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Photographing an object at regular intervals over a long time period, and then stitching the results into a timelapse video, is a great way to "speed up time" and observe slow-motion changes (for example, the growth of plants). But creating a timelapse video is hard: you have to set up a camera, make sure it can't move, and take regular shots while maintaining consistent lighting from shot to shot. The longer the observation period, the harder it is: making timelapses over a period of years is just about impossible.

If you've thought about learning the R language but didn't know how to start, there's a new, free course on edX that starts you from the R basics and lets you learn R by trying R as you go.



Everyone needs to be vigilant about security on the Web today. One particular threat — the man-in-the-middle attack — is a risk anytime you are communicating over the Internet, and an attacker has access to the network between the two endpoints. This is a possibility whenever you are using the Web over an unencrypted channel, or when using an unsecured Wi-Fi access point (to name just two examples). The attacker could eavesdrop on your communications, or even alter or substitute your data.

by Gregory Vandenbrouck
Software Engineer, Microsoft

This post is the fourth in a series that covers pulling data from Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL/MariaDB on Azure to an R client on Windows or Linux.

by Richard Kittler, Revolution R Enterprise PM, Microsoft Advanced Analytics

In its latest release Revolution has added to the platform support of Revolution R Enterprise (RRE) version 7.4. Released August 14, version 7.4.1 extends RRE 7.4 capabilities to the Teradata database, HPC Server cluster, and Windows 10 platforms.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the VJ-Day and 70 years since the end of World War II. In terms of fatalities, WW2 remains the single deadliest event in all of human history, and the sheer scale of death is hard to comprehend today. The Fallen of World War 2, an incredibly moving visualization created by Neil Halloran, nonetheless attempts to put it in context.

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August 14, 2015

This just in from the R Core Team: R 3.2.2 has been released. With this update, data accessed over the Web -- including files downloaded using download.file via URLS, and packages installed install.packages -- will be transmitted using the secure HTTPS protocol.