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Mapping the MOOD of a Nation- ‘Socio-Spatial Analytics’

nation moodI have always had interest in ‘socio-spatial analytics’, I had wanted to carry out a research I called business intelligence analytics from tweets.

I also was trying out another research to determine individual’s ‘Socio-spatial scope’ based on individual’s socio-spatial interest foraged from individual’s social network activities.

An interesting one here has come from some British scientists at the Loughborough University who developed an application that could map the mood in the nation leveraging people’s tweets and social network conversations.

The system can scan up to 2000 tweets per second and rate the expressions for any of the 8 human emotions. The system can extract direct expression of anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise, shame and confusion from each tweet.

Considering the growth in the number of tweets per day which runs to 340 million tweets per day, national mood estimation from tweets is most probable.

Making sense of the emotions in people’s expression through tweets and geo-locating where these tweets originate would lead to a sensible evaluation of the prevailing mood within a geographic area.

The scientists believe that the system could help in monitoring and controlling civil unrest and also in detecting early threats to public safety.

The system is currently in use in the UK and could be scaled-up for a global use.

Very similar to the Pulse of the Nation program; inferring US mood through the day from tweet.

See the Video below..

Source: Mapcite.com

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Mining the Moon.. “Hmmm…, Really?”

Everytime I hear someone talking about mining the moon, I  think of the science fiction movie by Sam Rockwell. This month, I went on a quest to find answers for some of my Avyakrtas (Sanskrit for “The Unanswered Questions”). Packed my bags, drove 12 hours, reached Wallops Island, Virginia and got my tripod set two miles from a launch pad to witness a small piece of history going into the space.Ladee Launch

Meanwhile, got a wonderful opportunity to talk to Hon.Jack Kennedy, a visionary and space enthusiast who serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority governing the launch pad at Wallops Island! Here is a gist of our conversation:

Q: Hello, Mr.Kennedy. Thank you so much for agreeing to interview with us today. Can you tell us more about yourself and your interests in space research?

Ans:  My interest in space science and space policy date back to my childhood building small rockets and being an Apollo Era moon mission enthusiast.  Being invited to be a VIP guest at the launch site for Apollo 14 at the Kennedy Space Center left an indelible impression upon me as a teenager.  Over the years, I returned to watch numerous space shuttle launches, including Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, and Endeavour. Holding a M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota combined with my business, political science and law degrees have inspired my interest in space policy at the state level with the emerging private sector. 

Enabling a public policy dynamic that serves to boost the exploitation of the minerals on the Moon and asteroids is of special significance because of my mining legacy. It is my hope to continue to contribute to the Wallops Island spaceport so as to enable it to be a commercial hub to launch humans on the path to low earth orbit and the moon beginning late in this decade. The Virginia spaceport is in a state of becoming an interplanetary transportation node of the 21st century.

Q2: One particular satellite got many space enthusiasts’ attention this month. Can you talk a little bit about NASA’s robotic mission to the moon, LADEE? 

Ans: The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a lunar exploration mission lead by NASA as a part of the civil space program. The lunar remote sensing satellite was mounted to a Minotaur V solid rocket booster at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). During its nominal 100-day science collection mission, LADEE will go into orbit on October 6, 2013 to commence study of the lunar exosphere and dust in the Moon’s vicinity.  Meteorite impacts over the lunar surface result in large amounts of dust being stirred off the surface of the lunar regolith. The LADEE instruments will study how the atmosphere and dust interact to provide more knowledge and insight of the environment. LADEE will also conduct a laser communication technology research from the moon to the Earth establishing the first interplanetary high-speed Internet link!!

Q: How will this help future missions of NASA or any other private organizations? Is it possible that the data collected from this mission can aid in future mining of moon?

Ans: LADEE’s science and communications technology data may serve the civil, military and commercial space sectors and international government partners with technology transfer in the future. The data sets will help enable the private sector to launch future robotic rover missions, sample return missions in the current decade and inflatable human habitats for humans and humanoid robots in the next decade. By 2030, my vision is a two-world system with the moon serving as the frontier of economic development and off-Earth globalization 2.0 !

Nonetheless, dust was a significant problem for all the twelve lunar astronauts of the six Apollo surface missions. Dust will be a significant problem for humans, humanoid robots, habitats and surface equipment in the colonization of the Moon in the 2020’s.  LADEE will most likely contribute meaningful data as to mining practices and how water and other valuable minerals will be extracted and lunar regolith handled. 

Well, looks like mining the moon will not be a science fiction anymore!

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