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Google introduces Compute Engine, Google-scale Linux virtualization

From ArsTechnica: Google has announced a new cloud service Compute Engine, offering large-scale Linux virtualization on Google's infrastructure.

Google boasts that Compute Engine offers up to 50 percent more compute power per dollar than competing IaaS offerings. For applications with low bandwidth and I/O demands, Compute Engine can offer hundreds of thousands of cores; Google demonstrated a genetic application running on 600,000 cores. 

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Scientists discover cell surface 'docking stations' play important function in membrane protein trafficking

Scientists discover cell surface 'docking stations' play important function in membrane protein trafficking | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

(Phys.org) -- Ion channel proteins – teeny batteries in cells that are the basis for all thought and muscle contraction, among other things – also serve as important docking stations for other proteins that need help figuring out where to go according to groundbreaking new research by a team of Colorado State University scientists. The research by Diego Krapf, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mike Tamkun, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Emily Deutsch  appears this month in the peer-reviewed journal, Molecular Biology of the Cell.  Click image or title to learn more.

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Google Fusion Tables API Changes

Google Fusion Tables API Changes | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Google Fusion Tables is a data visualization web application that you can use to work with large data tables to extract meaningful information.
Fusion Tables lets you store, share, query, and visualize data tables. It has a REST API that you can use to manage tables, and a query facility that can be used to manage data rows (insert/update/delete), and query the table for all rows that match spatial or data conditions. Google has announced the public availability of its new Fusion Tables API and at the same has begun a six-month deprecation period for the SQL API. So developers need to start to move over to Fusion Tables soon. Click headline or image to learn more...

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WaterML2 - A Global Standard for Hydrological Time Series

The results of a public voting process have confirmed that the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has decided to adopt WaterML 2.0 as an official OGC standard for hydrological time series encoding. This helps pave the way for better integrated geo-hydro simulation models and open exchange  of different of kinds of hydro-meteorological observations and measurements. Very Cool. Learn more by clicking on the title.

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NSF selects UAB biologist for prestigious Tree of Life team

NSF selects UAB biologist for prestigious Tree of Life team | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

UAB biologist Robert Thacker, Ph.D., is part of an interdisciplinary team developing a digital Tree of Life that will enable scientists to see the relationships between organisms at a glance. 

The project, Arbor: Comparative Analysis Workflows for the Tree of Life, is part of the National Science Foundation’s $13 million Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing the Tree of Life program, AVAToL. The Arbor team will receive $4 million; $500,000 is dedicated to the work of Thacker, a professor in the UAB Department of Biology, whose focus is symbiosis research in marine invertebrates and sponges. “The idea is that we will be able to accelerate science quickly and easily by sharing data and the way it is analyzed. And that will encourage scientists to try new ideas, find new answers and enhance the quality of research in multiple fields of science,” said Thacker.

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Fourth International Conference on Science Matters

IV International Conference on Science Matters :June 25-27, 2013 Porto, Portugal.

 

Science Matters (SciMat) series of conferences and publications  aim to bring natural and social sciences and humanities under a unified paradigm where all are studied scientifically from the perspective of complex systems.  For the SciMat program, see the webpage: www.sjsu.edu/people/lui.lam/scimat/

 

 

 

 


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Parallel Processing of File Data With Scala

Nice Scala example using BufferedSource to read lines from stdin as a buffered source, and also parallelize without the need to hold the entire dataset in memory. Click on headline to learn more...

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Royal Society wants to see equal value in datasets and journal articles

Royal Society wants to see equal value in datasets and journal articles | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A timley and important argument as Open Data underpins more science and decision making. Britain's Royal Societyargues that high-quality and publicly accessible datasets should be given as much credit as standard publications in the research excellence framework.Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/06/22/royal-society-wants-britain-see-equal-value-datasets-and-journal-articles#ixzz1yXsks2Jz

 

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Smart Grid: The smart water market: a slow emergence

Smart Grid: The smart water market: a slow emergence | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Smart Grid - Smart water is emerging as a market similar to the already-in-place smart grid market, but the challenges and potential risks and benefits are far from the same, according to new report from IDC Energy Insights, Smart Water Market Overview, that lays out what is driving the market, how it's growing and what to expect in the years to come. Learn more...

