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Using ChronoZoom to build a comprehensive timeline of climate change in the cloud  

Using ChronoZoom to build a comprehensive timeline of climate change in the cloud
A professor explores the history of climate change in depth in his graduate-level Earth System Science class. To help students visualize events through the ages, he is using ChronoZoom, an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. Read more...    

Kinect Sign Language Translator expands communication possibilities   Kinect Sign Language Translator expands communication possibilities
Researchers in China have created a prototype system that uses Kinect technology to translate sign language into spoken language—and spoken language into sign language—in real time. Read more...
Latin American Researchers Use Data to Raise Awareness, Protect Species  Latin American Researchers Use Data to Raise Awareness, Protect Species
Latin America contains a diverse cross-section of the world’s flora and fauna and is home to many endangered species. A new tool presents the opportunity for researchers and citizen scientists to help preservation efforts. Read more... 
Eco-Testing a Building Before It Is Even Built   Eco-Testing a Building Before It Is Even Built
New civil engineering tools that take advantage of the power of cloud computing on Windows Azure have the potential to reduce the time and cost of energy-efficient building by allowing in-depth simulations of a building’s performance during the design phase. Read more...