Donnerstag, 10. Mai 2018

ScienceMatters, Blockchain & Scientific Publications

Open science platform powered by blockchain, Sciencematters allows scientists to share their observations.
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FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology.  (

Current Trends in Clinical Trials

Virtual clinical trials will be standard, says THREAD exec on Novartis project

 By Brittany Farb Gruber
Novartis’ recently launched FocalView app will be used in a new study to remotely collect electronic device reported outcome measurements (eDROs) from 150,000 users.

Top CROs slow to adopt new tech? Smaller firms better positioned for innovation, says exec

 By Melissa Fassbender
More efficient clinical trials may reduce global CRO revenue, potentially slowing adoption of new technology, says Otsuka director – noting that the industry doesn’t often take operational risks, but it must.

Innovative Technologies for Clinical Trials Showcased at Oracle Industry Connect 2018

Why Amazon Needs AI At The Center Of Its Healthcare Strategy

AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists is approved by FDA
Google interested in Nokia digital health unit

Sonntag, 6. Mai 2018

Photography + Clouds = Citizen Science

Pictures of clouds are very popular on social networks, Instagram, photo-sharing sites. There are 84 Mio posts with hashtag #clouds on Instagram and 168 Mio pictures with hashtag #sky.  

With NASA Globe and Globe Observer app, Sky photography and Citizen Science can be combined. 

Recording sky and clouds observations is technically simple. There is a minor data entry on high, mid and low level clouds required before pictures of clouds can be taken. Altogether up to 6 pictures can be recorded: North, South, West, East, Up and Down. Once observation is done, measurements and pictures shall be checked and submitted to the NASA server. These can be then publicly visible on the NASA GLOBE Visualization System:

Training materials to identify cloud types, step-by-step instructions to record measurements are provided via Globe Observer website (1) and the app (2). Program updates, events, webinars are also published @NASAGO Twitter channel (3).

The GLOBE Program's Mission is to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery (4). The cloud observations help NASA scientists understand clouds from below (the ground) and above (from space) (5).