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  • Blog Post: The Fourth Paradigm book now available in Portuguese

    Earlier today I had the pleasure to give the kickoff talk for the release of The Fourth Paradigm book in Portuguese .  Being able to highlight the thinking's of Jim Gray on which the book is based and the scientists who wrote articles for the book was a real privilege for me. Thousand years ago...
  • Blog Post: Big Data and LINQ in CACM

    Just read the The World According to LINQ article in October’s Communications of the ACM – Erik Meijer does a really good job describing LINQ and how it can be used with Big Data from my different data sources – ie. DBs, REST services and other unstructured data sources…also describes the mathematical...
  • Blog Post: What’s an Albedo? (And Why You Should Care)

    Here’s a really good article on KQED’s Climate Watch on Albedo and why it’s important in a warming planet – it’s also really good to see Jeff Dozier’s work highlighted in the article.   btw, last year Jeff was awarded the Jim Gray eScience Award , which recognizes innovators whose work has...
  • Blog Post: The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery – Book Released

    Today Microsoft Research announced the availability of the book - The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery .  The book focuses on the change of all sciences moving from observational, to theoretical, to computational and now to the 4th Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery...
  • Blog Post: TIME - WorldWideTelescope one of 50 Best Websites 2009

    TIME magazine has the WorldWide Telescope WebClient ( Silverlight ) on their list of 50 Best Websites for 2009.  That puts WWT in with sites like Flickr, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, Amazon, and even PhotoSynth – not bad for the very small team we have on it :-) WorldWideTelescope Like Google Earth...
  • Blog Post: Adding quarters to the innovation machine

    I really enjoyed Dan Reed’s latest posting - HPC: Making a Small Fortune - and the need for real innovation in this space, especially with the rise of new technologies – that’s part of the reason we looked at at combining HPC and Databases via the GrayWulf Project … HPC: Making a Small Fortune N.B. I...
  • Blog Post: New Tools Mobilize Local Data to Study Global Environmental Issues from Berkeley Lab

    Here’s a really good article from the folks at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the collaboration MSR has ongoing between LBL and the Berkeley Water Center.  It highlights the use of databases for scientific information as Catharine mentions… “One of the greatest challenges of the next century...
  • Blog Post: HPC - MPI.NET 1.0 Is Now Released...!

    PhilPen has posted that the folks at Indiana University have released MPI.NET: High Performance C# library for Message Passing .  The runtime and source code are available for download as well as a Tutorial .  This should make it much easier for folks to use any .Net language to write MPI apps...
  • Blog Post: Science News to justify half a bar of chocolate per week - lowers risk of heart disease

    I only wish the study coming out of the Moli-sani Project being run by Research Laboratories of the Catholic University in Campobasso recommended milk chocolate instead dark chocolate.  Sorry Snickers - Half A Bar Of Chocolate Per Week, But Just The Dark Kind, Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease | Scientific...
  • Blog Post: Accessible Research blog

    Sam Stokes has spun up a blog to make research more accessible to students and though's of us that are learners for life.  His latest post is looking at a project Sensor touch: Fun in reaching out using Xbox controllers…sounds like fun – would also be interesting to see if there is a way to use...
  • Blog Post: "How to blog, get tenure and prosper"

    One of the discussions that frequently happens at the eScience/Science 2.0 type meetings is how does academia incorporate the Web 2.0 technologies (Blogging, etc) into the tenure based reward system - these are technologies that change how quickly/accessible information can be and are not connected to...
  • Blog Post: Making Sense of Data Overload: An Innovative Approach to Progressive Data Analysis

    It's really good to see that the datamining work ( ProDA ) that Cyrus Shahabi of USC is getting more visibility - the use of wavelet compression is a really neat way to deal with large amounts of data and make it easy to see the trends...you can see why folks like Chevron were interested in it. Making...
  • Blog Post: SCIENCE Article: An Earth Systems Science Agency?

    Very interesting article in current issue of Science... The United States faces unprecedented environmental and economic challenges in the decades ahead. Foremost among them will be climate change, sea-level rise, altered weather patterns, declines in freshwater availability and quality, and loss of...
  • Blog Post: The Petabyte Problem: Scrubbing, Curating and Publishing Big Data

    Carol Minton Morris has a good entry on the HatCheck Newsletter on Alex Szalay's keynote, “Scientific Publishing in the Era of Pedabyte Data,” at JCDL on June 19, 2008.  I always enjoy listening to Alex and hearing his perspective, especially since he gets his hands dirty with the eScience...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Science related activities

    Here are some good articles on Environmental Science related activities that our researchers at Microsoft Research are involved with.  Understanding Climate Change—One Tree at a Time How Can Technology Sustain the Environment in the 21st Century? Microsoft Virtual Earth Puts Planet Earth in Focus...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope is a powerful educational tool — a way of telling compelling stories about the Universe.

    An On the Issues Essay came out last week featuring Alyssa Goodman , Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University.  Highlights how WWT can be used to not only browse and view the Universe – but can be a powerful tool to allow Astronomers to get to data and make discoveries. A Virtual Telescope: Microsoft...
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