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NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
NSA extracts location, contacts and financial transactions from up to 200 million texts daily that GCHQ can tap into to search metadata from UK numbers
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UK The Guardian #dishfire no surprises captures 200 million sms messages a day. Maybe necessary and nothing to worry about arguably if you have nothing bad to say. BUT Open Government both sides of the pond looking a little suspect..

 

"GCHQ using database to search metadata from UK numbers

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The Potential of Social Network Analysis in Intelligence

The Potential of Social Network Analysis in Intelligence | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Within its limits, SNA can be applied to identify individuals or organizations within a network, generate new leads and simulate flows of information or money throughout a network.

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luiy's curator insight, January 17, 5:53 AM

Social Network Analysis, as an analytic method, has inarguable applicability to the field of intelligence and is progressively reshaping the analytic landscape in terms of how analysts understand networks. For example, analysts currently use SNA to identify key people in an organization or social network, develop a strategic agent network, identify new agents and simulate information flows through a network. Beyond this, SNA can be easily combined with other analytic practices such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), gravity model analysis or Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) to create robust, predictive analyses.

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Picture Gallery of the Human Connectome Project | #brain #science

Picture Gallery of the Human Connectome Project | #brain #science | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it

Navigate the brain in a way that was never before possible; fly through major brain pathways, compare essential circuits, zoom into a region to explore the cells that comprise it, and the functions that depend on it.

 

The Human Connectome Project aims to provide an unparalleled compilation of neural data, an interface to graphically navigate this data and the opportunity to achieve never before realized conclusions about the living human brain.

 

References:

 

Director of NIH Praises the Human Connectome ProjectMuse’s latest album uses a Human Connectome Project rendering of white matter tracks.Human Connectome Project pieces together neural data through brain scansBrain Mapping Center Seminar Series: “Discovering the Human Connectome”Mapping out a new era in brain research – CNN LabsProbing the Brain’s Mysteries – The Wall Street JournalFirst public release of 3T Connectom scanner data!Connectom Scanner Uses Ultra-High Gradient StrengthBrain Mapping Seminar SeriesFirst Images on the Connectom 3T Scanner Obtained


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Anne Fleischman's curator insight, January 9, 6:16 AM

Pour le plaisir les yeux #bigdata

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2013 review: Top ten breakthroughs in physical science - physics-math - 23 December 2013 - New Scientist

2013 review: Top ten breakthroughs in physical science - physics-math - 23 December 2013 - New Scientist | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
From time-travel movies to the most accurate map of the big bang's afterglow, 2013 brought mind-boggling ideas and long-awaited results in equal measure
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4.6M Snapchat Usernames, Phone Numbers Leaked Online

4.6M Snapchat Usernames, Phone Numbers Leaked Online | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
The usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million Snapchat accounts were temporarily posted online by hackers who took advantage of a previously disclosed vulnerability within the chat service.
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SECURITY ALERT

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Readers' Choices of Nature 's Top Science Blog Posts in 2013: Scientific American

Readers' Choices of Nature 's Top Science Blog Posts in 2013: Scientific American | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Voted by readers an ironic twist in the April 2014 Whitehouse Open Access policy, the NSA put a whole new spin on it with a little help from GCHQ this side of the pond, Happy Holidays :)
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The World Tweets Nelson Mandela’s Death | CartoDB

The World Tweets Nelson Mandela’s Death | CartoDB | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
This map shows the geotagged tweets during the death day of Nelson Mandela. The diameter of the circles represents the number of retweets. The red color represents a high intensity of tweets.
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See the visual of world heat map of saturation of twitter posts re the news of the death of Nelson Mandela, notice where it doesnt happe as mucha s where it does? Whats that about time frame or culture, population density, broadbad infrastructure, Quite a capture of a moment int time as a digital artefact. Interesting even in the UK where one time zone so many regional variations. what does that say defintely intriguing to me.

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David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence

David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What's holding us up?
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"Expecting to create an AGI without first understanding how it works is like expecting skyscrapers to fly if we build them tall enough.'


David Deutsch is a physicist at Oxford university and fellow of the Royal Society.


Here from the always intriguing articles of Aeon is another good read on AI...Save to your Pocket or later for your Kindle?

