Top 5 U.S. open data use cases from federal data sets

The U.S. federal government, one of the largest generators of data in the world, recently developed a data strategy and is now enacting policies to elevate data to a strategic asset.

As with any organization, the U.S. government faces challenges as it works to make better use of its data. It must build the technology infrastructure; identify, organize and catalog the data it has; digitize the data; create an analytics-ready environment and develop a culture that values data.

“You have to be able to operationalize that data or you don’t get the value from it. And that’s very difficult for any organization to do, not just the federal government,” said Steve Kearney, medical director for SAS Institute.

The expectation, according to several experts, is that the government can build the infrastructure, procedures and mindset needed to more fully utilize and share open data sets amassed by the numerous federal agencies and departments.

“It sounds like a paperwork exercise, but it actually ensures that people are all moving in the same direction for using data,” said Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition, a trade association advocating for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible and useable.

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Singapore Approves Sale of No-Kill Lab-Grown Meat in World First

Singapore has given US start-up Eat Just the greenlight to sell its lab-grown chicken meat, in what the firm says is the world’s first regulatory approval for so-called clean meat that does not come from slaughtered animals.

The meat, to be sold as nuggets, will be priced at premium chicken prices when it first launches in a restaurant in Singapore “in the very near term”, co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick said.

Demand for alternatives to regular meat is surging due to concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment. Plant-based substitutes, popularised by the likes of Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and Quorn, increasingly feature on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus.

But so-called clean or cultured meat, which is grown from animal muscle cells in a lab, is still at a nascent stage given high production costs.

Singapore, a city state of 5.7 million, currently only produces about 10 percent of its food but has set out ambitious plans to raise that over the next decade by supporting high-tech farming and new means of food production.

Josh Tetrick said the San Francisco-based firm was also talking to US regulators but that Singapore was a “good bit” ahead of the United States.

Scientists discover why the heart slows down at night

A consensus more than 90-years-old on the mechanisms which regulate the day-night rhythm in heart rate has been fundamentally challenged by an international team of scientists from Manchester, London, Milan, Maastricht, Trondheim and Montpellier.

The vagus nerve – one of the nerves of the autonomic nervous system which supplies internal organs including the heart – has long been thought to be responsible for the slower night-time heart rates.

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But the University of Manchester-led study on mice and rats discovered that the vagus nerve is unlikely to be directly involved and instead of the sinus node – the heart’s natural pacemaker – has its own clock, a biological clock.

The sinus node, they find, knows when it is night and slows the heart rate accordingly.

The British Heart Foundation-funded findings, published in Heart Rhythm, shine new light on this fundamental biological question of why the heart rate is slower at night and why dangerously slow heart rates – called bradyarrhythmias – can occur when we’re asleep.

The team behind the study demonstrated that changes in the ‘funny channel’ – also known as HCN4, a key protein that controls the heart

This New Laptop computer Is Microsoft’s Shot At Apple And Google

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