Augmented Reality, technology that superimposes a layer of data on top of a user’s view of the real world, is one of the hottest things around these days. Is it for real or is it just hype? We took a poll of ReadWriteWeb readers over the last 24 hours. With more than 400 responses, only 11% of you said it is just hype. 61% said you think it is important, including 21% who think Augmented Reality is both important and hype.Particularly interesting is that more than 50% of the respondents come from North America. Augmented Reality is far more closely watched so far in Europe and Asia. At least among RWW readers, it appears that North Americans are catching on!We hear you loud and clear. We’re glad you think it’s important, because we do too and we intend to write a whole lot more about it. The ability to browse data about the world through an interface that clearly connects the information to a physical place could be a key turning point in the history of the web. And that’s just location-based Augmented Reality — there’s a whole other world of marker-based AR as well. These are early days for the field, but check out some of our key posts from past coverage of this topic so far:Augmented Reality: A Human Interface for Ambient Intelligence (A good introduction)Augmented Reality: Five Barriers to a Web That’s EverywherePrepare Yourself: Augmented Reality Hype is on the RiseFirst iPhone Augmented Reality App Appears Live in App StoreHyperlinking the Real WorldWatch this space for more in-depth coverage and breaking news about Augmented Reality. Thank you also for the thoughtful comments you’ve been leaving on our AR posts. We’re just starting to learn about this, together. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#Augmented Reality#web marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App
Brittle stars are included within a whole range of species, which contribute to knowledge in the medically important area of tissue regeneration. All brittle stars regenerate lose limbs, but the rate at which this occurs is highly variable and species-specific. One of the slowest rates of arm regeneration reported so far is that of the Antarctic Ophionotus victoriae. Additionally, O. victoriae also has an unusual delay in the onset of regeneration of about 5 months. Both processes are of interest for the areas of regeneration biology and adaptation to cold environments. One method of understanding the details of regeneration events in brittle stars is to characterise the genes involved. In the largest transcriptome study of any ophiuroid to date, we describe the results of mRNA pyrosequencing from pooled samples of regenerating arms of O. victoriae. The sequencing reads resulted in 18,000 assembled contiguous sequences of which 19% were putatively annotated by blast sequence similarity searching. We focus on the identification of major gene families and pathways with potential relevance to the regenerative processes including the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, Hox genes, the SOX gene family and the TGF beta signalling pathways. These data significantly increase the amount of ophiuroid sequences publicly available and provide candidate transcripts for the further investigation of the unusual regenerative process in this Antarctic ophiuroid.