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Written By: grant on February 17, 2015 No Comment

New Scientist marvels at the ability of DNA to store information, with a realization that glassed-in genes could safely store information for millennia:

Just 1 gram of DNA is theoretically capable of holding 455 exabytes – enough for all the data held by Google, Facebook and every other major tech company, with room to spare. […]

Written By: grant on February 11, 2015 No Comment

Fusion has the details on the growing community of DNA uploaders:

Members of openSNP upload their genes along with things like their sex, age, eye color, location, Fitbit data and medical history — for anyone to see and analyze. The record lives on forever, in an open-source database, so the detailed warning on its […]

Written By: grant on October 29, 2014 No Comment

You know it’s real when there’s money involved. Well, real-ish. New Scientist has more on the Google acquisition of DeepMind Technologies and their Neural Turing Machine:

DeepMind Technologies, a London-based artificial-intelligence firm acquired by Google this year, has revealed that it is designing computers that combine the way ordinary computers work with the way […]

Written By: grant on September 16, 2014 No Comment

Daily Beast looks over Washington University research that’s found that the singular diagnosis of schizophrenia is actually a compound disease, caused by eight different genetic disorders that “cluster” into different combinations:

As senior investigator Dr. C. Robert Cloninger notes, “[genes] don’t work by themselves. They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to […]

Written By: grant on August 21, 2014 No Comment

The Atlantic gives hope to the new generation of WebMD obsessives with a fascinating tale of an athlete who used the internet to figure out what was *really* going on in her malfunctioning body:

She cycled, ran, climbed and skied through the Rockies for hours every day, and was a veteran of Ironman triathlons. […]

Written By: grant on July 8, 2014 No Comment

Nature has more on the suitably self-recursive premiere of a uniquely mathematical piece of music:

The piece, “The Hilbert Heartbreak Hotel” by Danish composer Niels Marthinsen, was the brainchild of computer scientist Thore Husfeldt of Lund University in Sweden and IT University of Copenhagen. “I probably have some latent frustration about the increasing fragmentation […]

Written By: grant on July 7, 2014 No Comment

Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on how old smart phones are being used to listen for disrupted sleep patterns, illegal loggers, gunshots, breeding cicadas and a host of other sounds:

App makers have long focused on detecting speech and music, but some upstarts are turning to a wider variety of sound-detection tasks. […]

Written By: grant on June 16, 2014 No Comment

Argalnath makes music from hard drives and floppy drives. Like a DJ, Argalnath spins.

Written By: grant on March 28, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has a lively take on computing, with new circuits made of living slime molds:

Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany) have constructed logical circuits that exploit networks of interconnected slime mold tubes to process information.

One is more likely to find the slime […]

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