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In the Pipeline:

In the Pipeline: | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Derek Lowe's  blog is a regular must read for insight into what is happening in the pharma industry.  This post is a good overview of the current debate on how drugs (and other molecules) actually get into cells - Is it passive diffusion or active transport or a mix of the two? The truth is we still don't know exactly which process does what and a debate between scientists was recently re-ignited by a paper from Paul Dobson (now of the University of Sheffield) and his former colleagues at the University of Manchester... Learn More...

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Complexity in Economic Theory | Institute for New Economic Thinking

Complexity in Economic Theory | Institute for New Economic Thinking | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Videos from the recent INET evet exploring Complexity in the Economic Theory. Includes presentations from Brian Arthur, Eric Beinhocker, Ian Goldin, Thomas Homer-Dixon and the Q&A sessions,

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InfoQ: Benchmarking JVM Concurrency Options for Java, Scala and Akka

InfoQ: Benchmarking JVM Concurrency Options for Java, Scala and Akka | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Thanks to Joel for heads up on this. This is really useful. We are currently using Java, Scala and Akka with Jython in some of our experiments. Michael Slinn's article examines how to benchmark JVM concurrency options for JVM-based langauges including Java and Scala. If you are working on the code front - you will know that concurrency is key to many applications to take advantage of multicore processors and  given futures, dataflow, actors and Scala's parallel collections are all backed by threadpools. -- this is certainly worth reviewing... Learn more...

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Reaction Engines Ltd : Space Propulsion Systems

Reaction Engines Ltd : Space Propulsion Systems | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Interested in running a future market analysis if the guys at REL can pull off the critical tests on the innovative Sabre engine technology that will powere Skylon. Sabre is designed to take a spaceplane into orbit in a single flight stage meaning anywhere in the world could be reached in max of 4 hours and possibly replacing expendable rockets.. Read More..

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NASA Technical Reports Server - Hybrid Collaborative Learning for Classification and Clustering in Sensor Networks

Traditionally, nodes in a sensor network simply collect data and then pass it on to a centralized node that archives, distributes, and possibly analyzes the data.  Analysis at the individual nodes could enable faster detection of anomalies or other interesting events as well as faster responses, such as sending out alerts or increasing the data collection rate. This NASA brief looks at using cocalized intelligence and distributed processing at the network nodes for event discovery and pre-processing. Read More...

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Technical Ramblings » Blog Archive » python SimpleHTTPServer + OpenLayers testing

Planet Geospatial: Technical Ramblings: python SimpleHTTPServer + OpenLayers testing: OpenLayers testing for new...
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Visualization of the Week: The living city - O'Reilly Radar

Visualization of the Week: The living city - O'Reilly Radar | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

We blogged about this last month - created by Interactive Things in Zurich for the City of Geneva and shown at the 2012 Lift conference, this week's O'Reilly radar's visualization of the week illustrates the digital traces left by people in geneva when they use  their mobile phones. Its awesome. Click on the image for the video..

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IBM Names 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners

IBM Names 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Thirty-three cities were selected as recipients of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge grants for 2012. The grant program provides cities with technology and services from the company’s experts to help address local issues. Each Smarter Cities Challenge grant is worth $400,000. Learn more...

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ClearStory making BigData Analytics accessible

ClearStory making BigData Analytics accessible | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

ClearStory’s front-end makes it possible for these corporate analysts — who lack the technical training of so-called data scientists who work in their IT departments — to get direct access to the data. Learn more...

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K8 Science

K8 Science | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Great resource for teachers, students (and parents of students :-) ) Developed by Baylor College of Medicine, K8 Science provides up-to-date teacher resources for biology educators. Site features include: a PowerPoint slide library, stream video presentations, news from Nature Publishing Group, and discussions.

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mBiosphere: Commentary: Black Queen Hypothesis sheds light on evolution of complexity

mBiosphere: Commentary: Black Queen Hypothesis sheds light on evolution of complexity | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

mBio is a great source for developments in biology. This week they have a good commentary on the Sachs and Hollowell Black Queen hypothesis which has implications for how we understand the evolution of bacterial genomes and for the development of new techniques for growing bacteria in the lab.  Learn More...

