Nicolas Fierro Viedma

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Urbanisation Continues – Modeling Regional Apartment Prices in Finland

(This article was first published on <b>Juuso's blog on Open Data Science and R</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p>With all the data science and big …

Best of the visualisation web… January 2016

At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come …

Data Visualization

Google Touts Machine Learning, Cloud to Build Recommendation Engines

Google released a primer of sorts for enterprises on how to use its machine learning and cloud platform technologies to build an online …

This cool business card will also tell you your pulse rate

These days, regular business cards just won’t cut it. You need to have a unique design and make it convey what you do with more than just words. If …

Flying a drone with heat vision is like piloting your own personal Apache

The FLIR Vue Pro isn't your average thermal camera. Rather than being built for your smartphone or a rifle scope, this high-tech heat vision cam is designed to hitch a ride on your drone and go airborne.<p>Sure, it's not the most practical thing in the world, and you probably don't need one, but this …

Drones

The chart that explains why one of America’s leading mental health experts is going to Google

From 1999 to 2013, the US saw a dramatic decline in deaths due to heart disease and cancer, respectively the country’s first and second leading causes of death. Even mortality rates tied to diabetes, which have risen in recent years, are lower now than in 1999.<p>But there’s been no such improvement …

Mental Health

MIT researchers have developed a device that can identify people through walls

Paranoid about technology chipping away at our privacy? You might want to skip this article.<p>If all goes to plan, a product will become commercially available in 2016 that can pick up wireless reflections off the human body to see the silhouette of a person standing behind a wall. It can distinguish …

Artificial Intelligence

The second most common crime in the UK is cybercrime

In its first year of inclusion in the UK’s crime estimates for England and Wales, cybercrime placed right near the top of the list of the most common criminal offenses.<p>The Office for National Statistics (ONS), the official provider of UK data, added questions about digital offenses to its regular …

Personal Information

Now robots can learn about the world the same way babies do

Babies try all sorts of experiments as they learn to interact with the world around them. It’s a happy, chaotic, organic process. Now a science team has tried something similar, by teaching robots how to interact with things by mimicking how children play.<p>When engineers or researchers teach a robot …

Survey: A majority of Americans would be OK with facial recognition security cameras at work

Data collection, whether in the name of security, science, or efficiency, can have dark implications no matter the intentions—stored information is vulnerable to sophisticated hacks and cyber attacks, which are only expected to increase<i>.</i> Yet a new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that so …

Pew Research Center

Are you being watched right now? There’s a creepy search engine for unsecured webcams

Do you have a webcam? Have you put a password on it? You probably should, if you don’t fancy ending up on this creepy search engine.<p>Shodan claims to be the world’s first search engine for internet-connected devices. It allows users to see which of their devices are connected to the Internet, see …

Living Rooms

A Google engineer invented this smart mirror that tells you the news while you admire your looks

If you’re one of the few people who remembers the middling 2000 science fiction film <i>The 6th Day</i>, you may recall that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character uses a mirror that wishes him a happy birthday and tells him his schedule for the day. That was probably the coolest thing about the movie.<p>And now …

Widgets

Nuevas herramientas para la gestión eficaz de grandes instalaciones

Investigadores del Grupo de Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) trabajan en la creación de métodos para evaluar y …

Wooclap: una «app» para interactuar en tiempo real con la audiencia en una conferencia

Las presentaciones y conferencias, salvo honrosas excepciones (¿Steve Jobs?), suelen responder a los mismos patrones. Aunque en los últimos años ha …

Un nuevo estudio explica por qué probablemente estamos pasando por alto señales de otros planetas

Llevamos décadas escuchando las diferentes señales que nos llegan del cosmos, pero hasta ahora nunca hemos recibido nada que haga pensar que hay vida …

"La Química es la más creativa de las ciencias"

Entrevista a Scott Mitchell, investigador ComFuturo en el Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (UNIZAR-CSIC).<p>La Fundación General CSIC …

'Play' es un nuevo buscador de torrents que la policía no puede cerrar

De los siete dominios que tenía <i>The Pirate Bay</i> en mayo sólo quedan dos en activo (y muchas operadoras los bloquean a nivel DNS). <i>Popcorn Time</i> va y …