Visualising the 9/11 terrorist network

Jeffrey Heer, Alan Newberger

prefuse - 9/11 Terrorist Network Author(s): Jeffrey Heer, Alan Newberger

These images visualise suspected connections between terrorists involved in the September 11th attacks. The width of the line indicates how strong the suspected link is. People are placed on concentric circles based on the number of links between them and the central person, making it easy to measure the social distance between the central person and any other person.

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Ground Zero

A Google Maps mash-up by Sydney-based design firm CarlosLabs looks at what nuclear explosions would do to cities all over the world. via bldgblog

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Elderly couple mistaken for being marijuana growers.

An elderly couple who bought a pink-flowering perennial to brighten up their garden found their home and street targeted by the police and a gang of armed drug users after the innocent-looking plant began to give off a scent similar to cannabis. Link

Police now have mobile fingerprint scanners

From The Guardian Online

Every police force in the UK is to be equipped with mobile fingerprint scanners – handheld devices that allow police to carry out identity checks on people in the street.The new technology, which ultimately may be able to receive pictures of suspects, is likely to be in widespread use within 18 months. Tens of thousands of sets – as compact as BlackBerry smartphones – are expected to be distributed.

The designing safe living wordle

The Designing Safe Living wordle

The Designing Safe Living wordle

Airbags for elderly people!(or drunkerds or snowboarders!)

A brilliant idea from some Japanese tech dudes

Some safe related links