A few items from ‘Flowing Data’: Marge Simpson is Europe in disguise; Air traffic rebooted in northern Europe & Discuss: Powerpoint is the enemy?
Marge Simpson is Europe in disguise (seriously).
[By Nathan Yau – Apr 26, 2010: ‘Air traffic has returned to normal levels in northern Europe, and planes fill up the sky once again. Ito world, who has been doing some great stuff lately, visualizes the reboot of air traffic. We start to see some planes on April 18, and by April 20, everything is back to normal.’]
Ireland starts to re-appear at around the 00.30 sec mark.
Discuss: Powerpoint is the enemy? This graphic has to be seen to be believed. An object lesson in how not to do infographics or visualise relationships.
Check here for some superb guidelines on how to do data visualisation. And The Scientist has a helpful article on scientific data presentation – ‘Pimp Your Powerpoint’ (which promises to help you design ‘…attention-grabbing presentations that stand out from the typical snoozers’).
From a post at Irish Economy, Will Hutton on the future of research and innovation in the Irish economy:
Will Hutton focused on innovation. He also commented on the economic problems in the UK and Ireland (he made a few comments that might provoke some debate – unfortunately he had to leave the discussion early). In general he argued that since innovation depends on the cumulative stock of scientific and technological knowledge most innovation will continue to take place in the EU, US and Japan but that it was important to put the appropriate structures in place.
His slides are available here. Note the title of his talk: ‘Shaping the recovery through innovation’. Slides 9-14 on the knowledge economy are particularly interesting, as are the slides on the research and innovation ecosystem.
His focus for research includes the following:
• Energy from fusion
• Advanced materials
• Carbon sequestration
• Manage the nitrogen cycle
• Health informatics
• Durable customised infrastructure
• Customised medicine
• The brain
• Cyberspace security
• Enhance virtual reality
• Personalised learning
His concluding bullet points:
The Irish Opportunity
• Productive entrepreneurship
• Focus on knowledge economy sectors
• All Ireland Intermediate institutions to
build an innovation eco-system
• A reframed macro-deal
• A new bargain on work – supporting
workers as risk-taking authors of their
• Think small state strategies
Fascinating that this economist, just like OECD economists, treats research as an investment, rather than consumption, good. Would that this lesson were listened to and acted upon here!
Prof. Daniel Geschwind seminar: Thursday 22nd April: “A framework for functional genomic investigation of human higher cognition”
From my colleague, Kevin Mitchell:
With any luck, Dan Geschwind will be visiting tomorrow and giving a seminar, in the TCIN building at 4pm.
Prof. Geschwind is a world-leader in the genetics and neuroscience of autism and in the study of the development and evolution of gene networks underlying human cortical structure and function and the evolution of human cognitive abilities, including language. Please see below for a list of some of his papers related to the latter topics.
” A framework for functional genomic investigation of human higher cognition”
Prof. Daniel Geschwind
University of California, Los Angeles
Thursday 22nd April
4pm, LB11, Lloyd Building
Human-specific transcriptional regulation of CNS development genes by FOXP2.
Konopka G, Bomar JM, Winden K, Coppola G, Jonsson ZO, Gao F, Peng S, Preuss TM, Wohlschlegel JA, Geschwind DH.
Nature. 2009 Nov 12;462(7270):213-7.
Neuroscience in the era of functional genomics and systems biology.
Geschwind DH, Konopka G.
Nature. 2009 Oct 15;461(7266):908-15. Review.
The organization of the transcriptional network in specific neuronal classes.
Winden KD, Oldham MC, Mirnics K, Ebert PJ, Swan CH, Levitt P, Rubenstein JL, Horvath S, Geschwind DH.
Mol Syst Biol. 2009;5:291. Epub 2009 Jul 28.
Functional organization of the transcriptome in human brain.
Oldham MC, Konopka G, Iwamoto K, Langfelder P, Kato T, Horvath S, Geschwind DH.
Nat Neurosci. 2008 Nov;11(11):1271-82. Epub 2008 Oct 12.