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New institute will benefit tech industries, scientists

Whether scientific or business, structured or unstructured, streaming or static, the need to effectively search for and use data is paramount. That need will be fulfilled at the Data and Search Institute at the Indiana University School of Informatics. Funded by a planning grant from the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperation Center program, the institute will speed the flow of data and search into industry and provide a framework where scientists can engage in industry-relevant research. More…

Researchers throttle notion of search engine dominance

egalSearch engines are not biased towards well-known Web sites. In fact, they actually produce an egalitarian effect as to where traffic is directed, say researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics. Their study, Topical interests and the mitigation of search engine bias, appears in the Aug. 7-11 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and challenges the “Googlearchy” theory – the perception that search engines push Web traffic toward popular sites, thus creating a monopoly over lesser-known sites.

The study was cited by New Scientist, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American MIND, New Scientist Online, UPI, VNUnet, Forskning & Framsteg (Sweden), Sole 24 Ore (Italy), Ars Technica, and Slashdot. Interviews aired on BBC World Service (MP3), Deutschlandradio (MP3), WFHB (MP3), and WFIU. Earlier, preliminary reports of our findings appeared in The Economist, Slashdot, PhysicsWeb, IDS, Le Scienze (Italian Edition of Scientific American), and IEEE Spectrum Online (see also our piece in IEEE Spectrum). Radio interviews were broadcast by Italian Radio (MP3 in Italian) and Swiss Radio (MP3 in Italian). Other news sources that picked up the story include Monsters and Critics, PhysOrg, TechNews Daily, Political Gateway, Daily India, ACM TechNews (Aug 9, Aug 28 2006), IT Week, Science Daily, EurekAlert, computing, LaboratoryTalk, PC World, SDA Asia, What PC, BrightSurf, PC Authority, TRN, and hundreds of blogs.

Integrating artificial life simulation with synthetic biology

alifex1Biologists long have focused their microscopes and attention on how the natural world works. Artificial life, in turn, uses complex computing techniques to better understand, visualize and even mimic life’s processes. Now comes an approach that combines science and engineering in order to design and construct novel biological parts, devices and biological systems for useful purposes. It’s called synthetic biology, and it will be one of the focuses of discussion at the June 3-7 10th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems conference, better known as Artificial Life X. More…

Global conference focuses on social, behavioral network sciences

top_01Some of the world’s leading network scientists will soon share their latest research at a conference hosted by Indiana University. NetSci 2006: International Workshop and Conference on Network Science brings together leading researchers and practitioners such as analysts, modeling experts and visualization specialists. Workshop sessions will be May 16-20 at McCormick Creek’s Canyon Inn in Spencer, Ind. The general conference will convene, May 22-25, at the Indiana Memorial Union on the IU campus. More…