Links for 28th July 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Celtx

    "… the world's first all-in-one media pre-production software. It has everything you need to take your story from concept to production. Celtx replaces 'paper, pen & binder' pre-production with a digital approach that's more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share." Looks very nice indeed, and has a Linux flavour available. w00t!

    Tagged with: writingproductivitysoftwarecollaborationscriptstoryboardproductiontoolfreewarescreenwriting

  2. Technology on way to forecasting humanity’s needs

    "Researchers have already shown they can track the movement of as many as 100,000 people at a time over six months using mobile phone data, and use worldwide currency traffic as a proxy for human mobility. There are sensors and tags generating data at micro, one-to-one interaction levels, much as Bluetooth, Global Positioning Systems and WiFi leave behind detailed traces of our lives.

    Such are some of the new sources of basic information that researchers are using to gain knowledge about aggregated human behavior. This new "reality mining" should in turn enhance the ability of researchers and scientists to accurately forecast the effects of phenomena like catastrophic events, mass population movements or invasions of new organisms into ecosystems, Vespignani said."

    Tagged with: humanculturefuturismpredictionmodellingsurveillanceforecasting

  3. US Patent Office Rejects US Company’s Patent Protection for Bean Commonly Grown by Latin American Farmers

    ""We are happy that the patent office has reached a final decision in this case but remain concerned that the ex partes patent reexamination procedure meant that these patent claims remained in force for such a long time," said Geoffrey Hawtin, Director General of CIAT, which has been fighting the patent since 2001. "For several years now, farmers in Mexico, the USA and elsewhere have unnecessarily endured legal threats and intimidation for simply planting, selling or exporting a bean that they have been growing for generations."" There'll be more cases like this. Because copyright's an *unconditional good thing*, you see. If *you* invented a bean, you wouldn't want to get shafted by millions of Mexicans, would you?

    Tagged with: politicsIPfoodbiotechbiopiracypatentsbeanslaw

  4. ‘Oprah neuron’ hints at nature of memory

    "Many neurons – particularly those in the hippocampus – fired to specific concepts, whether of Oprah or a building, and for celebrities the neurons fired whether the stimulus was delivered through sight or sound. "It is important we have neurons doing this kind of abstraction, this is how we store memories," Quian Quiroga says.

    Yet "Oprah neuron" might be a misnomer. The same neuron also fired, albeit much more weakly, to Whoopi Goldberg in one patient. Similarly, Luke Skywalker neurons also responded to Yoda, and those famous Jennifer Aniston neurons flashed to her former Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow. Such connections could explain how our brain relates two abstract concepts, Quian Quiroga says."

    Tagged with: scienceneurosciencebrainmemorycelebrityabstractconcept

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