There Is an Internet in Space

Guest post by Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google. In a recent blog, Dr. Brennan correctly identified a future issue: access to medical information from a Mars colony, should one be established. In her summary, she said there was no internet in space. Actually, there is. It uses a protocol suite … Continue reading “There Is an Internet in Space”

Sharing Small Data Files for More Analysis Power

Guest post by Ashley Hintz, curator for NLM NCBI’s Sequence Read Archive. Imagine the rows upon rows of books in the stacks of a research library. Then imagine how much information is stored in those books. An organism’s entire genome is the equivalent of that large library with its multiple floors of loaded shelves. It … Continue reading “Sharing Small Data Files for More Analysis Power”

The Hōkūleʽa Worldwide Voyage Comes Full Circle: The NLM Connection

Guest post by Dr. Fred Wood, Outreach and Evaluation Scientist in the Office of Health Information Programs Development. On June 17, the ocean-going, double-hulled canoe Hōkūleʽa (named for Arcturus, the Star of Gladness) successfully completed its historic Worldwide Voyage.  The Hōkūleʽa departed Honolulu, Hawaiʽi, on May 18, 2014 and over the last three years traveled … Continue reading “The Hōkūleʽa Worldwide Voyage Comes Full Circle: The NLM Connection”

Health Disparities: Big Data to the Rescue?

Guest post by Dr. Fred Wood, Outreach and Evaluation Scientist in the Office of Health Information Programs Development. Socially disadvantaged populations have fewer opportunities to achieve optimal health. They also experience preventable differences when facing disease or injury. These inequities, known collectively as health disparities, significantly impact personal and public health. Despite decades of research … Continue reading “Health Disparities: Big Data to the Rescue?”