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New research finds oceanic microbes behave in synchrony across ocean basins

New research finds oceanic microbes behave in synchrony across ocean basins | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
"Surprisingly, however," said Aylward, "our work shows that these extremely different ecosystems exhibit very similar diel cycles, driven largely by sunlight and interspecies microbial interactions. This suggests that different microbial communities across the Pacific Ocean, and likely waters across the entire planet, behave in much more orderly ways than has previously been supposed."  
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Expedition uncovers subglacial life beneath Antarctic ice sheet

Expedition uncovers subglacial life beneath Antarctic ice sheet | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The first breakthrough paper to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth's final frontiers shows that there's life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, specifically in a lake that hasn't seen sunlight or felt a breath of wind for millions ...
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Fifteen Influencers Shaping Digital Health | Bionic.ly

Fifteen Influencers Shaping Digital Health | Bionic.ly | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

The digital health ecosystem is advancing at a rapid pace and it’s an exciting time to be on the cusp of a health revolution. Like all revolutions, a revolutionary – or revolutionaries – are required to challenge the status quo and bring about change to the system either through brute force or, in digital health’s case, doing things better, cheaper and more innovatively. While the list below is totally subjective it’s a good start to identify those that are making a difference in health by merging the worlds of biology and technology together.

In no particular order.


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Bias, complexity and uncertainty in ecosystem risk assessment: pharmaceuticals, a new challenge in scale and perspective - environmentalresearchweb

Bias, complexity and uncertainty in ecosystem risk assessment: pharmaceuticals, a new challenge in scale and perspective - environmentalresearchweb | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

From historical waste sites to contemporary spills and non-point source pollution, there are many unintentional natural experiments occurring in which the inadvertent pharmacological effects of chemicals can be monitored in addition to traditional toxicological assays (Bowyer et al. 2003, Manahan 2011, Godduhn et al. 2013). The precautionary principle accounting for the irresolvable uncertainty of complex systems needs to be included so that recognition a system's potential destabilization is included in policy decisions. The logistical and spatial barriers to accomplishing a thorough ecosystem risk assessment can be reduced by using 'citizen science' to increase the availability of data, creating an ecosystem perspective. This approach will allow a longitudinal design to support the sustainability goal for the health and welfare of future generations.

 
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Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield

Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Competition between CaaS platforms will enable smarter and more helpful products, from our phones to our homes.

 

App developers will soon need to choose which CaaS ecosystem to build on — Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, or maybe even Wolfram’s new Wolfram Language ecosystem.

In the long-run however, a more vendor neutral cognition platform may emerge as the winner: one that is more like Amazon Web Services in that it just provides the underlying service and doesn’t compete with third-party apps that use it. This could come from Amazon, or Wolfram perhaps. CaaS platforms may eventually even be open-sourced and made widely available — perhaps via a Linux equivalent for the cognitive operating system era that might borrow from many of the original ideas and standards of the Semantic Web.

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