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Service Providers Put Their Heads in the Cloud

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Cloud computing is rapidly transforming the way enterprises use technology.

As a result, enterprises will steadily increase their consumption of cloud-based services and, conversely, decrease their reliance on legacy on-premise technologies.

Were you aware that service providers have choices for how they will adopt and deliver cloud services?

CA Technologies has crafted cloud-computing strategy with the only end-to-end cloud management portfolio.

Download “Multiple Paths to Cloud Computing “ which will show you that this cloud-computing strategy consists of the resources needed to make a service providers’ cloud-computing practice a reality.

 

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Sigalon - The Swedish Content Curating Frog - In the Computer Business since 1962 - Love IT !

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Noam Chomsky Slams West's Charlie Hebdo Outrage: 'Many Journalists Were Killed by Israel in Gaza Too'

The most extreme terrorist campaign of modern times—Obama's global assassination campaign—has been ignored in the "war against terrorism."
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Video: The Incredible Moment Technology Allows Blind Woman to See Her Baby ... - TheBlaze.com

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The first time Kathy Beitz ever saw a baby, it was her own. Beitz is blind, but using specially designed eyewear, she was able to see her newborn son. "Oh my God," she breathed in a YouTube video that captured the moment.

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Nanopillar semiconductors shape up for better, cheaper solar cells

Nanopillar semiconductors shape up for better, cheaper solar cells | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Solar cells could become more efficient and less expensive, thanks to the development of tapered nanopillar semiconductors that are narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. Created by chemist Ali Javey and his group from California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the two-micron-high nanopillars’ unique shape allows them to collect as much or more light than conventional semiconductors, while using much less material.

“To enhance the broad-band optical absorption efficiency of our nanopillars we used a novel dual-diameter structure that features a small (60 nanometers) diameter tip with minimal reflectance to allow more light in, and a large (130 nanometers) diameter base for maximal absorption to enable more light to be converted into electricity,” said Javey. “This dual-diameter structure absorbed 99 percent of incident visible light, compared to the 85 percent absorption by our earlier nanopillars, which had the same diameter along their entire length.”
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Scientists set quantum speed limit - ScienceBlog.com

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University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a “quantum speed limit” on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching.

The energy-time uncertainty relationship is the flip side of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which sets limits on how precisely you can measure position and speed, and has been the bedrock of quantum mechanics for nearly 100 years. It has become so well-known that it has infected literature and popular culture with the idea that the act of observing affects what we observe.
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First Human Protein Atlas and major protein analysis published

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The Human Protein Atlas, a major multinational research project supported by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, recently launched (November 6, 2014) an open source tissue-based interactive map of the human protein. Based on 13 million annotated images, the database maps the distribution of proteins in all major tissues and organs in the human body, showing both proteins restricted to certain tissues, such as the brain, heart, or liver, and those present in all. As an open access resource, it is expected to help drive the development of new diagnostics and drugs, but also to provide basic insights in normal human biology.


In the Science article, "Tissue-based Atlas of the Human Proteome", the approximately 20,000 protein coding genes in humans have been analysed and classified using a combination of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and antibody-based profiling, says the article's lead author, Mathias Uhlén, Professor of Microbiology at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the director of the Human Protein Atlas program. The analysis shows that almost half of the protein-coding genes are expressed in a ubiquitous manner and thus found in all analysed tissues.


Approximately 15% of the genes show an enriched expression in one or several tissues or organs, including well-known tissue-specific proteins, such as insulin and troponin. The testes, or testicles, have the most tissue-enriched proteins followed by the brain and the liver. The analysis suggests that approximately 3,000 proteins are secreted from the cells and an additional 5,500 proteins are located to the membrane systems of the cells.


"This is important information for the pharmaceutical industry. We show that 70% of the current targets for approved pharmaceutical drugs are either secreted or membrane-bound proteins," Uhlén says. "Interestingly, 30% of these protein targets are found in all analysed tissues and organs. This could help explain some side effects of drugs and thus might have consequences for future drug development." The analysis also contains a study of the metabolic reactions occurring in different parts of the human body. The most specialised organ is the liver with a large number of chemical reactions not found in other parts of the human body.


