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Smart Cities: Stockholm Royal Seaport Project Update · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Staffan Lorentz, head of development, Stockholm Royal Seaport, talks about the progress of the Stockholm city project in this promo video. While echoing many other similar promo videos - worth a watch for the areas they highlight and focus on. Click on headline to learn more.

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Next up in Charlotte: envisioning smart water - Smart Grid News

Next up in Charlotte: envisioning smart water - Smart Grid News | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

While a press release - gives a good overview of the city of  Charlotte's Smart Grid water project, which  industry players has teamed with Envision Charlotte and the city's utility to launch Smart Water Now - a water measurement and efficiency program. Click on image or tite to learn more...

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CERN Observes New Fundamental Particle – What Comes Next?

CERN Observes New Fundamental Particle – What Comes Next? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Both the ATLAS and CMS experiments have observed a new fundamental particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson. Article form Scientific Computing discusses whats next for the CERN teams and physics community.

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Predictive data analytics in New York City - O'Reilly Radar

Predictive data analytics in New York City - O'Reilly Radar | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A predictive data analytics team in the Mayor's Office of New York City has been quietly using data science to find patterns in regulatory data that can then be applied to law enforcement, public safety, public health and better allocation of resources. In a good interview Michael Flowers explains why applying data science to regulatory data is necessary to use city resources better. This is the other aspect of smart cities - better analytics and models informing policy and practise. Worth readig. Click on the image or headline to learn more

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The Next Microsoft - a 3 day rebranding excercise

The Next Microsoft - a 3 day rebranding excercise | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Great find by Jed. Loved the article but like Jed, didn't agree with all of the concepts on the rebranding - but darn its nicer than what Microsoft does now.


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Scientists reveal mechanism for cellular remodeling

Knowing precisely how a cell is built will enable scientists to reconfigure and repurpose them for various biomedical applications,” says Bruce Goode, professor of biology whose lab studies the cytoskeleton. Until recently, scientists believed that there were different nucleators, or cell- igniters, responsible for making different types of actin structures or networks. But over the last few years, genetic research has suggested that nucleators might actually collaborate more often than they act alone. Click on title to learn more...

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Gene Regulation I Lab Protocol | Intro Biology

Gene Regulation I Lab Protocol | Intro Biology | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Simulation is increasingly used in biology to explore system relationships. This lab will gives students the opportunity to explore the regulation of bacterial gene expression through the use of both traditional biochemical lab techniques and modern computer simulations. While they incubate their bacteria, they use computer simulations to better understand how beta-galactosidase expression is regulated in E. coli. Thw dynamic model helps them make predictions as to the outcome of the experiment. There are computer simulations for different types of gene regulatory systems to explore and make predictions about how gene expression is controlled in each circumstance. Biology lessons were always cool - but they just got a whole lot cooler. Click on the image or headline to learn more. 

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Putting predictive analytics to work

Good Computerworld article on predictive analytics project adoption. Emphasizing that it does not require a big budget, but does require business understanding and sponsors to agree that this is a priority for them. Includes a good checklist that is well worth considering for any project. Thanks to Franz Dill for the link. Clikc on image or tittle to learn more...

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Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom | Science Wire | EarthSky

Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom | Science Wire | EarthSky | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Whirlpools, or eddies, swirl across the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean sustaining phytoplankton in the ocean’s shallower waters where they can get plenty of sunlight to fuel their growth, keeping them from being pushed downward by the ocean’s rough surface.The result is a burst of spring and summer color atop the ocean’s waters. How important is the bloom to the North Atlantic Ocean and beyond–to the global carbon cycle?

Springtime blooms of microscopic plants in the ocean contributes to the oceanic uptake of carbon dioxide, amounting globally to about one-third of the carbon dioxide humans put into the air each year through the burning of fossil fuels. Click on the image or the title to learn more.

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CERN

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The ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN presented their initial findings that indicate a Higgs - like particle in the mass region of 126 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). In the same way the discovery of the electron in the late 19th century fundamentally changed life in the 20th century, it will be interesting to see how these results influence our understanding of the universe and what they then inspire. On  a personal note, since we live right next to the LHC and we have a number of friends who work at CERN and who are intimately involved in ATLAS And CMS we just want to say one big shout out congratulations to everyone involved. Awesome. Click on image or title to learn more.

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Inside a Synthetic Simulation Platform - Tools, Testing, & Virtual Systems

Inside a Synthetic Simulation Platform - Tools, Testing, & Virtual Systems | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Jakob Engblom at WindRiver's blog talkes abut their new synthetic simulation-only Simics target machine called QSP (Quick-Start Platform) which helps hardware and system designers  to design a piece of virtual-only hardware that is as simple as possible, while still running real operating systems similar to how they work on ordinary hardware. This enables faster real world prototyping for new devices. Click on image or title to learn more.

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Céu + Wireless Sensor Networks

Céu + Wireless Sensor Networks | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are composed of tiny devices (known as “motes”) that sense the environment and communicate via radio. The Synchronous Blog has a great demo using a fixed ring topology with three motes placed side by side within their radio ranges. The motes  follow the same behavior: receive a message with an integer counter, show it on the leds, wait for 1 second, increment the counter, and forward it to the mote on its right. The demo code is less than 70 lines of code and shows how to use parallel compositions and communication via internal events to achieve the intended behavior.

