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5 Reasons To Pay Attention To Google Glass

5 Reasons To Pay Attention To Google Glass | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
We've been paying close attention to Google Glass, it is a unique wearable device that offers plenty for learning designers to be excited about.

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Blubit srl's curator insight, October 10, 2013 5:38 AM

#Google #Googleglass

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Nanotechnology researchers make major leap towards graphene for solar cells

Nanotechnology researchers make major leap towards graphene for solar cells | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
Graphene has extreme conductivity and is completely transparent while being inexpensive and nontoxic. This makes it a perfect candidate material for transparent contact layers for use in solar cells to conduct electricity without reducing the amount of incoming light - at least in theory. Whether or not this holds true in a real world setting is questionable as there is no such thing as "ideal" graphene - a free floating, flat honeycomb structure consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms: interactions with adjacent layers can change graphene's properties dramatically. Now, Dr. Marc Gluba and Prof. Dr. Norbert Nickel of the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics have shown that graphene retains its impressive set of properties when it is coated with a thin silicon film. These findings have paved the way for entirely new possibilities to use in thin-film photovoltaics.
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Ghana economy grows with help of technology and targeted aid ...

Ghana economy grows with help of technology and targeted aid ... | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
A grassroots revolution, spreading out from Accra and involving support from the west, digital start-ups and a commitment to open government, is helping to weed out corruption in Ghana.
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 16, 2014 8:02 AM

Ghana and Development Aid

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Patient Generated Data Analysis Is The Next HIT Step

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Patient generated data could be the future of healthcare and the solution to time consuming data entry


Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and computerized technology have been leveraged in hopes of increasing quality of care while decreasing costs, but what is to be done with the wealth of patient generated data (PGD) that has been mined in the process?

 

According to InformationWeek Healthcare, “Any health or medical data a patient inputs electronically is considered patient-generated data. PGD emanates from a wide spectrum of technology, from wellness apps to at-home tests for clinical diagnoses.

 

Even consumer activity-tracking devices such as Fitbit and Nike FuelBand could become sources of PGD.

 

 

“The healthcare industry needs to undergo a cultural shift that emphasizes customer satisfaction and patient interaction more. In industries such as retail or automotive, customer-centric technology is not only expected, but required. Think of Amazon's customer service reputation. That level of service has become the customer standard and the healthcare industry is starting to heed this standard.”

 

"In many environments, the patient is the best source of data for how they're doing in their own disease," said Ben Heywood, co-founder and president of PatientsLikeMe. "The health system in general is beginning to understand the importance of patient reported outcomes, but that isn't integrated into standard decision frameworks yet."

 

John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said, “The next days of our work will be patient-generated data. We'll have EHR data, cost and quality metrics, and patient data. It's not only looking continuously from the outside, but assessing care from the patient's perspective."

 

Data sharing is just the beginning though; patient portals that allow patients to not only view their records but also correct and update them are an excellent indication of the potential of PGD. Most of the PGD that’s currently being generated is through patient portals, which are also part of Meaningful Use requirements. Encouraging patients to access these portals is now not just about meeting those MU requirements; it’s about a provider’s bottom line.

 
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Smule opens the doors to its musical social network - Engadget

Smule opens the doors to its musical social network - Engadget | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
Sure it's launched plenty of successful music apps, but to us, Smule will always be the company that gave us iPhone-based AutoTune in the form of I Am.
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Mexican economy: spluttering back to life? | beyondbrics

beyondbrics, from the Financial Times, brings news and comment from more than 40 emerging economies, headed by China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa. We cover politics and economics, ...
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Is Digital Health the Key to Bringing Control to Drug Costs?

Is Digital Health the Key to Bringing Control to Drug Costs? | GlobalDev | Scoop.it

The costs of drug development and prescription drugs are skyrocketing. Is digital health the key to controlling drug costs?

 

The key to reducing drug costs, then, is to reduce failure rates or, failing that, to fail faster, before all those cost inputs add up. It’s far better to identify a drug that will not succeed before that drug enters the costliest phases of the process.


Without a crystal ball, how can drug companies reduce the cost of development as it relates to failure/success rates?


The introduction of the sequenced genome suggested that this new innovation and the resulting data generated would provide a treasure of knowledge of how diseases worked, resulting in less costly ways to create drugs. To an extent the discovery and development process has become more efficient, but the reality clearly isn’t playing out as fast as the vision.


Assuming the pharmaceutical industry will not experience any revolutionary changes in the way it’s financed, as an industry its cost of capital will remain relatively constant. As long as drug development costs remain at their current levels, the prices charged for new drugs will have nowhere to go but up. So, where does the answer to high drug prices lie?


It may lie in the tremendous convergence of technologies occurring in the life sciences. Taken together, the effects of sequencing the genome and other life sciences discoveries, and adding digital health, the modern internet, and big data, can yield new approaches, new disciplines, and new technologies being brought to bear on the many problems and challenges faced by drug developers.


Read More at Healthworks Collective: http://healthworkscollective.com/kenneth-walz/128606/digital-health-key-bringing-control-drug-costs
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Dan Peterson, architect who advocated moving post office, dies - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Dan Peterson, architect who advocated moving post office, dies - Santa Rosa Press Democrat | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
Dan Peterson, architect who advocated moving post office, dies Santa Rosa Press Democrat Santa Rosa's classic, Roman-columned 1910 post office faced demolition 40 years ago when architect Dan Peterson advocated saving it by picking it up and...
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The Venus Project - Beyond Poverty, Politics and War

The Venus Project - Beyond Poverty, Politics and War | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
The Venus Project calls for a redesign of our culture in which war, poverty, hunger and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable.
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Arab World Searches for Democratic Future - ABC News

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Arab World Searches for Democratic Future. CAIRO October 5, 2013 (AP). By DAN PERRY Associated Press. Associated Press.
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Here Comes the Sun: Global Warming and the Perversion of Science - American Thinker

Here Comes the Sun: Global Warming and the Perversion of Science - American Thinker | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
Here Comes the Sun: Global Warming and the Perversion of Science American Thinker As the hypothesis of man-caused global warming is trundled off to the Morgue for Scientific Hoaxes, let's anticipate the autopsy's preliminary findings: the subject...
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Funny how the people in control of the Studies and research into global warming and its main campaigners were from the americans! I've always under-estimated the validity of Global warming

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Learning Ace

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Learning Ace is a 100% student-focused web destination that leverages our proprietary adaptive search and recommendation technologies and our instructor/publisher relationships to develop an insanely valuable resource to students at each learning point of their coursework. Discover, Browse and Learn.


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LingleOnline's comment, October 6, 2013 3:57 PM
Insane!
A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, October 6, 2013 5:32 PM

Surprisingly useful search engine for university level student  research

Mary A. Axford's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:33 AM

Has anyone used this one?  Looks like it could be a useful tool for library tutorials.

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The Birth of Art Tech - Alexander Zacke - Voices - AllThingsD

The Birth of Art Tech - Alexander Zacke - Voices - AllThingsD | GlobalDev | Scoop.it
Today, the purchase of art based on a digital image has become the norm, not the exception.
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