More Cat’s Eye Nebula – via Bing and WWT

Today’s Bing Image of the day is the Cats Eye Nebula – if you want to explore it more you can see it in the WorldWide Telescope Web Client    Bing Cross Posted from Dan Fay’s Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)

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Happy 2nd Birthday WorldWide Telescope

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the launch of WWT – congrats to Jonathan, Curtis, and the rest of the small team.  Besides the initial windows client (that lead to Scoble’s post – Microsoft researchers make me cry) there is the web client (silverlight), a web control, and the Bing Map WWT addin. There is…

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What’s an Albedo? (And Why You Should Care)

Here’s a really good article on KQED’s Climate Watch on Albedo and why it’s important in a warming planet – it’s also really good to see Jeff Dozier’s work highlighted in the article.   btw, last year Jeff was awarded the Jim Gray eScience Award, which recognizes innovators whose work has made an especially significant contribution…

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Is Open Data Protocol (OData) the way to expose Scientific Data?

Lately I’ve been looking at OData – the Open Data Protocol and have been wondering if this is the universal way to make Data Discoverable, Accessible, and Consumable – and as Roy pointed out “Shareable”.  It seems to have many of the characteristics that are needed to expose and share science data: Simple, Lightweight, cross…

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Folding@Home on Azure – Distributed Computing

Here’s a good way to get up to speed on WindowsAzure and contribute to a worldwide distributed computing project (Folding@Home) – by participating in the webcast you’ll also receive a temporary, self-expiring full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks at no cost – that’s worth the webcast investment time.  Feeling @Home…

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WWT Fisheye and spherical mirror projection

In the latest WWT release put out on Tax Day (April 15th) – one of the features that was included was the ability to utilize WWT in different projections – so you can use WWT in Planetariums. Below Paul Bourke tested those features out on his iDome (btw – I’d love to get my hands…

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Memories for life – SenseCam available

It’s great to see that the technology behind the SenseCam work out of MSR Cambridge is now available for anyone to utilize.  It’s had some real success as an aid for people with memory loss – check out the papers – but it could also be used as a data collection device, I see it…

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More Goodies into Windows HPC – cycle stealing, VS2010, Excel 2010, Linux Interop

The article from HPCwire on  Microsoft Injects More Goodies into Windows HPC highlights some of the new features in beta2.  I’m especially happy to see the support for Win7 desktops as computational nodes – desktop cycle stealing, something that always gets asked about.  The other key additions being: VS2010 integration Parallel Nsight, NVIDIA’s software development…

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TechNet Creates Silverlight Application as Clearinghouse for Technology Resources

I’m a sucker for good technology and really useful  interfaces and applications – I just saw this post from the MSPress about the TechNet Desktop Player – not only will it be really useful for finding tech resources based on your role, but also if you set your zipcode in the setting it gets you…

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Bing Earth Day Photo Contest for US Students due April 11th

I hadn’t seen the Bing Earth Day Photo Contest till today…there are some really good prizes for both the students and their schools.  I was looking at some of the photos – since you can submit ratings and there are some really good ones that have been submitted. Bing Earth Day Photo Contest for US…

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