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January 25, 2015

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4:19 PM | The Self-Powered Liquid-Proof Keyboard That Recognizes You By Your Unique Typing Style
In the past few months, a number of high-profile cases have shown that even large corporations with complex security systems aren’t always safe from cyber criminals. Hackers are constantly phishing for sensitive information like usernames, credit card info and, of course, passwords. And since many people (and companies) use the same passwords for multiple different accounts, it often takes just one stolen password to break into a computer or network. But what […]

January 24, 2015

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5:19 AM | what is engineering about?what if i'm taking it up but don't really know about it?
I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking.  Do you mean you feel you’ve started a career in engineering and aren’t sure it’s really for you?   What drew you to it in the first place?  From an outsider’s perspective, engineering seems like a beautifully creative discipline.  It’s knowing how things work - mechanically, electronically, naturally - and applying it in a way to make new things. I don’t know if I’ve answered your […]

January 21, 2015

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4:00 AM | VuePod: Powerful New Virtual Reality System
Since Facebook paid $2 billion to acquire the virtual reality gaming device, Oculus Rift, the 3D industry seems to be booming. Now, Brigham Young University (BYU) has added its own invention to the mix. Principally made for use in engineering, yet powerful enough for gaming, the VuePod is especially exciting because it’s comparatively cheap to […] The post VuePod: Powerful New Virtual Reality System appeared first on EH Science.
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4:00 AM | VuePod: Powerful New Virtual Reality System
Since Facebook paid $2 billion to acquire the virtual reality gaming device, Oculus Rift, the 3D industry seems to be booming. Now, Brigham Young University (BYU) has added its own invention to the mix. Principally made for use in engineering, yet powerful enough for gaming, the VuePod is especially exciting because it’s comparatively cheap to […] The post VuePod: Powerful New Virtual Reality System appeared first on EH Science.

January 20, 2015

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10:10 PM | Temporary tattoo measures glucose without a needle Scientists...
Temporary tattoo measures glucose without a needle Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have developed an easy-to-wear, temporary tattoo that can accurately measure glucose levels in the skin, allowing diabetics to monitor their levels without a finger prick test. Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have tested a temporary tattoo that both extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid in between skin cells. This first-ever example of the […]
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3:24 PM | How Electric Light Changed the Night
Artificial light makes the modern world possible. But not all kinds of light are good for us. Electric light has fundamentally altered our lives, our bodies and the very nature of our sleep.

January 16, 2015

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1:30 AM | High-Speed Video Reveals The Source Of That Incredible After-Rain Smell
That smell has a name. It's called petrichor . For decades, scientists have speculated on where this smell comes from , but the mechanism behind the phenomenon has remained elusive. Now, researchers at MIT studying high-speed video of raindrops think they've found the answer: The smell is released in tiny aerosol clouds that raindrops emit upon impact.Read more...

January 14, 2015

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3:16 PM | New Material, Technique Efficiently Produce Hydrogen, Syngas Fuel Feedstock
Researchers have developed a technique that uses a new catalyst to convert methane and water into hydrogen and a fuel feedstock called syngas with the assistance of solar power.
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2:39 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Genome assemblers and #Docker
Last fall there was a tip I did on Docker, which was starting to pick up a lot of chatter around the genoscenti. It was starting to look like a good solution for some of the problems of reproducibility and re-use of software in genomics–containerize it. Box it up, hand it off. There’s certainly a […]

Automating the Selection Process for a Genome Assembler, JGI Science Highlights, Other:

Veras A., Vasco Azevedo, Artur Silva, Rommel Ramos, Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University Pará, Belém, Pará & Brazil (2013). AutoAssemblyD: a graphical user interface system for several genome assemblers, Bioinformation, 9 (16) 840-841. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6026/97320630009840

Hildebrandt A.K., N. M. Fischer, L. de la Garza, J. Kruger, S. Nickels, M. Rottig, C. Scharfe, M. Schumann, P. Thiel & H.-P. Lenhof & (2014). ballaxy: web services for structural bioinformatics, Bioinformatics, 31 (1) 121-122. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btu574

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January 13, 2015

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4:03 PM | Wheel of (PI) Fortune
I came across an article in Science from last summer discussing chances of being a PI.  It included a calculator so that you could look at your various inputs (number of publications, first-author publications, etc.) and see what probability you have of becoming a PI.  (I’m going to state the caveat that this probably is […]
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2:17 AM | Too Soon Gone: Alberto Behar, Who Used Robots and Rubber Ducks to Probe Icy Secrets
An inventive polar researcher who would use high technology or toys to probe mysteries is dead.

January 12, 2015

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10:14 AM | Why do some people see ghosts?
For most people ghosts and spirits are part of the imaginary, but a few are truly convinced they can sometimes feel a strange presence near them. These individuals are not experiencing a paranormal phenomenon—they’re having an illusion. Schizophrenics, for instance, consistently report hearing voices or feeling someone—a ‘shadow’ or a ‘man’—close to them. Scientists have long known that illusions have a neurological cause, but they […]

Blanke O., Masayuki Hara, Lukas Heydrich, Andrea Serino, Akio Yamamoto, Toshiro Higuchi, Roy Salomon, Margitta Seeck, Theodor Landis & Shahar Arzy & (2014). Neurological and Robot-Controlled Induction of an Apparition, Current Biology, 24 (22) 2681-2686. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.049

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1:11 AM | TERRA 1010: Avalanche Engineers The story of two scientists who...
TERRA 1010: Avalanche Engineers The story of two scientists who delve deep into the mysteries of the snowpack to find out how a snowflake becomes an avalanche. Filmed in Bozeman, Montana, this mini­doc takes you on a journey from the micro intricacies of snowflake structure to the massive mountainsides where this force of nature reigns. Produced by: Abigail Kent By: Life On TERRA.

