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Nature’s big data coverage

Big Data:
http://www.nature.com/news/specials/bigdata/index.html
http://media.nature.com/download/nature/nature/podcast/extras/big-data-2008-09-04.mp3

September 19, 2008 at 6:23 am Leave a comment

Nature podcast sponsor’s commercial messages

http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/rss/nature.xml

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September 19, 2008 at 6:22 am Leave a comment

Fossil beer

Beer made with 45-million-year-old yeast:
http://calpolynews.calpoly.edu/magazine/Spring-08/ancient-ale.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/31/AR2008083101962.html
http://www.fossilfuelsbrewingco.com/

September 19, 2008 at 6:22 am Leave a comment

Mini-cows

Mini-cows:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4547604.ece

For between £200 and £2,000, people can buy a cow that stands no taller than a large German shepherd dog, gives 16 pints of milk a day that can be drunk unpasteurised, keeps the grass “mown” and will be a family pet for years before ending up in the freezer.

September 19, 2008 at 6:22 am Leave a comment

MatrixDB

Microsoft Plans Internet Scaling With MatrixDB For SQL Server After 2008

http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/windows_servers/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=207400585

Excerpt:
MatrixDB is an “enterprise scale-out solution”, a way to scale data workloads partially by allowing enterprises to add online database resources and by removing dependencies among servers through what’s known as a “shared nothing” architecture….MatrixDB is to be headed up by Bob Gerber, a former chief scientist at Informix who helped develop one of the first parallel databases, Gamma, in the 1980s. SQL Server 2008 is slated to be released in the third quarter, and there’s no set timetable for the following release, but Microsoft has committed to a two- to three-year release cycle for SQL Server, placing MatrixDB’s release somewhere around 2010 or 2011.

September 19, 2008 at 6:22 am Leave a comment

‘Taste’ by Roald Dahl

“Taste” by Roald Dahl, a tale set at an elegant dinner party and involving a high stakes wager about a bottle of French wine. The story is read by actor John Lithgow; Dahl is also the author of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and  “James and the Giant Peach”…

http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510202

September 19, 2008 at 6:21 am Leave a comment

Family dinners in 15 homes around the world

What’s on family dinner tables in fifteen different homes around the globe, from the book “Hungry Planet”

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html

September 19, 2008 at 6:21 am Leave a comment

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