Algorithm Spotted the Ebola Outbreak Before WHO Announced It

Disease surveillance—monitoring the spread of infection in order to predict its pattern—is vital to any attempt to prevent a pandemic. In the case of the current Ebola outbreak in Central and Western Africa, on-the-ground surveillance is tough. With too few medical resources such as labs to process diagnostic tests, and with international organizations like the …

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Best Satellite Pictures: Winning “Earth as Art” Shots From NASA

A satellite image of green phytoplankton swirling around the Swedish island of Gotland (map) echoes Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” The Baltic Sea view was voted the best picture from NASA’s Landsat program, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. Acquired by the  Landsat 7 satellite on July 13, 2005, the image was among five winners …

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City planners probe downtown Philadelphia with 3D GIS

When city planners in Philadelphia wanted a better understanding of the building structure in City Center, the downtown hub of business, government, shopping and transportation, they turned to a New England company to provide facility management mapping services for a pilot project to test the effectiveness of a total 3D GIS solution. Planners needed to …

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