January 11, 2015

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10:32 PM | The imitation game: quando il cinema manca di coraggio
In un post su Google+, +Marco Cameriero cita il riassunto che una spettatrice fa all'uscita dal cinema al marito tornato a prenderla: Parla di uno scienziato pazzo che costruisce una macchina per tradurre i messaggi dei tedeschi, poi la usa quando dice lui perché si crede Dio. Però alla fine forse lo era visto che hanno vinto la guerra. Poi si scopre che era frocio così gli hanno fatto prendere gli ormoni e lui allora s'è ucciso con una mela avvelenata come […]

Turing A.M. (1950). Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Mind, LIX (236) 460. DOI: 10.1093/mind/LIX.236.433

Lee J.A.N. (2001). Biographies [Obituaries: John Weber Carr III & Joan Elisabeth Lowther Clarke Murray], IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 23 (1) 67-7S. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/mahc.2001.4497356

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10:32 PM | The imitation game: quando il cinema manca di coraggio
In un post su Google+, +Marco Cameriero cita il riassunto che una spettatrice fa all'uscita dal cinema al marito tornato a prenderla: Parla di uno scienziato pazzo che costruisce una macchina per tradurre i messaggi dei tedeschi, poi la usa quando dice lui perché si crede Dio. Però alla fine forse lo era visto che hanno vinto la guerra. Poi si scopre che era frocio così gli hanno fatto prendere gli ormoni e lui allora s'è ucciso con una mela avvelenata come […]

Turing A.M. (1950). Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Mind, LIX (236) 460. DOI: 10.1093/mind/LIX.236.433

Lee J.A.N. (2001). Biographies [Obituaries: John Weber Carr III & Joan Elisabeth Lowther Clarke Murray], IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 23 (1) 67-7S. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/mahc.2001.4497356

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January 10, 2015

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2:30 AM | Incredible Spinal Cord Implant Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again
Researchers have developed a thin, electrode-embedded ribbon which, when implanted along the spinal cord, lets paralyzed rats move again. Researchers are hoping to advance to clinical trials in humans soon.Read more...

January 08, 2015

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4:31 PM | Toyota Releases All of Its Fuel Cell Patents to Help Encourage “New Age of Hydrogen”
It’s not often that a major international corporation decides to give away two decades worth of trade secrets for free. But that’s exactly what Toyota did on Monday, announcing the release of nearly 6,000 patents related to the company’s hyrdogen fuel cell technologies. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, shortly after a presentation by physicist Michio Kaku showing off Toyota’s new […]

January 07, 2015

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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January 06, 2015

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10:00 PM | Researchers Turn DNA Into Robotic "Transformers"
Inspired by full-sized mechanical parts like hinges and pistons, researchers at Ohio State University have designed pieces of DNA that could eventually be used to construct nano-scale robots. Read more...

January 05, 2015

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7:16 PM | It Took 7.5 Hours to Solve the World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube (Time-Lapse Video)
In 1974, Ernő Rubik – a professor of architecture at the Budapest College of Applied Arts in Hungary – completed the first prototype of the Rubik’s Cube. Since then, the Rubik’s Cube has become one of the best-selling toys of all time, selling over 350 million units. Dutch puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer has taken the Rubik’s Cube to the next level, creating hundreds of imaginative puzzles based off Ernő Rubik’s concept. […]
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10:00 AM | Ringing in the New Year with…Light
by Aadita Chaudhury Technology & Engineering subject editor The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. As Canadians, we take for granted the role of light and light-based technologies in our lives; however, for many regions worldwide light infrastructure is a key issue when considering steps to sustainable development. In considering light and light-based technologies, we […]
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5:12 AM | Dealing with Female Rivalry in the Workplace
Dealing with Female Rivalry in the Workplace: When I was 17 years old, I bought into the “it’s better to work with men” stereotype. My head was full of misconceptions about career women: They were catty, gossipy, conniving, and shrew (except me, of course!). That’s the thing about stereotypes, isn’t it? We never feel like we’re a part of them. A really brilliant piece by a woman engineer.  I feel a sense of guilty relief that it […]

January 04, 2015

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7:43 PM | Outsmarting superbugs’ countermoves to antibiotics
With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades — such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections — are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. New drugs are desperately needed, but so are ways to maximize the effective lifespan of these drugs. To accomplish that, researchers used software they […]

Reeve SM, Gainza P, Frey KM, Georgiev I, Donald BR & Anderson AC (2014). Protein design algorithms predict viable resistance to an experimental antifolate., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25552560

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7:43 PM | Outsmarting superbugs’ countermoves to antibiotics
With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades — such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections — are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. New drugs are desperately needed, but so are ways to maximize the effective lifespan of these drugs. To accomplish that, researchers used software they […]

Reeve SM, Gainza P, Frey KM, Georgiev I, Donald BR & Anderson AC (2014). Protein design algorithms predict viable resistance to an experimental antifolate., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25552560

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7:43 PM | Outsmarting superbugs’ countermoves to antibiotics
With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades — such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections — are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. New drugs are desperately needed, but so are ways to maximize the effective lifespan of these drugs. To accomplish that, researchers used software they […]

Reeve SM, Gainza P, Frey KM, Georgiev I, Donald BR & Anderson AC (2014). Protein design algorithms predict viable resistance to an experimental antifolate., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25552560

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7:43 PM | Outsmarting superbugs’ countermoves to antibiotics
With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades — such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections — are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. New drugs are desperately needed, but so are ways to maximize the effective lifespan of these drugs. To accomplish that, researchers used software they […]

Reeve SM, Gainza P, Frey KM, Georgiev I, Donald BR & Anderson AC (2014). Protein design algorithms predict viable resistance to an experimental antifolate., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25552560

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