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Building a Smart City

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Cities often don't work very well. Bins don't get collected. Traffic queues are long. Shops run out of goods. The Russian team behind Airalab think that AI can help streamline cities and the economy more widely. Their Robonomics platform aims to make it easier to bring automated, intelligent technology into the economy. With Smart City projects already on the go, from Dubai to Milton Keynes, we spoke to Airalab's Aleksandr Kapitonov to find out more.

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ELN, LIMS, CDS, LES: What’s the Difference?

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In this article, we look at the key differences between four common types of informatics systems. CSols Inc. is an independent informatics consultancy, and their Delivery Manager, Geoff Turnbull, will help us answer some important questions on the role these systems play, where they overlap with each other, and why we don’t just have one overarching system to rule them all.

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Answer the challenges of CDS Data integrity - Sterling Pharma Solutions Ltd

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Data integrity continues to be a hot topic for the regulatory agencies in the pharmaceutical industry.

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A Global HPC-Powered Hub for Natural Hazard Research

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DesignSafe is a data platform with a truly global goal: to predict and mitigate the impact of natural disasters. Here we find out how researchers in the field have been using DesignSafe to make their vital work faster, more efficient and more beneficial.

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Top Science Stories of 2018

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We have seen some amazing scientific breakthroughs in 2018. Here is a selection of our favorites.

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Anonymous Yet Trustworthy

Anonymous Yet Trustworthy

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Minority and dissident communities face a perplexing challenge in countries with authoritarian governments. They need to remain anonymous to avoid persecution, but also must establish a trustworthy identity in their communications. An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has designed an application to meet both of these requirements.

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Significant Flaws in Forensics Software
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Significant flaws have been identified in recently released forensic software designed to assess the age of individuals based on their skeletal remains, with predicted ages off by 14 years on average.

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Stressed by Statistics? You're Not Alone
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Have you ever been stressed out by the idea of doing math or statistics problems? You’re not alone. A new study has used a questionnaire and an analytical technique called "network science" to determine precisely what factors contribute to this kind of statistics anxiety among psychology majors.

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Wearable Sensor Offers Improved Way of Detecting Anxiety in Children
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Anxiety and depression are surprisingly common among young children. But it can be hard to detect these conditions, known as “internalizing disorders,” because the symptoms are so inward-facing that parents, teachers and doctors often fail to notice them. Now, researchers have developed a tool that could help screen children for internalizing disorders to catch them early enough to be treated.

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Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging
Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing rapidly and becoming integrated into our daily lives. How is AI advancing medical imaging in the diagnostics world?

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Shedding Light on Wine Fraud with NMR Fingerprinting
Shedding Light on Wine Fraud with NMR Fingerprinting
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Wine forgery, including adulteration, counterfeiting (e.g. mislabeling/misrepresentation) and intellectual property infringement, takes place on a global scale, but is on the rise in central Europe. To help in the fight against fraud, the industry are turning to NMR fingerprinting to stamp out the problem.

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A (Lab)Step Towards Reproducible Science
A (Lab)Step Towards Reproducible Science
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The reproducibility crisis is holding back science. London-based Labstep, a start-up out of Oxford University, think that their tool can help make science more open and reproducible. That claim has now been given some concrete evidence with the announcement that the research contingent of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM will be trialling Labstep across their Banjul-based facility.

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Data Integrity – Miscommunication Will Kill Your Data
Data Integrity – Miscommunication Will Kill Your Data
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Sharing data is often a bit like passing round a message in miscommunication - small change and errors can ultimately ruin the data and render it unfit for purpose. Here, we look at data integrity in the context of shared data and introduce some procedures that will mitigate against miscommunication.

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What Does a Big-Storage Future Look Like in HPC?
What Does a Big-Storage Future Look Like in HPC?
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Samsung's recent announcement of 30TB drives is part of a wider trend within high-performance computing (HPC) towards big storage. But, as HPC consultant Laurence Horrocks-Barlow writes, these huge storage capacities present unique challenges and opportunities for organizations on a budget.

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Using Supercomputers to Predict Dispersal of Chemicals and Pollutants
Using Supercomputers to Predict Dispersal of Chemicals and Pollutants
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Motivated by a deadly chemical attack in Syria, researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio are pursuing research that may help save lives during an airborne chemical attack. The team used the Stampede2 supercomputer and innovative computer simulation models to replicate the dispersion of the chemical gas released in the Syrian event, which may help improve evacuation speed during future attacks.

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