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Cellular Computing - Google+

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Cellular Computing

is a new page on G+ where you can discuss exiting concepts and publication around cellular computer. Have a look! Really cool material.....

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106140549977596536572/


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Python for Data Analysis

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Despite the explosive growth of data in industry after industry, learning and accessing data analysis tools has remained a challenge.

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Bacterial signaling systems as platforms for rational design of new generations of biosensors

Bacterial signaling systems as platforms for rational design of new generations of biosensors

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Checa SK, Zurbriggen MD, Soncini FC.
"Bacterial signal-responsive regulatory circuits have been employed as platform to design and construct whole-cell bacterial biosensors for reporting toxicity. A new generation of biosensors with improved performance and a wide application range has emerged after the application of synthetic biology concepts to biosensor design. Site-directed mutagenesis, directed evolution and domain swapping were applied to upgrade signal detection or to create novel sensor modules. Rewiring of the genetic circuits allows improving the determinations and reduces the heterogeneity of the response between individual reporter cells. Moreover, the assembly of natural or engineered modules to biosensor platforms provides innovative outputs, expanding the range of application of these devises, from monitoring toxics and bioremediation to killing targeted cells."
http://1.usa.gov/JTBbQj


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Growing Economic Inequality 'Endangers Our Future' : NPR

Growing Economic Inequality 'Endangers Our Future' : NPR | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

In The Price of Inequality, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues in his new book, The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future,  that widely unequal societies don't function effectively or have stable economies and that even the rich will pay a steep price if economic inequalities continue to worsen. Stiglitz chaired President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and became the chief economist at the World Bank so his opinions are certainly informed. NPR books has a great interview that is worth reading. Learn more...

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Big data is a big deal for development | CIDP | Canadian International Development Platform

Big data is a big deal for development | CIDP | Canadian International Development Platform | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A recent (short) essay by Aniket Bhusan Senior Researcher at NSI and CIDP explains why  “Big Data” is such a big deal for development was just published by USAID as part of their Frontiers in Development book. the book is free from the link on this page. Worth Reading. Learn more...

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What's quantum physics got to do with biology?

Tonight at the World Science Festival, astrophysicist Paul Davies and quantum computing innovator Seth Lloyd will talk about the growing field of quantum biology—why it works, what it means, and how it might shape our future. The Bad News: The Festival is happening in New York City and tonight's panel is sold out. The Good News: You can watch a live webcast of the event online at 8:00 Eastern time.  Learn more

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Resilient Development of Socio-Economic Systems: Agent-Based Computational Sociology

Resilient Development of Socio-Economic Systems: Agent-Based Computational Sociology | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Summary of Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia, Italy) latest book. It focuses on the usage of agent-based models for sociological analysis and it extensively presents methodological issues, fields of application and examples. Learn more..

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2012: Trends in simulation software - Windpower Engineering (press release)

2012: Trends in simulation software - Windpower Engineering (press release) | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
2012: Trends in simulation softwareWindpower Engineering (press release)Simulation software spans a range of capabilities in the wind industry.
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UrbanTec China: Solar to be integral part of cities' clean future - pv magazine

UrbanTec China: Solar to be integral part of cities' clean future - pv magazine | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
pv magazineUrbanTec China: Solar to be integral part of cities' clean futurepv magazineThis week brought encouraging news from China regarding the development of smart grids to help enable the smart and sustainable cities of tomorrow.
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Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

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Wired Article scooped and summarized by Fredeeric Amblard: Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising. The company behind The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires made its name by publishing the kind of news that moves the stock market. But many of the professional investors subscribing to Lexicon aren’t human—they’re algorithms, the lines of code that govern an increasing amount of global trading activity—and they don’t read news the way humans do. They don’t need their information delivered in the form of a story or even in sentences. They just want data—the hard, actionable information that those words represent.

Lexicon packages the news in a way that its robo-clients can understand. It scans every Dow Jones story in real time, looking for textual clues that might indicate how investors should feel about a stock. It then sends that information in machine-readable form to its algorithmic subscribers, which can parse it further, using the resulting data to inform their own investing decisions. Lexicon has helped automate the process of reading the news, drawing insight from it, and using that information to buy or sell a stock. The machines aren’t there just to crunch numbers anymore; they’re now making the decisions. Learn more...


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Infographics & Data Visualization: Not Your Grandmother’s Pie Chart – Part 1

Infographics & Data Visualization: Not Your Grandmother’s Pie Chart – Part 1 | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Julia Reich has written a four-part series we’ll share this week on the whys and hows of nonprofit infographics.  Infographics have been around in the private sector for a while now, with NPOs lately jumping on the bandwagon. They resonate with nonprofits for a number of reasons, the first being that they make complex ideas easily understandable, allowing your audiences to learn and connect...

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Robert Sapolsky lecture on emergence and complexity.

Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture (May 2010) on emergence and complexity.  Robert is Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University and is a research associate with the National Musuems of Kenya. Essential watching for those just starting to learn about complex systems and system properties such as emergence and guided formation rules.  Worth watching.

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Mass. and MIT launching big data initiatives - The Boston Globe

Mass. and MIT launching big data initiatives - The Boston Globe | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Massachusetts is hoping to leverage two new initiatives based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a global cluster of companies and research groups focused on the emerging field of “big data’’. There are already a number of important large data processing companies in the Boston area - so the decision to start to build out a tech cluster focus is less suprising but it is nice to see MIT at the center of this. Learn more

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Connecting the Dots: Human population growth across the globe

Connecting the Dots: Human population growth across the globe | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

This short video gives a graphic insight into world poplulation growth across the globe from 1 AD up to 2030 AD. Each dot represents 1 million people. Worth watching...

