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Military Turns Focus To Big Data To Improve Combat Injury Outcomes

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by Michael Keller

Troops going out for their morning patrol strap on combat helmets, armored tactical vests and other protective devices to counter the ever-present possibility of injury in hostile territory. Many mount shielded vehicles designed to thwart the devastation wrought by rocket-propelled grenades, mines and the like. 

Increasingly, medical and equipment researchers are adding another layer that will help protect future combatants—Big Data. At least two separate projects are collecting reams of information on trauma sustained by improvised explosive devices and other battlefield injuries. The object: to suss out equipment improvements, more effective treatments and better patient outcomes. 

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Camera-Armed Autocopters Mapping Forest Treetops

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by Wynne Parry

Trees don’t make work easy for the scientists who want to study them and the landscapes they create, since the leaves, fruits and flowers of a forest’s canopy generally stretch far above human reach. So, a team of researchers is turning to drones, programming these pilot-less flying machines to buzz over forests while snapping pictures. 

“I flip the switch on the controller and away it goes on its own,” says Jonathan Dandois, a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as he launched a drone over a patch of forest on campus on an overcast October day. “It will climb up to about 100 meters above and will continue on its route.”

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Speaking of Big Data…
by Michael Keller
Wikibon, a professional community solving technology and business problems through an open-source sharing of knowledge, has published an interesting infographic about how Big Data solutions are being integrated into enterprises.
"There’s no question we have a long way to go before Big Data is ubiquitous in the enterprise," the creators write. "But, as our infographic makes clear, there are plenty of Big Data success stories to talk about in the here and now."
The organization’s vendor revenue and market forecast for Big Data-related hardware, software and services offers a rosy view of the future. They estimate that the total Big Data market reached $11.4 billion in 2012, and project that it will exceed $47 billion by 2017. That would represent a 31 percent compound annual growth rate for 2012-2017.
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Speaking of Big Data…

by Michael Keller

Wikibon, a professional community solving technology and business problems through an open-source sharing of knowledge, has published an interesting infographic about how Big Data solutions are being integrated into enterprises.

"There’s no question we have a long way to go before Big Data is ubiquitous in the enterprise," the creators write. "But, as our infographic makes clear, there are plenty of Big Data success stories to talk about in the here and now."

The organization’s vendor revenue and market forecast for Big Data-related hardware, software and services offers a rosy view of the future. They estimate that the total Big Data market reached $11.4 billion in 2012, and project that it will exceed $47 billion by 2017. That would represent a 31 percent compound annual growth rate for 2012-2017.

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Data as Art

by Txchnologist Staff

PBS web series Off Book has produced a short, compelling video called “The Art of Data Visualization,” which showcases powerful presentations of complex data. Nuances in such information might be lost without displaying it visually.

"Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage," the team behind the video write. "And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than we can process, the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance."

Top Image: Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Since 1851 courtesy of data visualization expert John Nelson and IDV Solutions. See the full-sized image here.

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