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A Smarter Planet Blog

A Smarter Planet Blog
By Chris Sciacca To create more energy-efficient clouds, crunch Big Data faster and design smaller, instrumented devices for a smarter planet, we need a new generation of technologies. This new generation will require even further improvements at the nano-scale to create more efficient transistors. But before these microscopic technologies go into mass production, new techniques are needed for creating microscopic prototypes smaller than 30 nanometers — the size when prototyping becomes increasingly difficult. In 2010 IBM scientists published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal of Science demonstrating the technique by designing a nano-sized map of the world and now in 2014 the research is coming to market. Continue Reading »

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About Frontiers Frontiers Research Network The Frontiers Research Network is a rapidly growing research network for all academic communities. It includes the world's leading scientists, academics, clinicians, researchers and more. Launched in 2012, the Frontiers Research Network combines the user-friendly and multi-media approaches of online social networking with the extensive content produced by our authors, editors and high-profile academic users every day. The network disseminates updates about publications, conferences and events, video lectures, scientific blogs and news, ebooks and so much more and is fully integrated with our open-access community journals.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Energy Driven by the goal of reducing fossil fuel use and pollution, ORNL’s clean energy research plays a pivotal role in America’s energy future. Scientists and engineers are applying the knowledge they gain from these studies to develop and deploy real-world solutions for energy security and protecting the environment. From exploring the genetics of poplar trees for use in biofuel production to uncovering the potential for using byproducts of this process in advanced materials for automotive and wind technologies, clean energy research spans ORNL disciplines including biological and environmental sciences, advanced materials, neutron sciences, nuclear sciences, and high-performance computing, and brings multidisciplinary teams together to address key issues. That means moving well beyond engine efficiency in studying the vehicles of the future, for instance. By embracing industry partnerships to advance clean energy technologies, ORNL is promoting domestic manufacturing and job growth.

Comics This is a comic about the backfire effect. The first big expansion pack of Exploding Kittens is now shipping. It contains 20 game-changing cards, along with a human-sized cone of shame. I made a new thing. CFO Key Challenges and Predictions for 2016 As the CFO, you play a vital role in the success of your company, and your responsibilities in driving shareholder/policyholder value are immeasurable. Staying abreast of competitors, keeping up with regulatory changes, managing product pricing, evaluating M&A opportunities, and staying ahead of investment portfolio changes are just a few of the investment, reporting, and accounting related challenges that CFOs must tackle. Clearwater’s 2015 Insurance Investment Benchmark Survey collected data from more than 100 CFOs at leading insurance companies. The survey questions focused on CFOs' best practices and top challenges in today’s investment environment. Although focused on insurance CFOs, the survey data is a revealing study of how top financial executives tackle universal issues of board reporting, compliance monitoring, expense ratio management, investment strategy, staffing, and other factors that are critical to driving profits and growth.

Just Manic Enough - Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs Matthew Cavanaugh for The New York Times Seth Priebatsch’s passionate pitch won over investors for his latest start-up. IMAGINE you are a venture capitalist. One day a man comes to you and says, “I want to build the game layer on top of the world.” You don’t know what “the game layer” is, let alone whether it should be built atop the world. But he has a passionate speech about a business plan, conceived when he was a college freshman, that he says will change the planet — making it more entertaining, more engaging, and giving humans a new way to interact with businesses and one another. Federal Energy Management Program: Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC) Programs The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) Program to provide computational support for the analysis of capital investments in buildings. BLCC5 Program Register and download. BLCC 5.3-13 (for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux). BLCC is programmed in Java with an XML file format. The user's guide is part of the BLCC Help system.

THE SECOND COMING — A MANIFESTO By David Gelernter Stewart Brand, David Ditzel, John C. Dvorak, Freeman Dyson, George Dyson, Douglas Rushkoff, Rod Brooks, Lee Smolin, Jaron Lanier, David Farber, Danny Hillis, Vinod Kholsa, John McCarthy on "The Second Coming - A Manifesto" by David Gelernter Marc Hauser, Milford Wolpoff, V.S. Ramachandran, and Nicholas Humphrey on V.S. Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living by Maria Popova Reflections on how to keep the center solid as you continue to evolve. UPDATE: The fine folks of Holstee have turned these seven learnings into a gorgeous letterpress poster inspired by mid-century children’s book illustration. On October 23, 2006, I sent a short email to a few friends at work — one of the four jobs I held while paying my way through college — with the subject line “brain pickings,” announcing my intention to start a weekly digest featuring five stimulating things to learn about each week, from a breakthrough in neuroscience to a timeless piece of poetry. “It should take no more than 4 minutes (hopefully much less) to read,” I promised. This was the inception of Brain Pickings.

Why You Need to Cultivate a Business Culture of Giving With Christmas around the corner, the spirit of giving is stronger than ever. However, it’s not just individuals and households volunteering time and money to those in need, the impact of businesses in the volunteer sector is quickly rising. While the giving culture is most prominent in large companies that have large reserves of cash, small business owners and sole entrepreneurs like you can have a powerful influence on your community. As a for-profit business, you can use your creativity to come up with channels for you and your employees to invest time, money, resources, and even pro bono services to those who need it.

PNNL: FEDS - Facility Energy Decision System The Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS) is an easy-to-use building energy efficiency software tool that quickly and objectively identifies energy efficiency improvements that maximize life-cycle savings. The Windows-based program requires only minimal user experience and input to perform energy efficiency assessment screenings as well as detailed energy retrofit project analyses across a wide variety of building types, from single buildings to large multi-building campuses and installations. Requires only minimal user input yet is able to accept detailed building system parameters. FEDS estimates unspecified parameters based on typical characteristics for a building of the specified type, size, age, and location and other details. Models energy and cost performance of heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, motors, plug loads, refrigeration, building shell, and hot water systems, plus central plants and thermal loops.

Category:Systems A system is a set of entities, real or abstract, comprising a whole where each component interacts with or is related to at least one other component and they all serve a common objective. For the purpose of organizing articles into categories, there are four major type of system which can reasonably be expected to contain every type of system under its category tree: Physical systems, Biological systems, Social systems, and Conceptual systems. Subcategories This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 total.