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  • Blog Post: Looking skyward: WWT Digital Dome project brings planetariums to Chinese schools

    About 10 months ago, China’s first planetarium driven by the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) was launched at the Shixinlu primary school. Powered by six high-resolution projectors, the 8-meter dome installation has enabled students not only to see and study the stars and the universe in an immersive...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research offers tools and more at AGU 2013 Fall Meeting

    Every December I get together with 20,000 like-minded researchers in San Francisco to discuss how to preserve the habitat of Homo sapiens . I concede it’s a self-serving goal, but I’m okay with standing to benefit. Our conversation invariably burrows into subtopics of how the Earth works...
  • Blog Post: eScience Takes the Stage at Latin American Workshop

    Big Data: these words are on the lips of researchers everywhere these days. But it’s more than a catch phrase—it’s a reality in the burgeoning world of eScience, as investigators strive to make sense of the seemingly endless flow of new information. Nowhere is the push to understand...
  • Blog Post: Seeing Your World Through a Different Light

    As the saying goes: everything is bigger in Texas. And coming this weekend, March 8 to 10, there will be a couple of Texas-sized telescopes at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin. Housed in the mammoth NASA Experience Tent, a wall-sized display will show off Microsoft Research’s...
  • Blog Post: On Helium and Chocolate

    Powerful Research Tools Shared at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting We love our jobs at Microsoft Research, and a big part of that is about how much we love physics and technology. And chocolate. Consider: if you place helium in a (well-made) bag and let it go, there is nothing to prevent...
  • Blog Post: Our Top 10 Blogs of 2012

    Once again, you’ve voted with your clicks and we’ve tallied the results. So…drumroll, please…here are the top 10 Microsoft Research Connections blogs of 2012. Number 10: Try Try F# Who can resist such a redundantly titled post—especially when it offers information...
  • Blog Post: Narwhal Helps Developers Visualize Data in WorldWide Telescope

    First to explain… no, there is no time. Let me sum up: you are a scientist with complex geospatial data visualization challenges. We at Microsoft Research have a solution for you and we’re enhancing this through the release of a software library called Narwhal . (We threw in some example...
  • Blog Post: Big Data Blows into the Windy City

    This week, the annual Microsoft eScience Workshop is being held in Chicago (the “Windy City”), providing an unparalleled opportunity for domain scientists, researchers, and technologists to discuss the benefits and difficulties of incorporating more computing and information technology into...
  • Blog Post: Big Sky; Big Data: WorldWide Telescope in Focus at Astronomical Conference

    The 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) opened on August 20, 2012, at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, with WorldWide Telescope (WWT) prominently featured at the Microsoft Research exhibition. Astronomy is one of the oldest and most inspirational...
  • Blog Post: A Quilt, a Map, and a Few Good Apps

    As I was preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., for the 2012 exhibition of the AIDS Quilt and the International AIDS Conference, it occurred to me that this journey began a little less than a year ago, in nearly the same spot. I first learned about the AIDS Quilt project from Brett Bobley , CIO of...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Takes Center Stage in Moscow

    On February 9, 2012, Russian astronomers of all levels—professional, amateur, student, and teacher—congregated at Moscow’s Sternberg Astronomical Institute for WorldWide Telescope Day. Russia’s foremost astronomy institution, the Sternberg Astronomical Institute , also known as...
  • Blog Post: Data Visualization Reaches New Heights with Layerscape

    In December, I blogged about the beta release of Layerscape , a free set of research tools from Microsoft that enable earth scientists to visualize and tell stories around large, complex data sets. The full release is now available to the public at Layerscape . We’re calling Layerscape an “ecosystem”...
  • Blog Post: Managing the Scientific Data Explosion: a Response to the OSTP Digital Data RFI

    Scientists can agree that there’s a lot of data out there, and that we could be using it more efficiently. Now the White House has asked for input on how to do just that. Data from scientific research is important to a diverse array of user communities from researchers, governments, and companies...
  • Blog Post: Layerscape for Earth-Science Storytelling

    Every so often, a new platform comes along that really shakes things up. Well, if you’re part of the earth-sciences community, prepare to be shaken, because Microsoft Research has just released a new way to convey earth-science concepts. It’s called Layerscape , and I like to think of it...
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