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Early Flow Maps | Urban Models + Spatial Complexity + Smart Cities +

Early Flow Maps | Urban Models + Spatial Complexity + Smart Cities + | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Showing that nothing is ever new, Mike Batty posts an example of an early flow map from 1906 and gives links to earlier examples by Charles Minard in the 19th century. 

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H5N1 human pandemic 'possible'

H5N1 human pandemic 'possible' | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Researchers say the H5N1 bird flu virus could mutate into a form that could be spread rapidly between humans.
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mesh cities, smartcities explorations

mesh cities, smartcities explorations | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

MEshCities.com is always worth a coffee break read. Interesting article on applying game theory to smart cities. Learn more...

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Whole Cell Biosensors in the Era of Synthetic Biology - July 3 London

Whole Cell Biosensors in the Era of Synthetic Biology - July 3 London | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

If you can make it the Whole Cell Biosensors in the Era of Synthetic Biology on July 3rd in London (at the BIS conference Centre) looks very worth attending. The purpose of this meeting is to facilitate knowledge exchange between the two closely related disciplines of Whole Cell Biosensors and Synthetic Biology and stimulate further ideas for successful future developments. Learn more...

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Open House: Smarter cities, smarter thinking

Open House: Smarter cities, smarter thinking | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A good review of Open House: Smarter cities, smarter thinking meeting on the 28 June, 2012 . 

This year’s conference centred on the cohesive development of our cities. Delegates from BDP, Hawkins Brown, Nicholas Hare Architects, Pick Everard and Foster + Partners were among those present at the second day of the Open House Worldwide Conference 2012 hosted by CBRE in London. Worth reading. Click on image or headline to learn more.

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Jenna Burrell | Assistant Professor, School of Information, UC-Berkeley

Jenna Burrell | Assistant Professor, School of Information, UC-Berkeley | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Jenna Burrel is a sociologist and assistant professor in the School of Information at UC-Berkeley. If you are interested in the intersection of socioeconmics, ethnography, big data and good research her blog is a must read.  Also her latest article “Technology Hype vs. Enduring Uses: A longitudinal study of Internet use among early adopters in an African city” is out this month in the wonderful open access journal First Monday. Click on the image or headline to learn more..

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Using semantic technology to turn big data into smart data

Using semantic technology to turn big data into smart data | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

 Second part of an interesting interview with David Saul, Chief Scientist at State Street Corp. He talks about the challenges and tradeoffs of getting a semantic database off the ground, and how semantic technology could produce really big benefits for many companies, thanks to his and others' efforts now under way to develop standards. Given the role of semantics in large scale data analysis - certainly worth a read. Learn more by clicking on the image or the headline.

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European Nuclear Power Plant Simulation Forum 3-4.October 2012 Barcelona,

European Nuclear Power Plant Simulation Forum 3-4.October 2012 Barcelona, | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Event:   Quite some time ago I helped build realtime 3D simulators for nuclear submarines and power plant control rooms. More recently our last generation of 3D software was used by a number of groups for similar activities, so the European Nuclear Power Plant Simulation Forum on 3rd and 4th of October 2012 in Barcelona, Spain caught my eye. It is the only event of its type in Europe and  will bring together those who are involved with simulators, training personnel, training managers, operation support managers and anyone with an interest in nuclear power plant simulators or those who develop or use simulation tools for nuclear power plants.  If you are connected with the industy it might be worth attending.

