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Magic? How INRIX Traffic Crowd-Sourcing Really Works » INRIX Traffic Blog. We don't often think of them in these terms, but our brains, global financial markets and groups of friends are all examples of different kinds of complex networks or systems.

Magic? How INRIX Traffic Crowd-Sourcing Really Works » INRIX Traffic Blog

And unlike the kind of system that exists in your car that has been intentionally engineered for humans to use, these systems are convoluted and not obvious how to control. Economic collapse, disease, and miserable dinner parties may result from a breakdown in such systems, which is why researchers have recently being putting so much energy into trying to discover how best to control these large and important systems. How crowdsourcing will give Hilton Head better mobile coverage — Mobile Technology News.

Hilton Head, S.C., is an island full of sandy beaches, manicured golf courses and lush green trees.

How crowdsourcing will give Hilton Head better mobile coverage — Mobile Technology News

But one thing the island community doesn’t have is good cellular coverage. The local government has decided to do something about it, and with the help of mobile crowdsourcing technology, it has begun making its case to wireless operators for better service. As you might expect from a town that thrives off a tourism and seasonal residents – 2 million visitors a year frequent the island – maintaining Hilton Head’s scenic views is a big priority for its local government, and hulking cell towers tend to mar those vistas.

You Can Crowdfund a Politician but you Can’t Crowdfund an Entrepreneur? Hatari: Battling Corruption in Kenya. Victory for crowdsourced biomolecule design. An enzyme designed by players of the protein-folding game Foldit was better than anything scientists could come up with.

Victory for crowdsourced biomolecule design

Obsessive gamers’ hours at the computer have now topped scientists’ efforts to improve a model enzyme, in what researchers say is the first crowdsourced redesign of a protein. The online game Foldit, developed by teams led by Zoran Popovic, director of the Center for Game Science, and biochemist David Baker, both at the University of Washington in Seattle, allows players to fiddle at folding proteins on their home computers in search of the best-scoring (lowest-energy) configurations. The researchers have previously reported successes by Foldit players in folding proteins1, but the latest work moves into the realm of protein design, a more open-ended problem. By posing a series of puzzles to Foldit players and then testing variations on the players’ best designs in the lab, researchers have created an enzyme with more than 18-fold higher activity than the original.

The Science Behind Foldit. Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research.

The Science Behind Foldit

This page describes the science behind Foldit and how your playing can help. What is a protein? Proteins are the workhorses in every cell of every living thing. Your body is made up of trillions of cells, of all different kinds: muscle cells, brain cells, blood cells, and more. Inside those cells, proteins are allowing your body to do what it does: break down food to power your muscles, send signals through your brain that control the body, and transport nutrients through your blood. What are amino acids? Open Source Cities. Open Source Cities is co-hosting a panel discussion and meetup on urban mobility, cities and the built environment in New York City on May 2nd from 4-6pm at the offices of BMW i Ventures.

Open Source Cities

The event co-hosts are Green Parking Council, AECOM, BüroNY, and TimHaahs. #1 Site for Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding, & Open Innovation News. Bey2ollak: An Egyptian start-up success story to aspire to. Michael Nielsen: Open science now! Top 11 Citizen Science Projects of 2011. "Abstract This qualitative phenomenological study involving in-depth interviews with seven educators in K-12 and higher education examines the role that the microblogging service Twitter plays in the formation and development of Personal Learning Networks (PLN) among educators.

Top 11 Citizen Science Projects of 2011

A double hermeneutic data analysis shows that Twitter plays a role in the formation and development of PLNs by allowing educators to; engage in consistent and sustained dialogue with their PLN, access the collective knowledge of their PLN, amplify and promote more complex thoughts and ideas to a large audience, and expand their PLN using features unique to Twitter. Developing Citizen Science Programs. Login Sign up Discover Guided Tour more learning “topics about improving learning and education” Curated by Mohammad Abdelkhalek 130 Views Score Visitors Loading...

Updated Aug 4 Created Jan 1 Created by Mohammad ... Posts Followers. How do crowdsourcing, the Internet of things and big data converge on geospatial technology? "Today, TED announced the winner of the 2012 TED Prize: the City 2.0.

How do crowdsourcing, the Internet of things and big data converge on geospatial technology?

Breaking from their tradition of recognizing an individual global innovator, TED is embracing the concept of crowd-sourcing urbanism (an idea we obviously support at Open Source Cities). The organizers published this call-to-arms in seeking ideas on the City 2.0: “The City 2.0 is the city of the future … a future in which more than 10 billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably, together. The City 2.0 is not a sterile utopian dream, but a real-world upgrade tapping into humanity’s collective wisdom. The City 2.0 promotes innovation, education, culture and economic opportunity.