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Syria's Dark Past: The Islamic Uprising (1976-1982) eBook: Peter Banham: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Syria's Dark Past: The Islamic Uprising (1976-1982) eBook: Peter Banham: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
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Tesco enters tablet fray with Hudl

Tesco enters tablet fray with Hudl | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Tesco has launched a tablet, and is confident that its shoppers will see the attractions of purchasing from a well-known brand.
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The Southern Sinfonia Blog

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What Will The World Look Like When We Connect the Unconnected | SmartData Collective

What Will The World Look Like When We Connect the Unconnected | SmartData Collective | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
The Internet of Everything, including the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet, will change our society and the way we live and work. When we connect the unconnected completely new possibilities will arise previously never thought of.
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Stirling Prize: Astley Castle

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The ruins of Astley Castle have been turned into a modern holiday home. Is this an acceptable approach to conservation?
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#Data #Sensors Being Used in the NFL to Track Player #Performance | #cyborgs

#Data #Sensors Being Used in the NFL to Track Player #Performance | #cyborgs | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
The NFL is currently thriving and the owners and management of all teams spend countless time and energy using all available information to evaluate prospects.

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luiy's curator insight, September 15, 2013 5:20 AM

The NFL is currently thriving and the owners and management of all teams spend countless amounts of time and energy using all available information to evaluate prospects. The most recent winning Superbowl quarterback, Joe Flacco, received a $120 million contract. There is serious money being spent in the NFL and technology can and will be used to create data to aid in all decision making processes. 


The Philadelphia Eagles have recently hired a “Sports Science Coordinator” to track, analyze, and interpret data created in order to maximize player performance. The devices worn by Eagles players contain a GPS, magnetometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope; all used to create data to track and improve a players ability. The transition to data-driven decisions in the National Football League has begun.


Similar types of technology will place sensors in everything: helmets, shoes, gloves, the football and the actual field itself. The possibilities are endless. Each item that sensors are placed in offers its own unique advantages and can be used to determine the overall speed, strength, and other qualities of the NFL’s athletes. For helmets, evaluating head collision data can be useful for player safety purposes. Footballs with sensors in them can offer insights into things such as ball velocity, grip strength, effect from weather conditions, and others; all which can be used to create data on quarterbacks and use that information to make more informed decisions. All of this technology should be welcomed by the NFL and its owners. The use of this technology could also be used to all but eliminate the use and (adverse) impact of the league's referees.


The creation of this type of data will allow decision makers to make much more informed decisions compared to current day evaluations where these same decision makers have to rely on “the eye test." Vague measurement techniques such as the 40-yard dash and the vertical jump are not good determining factors of future success. The most valuable aspect of this data stems from the fact that one must be able to be creative in looking for the right things in the data sets, allowing the best and brightest to succeed in the modern day football economy.


Nike, the ball is in your court. Being in a contract with the NFL, you have exclusive apparel rights for the time being. If you are truly as innovative as you say you are, this is the next step.


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Inside the Colorado deluge

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"Two things that helped make this rainfall historic are breadth and duration. Colorado can get much higher rainfall rates for brief periods and over small areas."


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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, September 16, 2013 12:40 PM

The devastating flooding in Colorado has impacted so many. The rainfall Colorado has experienced makes it the most on record. The massive amounts of flooding and devestation in areas like Boulder are caused by the highly populated valley areas.  

Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 17, 2013 1:13 PM

Almost seems like a perfect storm scenario.  Large amouts of rain over a long perod of time over a large area.  This combined with a late summer/early fall heat wave and tons of moisture in the air, with climate change all contributed to the disater in Colorado.  They also believe the changes made by people to the physical geography over the last hundred years or somade have contributed to teh flooding in the area.  Development can effect the way a place floods.  Where there were once open fields and trees, there are now parking lots and houses which just can't absorb rainfall.  Makes you ask the question, shouldn't there be more study of where we exapnd our cities and what effect this will have in case of a major rainfall, earthquake, blizzard, etc?