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NRG Events's comment, January 15, 2013 8:05 AM
I actually asist to this event and to be honest was great! very recommended to anyone working with simulators at the Nuclear Industry. I also want to share the memories http://nrg-events.com/2012/10/memories-european-nuclear-power-plant-simulation-forum-2012-3-4-october-2012-barcelona/
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Flu immunity is affected by how many viruses actually cause the infection

Flu immunity is affected by how many viruses actually cause the infection | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Both the number of viruses in initial flu infection, and the virus type, affects the patient's outcome. Mice infected by high concentrations developed immunity, and generated immune cells in the lungs to fight other strains. Mice that were infected with a relatively low concentration of the virus developed weaker immunity against the strain that infected them, did not build up this crucial population of immune cells in the lungs, and showed only delayed immunity toward other flu strains. This discovery could pave the way for new prophylactic strategies to fight flu infections and provides a novel basis for vaccine design. Learn more by clicking on the image or headline.

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Big Data’s Parallel Universe Brings Fears, and a Thrill

Big Data’s Parallel Universe Brings Fears, and a Thrill | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Dr. Farmer said classical economics had failed miserably to provide the right data for us to understand ourselves. He and others have begun to develop so-called agent-based models of the economy, asking in effect how the seemingly random behavior of individual ants can give rise to anthills with all their pulsing purpose, form and intelligence.

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design: Revisited | Smashing Magazine

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design: Revisited | Smashing Magazine | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Good Article on good and bad approaches to infographic design. Bottom line: when it comes to information graphics, it should always be data and information first, and then you design around that. For that to happen, you have to learn more about data — how to work with it, where it comes from, and what it represents in the real world. Data can be beautiful when you realize the latter, and when you do, you won’t have to work so hard to catch the eyes of readers, because the story behind the numbers and spreadsheets will shine through. Select headline or image to learn more...

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Book Review: Living with Complexity, by Donald Norman - Core77

Book Review: Living with Complexity, by Donald Norman - Core77 | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The Design  of Everyday Things by Don Norman is one of my favourite books since it makes a number of design and interaction ideas easily accessible. His new book Living with Complexity is reviewed over at Core77. The underlying thesis is that what makes something simple or complex is whether the user understands the conceptual model. Unfortunately, to make our lives easier, people need progressively more complex and powerful tools. The key to making them useful is (1) meaningful communication and (2) compelling conceptual models. The review and the book are both worth reading. Learn more.

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Smart Cities to change life in Africa - URENIO Watch

Smart Cities to change life in Africa - URENIO Watch | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Smart Cities can change the urban way of life in Africa providing safer neighbourhoods, very low traffic-congestion, a low carbon environment and houses that run themselves. All these futuristic-sounding innovations will be available not at some point in the far future but in the next five years according to the upcoming Smart Cities summit in South Africa. Learn more...

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Gamasutra - Features - How Do You Put the Sim in SimCity?

Gamasutra - Features - How Do You Put the Sim in SimCity? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Games and games technology often inspire and sometimes lead the simulation industry. Over the years Sim City has been instrumental in many people learning about simulations, urban planning and land use in and outside of a class room. The next generation of Sim City is likely to do that and set expectations on what City Simulations should look like. :-) Great article at Gamasutra on the design and aesthetic of the new version and how it relates to the underpinning simulation. Learn more...

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Accelrys Discovery Studio 3.5 Released

Accelrys Discovery Studio 3.5 Released | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

We use Kepler for some open workflow tasks however a number of life scientists we know use Pipeline Pilot.  Accelrys’  recently released Discovery Studio® a  complete modeling and simulation solution  for both small molecules and macromolecules-based drug design. Based on Pipeline Pilot, Discovery Studio enables scientists to automate routine tasks, integrate third party applications and  deploy models out to research colleagues. IF you are automating workflows in Life Science environments it might be worth a look. 

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Cancer, Data and the Fallacy of the $1000 Genome - Forbes

Cancer, Data and the Fallacy of the $1000 Genome - Forbes | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Article based on  a talk given by Mark Boguski of Harvard Medical School at a recent healthcare conference in Boston.  Article is by Jim Golden a practising LIfe Science data scientist and worth reading. 

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