What we are reading this week (28th Aug 2016) – Social science using Location data and more

Social science using Location data

Predicting depression using GPS: Social media is a treasure trove of information for understanding people’s emotion and psychology. There are numerous articles including “How the CIA uses social media to track how people feel” but using it to predict an individuals’ current mindset maybe a more daunting task. Can location tracking be used to predict if a person is depressed (Read more)?

OpenSideWalks: Maps and navigation – I wouldn’t be able to get around any city without this tech. As much as its great, most of our maps including OpenStreetMaps have a major shortcoming – routing for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, there is limited information about sidewalks and ramps. Luckily OpenSideWalks, a Data Science for Social Good summer project at the University of Washington is trying to tackle that issue. (Read more)


Olympics 2016: Who really won the 2016 Olympics? United States of America? You are right, if you look at the medals tally but there are other ways of looking at it and the results are fascinating (Read more).


Drone friendly cities: What are top five “drone friendly cities in the United States Of America”? Vocativ “crunched the numbers” and here is what they found out (Read more).


Apple Transit Maps: Why exactly does it take so much time for Apple to roll out transit information for more cities? Apple Insider has an interesting explanation (Read more).

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Pokemon GO: How Pokemon Go could influence augmented reality applications and the tech around it (Read more).

Holo Lens: The specifications of the secret Holo Lens that Microsoft has been working on (Read more).


Indian weather data: Looking for Indian weather data from the INSAT satellites? The Indian Space Research Organisation has a new portal for disseminating such data for the general public via the Real Time Analysis of Products and Information Dissemination (RAPID) platform (Read more)


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This is how the top 10 tallest skyscrapers look like on satellite images

People always wanted to build bigger and higher. When Cheops ordered building the Great Pyramid in Giza it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years. Building the 443.2 m (1,454 ft) high Empire State Building in 1920′ was a testament-to-human-engineering. This motivations are still the case today. It is not a surprise that the highest and biggest buildings in the world are now in emerging economies of Asia.

Take a look at how the top 10 tallest buildings in the world look like on the satellite images. The images are a courtesy of Terraserver.com.

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong – 484 m (1,588 ft)

International Commerce Centre opens the list of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. It is a 108-storey, 484 m (1,588 ft) high commercial skyscraper completed in 2010 in Hong Kong.

International Commerce Centre

Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China – 492 m (1,614 ft)

Shanghai World Financial Center located next to the 2nd tallest building in the world Shanghai Tower has been topped out in 2007 and is 492 meters (1,614.2 ft) high.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan  – 509 m (1,670 ft)

Taipei 101 location in Taiwan is 509.2 m (1,671 ft) tall. It has been built between 1999 and 2004. So it’s one of the oldest on the list.

Taipei 101

CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China – 530 m (1,740 ft)

CTF Finance Centre building located in Guangzhou, China is the world 7th tallest building with the height of 530 m (1,740 ft). The construction started in 2010 and will be completed in 2016.

CTF Finance Centre

One World Trade Center, New York, USA – 541.3 m (1,776 ft)

One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. It’s 1,792 ft (546.2 m) high. The construction started in April 2006 and the building was opened in November 2014.

One World Trade Center

Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea –  555 m (1,823 ft)

Lotte World Tower located in Seoul, South Korea is the 5th tallest building in the world with the height of 555.7 metres (1,823 ft). The construction started in 2011 and should be ready this year (2016).

Lotte World Tower

Ping An Finance Centre, Shenzhen, China – 599 m (1,965 ft)

Ping An International Finance Centre located in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China is the forth tallest building in the world, with 600 m (1,969 ft) height. The construction started in 2010 and should be finished this year (2016).

Ping An Finance Centre

Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia – 601 m (1,971 ft)

The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, is a government-owned massive building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It’s the third tallest building in with the world, with a height of 601 metres (1,972 feet). The construction started in 2004 and finished in 2011.

Abraj Al Mecca

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China – 632 m (2,073 ft)

Shanghai Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in the world. The building is 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and has 137 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft). Construction work on the tower began in 2008 and has ended in 2015.

Shanghai tower

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE – 830 m (2,717 ft)

Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed in 2009. The building was opened in 2010.

Burj Khalifa


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