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33rd Square | Ray Kurzweil is Building a "Synthetic Neocortex"

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Speaking recently at the Geek Park Innovation Conference in Beijing, Ray Kurzweil discussed his familiar themes of exponential technology, and stated that what he is trying to build at Google is a "synthetic neocortex." 
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If a Car Is Going to Self-Drive, It Might as Well Self-Park, Too

If a Car Is Going to Self-Drive, It Might as Well Self-Park, Too | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
TECHNOLOGY may soon render another skill superfluous: parking a car.

Sensors and software promise to free owners from parking angst, turning vehicles into robotic chauffeurs, dropping off drivers and then parking themselves, no human intervention required.

BMW demonstrated such technical prowess this month with a specially equipped BMW i3 at the International CES event. At a multilevel garage of the SLS Las Vegas hotel, a BMW engineer spoke into a Samsung Gear S smartwatch.

“BMW, go park yourself,” and off the electric vehicle scurried to an empty parking spot, turning and backing itself perfectly into the open space. To retrieve the car, a tap on the watch and another command, “BMW, pick me up,” returned the car to the engineer.
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Winklevoss Twins Aim to Take Bitcoin Mainstream

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Bitcoin, the virtual currency that was once the talk of the financial world, has been taking a beating over the last year with the price tumbling downward.

Now two of the biggest boosters of the virtual currency, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, are trying to firm up support by creating the first regulated Bitcoin exchange for American customers — what they are calling the Nasdaq of Bitcoin.
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Google Nears Major Investment in SpaceX to Bolster Satellites - The Information

Google Nears Major Investment in SpaceX to Bolster Satellites - The Information | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Google is close to investing in rocket maker SpaceX, according to several people familiar with the talks, creating a formidable alliance in Silicon Valley’s accelerating Internet space race.

The purpose of a deal, which is still in the works, is to support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globe to billions who don’t have it.
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Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear The Singularity [Infographic]

Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear The Singularity [Infographic] | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
“I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race” said Stephen Hawking.

“With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon…” said Elon Musk.

So why are some of the world’s greatest minds and some of the world’s best entrepreneurs considering the potential rise of super-smart artificial intelligence – aka the technological singularity, as one of the world’s greatest threats?!

I have previously published a list of what I believe are the Top 10 Reasons We Should Fear the Singularity and it is one of the all-time most popular posts on Singularity Weblog. Today I want to share this neat new inforgraphic that Michael Dedrick designed based on the content of the original article.
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The Sacred Science - Free Online Screening

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Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to complex medical issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.
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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered and It Is Not What You Think | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
This isn't only relevant to the addicts I love. It is relevant to all of us, because it forces us to think differently about ourselves. Human beings are bonding animals. We need to connect and love. The wisest sentence of the 20th century was E.M. Forster's, "Only connect." But we have created an environment and a culture that cut us off from connection. The rise of addiction is a symptom of a deeper sickness in the way we live, constantly directing our gaze toward the next shiny object we should buy, rather than the human beings all around us.

The writer George Monbiot has called this the "age of loneliness." We have created human societies where it is easier for people to become cut off from all human connection. The Internet offers only a parody of connection. Bruce Alexander, the creator of Rat Park, told me that for too long, we have talked exclusively about individual recovery from addiction. We need now to talk about social recovery; how we all recover, together, from the sickness of isolation.
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Build your Entire House Using a 3D Printer | Andreas Christodoulou | LinkedIn

Build your Entire House Using a 3D Printer | Andreas Christodoulou | LinkedIn | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it

3D printers are popping up in the news more and more frequently. They can make things from food to weapons. It seems that almost anything can be built by these machines. Now there’s a new technology called Contour Crafting making its way to the forefront. Not only can this tech build an entire house; it can do it in one day.


