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This weekend marks the first anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution, which triggered the momentous events across the region now known as the Arab Spring. It has been an unforgettable year for Tunisians. According to Mr. O’Conner, the British government will keep supporting Tunisia as it supported it since the first weeks of the transition.

Insight from pITPI

JANUARY 19, 2012

After analyzing over 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.
Conversations about revolution often preceded major events on the ground, and social media carried inspiring stories of protest across international borders.

Focused mainly on Tunisia and Egypt, this research included creating a unique database of information collected from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  The research also included creating maps of important Egyptian political Websites, examining political conversations in the Tunisian blogosphere, analyzing more than 3 million Tweets based on keywords, and tracking which countries thousands of individuals Tweeted from during the revolutions.
The result is that for the first time we have evidence confirming social media’s critical role in the Arab Spring.

The contributors include Philip Howard, Muzammil Hussain, Will Mari, and Marwa Mazaid at the University of Washington, Deen Freelon at American University, and Aiden Duffy at Amazon Web Services.

Titanic 3D Release


The reconstruction of the RMS Titanic. The blu...

The reconstruction of the RMS Titanic. The blueprints were supplied by the original ship's builder and Cameron tried to make the ship as detailed and accurate as possible. Marsh and Kirkland, pp. 36–38 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The film is being re-released almost exactly 100 years after the real Titanic set sail.

Shortly before midnight on 14 April 1912, the passenger liner struck an iceberg on its way from Southampton to New York. It sank less than three hours later, killing 1,517 people.

Director James Cameron rejected suggestions that the re-release was simply an attempt to make money on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

“Yeah, you know look – there’s always going to be people that can —- in the soup of anything good. But frankly I think that remembering Titanic, remembering the history – that’s what the film was there for.

That’s why I made it, you know. I was fascinated by the story, I was fascinated by the history, the people that were heroic, the people that lost their lives.

The Weight of Data


Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, Scientific American, The New Yorker, and the CBC. Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia and all over the web. Most recently, he has presented at Carnegie Mellon‘s School of Art, at Eyebeam in New York City, and at IBM‘s Center for Social Software in Cambridge. He is currently Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times, and is an adjunct Professor in New York University’s ITP program.

Atomic Structure in 3-D


Nanostructures, like patients, can be damaged if too many scans are administered. A constant bombardment of high-energy electrons can cause the atoms in nanoparticles to be rearranged and the particle itself to change shape. By bringing his medical discovery to his work in materials science and nanoscience, Miao was able to invent a new way to peer inside the field’s tiniest structures.

 

The discovery made by Miao’s team may lead to improvements in resolution and image quality for tomography research across many fields, including the study of biological samples. 

Provided by University of California Los Angeles

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iPad 1, 2, & 3 Comparison!


US nonprofit product testing group Consumer Reports reported that the new-generation  with its more powerful processor hit temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit, particularly when running videogames.

“It does run warmer than its predecessor,” Consumer Reports spokesman James McQueen said of the third-generation iPad.

“People need to exercise caution,” he continued. “We are not saying it is a dangerous product, but 116 degrees can be a little uncomfortable.”

Consumer reports said the new iPad got about 12 degrees warmer than the iPad 2 tablet while performing the same intensive tasks, such as videogames or downloading large files.

One rear corner of the new iPad appeared to be a hot spot.

Apple did not respond to AFP requests for comment, but prior to the release of the  thermal analysis issued a public statement saying that the new iPad operates “well within our thermal specifications.”

Operating temperatures of the latest iPads were hot topics among Apple gadget owners at online forums.

“It does get pretty warm,” a person using the screen name ShadowJeff wrote in a public chat at website MacRumors.com. “Hope Apple fixes it or something.”

Kate Middleton Play


Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

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The Duchess of Cambridge embarked on an unannounced engagement, visiting with hockey players from “Team GB” (Great Britain’s Olympic team) at Olympic Park in London.

As an official Team GB ambassador for the 2012 Olympic Games, Catherine toured the park and met with Olympic staff. Good sport that she is, she also changed out of her navy Pucci blazer and nice shoes into sneakers and a hoodie so she could hit the ball around herself, participating in a hockey training session. (She did, after all, play field hockey back in her schoolgirl days.)

Drag and Drop Game


Do you Know the USA? try this game 

America The Story of Us is an epic 12-hour television event that tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented.

 

From the 13 original British colonies, the United States has grown into 50 states and one federal district that together span more than 3.5 million square miles. Their natural environments, populations and other characteristics vary widely, but they all share sovereignty with the federal government and have their own constitution, legislature, judiciary, executive branch and capital city.

Shell’s Chief Scientists


A Shell gas station near Lost Hills, Californi...

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Shell‘s Chief Scientists are thought leaders in their own specialised areas. Meet them to see how they work to drive innovation forward — often with expert partners from industry and academia. They discuss how industry, governments and society must work together to tackle the challenge of meeting rising energy needs with lower CO2 emissions. With the faster development of technologies over recent years, they suggest that the industry could be on the brink of a technology revolution.

China seeks ‘breakthroughs’ in developing shale-gas resources

  Mar 13, 2012 – 10:53 AM ET

China, holder of the world’s biggest shale-gas resources, is gauging reserves and acquiring exploration expertise as it seeks “breakthroughs” in developing the unconventional fuel in the 10 years ending 2025.

The foundation for using gas found in shale formations will be laid by 2015, Liu Tienan, head of the National Energy Administration, said in Beijing today while attending a session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body.

China, which has yet to produce shale gas commercially, aims to triple the use of natural gas by 2020 to 10 percent of energy consumption to curb pollution. The country plans to start developing shale-gas resources by 2015, and accelerate its extraction by the end of the decade, the Ministry of Land and Resources said on March 1.

What Weather is Like?


The katholikon of Volokolamsk Monastery of St....

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Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery is located 17 km northeast of the town of Volokolamsk, in the Moscow region. In the 15th and 16th century, it was one of the most authoritative and wealthy monasteries in Russia. It also became the place of confinement for the Tsar’s personal enemies. The rich collection of handwritten books, old manuscripts and ancient artifacts kept in the monastery is now preserved by museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg.