Its good to see more research in these areas - but it would be good if in parallel we looked at potential impact of activated and elevated triggers and response in terms of ecosystems and human health. Multi-systemic approaches are going to be increasingly needed, which is worrying given how limited funding in this area already is..
late publishing this - but been on track list for some time. Also worth looking at the 2015 report on protection zones - where some progress has been made. See http://ec.europa.eu/environment/marine/eu-coast-and-marine-policy/implementation/pdf/marine_protected_areas.pdf
Interesting use of entropy for information transfer in predator-prey interactions. Good paper - worth reading and a lot worth thinking further about.
Agent based simulastion of logistics is becoming increasingly commmon - nice example.
Its a small world - and a stunning photogaph. Examining occurances of microbiota and how they travel between species has a lot of implications for understanding healthcare and disease reservoirs.
Since this touches on some of our own research areas - the paper is a must read and an excellent piece of research more importantly its hopefully a major step forward in helping find effective treatment for metastatic cancer. An excellent example of systems modelling and applying insights from one field to another.
Models of cancer that are benchmarked against actual occurances and correctly predict behaviour are critically important for devising fruture treatments. Good intro to the subject.
Interesting article - from an ecologists point of view on many of the topics and areas of research familiar to complex adaptive systems researchers but applied against actual ecosystems.
Good article - along with workflows - data management lifecycle and scientifiic workflow lifecycle management are critical in quality research and likely gowth areas in lifesciences tech for quite some time. Worth reading.
We all have to communicate and knowing how to tell a story and related a good yarn is increasingly a key skill. Worth reading.
Having grown up in a northumberland mining village in the north east of England, surrounded by farming and small woodlands - agriculture is something i think of intimately interwound with industry and how we live. If you grew up in a city - it can seem distant, but its always fundamental. If you grew up around farms - you know they are places of high and low tech. Strains and breeds are early forms of bio-engineering, agricultural equipment gives access to pragmatic engineering principles early on. In the coming decades advanced in bioengineering and biotech will increasingly be larger components of modern agriculture in order to meet increasing population pressures and demands generated by increased urban living. This report clearly helps identify the opportunities and possibilities and policy requirements that exist. If you are tracking the technology aspects of modern agriculture or interested in how agriculture will ahve to change to address increasing social needs - this report is well worth reading.
Good discussion on issues of scaling synthetic biology - worth watching if you have 5 mins.
Interesting results of Telecom Italia's 2014 Bid Data Challenge - if smart cities are of interest - worth reading.
bookmarking for follow up reading.
Cellular automata are such a simple delightful and deeply compelling - good discussion of their value in looking into inherent complexity of systems
Interesting paper - however any paper discussing an approach to a unifying evolutionary process that discusses genetic algorithms is somewhat of a remis when doing a recap and missing John H Holland's pioneering work. That said still worth reading.
Just the intro to the talk alone provides good insight into challenges and complexities facing todays biologist and bioinformatics workers. - Hopefully presentation will be posted in full later.
IndieBio will likely be a bell weather fro how life sciences are adapting to accelerated rates of innovation and discovery - as well as a center point for policy, public perception and discourse. Good article - worth reading for insight into life sciences and biotech incubation as of 2015.
IF you are involved in developing or using professional mapping, survey and photogrammetric products - Dielmo have released their back office cloud platform that enables teams to upload, store, process and share LiDAR, Raster, Vector data derived from UAV, Helicopter, Fixed-wing and Mobile platforms. Helping data acquisition companies to benefit from the latest in sensor and big data processing technologies, reducing the complexity of data processing and data analysis means Dielmo can help professional cartographers and cartographic solution developers - save time to market and operations costs.
Canvas is one of a new generation of collaboration and integration tools that are changing how organisations think of enterprise PC applications. If you are involved in data fusion and sensor integration its worth tracking.
Open science is critically important to future development and increasingly under attack from a wired varied of scources - sadly including the government - worth reading.