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Wilfried Andral's curator insight, January 23, 3:27 PM

Informative! Check it out: http://bit.ly/3DPrintingHouses

Stelios's comment, January 23, 3:32 PM
Useful share. Thank you Andy!
Stephania Savva's curator insight, January 24, 3:43 PM

Excellent article on how 3D printing can be used for building! Wow tech!

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How to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night | KurzweilAI

How to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night | KurzweilAI | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
There’s currently no cost-effective, large-scale way to store solar energy, but Stanford researchers have developed a solution: using electrolysis to turn tanks of water and hydrogen into batteries. During the day, electricity from solar cells could be used to break apart water into hydrogen and oxygen. Recombining these gases would generate electricity for use at night.
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New Laser-Etched Metal Is So Hydrophobic Water Droplets Bounce Off Like Bouncy Balls | Geekologie

New Laser-Etched Metal Is So Hydrophobic Water Droplets Bounce Off Like Bouncy Balls | Geekologie | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
This is a piece of metal that's been laser-etched with "micro- and nanoscale structures" by scientists at the University of Rochester to increase its hydrophobic (water-repellant) properties. The scientists believe it's a significantly better solution than chemical coatings, not only in effectiveness, but in durability (it allegedly won't wear off). Obviously, I want my skin etched like this so I never have to carry an umbrella.
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First-of-its-kind tube laser created for on-chip optical communications

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Nanophotonics, which takes advantage of the much faster speed of light compared with electrons, could potentially lead to future optical computers that transmit large amounts of data at very high speeds. Working toward this goal, researchers in a new study have developed a tiny laser 100 micrometers long and 5 micrometers in diameter—right at the limit of what the unaided human eye can see. As the first rolled-up semiconductor tube laser that is electrically powered, it can fit on an optical chip and serve as the light source for future optical communications technology.


A team of engineers, M. H. T. Dastjerdi, et al., at McGill University in Montreal have reported their development of the tiny laser in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. Future optical chips will require many vital components, such as modulators (which convert electrical signals into optical ones), photodetectors (which do the reverse), and waveguides (which control the path of light). Another essential requirement is, of course, the light itself, which may come from a micro- or nano-scale laser that can be integrated with the other components onto a silicon (Si) platform.


Although many different types of micro-sized lasers have been studied over the past several years, one promising candidate is a laser made from rolled-up semiconductor tubes. These lasers are fabricated by straining 2D nanomembranes on a substrate, and then selectively releasing parts of the nanomembranes so that they roll up into tiny tubes that act as optical cavities. The rolled-up tube lasers have an advantage over most other types of small lasers in that their optical emission characteristics can be precisely tailored using standard photolithography processes. They can also be easily transferred onto a Si platform, allowing for seamless integration with other chip components.


"In contrast to electrically injected devices, optically pumped devices require additional light sources (lasers, LEDs) to operate that take additional space on the chip and add a significant level of complexity," Zetian Mi, Associate Professor at McGill University, told Phys.org. "Therefore, optically pumped light sources are not practical for integrated chip-level optical communication systems."


As the researchers explain, fabricating electrically powered rolled-up tube lasers is difficult because the very thin nanomembranes make the process of injecting charge carriers into the laser very inefficient. To overcome this problem, the researchers designed the laser to lie horizontally on top of two supporting pieces connected to the electrodes in a U-shaped mesa design. In this formation, charge carriers are injected into the laser cavity from the sides. By circumventing the thin membrane walls, this lateral carrier injection scheme emits light from the center of the tube laser, significantly increasing injection efficiency.


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Latest OS X 10.10.2 beta kills Google-disclosed vulnerabilities dead

Latest OS X 10.10.2 beta kills Google-disclosed vulnerabilities dead | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Google's Project Zero research program has disclosed and released proof-of-concept code for a series of 0day — previously unknown — vulnerabilities found in Apple's OS X operating system for the Mac. These exploits are all fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, now in beta. Here's a report on the vulnerabilities from Ars Technica:

In the past two days, Project Zero has disclosed OS X vulnerabilities here, here, and here. At first glance, none of them appear to be highly critical, since all three appear to require the attacker to already have some access to a targeted machine. What's more, the first vulnerability, the one involving the "networkd 'effective_audit_token' XPC," may already have been mitigated in OS X Yosemite, but if so the Google advisory doesn't make this explicit and Apple doesn't publicly discuss security matters with reporters.
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This chart of rising ocean temperatures is terrifying

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This year’s biggest climate change news was that 2014 was hottest year on record. Turns out, there’s bigger news: It was also the hottest year in the oceans, which are warming so fast they’re literally breaking the NOAA’s charts.