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Imagining the Future City: London 2062 I #smartcities #sustainability #freebook

Imagining the Future City: London 2062 I #smartcities #sustainability #freebook | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it

As part of the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities, the London 2062 project is gathering evidence about the forces and factors that shape London, identifying decision points, and debating how the city will change over the five decades between London 2012 and London 2062. This process involves synthesising the diverse expertise within the academic community at UCL and elsewhere, together with London’s citizens, government, professions, artists, media and other public institutions.


Via Claudia Mihai, luiy, Pierre Levy
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LONDON CALLING - How will you influence the shape of your city get involved folks! Thank you @plevy

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luiy's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:47 AM

Imagining the Future City: London 2062 (free download) is an edited collection based on the London 2062 project from UCL’s Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities. The London 2062 project engaged academics, policy makers and practitioners, providing a forum for serious debate about the challenges and opportunities for London in the five decades following the Olympics.


The book is divided into four sections, considering London in terms of Things, Connections, Powerand Dreams. The book features contributions from leading academic thinkers at UCL and from those involved in shaping London on the ground, through policy and practice. The authors consider the future of London from multiple viewpoints, including transport, energy, smart infrastructure, water, population, housing and the economy.

 

The aim of this book, and the London 2062 programme, is to open discussion about the future of London. What is the future we want to see for London? Which priorities for a global city are in opposition? How can we meet carbon emission targets and deliver new infrastructure in the 21st Century?

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Boris Johnson and the End of History

Boris Johnson and the End of History | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
This article by Danny Dorling hits the nail on the head: The establishment usually does not question what they see as their inherent superiority. If they do they are said to be having a dog-day, to...
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What I Learned in My Knowledge Management Class

What I Learned in My Knowledge Management Class | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it

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Deyanira Sequeira's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:31 PM

coincidiendo con varios sobre cómo se construye el conocimiento

Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 9, 2013 8:19 PM

"On-line, nearly everything we do influences the structure of the network (through stigmergy). This calls for responsibility with regard to our role in shaping mankind’s collective memory. As we become simultaneously readers, authors, critics, editors, curators, librarians… we must come to integrate the notion of citizenship of the knowledge society. In ethical terms, this entails that we help others orient themselves in the collective memory."

Deborah Verran's curator insight, January 26, 9:19 PM

This graphic depicts how knowledge may flow within any organization. Active management of the various processes falls within the realms of knowledge management.

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Own The Conversation, Own The Traffic

Own The Conversation, Own The Traffic | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it

Conversations not tools are what matters. Own the conversation, own the traffic means curate key conversations no matter where they happen. Be tool agnostic and conversation-centric.


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Close Reading Requires Student Effort

Close Reading Requires Student Effort | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
To meet the Common Core ELA Standards students must "readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works or literature." The purpose of c...

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Thik this is a very interesting dilemma long form read alongside skimmers, wasn't scanr eading always part of a good student's skill set. Will need to read this carefully.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 6, 2013 8:30 PM

With Common  Core testing approaching close reading in an area that we know students will need to know well. This post provides many resources.

Are you looking for resources on the basic components of close reading? Find links to information on complex short text, pre-reading activities, re-reading of text, annotations, text-dependent questions, peer collaboration and response to text. Check out a visual on text complexity, one on annotation techniques and one on text-dependent questions.

Additional materials are also available.

David Baker's curator insight, December 7, 2013 9:33 PM

Just went to the blog post and it is a rich resource.  I will be adding it to my seminar follow up.

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Stephen Wolfram launches a connected devices project

Stephen Wolfram launches a connected devices project | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
In the end, we want every type of connected device to be seamlessly integrated with the Wolfram Language.

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#IoT

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Activities and games | The National Archives

Activities and games | The National Archives | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Quizzes and games from resources across our site

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Space Warps

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Space Warps is a citizen science project from the Zooniverse, hunting for rare gravitational lenses
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Literally discover your own Galaxy a delightful use of crowd sourcing so anyone can contribute , as we speak 12,879 participants worldwide and 3 million plus images classified. what a great idea and project #digitalscience #astronomy. Makes your feel motivated. BBC Star Gazing referred to the project, a neat example of the sum of the whole being greater than the parts.

