious attempt to create a user contributed vector map of the entire world.  Open Street Map allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from “anywhere” on Earth. OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways. 


Enter The Matrix: The Deep Law That Shapes Our Reality

What if we had a theory that could explain everything?  Not just atoms and quarks but aspects of our everyday lives too.  Sound impossible? Perhaps not.  It’s all part of the recent explosion of work in an area of physics known as the Random Matrix Theory.  Originally developed more than 50 years ago to describe the energy levels of atomic nuclei, the theory is turning up in everything from inflation rates to the behavior of solids.  So much that many researchers believe that it points to some kind of deep pattern in nature that we do not understand.