Phys .org: Want to know what climate change will do in your backyard? There’s a dataset for that

Phys .org: Want to know what climate change will do in your backyard? There’s a dataset for that. “What the global climate emergency has in store may vary from one back yard to the next, particularly in the tropics where microclimates, geography and land-use practices shift dramatically over small areas. This has major implications for adaptation strategies at local levels and requires trustworthy, high-resolution data on plausible future climate scenarios. A dataset created by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and colleagues is filling this niche.”

Newswise: $25 Million Project Will Advance DNA-Based Archival Data Storage

Newswise: $25 Million Project Will Advance DNA-Based Archival Data Storage. “The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Molecular Information Storage (MIST) program has awarded a multi-phase contract worth up to $25 million to develop scalable DNA-based molecular storage techniques. The goal of the project, which will be led by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), is to use DNA as the basis for deployable storage technologies that can eventually scale into the exabyte regime and beyond with reduced physical footprint, power and cost requirements relative to conventional storage technologies.”

The Guardian: Was anyone ever so young? What 10 years of my Instagram data revealed

The Guardian: Was anyone ever so young? What 10 years of my Instagram data revealed. “In the 10 days leading up to Christmas, I searched on Instagram for three of my exes, an acquaintance I met on a trip to Cuba four years ago, an account dedicated to astrology memes, a past roommate, my own dog’s account (@lucythetherapypup), my best friend’s sweater-wearing poodle, a famous Pomeranian who lives in New York, a bird named Parfait I recently met at a San Francisco market, 10 contestants of the reality TV show Love Island, and the hashtag #wienerdog. I know all of this because Instagram told me.”

Scientific American: Supercomputer Scours Fossil Record for Earth’s Hidden Extinctions

Scientific American: Supercomputer Scours Fossil Record for Earth’s Hidden Extinctions. “Using the world’s fourth most powerful supercomputer, Tianhe II, a team of scientists based mostly in China mined a database of more than 11,000 fossil species that lived from around 540 million to 250 million years ago. The result is a history of life during this period, the early Palaeozoic era, that can pinpoint the rise and fall of species during diversifications and mass extinctions to within about 26,000 years.”

Rowan Today: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project

New-to-me, with new offshoots: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project. “Rowan University Professor of Geography John Hasse and a team of researchers have compiled a massive trove of New Jersey land use data and moved it all online for easy access, a project that will benefit students, journalists, municipal officials, developers and residents for decades to come.”

Health IT Analytics: FDA Makes Real-World Data Available on Google Cloud Platform

Health IT Analytics: FDA Makes Real-World Data Available on Google Cloud Platform. “The FDA’s MyStudies platform, a tool that aims to collect real-world data to improve clinical trials and advance medical research, is now available on Google Cloud Platform. Launched in November 2018, the MyStudies open-source technology platform supports drug, biologic, and device organizations as they collect and report real-world data for regulatory submissions.”

The Big Sleep: Big Data Helps Scientists Tackle Lack of Quality Shut Eye (Innovation Enterprise)

Innovation Enterprise: The Big Sleep: Big Data Helps Scientists Tackle Lack of Quality Shut Eye. “New tools, such as wearable trackers, allow data to be collected from a large pool of subjects without the expense and resources required to set up sleep studies in clinical environments. For example, Fitbit has nearly 10 million active users and has tracked over 6 billion nights of sleep. Meanwhile, the use of artificial intelligence-driven technologies, such as machine learning, is helping scientists analyze the data to generate meaningful and actionable insights.”