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Modified GPS Helps Track Quakes and Floods | MIT Technology Review

Modified GPS Helps Track Quakes and Floods | MIT Technology Review | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Data synthesis and sensor coverage make for better monitoring of natural disasters.
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The biggest predictor of career success? Not skills or education but emotional intelligence

The biggest predictor of career success? Not skills or education but emotional intelligence | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it

Researchers for the past century have investigated the determinants of career success. While intelligence has been the most consistent factor in determining job success, the definition of intelligence has expanded to include emotional intelligence..


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Google Acquires Robotics-Design Company Boston Dynamics [VIDEO]

Google Acquires Robotics-Design Company Boston Dynamics [VIDEO] | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Google acquired Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics-design company, in a deal that significantly enhances the search giant's robotics expertise.
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Beefig up the Androids just took on a new meaning at Google, the R&D in the area of robotics has been led by the head of the original Android development team .With the acquisition of this serious player Boston Dynamics with military contracts still to be completed has Google just entered a whole new ball game?

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luiy's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:12 AM

Boston Dynamics recently debuted the WildCat, a four-legged robot specifically designed for speedrunning. Developed with funding from DARPA's M3 robotics-engineering program, it can gallop at around 16 miles per hour. While that may not seem very fast, it’s apparent in the top video that the company's goal wasn’t just speedrunning, but rapid movement that mimics the motions of living animals, such as horses and antelopes

Rubin, the former head of Google's Android division, hasn’t revealed many specifics about his plans for its robotics division, but the addition of Boston Dynamics offers some clues.

 

Commentators saw Google’s self-driving cars as the company playing to its strength: intelligent software systems that can be embedded in existing hardware and vehicles. However, by bringing the hardware skills of Boston Dynamics into the fray, it appears that Google is moving beyond robotic car control systems, and into custom robots designed to handle any number of physical tasks.

Cameron Hare's curator insight, March 27, 1:53 AM

This website addresses some of the current findings in robotic designs, mainly 4 legged robots that can run and move much like animals do. It also addresses the major companies Google and Amazon and their current use of their own robotic resources and how Google may soon be beyond the robotic car systems and into the custom robots that can perform physical tasks. This website is useful for pointing out not only the advances we have made in robotics but what we are heading towards and the companies that may be the ones making use of it, I plan on making reference with this information about these companies in the essay and how they will probably be the ones marketing the robots to the public in the next 5 to 10 years.

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Just in time for Halloween, our scientists are... • Brookhaven Lab

Just in time for Halloween, our scientists are engineering one of the most intense phobias around.
Strictly speaking, the incredible bounce of water in these gifs above doesn’t have to do with being...
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Ignore the Halloween neat nanos 

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Grace Hopper: Google Doodle marks computer scientist's 107th birthday early involvement with COBOL

Grace Hopper: Google Doodle marks computer scientist's 107th birthday early involvement with COBOL | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Happy to see this homage to grace, it was the first encounter I had apart from binary with a computer. Showing my age yep but we are talking in the very early days of the web. What a woman... The American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral has been honoured with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 107th birthday.
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Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads Her Mail — And It's Not So Nice

Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads Her Mail — And It's Not So Nice | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
"Dear Emily," the letter says. You don't want to go on.
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What is being digitized? - Nasjonalbiblioteket

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Natioal Library of Norway a clear cut policy digitise all books by 2020

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5 Disappearing Web Design Trends & 10 We Wish WOULD Vanish (fat chance)

5 Disappearing Web Design Trends & 10 We Wish WOULD Vanish (fat chance) | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
If you’re looking forward to changes that come with starting a new year, you may also be excited to learn what sorts of trends are emerging in the web design

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A good weekend subject thanks

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 6, 2013 1:48 PM

Great post and here are my takes on web design trends that will disappear next year:

Sliding Banners - AGREE and good riddance.
Flash Intros - Agree and bye to the pad and SEO killers.
Too Many Fonts - Agree

 

10 web design trends we WISH would go away (but won't)

Ubiquitous, nasty popunders demanding email subscription.
Bad headlines or poor "tease" intros.
Visuals that don't align to the content they are on.
No contrast CTAs.
No clear CTAS.
The more than 2 minute long online video.
The "White Paper".
The lack of great storytelling.
The "lowest common denominator" design.
Too much color misaligned with the brand or the site

 

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Vive la différence!

Vive la différence! | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
MEN and women do not think in the same ways. Few would disagree with that. And science has quantified some of those differences. Men, it is pretty well established,...

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