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Explore The Digital Life of Real Cities in Chilling, Creepy Detail

Source: http://gizmodo.com/explore-the-digital-life-of-real-cities-in-chilling-cr-716491850

Explore The Digital Life of Real Cities in Chilling, Creepy Detail

There’s a video game called Watch_Dogs which views Chicago as a city where everyone and everything is linked through a central network—like something out of a sci-fi film. But to tie in with the games, the developers have made real versions that pull together mountains of data about Paris, Berlin, and London—and the effect is fairly chilling.

It’s helped along by moody visuals, atmospheric music and interesting sound effects, sure. But that doesn’t stop the real-time visualization of everything—from underground trains, through electromagnetic fields and traffic lights, to social media updates—any less interesting or creepy. Go explore one of the cities—it’s really quite compelling. [Watch_Dogs via Flowing Data]

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 news No Comments

Jeremy Lin Is Causing Knicks Ticket Prices To Skyrocket

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-jeremy-lin-knicks-ticket-prices-skyrocket-2012-2

We have already seen what Jeremy Lin’s popularity means on a world-wide scale. But there has also been a huge impact at the local level. And one of those factors is the cost of going to see the Knicks play.

Courtesy of SeatGeek.com, is a look at how prices for last night’s game between the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings on the secondary-market changed over the last week. In the six days leading up to the game, prices rose 245%.

So if you were hoping to see the Lincredible Circus, it is going to cost ya…

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Friday, February 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for Years [Science]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5878459/gamers-redesign-a-protein-that-stumped-scientists-for-years

Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for YearsFolding: it’s detestable and boring, as any Gap employee can tell you. But it’s also a totally fun thing you can do in a video game! And today it’s particularly exciting because players of the online game Foldit have redesigned a protein, and their work is published in the science journal Nature Biotechnology.

It seems nobler than shooting people in the face, somehow. Granted, Foldit attracts a unique kind of gamer who enjoys obsessing over biological protein folding patterns. Proteins get their function from the way they are folded into coils like in the image above. When the amino acids in a protein interact, they create that coiled, three-dimensional structure. Scientists can manipulate the structure to make the protein more efficient. In Foldit, designs that create the most efficient proteins garner the highest scores.

University of Washington in Seattle scientists Zoran Popovic, director of the Center for Game Science, and biochemist David Baker developed Foldit (which is different from Folding@home, Stanford software that lets people donate their idle computer processing power to create a protein-folding supercomputer). By playing it, at-home gamers have redesigned a protein for the first time, and they did it better and faster than scientists who have trained their entire careers to build better proteins. Justin Siegel, a biophysicist in Baker’s group told Scientific American:

I worked for two years to make these enzymes better and I couldn’t do it. Foldit players were able to make a large jump in structural space and I still don’t fully understand how they did it.

Here’s how it works: Researchers send a series of puzzles to Foldit’s 240,000 registered users. The scientists sift through the results for the best designs and take those into the lab for real-life testing. They combed through 180,000 designs to get to the version of the protein published today. The paper details an enzyme that thanks to the crowdsourced redesign is 18-fold more active than the original version.

Now for the anticlimactic part: this particular enzyme doesn’t really have any practical uses. But the researchers say it’s a proof of concept, and future Foldit designs will be more useful. In fact, Baker has fed players a protein that blocks the flu virus that led to the 1918 pandemic—and their puzzle solving for this one could lead to an actual drug.

Nature via Scientific American

Image: Foldit


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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 news No Comments

Netflix spins DVD-by-mail service off into Qwikster, says it’s ‘done’ with price changes (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/19/netflix-spins-dvd-by-mail-service-off-into-qwikster-says-its/

Over on Netflix’s official blog, company head Reed Hastings has announced in a surprisingly humble blog post and video (embedded after the break) that it’s splitting the DVD-by-mail business away into a new venture dubbed Qwikster. While the recent price changes already split the cost for each service, when this takes effect in a few weeks it will result in two different websites, two different sets of movie ratings and queues, and two different charges on customer’s bills. He admits two separate sites may make it more difficult to manage a presence on both, but says dropping the need for compatibility between the two will enable new features to balance that out. Another change? Netflix Qwikster (is there anything good about that name?) is getting into video game rentals, available for an extra charge similar to the existing Blu-ray disc option.

While the blog post blames a lack of communication for much of the backlash (and obviously cancellations), it’s about to become very clear that Netflix is “primarily a streaming company.” Also mentioned is “substantial” additional streaming content coming in the next few months. Whatever the company calls itself, charges, or changes on its website, if Netflix wants to talk its way back into subscriber’s good graces, starting with something new to watch is the way to do it.

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Monday, September 19th, 2011 news No Comments

Source: http://feeds.marketingcharts.com/~r/marketingcharts/~3/HIb4XajC-yc/

The anticipated growth of internet-enabled TVs in the next four years would likely increase the popularity of digitally downloaded movies, TV shows and video games while dampening sales related to DVDs, blu-ray discs, video game discs, and other physical content formats, according to Retailer Daily.

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