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, September 18, 2013 2:27 PM

      What was interesting about this particular deluge was how much rain fell and how it happened in such a short time. Meteroligist high wet density levels of vapor that rose to high altitutdes and was able to condense into water and help in a perfect combination of weather to create a powerfully dangerous flash flood.

    The article recounts a former major colorodo flood that occured in 1978 and had killed over 150 people during a centenial celebration.

   After this occurence warning signs were put up beside the roads to warn travelers of flash flood possiblities and to promote safety. These floods do not happen in Colorado often and are usually a surprise. They do not when the nextmajor flash flood may occur in the boulder region but they know through historical patterns that it will happen again. 

This article stood out to me because I have friends that live in these areas and had to run for safety and move their cars to prevent damage in these same areas. The good thing is that the people that I know from this area are doing ok.

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IDG Connect – Chilean Project Preys on Device Thieves

IDG Connect – Chilean Project Preys on Device Thieves | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
A hugely successful program for identifying smartphone and computer thieves came from one man’s pet project
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Like it big time a nice news piece if you have notseen

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Stem Cell Researchers Report Major Breakthrough

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By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have succeeded in generating new stem cells in living mice and say their success opens up possibilities for the regeneration of damaged tissue in people with conditions ranging from heart...
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Physicists Net Fractal Butterfly: Scientific American

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A decades-old search has closed in on the recursive pattern that describes electron behavior
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Lasering in on tumors

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In the battle against brain cancer, doctors now have a new weapon: an imaging technology that will make brain surgery dramatically more accurate by allowing surgeons to distinguish between brain tissue and tumors, and at a microscopic level.
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Tor Project: Anonymity Online

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Be careful of what you wish for as they say. Featured on BBC radio 4 PM, this toolkit enable anonymity but like the Jedi it can be used on both the light and the dark side...But wont some users genuinely want this protection?

 

Hmmn well again be careful because by association you might get some nasty surprises with drugs pronography and worse...

 

Plus to get good software the apps builders need some reward and personally i still prefer data that i give permission to as opposed to bucks BUT I don't also want governments abusing my data either but there again, if and I don't have anything to hide whats the problem?

 

Needless to say both sides of the pond law enforcement agencies are concerned. The project's origins were genuine and authentic but as with all tools and weapons it is in the use and application that the right and the wrong uses and decisions get made...at least be aware and perhaps make your own younger members of the family aware of the dangers as well as the abilities of this and other related projects.

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Amazon’s Next Kindle Paperwhite Outed Ahead Of Official Launch Via Amazon’s Own Leak | TechCrunch

Amazon’s Next Kindle Paperwhite Outed Ahead Of Official Launch Via Amazon’s Own Leak | TechCrunch | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Amazon is revealing a new Kindle Paperwhite soon, and the cat's out of the bag early thanks to an apparent accidental leak of product details by Amazon itself.
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Full Screen Presentation Mode in Evernote

Learn how to use Full Screen Presentation Mode in Evernote 5.3 Video recorded by Jeff Bradbury: @TeacherCast For more information about having TeacherCast br...

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Lucy Beaton's curator insight, September 26, 2013 5:52 AM

Fantastic new feature by Evernote - full screen mode for your notes.

Viljenka Savli's curator insight, September 30, 2013 1:21 PM

Evernote as a presentation tool.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:28 PM

My preferred notes app now with Full Screen Presentation Mode!!!! awesome!!!

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Nicola Benedetti: Every young person in Britain should be made to study classical music

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Acclaimed violinist Nicola Benedetti has criticised the state of music teaching in Britain, saying that every young person should be “made” to study classical works to help them understand humanity.
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articles/Need a crowd to fund your museum Call Kickstarter

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Garmin’s new Forerunner GPS watches want to be your personal coach

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Garmin is a well-established brand in the GPS watch space, with the likes of the Forerunner 610 (touchscreen) serving as a good piece of kit for serious keep-fit fans. Now, Garmin has ...