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2012 Research on Wireless Sensor Networks Market with 2022 Forecasts

IDTechEx forecasts growth of Wireless Sensor Market from $0.5 Billion to $2 Billion over next ten years.

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A Science of Cities

A Science of Cities | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

For me, Mike Batty is one of the defining thought leaders on the science of cities. He is Professor of Planning at University College London where he run's one of the UK's most important research centers for spatial systems -  the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).  This his blog and its a delight and information rich.. Read more...

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Designing Dashboards & Data Visualisations in Web Apps // Speaker Deck

If you are designing UI for information displays using dashboards, graphs etc then des traynor's presentation is a must. Applies lessons from Tufte and illustrates how to get rid of bad displays and great ones. Learn more...

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TGen News - Largest Autism Study Ever Conducted Using DNA Array Technology

While autism was first identified more than 50 years ago, the disorder remains a medical mystery because the tools necessary to learn more about the genetics of autism simply did not exist. With the development of promising new technology and 6,000 genetic samples, the research "dream team" of the NAAR Autism Genome Project hopes to reveal genetic information about autism that was previously undetectable. Learn more...

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Big Data a Big Topic at Advanced Analytics Seminar in London | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Big Data a Big Topic at Advanced Analytics Seminar in London | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Founder and CEO of SIMUL8 Corporation, Mark Elder, gives fresh perspective on going "From Data to Insights via Simulations" and offered advice on how to get answers from big data. Simul8  Corp are a leading supplier visual discrete event simulation tools available and the company has been providing simulation based decision solutions for over 20 years.

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HP's "Central Nervous System for Earth"

HP's "Central Nervous System for Earth" | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

With Hewlett Packard announcement of the first commercial application of its holistic blueprint for smarter cities: "CeNSE" (Central Nervous System for the Earth) on a project with Shell Oil - HP enter the smarter planet/city/Internet of Things market chasing IBM and CISCO. Intro article at Fast Company. Read more...

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The Internet of Things Overview

Good overview and introductory article on the Internet of Things.  The Internet of things really is about many of the things in our lives being embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate. The resulting information networks promise to create new business models, improve business processes, and reduce costs and risk. They will also drive the second generation of BigData. - Read more...

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Rethinking Agent-Based Modeling and Microlevel Inference | Agents, Evolution and International Relations

I’ve been thinking about Agent-Based Models (ABM) and how they are employed in thinking about policy and decision-making. My assessment is that that community has only scratched the surface of the possible with respect to modeling, and is currently employing ABM in ways that don’t really accomplish the research goals or potential for exploring micro-macro linkages to the extent possible and necessary... Read More...

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Python and GIS Resources | GIS Lounge

Python and GIS Resources | GIS Lounge | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Find resources to web sites about Python scripting to use in GIS. Learn how to use Python to expand your geographic information system.
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How Big Data and Analytics will inform daily business decisions

How Big Data and Analytics will inform daily business decisions | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Nice video on - how large data sets and applied analytics will soon be driving daily business decisions, Dennis Berman reports on the News Hub. Photo: AP.

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Valve: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and What I’m Doing | Valve

Valve is one of the best and most innovative 3D companies on the planet. Michael Abrash is one of the best developers on the planet (if you are old enough to remember quake and know who John Carmack is - you will know why. If not - use google and be awed). The Valve blog is massively worth reading.... (as is Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash which is mentioned in the post- still prescient and massively entertaining nearly 20 years later).

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Data and visualization blogs worth following

Data and visualization blogs worth following | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Awesome list of 37 data viz blogs worth reading. (and really should be 38 because flowingdata.com who wrote this list is another one worth following :-) )

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Home | Modelling World 2012

Home | Modelling World 2012 | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

One for the events calender. 11th to 12th July - Modelling World 2012. Given all the changes in transportation, spatial modelling and analysis this years' Modelling World conference promises to be an essential event. Presentations and papers will explore the ways in which approaches new and old are being fused together to create innovative models, tools, processes and methodologies – informed, evidence-based, and scientific to help make informed decisions.

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