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PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA--In a comfortable SiliconValley boardroom, a world away from
 

Summary: PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA--In a comfortable
SiliconValley boardroom, a world away from
the hellish violence of Iraq, Shyam Sankar
projects a satellite map of Baghdad on a
screen. "Now let's look at the geospatial dis-
tribution of significant acts," says the soft-
ware engineer.
With a few clicks of his computer mouse,
he creates a timeline below the map. What
looks like a city skyline rises up over April
and May 2008. But rather than skyscrapers,
each bar represents a daily tally
of carnage: suicide bomb-
ings, shootings, mor-
tar attacks, and im-
provised explo-
sive device (IED)
detonations. The
data come from a
collaborationofre-

  

Source: Amaral, Luis A.N. - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University

 

Collections: Physics; Biology and Medicine