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Open Data in Development Aid

This European Public Sector Information Platform topic report focuses on the question of how improved access to and analysis of data can help increase transparency, accountability and effectiveness to improve our understanding of how aid can be made more effective. Link to PDF file on web page. Click the headline to learn more...

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Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks Market - Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 – 2017) | True Market Research (TMR)

I tend to take market research reports with big pinches of salt. It's probaly too many years of the current fashion item willl be the next 300 billion dollar industry only to see it it peter out for the next great thing. That said  Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks research report on the industrial sensor market (components, echnologies, industrial applications and geographical markets and trends is probably worth a look at if you need the sensor market data overview or key headline facts.  That said i didn't see anything on their market research methodology, data sources or validation processes - so you might want to ask them about those if this is of interest.

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MidSens'12

MidSens'12 The seventh international workshop on Middleware Tools, Services and Run-time Support for Sensor Networks (MidSens’12) will be co-located with MIddleware 2012 in Montreal canada. Event runs between December 3rd and 7th 2012.

 

Import­ant Dates:

 

Paper Sub­mis­sion dead­line: August 15, 2012
Accept­ance noti­fic­a­tion: Septem­ber 21, 2012
Author regis­tra­tion dead­line: Octo­ber 5, 2012
Camera-ready ver­sion due: Octo­ber 5, 2012
Work­shop: Decem­ber 3–7, 2012

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Shutting Down Kasabi

Shutting Down Kasabi | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Kasabi -a self-service environment that made it easier to publish data using a standard set of APIs, and support developers in finding and using that data today announced its closing down due to lack of market traction. A number of similar services to Kasabi are now looking at alternate revenue models and pivoting services - seems open data start ups are coming to the end of the start up honeymoon. Kasabi was a promising offering from a skilled company -will be interesting to see what comes next from the team behind it. We wish them luck on future endeavours..

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Impact of Big Data – Geoffrey Moore Keynote

Impact of Big Data –  Geoffrey Moore Keynote | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Geoffrey Moore's keynote at Hadoop Summit 2012. Moore is famous for the Crossing the Chasma and Into the Tornado models of technology adoption.  If you are tracking Hadoop and BigData markets, Moore's keynote at Hadoop market is worth watching. He concludes that BigData/Hadoop is still in the early market and not at the bowling alley stage. He concludes that the industry can tell it is crossing the chasm when it focus on use cases with domain expertise in the outcomes of the target market (.e. g optimization of Healthcare processing, or optimization of financial processing etc) as opposed to Batch analysis or Map reduce. Insightful and worth watching. click on the elephant or the title to learn more..

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Marketing the Narrative of Complexity

Marketing the Narrative of Complexity | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Complexity, by its very nature, is not a simple concept to communicate, yet it is increasingly becoming one that will define our times and may be the key to ensuring human survival and wellbeing. Interesting article on the marketing challenge facing comprehension of complex systems. Click on image or title to learn more...

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Stop and go: 'Traffic policeman' protein directs crucial step in cell division

A traffic policeman standing at a busy intersection directing the flow of vehicles may be a rare sight these days, but a similar scene appears to still frequently play out in our cells. A protein called Lem4 directs a crucial step of cell division by preventing the progress of one molecule while waving another through, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have found. The study is published online today in Cell. Click on the title to learn more.

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How to Mine Unstructured Data - Information Management Newsletters Article

How to Mine Unstructured Data - Information Management Newsletters Article | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Mining Unstructured Data: Difficult, but Not Impossible. Interesting highlevel overview of steps to mine unstructured data for analysis.

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Faculty Summit 2012 - Microsoft Research

Faculty Summit 2012 - Microsoft Research | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Microsoft Research will present its Faculty Summit accessible by the public. On July 16 and 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) (noon to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). The summit gives an opportunity to hear leading academic researchers and educators, as well as Microsoft researchers, product group engineers, and architects explore new opportunities in computer science research and advances that address real-world challenges. Should be at least and hopefully awesome.  Click on the image or title to learn more.

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pywrapper 0.1 : Python Package Index

If you use  Key-Value Data stores   (Memcached, Redis, TokyoTyrant ...) then PyWrapper will be of interest.

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big data and the geoweb | ryan burns

big data and the geoweb | ryan burns | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Insightful blog post from the – university of washington's Ryan Burns on the realtionship between BigData and GeoWeb and its implications.

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Telvent Implements its Technology for Smart Cities in China

Telvent GIT, S.A., an IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced today that it is working together with the Chinese cities of Nanning, Fushun and Erdos to transform the way these major cities are managed at present. The company will implement its SmartMobility technology aimed at intelligent urban and mobility management to enable local authorities to make the most of their road infrastructures. These cities are expected to lower the current number of traffic delays by over 35% and the inner-city commute rate is anticipated to drop by around 15%. Click headline to learn more

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Researchers closer to understanding how proteins regulate immune system

Researchers closer to understanding how proteins regulate immune system | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Researchers have revealed how white blood cells move to infection or inflammation in the body; findings which could help lead to developing drug therapies for immune system disorders. Click on the image or title to learn more.

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