Systems of many interacting components — be they species, integers or subatomic particles — kept producing the same statistical curve, which had become known as the Tracy-Widom distribution. This puzzling curve seemed to be the complex cousin of the familiar bell curve, or Gaussian distribution, which represents the natural variation of independent random variables like the heights of students in a classroom or their test scores... click on title to read more.
Awesome article on the Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) theory proposed by John Harte, professor of ecology at University of California, Berkeley. MaxEnt is a key tool to help calculate the total number of species in ecosystem based on very limited information.
Knowing which machine learning method to apply for a given problem takes time to learn - fortunately the fine folks over at scikit-learn.org have created a quick visual cheatsheet that helps understand which algorithm to apply in which context. Very helpful.
Alan Turing’s published his ‘chemical morphogenesis’ research paper in 1952, 2 years before his tragic and untimely death. The paper opened the discussion on how computation and biology may be at fundamentally linked, a thread which continues to be ripe with exploration today. Great article from Mosaic Science explaining the ideas in turings paper and the 60 years of subsequent research.
Interesting article on the work of Yoshiki Sasai a Japanese biologist and Director of the Laboratory for Organogenesis and Neurogenesis at the research institute RIKEN in Kobe, Japan. Sasai was best known for developing new methods to grow stem cells into organ-like structures
Table of US research expenditure estimates by NIH for various research, health conditions and disease categories.
This prescient report from the FAO in 2009 highlights why research on EIDs, particularly that involving the ecological epidemiology of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases associated with forests, needs to be integrated with forest resource management and planning and healthcare management planning. This report along with related publications from FAO are essential reading for anyone modeling ecological change and disease impact. Very much worth reading.
As terrifying and tragic the current Ebola outbreak is - informed discussion on sources, vectors and the interplay of ecology and socioeconomics will be at the heart of finding long term solutions.
After publishing the link to the paper on ebola antibodies in fruitbats in Bangladesh - wespeculated and were asked regarding deforestation impact - this is a good overview article discussing some of the current discussion points.
As evidence builds that fruit bats may be a vector for the recent ebola outbreak in Western Africa - I was reminded of this paper in CDC's EID journal which found 5 out of 276 (3.5%) tested bats in Bangladesh had antibodies to Ebola. It would be interesting to map ebola outbreaks against natural migration and deforestation paths and see if there is any correlation and to see how other regional antibody presence tests indicate migration as well. The original paper and the EID journal in general are well worth reading. Click image or headling to read more.
With new methods of single cell DNA sequencing becoming available - biologists are beginning to look a the degrees of variations that exist across cells and the extent of cell to cell diversity and what this implies for biological adaptation.
New CUDA 6 toolkit release with 64-bit arm support, improved CUDA Fortran for scientific aplications, replay features in visual profiler and nvprof and a new BLAS GPU library cublasXT that scales across GPUs. A lot of goodness for compute developers - available here: https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-downloads
It has often been easy to forget following the acquisition of Sun by Oracle - Oracle have continued investing in hardware. The new M7 chip line with 64 sparc cores and Numa interconnect options not only continues to promise speed increases for existing oracle customers but also shows benefits over off the shelf clusters of highly integrated large core systems using optimised connection architectures. Good in depth article - worth reading.
Been a while since we published anything on economics but with over 20 years experience building agent based models - we are suckers for articles that encourage people to discover them as thinking tools. Good explanation on how agent based models fit into economic forecasting.
CDC are one fo the organisations leading information release on antimicrobial resistance. This article explaines where to find out more info from CDC on this area. Worth reading.
Interesting paper on structural protien envelope spikes in HIV related viruses and their relation to autoimmune response and implications for vaccine development by John Schiller and Bryce Chackerian.
At Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, Roy Bar-Ziv is expanding his research to explore the paradigm of programmable on-chip DNA compartments as artificial cells, in which the essential reactions of living cells encoded in DNA take place inside miniaturized compartments fabricated in silicon. Understanding the emergent properties of these compartments may lead to assembly of artificial cells capable of computation, autonomous sensing, and replication, with applications in future technologies.
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Discussion of limits is key to creating new ideas - Igor Markov's paper is worth reading for exploring lmitations and engineering implications and to trigger off new discussions and ideas. Worth reading.