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Social Media Around the World: A Complete Infographic Guide

Social Media Around the World: A Complete Infographic Guide | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it

The world of social media is increasing and has a powerful role to play in the future.

In 2012, more than 63% of online users visited more number of social media websites than any other types, and that number is expected to continue going up through 2013.

View this infographic to find more statistics about online behavior and the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram across the globe...


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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, February 14, 2:20 AM

La Guia completa del Social Media en el Mundo

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, March 4, 7:52 AM

Astonishing figures! 

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Listening to music is good for the heart - Telegraph

Listening to music is good for the heart - Telegraph | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Listening to music has long been seen as a remedy for heartbreak.

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Olquin Perdomo's curator insight, September 17, 2013 7:36 PM

I love the new studies on music. Especially one that benefits the heart, goes to show musics power 

katie willis's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:17 AM

well if this is true we all need to listen to 1D!!!!!!!

Phil LAUGRAND's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:14 PM

and singing is even better !

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Cascade Of Polyurethane-Resin Chairs Dipped In Chrome | Assagai and Minotti Los Angeles

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The 77-foot height of the entrance to this design center allows for a cascade of polyurethane-resin chairs dipped in chrome.


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Your 'Quantified-Self': Are Wearable Technologies Just a Luxury for the Upper-Class? | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Your 'Quantified-Self': Are Wearable Technologies Just a Luxury for the Upper-Class? | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Image: Shopecia/Flickr The wearable tech trend has exploded over the last year, made popular by the beta launch of Google Glass, GlassUp, Meta and the
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Scientists discover new layer of the human cornea - The University of Nottingham

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Scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered a previously undetected layer in the cornea, the clear window at the front of the human eye.
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Oscar winner Matt Damon on his Harvard years

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Actor Matt Damon, former Harvard College student and winner of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, talks of his time on campus, his lifelong desire to be an actor, and how a College playwriting course assignment later turned into the Academy Award-winning...
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Cancer and Clinical Trials: The Role of Big Data In Personalizing the Health Experience - Strata

Cancer and Clinical Trials: The Role of Big Data In Personalizing the Health Experience - Strata | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it

Despite considerable progress in prevention and treatment, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. Even with the $50 billion pharmaceutical companies spend on research and development every year, any given cancer drug is ineffective in 75% of the patients receiving it. Typically, oncologists start patients on the cheapest likely chemotherapy (or the one their formulary suggests first) and in the 75% likelihood of non-response, iterate with increasingly expensive drugs until they find one that works, or until the patient dies. This process is inefficient and expensive, and subjects patients to unnecessary side effects, as well as causing them to lose precious time in their fight against a progressive disease. The vision is to enable oncologists to prescribe the right chemical the first time–one that will kill the target cancer cells with the least collateral damage to the patient.

How data can improve cancer treatment

Big data is enabling a new understanding of the molecular biology of cancer. The focus has changed over the last 20 years from the location of the tumor in the body (e.g., breast, colon or blood), to the effect of the individual’s genetics, especially the genetics of that individual’s cancer cells, on her response to treatment and sensitivity to side effects. For example, researchers have to date identified four distinct cell genotypes of breast cancer; identifying the cancer genotype allows the oncologist to prescribe the most effective available drug first.

Herceptin, the first drug developed to target a particular cancer genotype (HER2), rapidly demonstrated both the promise and the limitations of this approach. (Among the limitations, HER2 is only one of four known and many unknown breast cancer genotypes, and treatment selects for populations of resistant cancer cells, so the cancer can return in a more virulent form.)

How data can improve clinical trials

As with treatment, progress in developing better cancer drugs has been hindered by a lack of genomic and metabolic understanding. The historical approach to cancer drug clinical trials is to recruit uncharacterized (without any genomic, metabolic or other differentiators that may affect response to the candidate treatment) subjects to test one-size-fits-all drugs. Given what we know now about cancer genotypes and individual response to drugs, it’s amazing any drugs were able to show statistically significant efficacy and reach the market.

