Modo is a leading 3D modeling and rendering tool got a new market this week. A new Plug-in allows designers to start in Modo and pass a model to 3D CAD enabling Modo to migrate upstream as a concept design tool. Learn more...
A collaboration between Iowa State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has uncovered the function of three plant proteins, a discovery that could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops, ...
Via PubMed. In Engineering and Control of Biological Systems messrs Meolascina, Siciliano and di Bernardo review the latest progress in synthetic biology and the most significant developments achieved so far, both in unicellular and multicellular organisms, with emphasis to human health. Promises to be an interesting read... Learn more.
Audio recording with accompanying slide presentation of Nigel Gilbert’s invited talk on “An Agent-Based Model of the English Housing Market ” at the AAAI 2009 Spring Symposium Series: Technosocial Predictive Analytics, March 23 – 25, 2009, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA (one hour). Worth watching. Learn more..
Python's NLTK - Natural Language Toolkit - is an essential piece of kit for data mining and natural language parsing. (For those getting into language parsing there is also a brilliant book from oreilly on using NLTK and Python). The NLTK libs just got a point release with 2.0.1 coming out. Very Cool. Learn more.
Artefact are one of the US's leading product design agencies. In the age of the i-everything they have a great blog discussing, examples and portfolio of where design fits with 21st century product development.
Uploaded and shared in Youtube by: YaleUniversity — Sidney Altman, Sterling Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1989), delivers the Tetelman Fellowship Lecture on the origin of life. The Teleman lecture is the most prestigious science lecture at Yale. Worth watching on a couple of tea breaks (69 mins). Learn more...
Physicists have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. Good article and interesting discussion and implications on why it took so long to discover - the seed ideas were never widely published.
Concepts used in the scientific study of complex systems have become so widespread that their use and abuse has led to ambiguity and confusion in their meaning. In this paper we use information theory to provide abstract and concise measures of complexity, emergence, self-organization, and homeostasis. The purpose is to clarify the meaning of these concepts with the aid of the proposed formal measures. In a simplified version of the measures (focussing on the information produced by a system), emergence becomes the opposite of self-organization, while complexity represents their balance. We use computational experiments on random Boolean networks and elementary cellular automata to illustrate our measures at multiple scales.
Complexity and Information: Measuring Emergence, Self-organization, and Homeostasis at Multiple Scales
if you ever wondered where turtles come from... It appears that the turtle is a closer relative of crocodiles and birds than of lizards and snakes, according to researchers who claim to have solved an age-old riddle in animal evolution. Learn more...
Ever accidently deleted something - and didnt mean to... Yup you are not alone.. Taken from the Studio Stories series included on the Blu-ray versions of Toy Story 1 & 2, here's a short story about how they accidently deleted and recovered Toy Story 2. Worth watching..
Preclinical drug development relies on advanced in vitro models with a high degree of standardization to achieve maximal predictivity for an efficient compound de-risking strategy. in Integra Biosciences AG (Switzerland) white paper the authors describe how scaffold-free organotypic three-dimensional (3D) microtissue spheroids fulfil these requirements as they can be produced and assayed by standard automated liquid handling systems. Results are shown demonstrating how the Integra Viaflo 96 Channel Electronic Hand-Held Pipette can be used to produce 3D microtissues in InSphero's GravityPLUS™ hanging drop plate and to further culture and process them in the GravityTRAP™ platform. Learn more..
The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) uses agent based models for pandemic planning for the Greater Toronto area in Ontario, Canada. Many agent based models of disease make simplistic assumptions about transmission and infection rates and assume that each member of the population is identical or homogeneous. This paper by Aleman, Wibisono and Schwartz describes an agent-based simulation model that treats each individual as unique, with nonhomogeneous transmission and infection rates correlated to demographic information and behavior. The results of the model are output to geographic information system software to provide a map of the estimated disease spread area, which can be used as a policy-making tool for determining a suitable mitigation strategy. Worth reading for a great application of realistic agent based models to real world issues. Learn more...
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