Don’t think you mind a little jacuzzification in your ocean? You’re wrong. Warmer oceans matter because “global warming” doesn’t just mean above average air temperatures over the course of a year — it actually refers to an increase in the total amount of heat energy contained in the Earth’s systems. While air temperatures can fluctuate on any given year, they are usually matched by an increase or decrease of the amount of heat stored in the oceans (which, by the way, absorb around 90 percent of total global warming heat). To know whether the system as a whole is getting warmer or not, scientists need to take into account the temperatures of the atmosphere, land, AND oceans.
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Goodnet | Gateway to doing good

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Goodnet, Gateway to Doing Good, is a media platform that helps you activate your goodness by inspiring positive impact.

 

Goodnet, Gateway to Doing Good, connects people around the world with opportunities for doing good. Our writers and curators have eyes and ears across the world of good doing - from volunteering, charity work, microfunding and creativity to green tech, water conservation, collaborative consumption and mindful living. Goodnet empowers users to independently take positive action, anytime, anywhere and in any field of interest closest to their hearts. 
We believe that by seeing the good in the people and the world around us, we can inspire readers to do the same.

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Desolenator creates clean water from salt water using sunlight

Desolenator creates clean water from salt water using sunlight | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Water scarcity affects every corner of the globe. Around 1.2 billion people — almost 20 percent of Earth’s population — lives with the constant worry of not having enough drinking water to survive, according to the United Nations.

However, almost three-quarters of this world we inhabit is covered in water, the vast majority of which is undrinkable salt water. And it’s this problem that a crack team of innovators in London is looking to solve.

Having lived in United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi, for more than five years, William Janssen was already accustomed to drinking desalinated water — seawater treated in large machines that consume lots of energy. So Janssen came up with the idea of using solar energy instead to transform salt water into drinking water, a more sustainable, cost-effective method.
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Daily Report: Internet in Orbit, Linking Much of World Directly to Google

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Google has never shied away from novelty or big spending to find ways to connect more people to the Internet. Over the last two years, its ideas have included fleets of little satellites, solar-powered drones that would fly around the world and balloons that float high into the stratosphere, beaming the Internet to those below, Conor Dougherty reports.
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3D Printing: Is Bio-Printing the Future of Organ Replacement?

You get a full 3 dimensional scan of your complete body geometry. One day there is an accident and unfortunately you lose an ear or some other part of your body. Still, nothing that you really should worry about: Your doctor opens up your unique body geometry back up file, selects the exact specs on the missing body part and prints out a brand new ear which is virtually identical to the one you just lost. This may well be the future of organ and body-part replacement technologies produced by the latest breakthroughs in reconstructive medicine and bio-printing.
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A Chinese Construction Company Just 3D Printed A 3-Story Mansion

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Winsun, the Chinese construction company that 3D printed 10 one-story homes in a single day last year, just revealed two new 3D-printed projects: A five-story apartment block, and a three-story mansion.

Both buildings are proofs of concept, as they're stationed right next to each other in an expo area in Suzhou Industrial Park. They were both made using a special type of pre-mixed concrete created from "construction waste" and printed layer by layer, according to Chinese news site Caixin (via Tech In Asia).

The 3D-printed mansion covers an approximate area of 11,840 square feet, with all the walls and roofs built from the 3D printed material. Winsun used a 3D printer measuring 500 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall to print each part of the mansion.

The mansion's interior is undecorated, but it just gives a glimpse of what 3D printing can accomplish. Check out some more photos below, or view the entire gallery over at Caixin.
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