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  • Blog Post: Fun with Cliplets–Video and Pics

    For some Friday fun, I was playing with Cliplets from Microsoft Research – it let’s you combine still shots and video to create pictures that have movement.  Below I took some video while at Stanford on my cellphone and ran created a cliplet just to test it out – works really easy. What Are Cliplets...
  • Blog Post: Layerscape WWT Workshop Tutorial

    I've created the first in a sequence of Layerscape tutorials as a Power Point deck. This is -- of course -- published at Layerscape and has garnered rave reviews. Well, one rave review anyway. Here's what it takes you through: Getting the tools installed on your PC Starting up the Excel Add...
  • Blog Post: "Data Explorer"– Clean, Mashup, and Publish your Science Data

    Dealing with scientific data can be challenging – especially since it’s in many different formats, files etc.  The SQL Labs release of Microsoft Codename “Data Explorer” looks to be a tool that can help bring together many different data sets in a more straight forward way.  Not only is it...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope and Kinect on really big screen at SC11

    For the last couple of days at Supercomputer 2011 we’ve been demoing WorldWide Telescope being driven via Kinect for Windows – probably the single largest Kinect driven application out there.  While we’ve done something like this before (ie. Mix’11), this time we partnered with Scalable Display...
  • Blog Post: Develop with Python in Visual Studio, connect with Kinect and Excel

    There is a new release of the Python Tools for Visual Studio and it includes Pyvot : a connector to Excel that allow data transfer and manipulation – check out the tutorial .  It also has a PyKinect , to leverage Kinect for new natural user interactions (NUIs)…  An integrated environment for...
  • Blog Post: PDFs on Docs.com

    I just realized that Docs.com has support for PDFs – so to test it out, I put up a copy of The Fourth Paradigm book MSR put out and the Silverlight viewer works great – no need for a plugin.  Try it out and see what you think…. Here’s the link to the original blog post about the PDF support – the...
  • Blog Post: Happy 2nd Birthday WorldWide Telescope

    Today is the 2nd anniversary of the launch of WWT – congrats to Jonathan, Curtis, and the rest of the small team.  Besides the initial windows client (that lead to Scoble’s post - Microsoft researchers make me cry ) there is the web client (silverlight), a web control, and the Bing Map WWT addin...
  • Blog Post: Folding@Home on Azure – Distributed Computing

    Here’s a good way to get up to speed on WindowsAzure and contribute to a worldwide distributed computing project ( Folding@Home ) – by participating in the webcast you’ll also receive a temporary, self-expiring full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks at no cost – that’s worth the...
  • Blog Post: Memories for life – SenseCam available

    It’s great to see that the technology behind the SenseCam work out of MSR Cambridge is now available for anyone to utilize.  It’s had some real success as an aid for people with memory loss – check out the papers – but it could also be used as a data collection device, I see it being used in environmental...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Creates Silverlight Application as Clearinghouse for Technology Resources

    I’m a sucker for good technology and really useful  interfaces and applications – I just saw this post from the MSPress about the TechNet Desktop Player – not only will it be really useful for finding tech resources based on your role, but also if you set your zipcode in the setting it gets you...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing for Science - AzureMODIS: Accelerating the Pace of Environmental Research

    They just published an overview of the great collaboration going in the AzureMODIS project with UC Berkeley, Univ of Virginia, and the MSR eScience group.  The project was a very early adopter of Windows Azure and is already one of the largest applications running on Azure.  Kudos goes to Youngryel...
  • Blog Post: FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools by SAP Web 2.0

    Very cool integration of Twitter and PowerPoint – good way to have interactive presentations…could see this being used in classes with students. Here’s a view of WorldWide Telescope tweets     FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools Ever wanted to make presentations a more interactive, Web 2.0 experience...
  • Blog Post: Science Analytics – look to use Project “Gemini”

    When I first saw and heard details about Project “Gemini” , I was blown away by the technology and innovation created by SQL and Excel teams and that held up when I was able to test it out on my own.  It will be especially useful for scientists that want to not only analyze large amounts of data...
  • Blog Post: Instant Search - The Real Live Search Bing API experiment

    If you’d like to see instant results while you’re typing in your search query try out “ The Real Live Search ” from Long Zheng from istartedsomething – it uses the fast Bing AJAX APIs and the JSON results to give you information as you type.  It’s really neat to see – here’s an example doing a WorldWide...
  • Blog Post: SciScope app and code available for download

    Earlier today the code behind the SciScope site was made available at SciScope.CodePlex.com.  This enables others to make their datasets/repositories available and allow others to discover, download and utilize their data in a simple to use website.     Also the semantic support...
  • Blog Post: Project Tuva: Richard Feynman is now available to all.

    Project Tuva , an enhanced video player showcasing Richard Feynman’s “Messenger” lectures is available for all to try out.  It’s the way I’d like to view talks and related information – check it out.  Not only does it allow for web links, images, but it also integrates with the WorldWide Telescope...
  • Blog Post: Project Trident: A Scientific Workflow Workbench available for download

    Project Trident CTP is now available for download .  Project Trident is a scientific workflow workbench MSR External Research has been working on for the past few years, which allows scientists to analyze large, diverse datasets.  It’s built on Windows Workflow and utilizes SQL Server (Express...
  • Blog Post: Preview the upcoming Eclipse of the Sun in WWT

    On July 22nd there will be a total eclipse of the Sun that will last for over 6 mins that is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth.  One of the best regions to see it will be China and the organizers have published a WorldWide Telescope tour previewing the Eclipse. See...
  • Blog Post: Out of this World - NASA - International Space Station Photosynth collections

    NASA released some out of the world Photosynth collections today – highlighting the International Space Station (inside and out) and the next Mars Rover .  The photos by NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus really show off all the details of such a complex “flying machine” both internally and externally...
  • Blog Post: Wow - DeepZoomPix Technology Demo – Azure, Silverlight and Deep Zoom

    Just tried out the DeepZoomPix Technology Demo – it’s pretty amazing – brings together Azure, Silverlight and Deep Zoom. I tested it out with some Astronomy photos… dfd Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope – Busy couple of weeks – NASA and SilverLight

    Yesterday the joint press release went out on the collaboration and Space Act Agreement we’re been working on with NASA for sometime.  We’re really excited about working with NASA to process many datasets like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and make them available in WorldWide Telescope ...
  • Blog Post: Using Flickr for Astronomy – and viewing in WWT

    The use of online services such as Flickr to help scientists is in its infancy and applications utilizing commodity based solutions will continue to pick up momentum.  I especially like the integration and the ease of use – science should be about discovery and exploration – not about the technology...
  • Blog Post: eclipse4SL: Eclipse Tools for Microsoft Silverlight

    Just saw a posting that eclipse4SL - the Eclipse tools for Silverlight project is available. It is an eclipse plug-in that enables Eclipse developers to use the Eclipse IDE to create applications that run on the Microsoft Silverlight runtime platform. The purpose of this project is the creation of open...
  • Blog Post: The Earth, Stars, and Planets in 3D

    One of the coolest new features of the WWT Solstice Borealis Beta (released at the beginning of Jan) is the ability to see the Earth, Stars, and Planets in a stereoscopic 3D effect .  I’ve been using the Anaglyph mode (View |  {arrow} | Stereo | Anaglyph) which uses the stylish red/cyan glasses...
  • Blog Post: Science Images in Photosynth

    Here are a few really good synths of scientific images in Photosynth.  You can find others using Microscopes or Biology .  And there is even a Dissected Cat if you have a strong stomach. Obelia, polyps, golangia by ppberk Micrographs of powder coating material by SynthSets Frog Kidney by ppberk...
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