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E3 2012: How The Cloud Is Changing The Games Business - Forbes

E3 2012: How The Cloud Is Changing The Games Business - Forbes | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

IN terms of user experience in  the simulation industry the Games industry has been a lead teacher for over a decade. Gaming in the cloud, which allows game content to be stored on a secure server and players to game from multiple devices seamlessly via broadband connectivity, is the next big thing in gaming that will massively impact the simulation industry. Learn more...

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HHS harnesses the power of health data to improve health

HHS harnesses the power of health data to improve health | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Institute of Medicine (IoM) and other members of the Health Data Consortium, are co-hosting the third annual "Datapalooza" focusing on innovative applications and services that harness the power of open data from HHS and other sources to help improve health and health care. Learn more...

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Mumbai HDR 2009 provides data on slums

Mumbai HDR 2009 provides data on slums | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Mumbai Human Development Report 2009 provides valuable information and data on Mumbai slums. In her foreword to the report, Kumari Selja, the Minister for Housing and Poverty alleviation states:“…Mumbai contributes 33% of income tax collection, 60% of India’s customs duty collection, 20% of India’s central excise collection and 40% of India’s foreign trade…..yet the city’s slums get less than 90 litres per capacity daily. Studies have indicated that in certain slums of Mumbai there is an average of 81 people to each toilet seat available. And only 31% of Mumbai’s slum dwellers are likely to complete 10 years of schooling. In short, the quality of life in Mumbai leaves much to be desired….”. The report is worth reading and there are some useful stats on the summary page at d-sector.org. Learn more.

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Spatial Analysis

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Totally awesome blog by James Chesire and co  at UCL CASA on spatial analysis and geo data visualization. Worth reading and learning from. Learn more...

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Amazon.com: Complexity and the History of Economic Thought (Perspectives on the History of Economic Thought) (9780415133562): David Colander: Books

Amazon.com: Complexity and the History of Economic Thought (Perspectives on the History of Economic Thought) (9780415133562): David Colander. A number of researchers, such as Brian Arthur and Buz Brock, have used complex adaptive systems and emergent complexity theories to consider issues in economics. This volume considers the complexity approach to economics from a history of thought and methodological perspectives. It finds that the ideas underlying complexity have been around for a long time, and that this new work in complexity has many precursors in the history of economic thought. Learn more...

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Resilient Development of Socio-Economic Systems: Are "Smart Cities" the New Paradigm for Development?

Resilient Development of Socio-Economic Systems: Are "Smart Cities" the New Paradigm for Development? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Are "Smart Cities" the New Paradigm for Development?  The recent book published by the World Bank "Geography of Growth: Spatial Economics and Competitiveness" has an entire chapter dedicated to the smart cities approach, and by taking a look at the table of contents it seems that the development debate has strongly shifted its focus towards cities rather than regions and clusters. It almost seems that, from the viewpoint of the academic and policy debate, we have moved from "regional innovation systems" to "urban innovation strategies". Learn more...

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Scientists identify mechanisms in aspirin that help protect against cancer

Scientists identify mechanisms in aspirin that help protect against cancer | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

(via Medical Xpress)  Recent clinical studies have indicated that long-term usage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of various cancers — some up to 30 per cent.  Previous studies have shown that cancer cells are less likely to divide if the white blood cells can be prevented from contacting the precursor cancer cells, suggesting that white blood cells – the immune cells – have the ability to promote disease by providing some kind of growth signal. A new study published in Current Biology from teams at Bristol and Sheffield Universities in the UK , show that at least in part, taking drugs like aspirin, which are generally taken for cardiovascular problems, prevent the development of cancer by starving the cancer cells of this source of white blood cell early-growth support. Learn more...

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Akka STM - Playing PingPong with STM Refs and Agents - Java ...

Akka STM - Playing PingPong with STM Refs and Agents - Java ... | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Akka STM provides two constructs Refs and Agents. Refs (Transactional References) provide coordinated synchronous access to multiple identities. Agents provide uncoordinated asynchronous access to single identity. Ping Pong is a great way of considering memory access in a mulithreaded environment. Interesting article. Akka looks more and more promising as an actor framework on the JVM.

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Designing a Life, Making Meaning: Simple Design Choices

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"Last week, I visited the Institute of Design (also known as the d.school) at Stanford University. Stuart Coulson, an adjunct professor at the school took me and my colleague Claire Lee around and gave us a little information about the school, its origins and what it was doing.

I learned a few things I didn't know. The d.school isn't really a part of the University itself. It's an independent organization in the school that students can take part in and get add-ons to their degree. The school is also using a $100 million grant to build micro-design and innovation centers all over the world. They are working in Africa pretty intensely, where Microsoft BizSpark will be in October at DEMO Africa...."


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Artificial Intelligence: The Next Big Thing | Business 2 Community

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Big Thing | Business 2 Community | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Given much of the hype around BigData also involves analysis, pattern recognition and machine learning techniques it is perhaps unsruprising that the 'AI: the next big thing' meme is being reawakened.  This post on business2community.com  is as good a place to start as any if you want to  start tracing the meme. 

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Emergence - Complexity from Simplicity, Order from Chaos (1 of 2)

We often get asked about introductory videos on the area of work we do - so storing a few videos on on complex systems. This is part 1 of an old PBS Nova video which serves as a good general introduction to the concepts and questions in emergent complexity. 

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