My technology week in review ending 2009.12.04

My summary of interesting URLs from last week, including stories related to:

General pages of interest

A busy week at work, so not too many links this week... Funny that I couldn't find any images to summarize the visualization links.

Scientists in Italy say amputee controlled robotic hand connected to nerves, felt sensation | Newser

A robotic hand has been successfully connected to an amputee, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts, a group of European scientists said Wednesday.

Delicious tags: robotics medical singularity Petruzziello LifeHand

A Smarter Planet |

Resources, links, and interesting videos on IBM's take on creating a better world through software.

Delicious tags: innovation technology ibm business web future visualization

code_swarm programming visualization project
This visualization, called code_swarm, shows the history of commits in a software project. A commit happens when a developer makes changes to the code or documents and transfers them into the central project repository. Both developers and files are represented as moving elements. When a developer commits a file, it lights up and flies towards that developer. Files are colored according to their purpose, such as whether they are source code or a document. If files or developers have not been active for a while, they will fade away. A histogram at the bottom keeps a reminder of what has come before.

Delicious tags: visualization opensource programming art processing software video animation collaboration

gource: Revealing the Contributions of Software Developers over Time | information aesthetics
Gource - Software Version Control Visualization [] is a tool that represents the evolution over time of a software's version control. The file structure behind common software projects are displayed as an animated tree using a force-directed layout. The root directory of the project at its center. Directories appear as branches with files as leaves. The names of individual developers can be seen working on the tree with the exact times they contributed to the project.

Delicious tags: visualization software development graphics infovis


The various podcasts I listened to this week

Information Security: Why Cybercriminals Are Smiling | Knowledge@Wharton

An interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Matwyshyn is joined by two of the book's contributors, Diana Slaughter-Defoe, professor of urban education at University of Pennsylvania, and Cem Paya, a data security expert at Google, who discuss the major risk management gaps that are leaving valuable data assets unprotected not only in the office, but also at home, while also sharing a number of measures that everyone -- from parents to CEOs -- can take to avoid Internet security disasters. For more information on their book, 'Harboring Data: Information Security, Law and the Corporation' see

Delicious tags: Wharton identity security cybercrime it podcast buisness Slaughter-Defoe Paya book

One War We Shouldn't Avoid: A New Approach to Reducing the Cost of Future Catastrophes | Knowledge@Wharton

At War with the Weather analyzes current thinking about catastrophes, risk management and financial recovery, and then proposes new, long-term solutions for reducing loss and providing the necessary financial protection against future disasters. As one of the authors notes, "The question you have to ask yourself before reading the book is: How much are you willing to lose when the next catastrophe strikes?"

Delicious tags: Wharton podcast business disaster book

Nano-particle lung treatments with Rob Neville and water on the moon | Tech Nation

Dr. Moria Gunn sits down with Savara Pharmaceuticals chair, Rob Neville to discuss their innovative way of using nano technology to treat damaged lungs. In many cases the results can be delivered to patients using existing technology. The importance of water on the moon is also discussed.

Delicious tags: technation biotech podcast technology medical Neville