Using personal medical and population genomics data, clinicians now have tools to design more targeted clinical trials by matching cancer cell types and individual metabolic response to the drug candidate, recruiting subjects who will be more likely to respond and excluding those likely to have treatment-limiting side effects.

Using new data to address unmet medical needs

In addition to cancer, there are many diseases with wide individual variability and a dearth of effective treatments: e.g., Alzheimer’s, depression, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis. A flood of new data streams in health care (from digitized medical records, genomics, pharmaceutical data, and data from trackers and sensors) may enable clinicians to make better diagnoses and prognoses that can give patients better prevention and treatment choices. Furthermore, aggregated health data can enable researchers to determine which patients are good candidates for particular clinical trials or treatment protocols. Using sensors, at-home monitors, and smartphone device trackers, clinicians can capture clinical data in real time to monitor patients’ progress outside of the hospital between visits. This new approach is becoming possible through a combination of data sources and improved data management and analytics to move toward more effective treatments–and ultimately, personalized medicine.

New ways to analyze medical data: GNS, Ayasdi, Explorys

Companies are applying old and new methods to analyze the multidimensional data sets collected from cancer and clinical trial research. GNS Healthcare, Ayasdi, and Explorys are a few of these companies, using topology, causal models, and multiple processors, respectively, to analyze and visualize the data.

GNS Healthcare uses machine learning and statistics to create software models that let users predict the outcome of “what if” scenarios. Their next-generation REFS machine-learning engine (on a cloud platform) extracts these models directly from multiple sources of data to determine comparative effectiveness and create simulations across an entire patient population as well as on an individual level. This can help determine which treatment or line of action will be best for individuals and for the health system as a whole. For example, GNS recently announced that they are using EMR and genomic data to create a computer model that can predict which pregnant women are at risk of preterm labor.Ayasdi uses a more esoteric topological analysis, a “math of shapes”, on their Iris platform, to visualize data in a multidimensional graphic that readily shows outliers as well as high and low-response groups in the data, even without pre-specifying the characteristics of those clusters. The outliers can represent unknown biomarkers, or subgroups of patients that would be well (or poorly) suited to a clinical trial of a particular drug. Other clusters in the visualization could point to data sets that demand further analysis that are invisible through other analytic methods. Ayasdi has found a number of novel biomarkers, the first of which was a new subset of “triple negative” survivors that had elevated expression levels of genes involved in the immune system for breast cancer.Explorys focuses on the aggregation, storage, and analysis of multiple data sources, including all clinical, financial, and operational data related to patient care. Massive parallel processing allows Explorys to look at multiple data sets from multiple angles at the same time, processing the data in real time for real time results.Why We Care: The Future of Medicine

These trends in clinical trials and cancer research represents the dawn of a new age of personalized medicine.

For pharma researchers, designing more precise clinical trials can reduce drug development failures and costs. For clinicians, matching drug treatments to patients could mean improved response and lower costs. For patients, reduced side effects and avoiding trial-and-error dosing improves quality of life. All this has potential to save the healthcare system $300 billion dollars a year, and hundreds of thousands of lives.

For data scientists, new research into disease mechanisms relies on the aggregation of vast stores of data from many different sources. That presents a major data management and analysis challenge as medical records convert to digital ones, growing sets of genomic and pharmaceutical data become available, and mobile data flows come on stream from millions of people.


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A Trojan Horse Once Again? Stephen Elop, Now EVP Of Devices At Microsoft, Confirmed As An ‘Internal’ Candidate For CEO Slot, As He Lays Out Plans In His Own Words | TechCrunch

A Trojan Horse Once Again? Stephen Elop, Now EVP Of Devices At Microsoft, Confirmed As An ‘Internal’ Candidate For CEO Slot, As He Lays Out Plans In His Own Words | TechCrunch | Intriguing Connections | Scoop.it
Microsoft's landmark decision to buy Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion will put Stephen Elop back into business working at the company where he was before he became CEO of Nokia -- he's now the Microsoft's EVP for devices and services.
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