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  • March 9, 2016
  • 10:41 AM

Video Tip of the Week: Introduction to Biocuration and the career path

by Mary in OpenHelix

At OpenHelix, we’ve long sung the praises of curators. Some of us have been curators and worked with curation and database development teams. All of us have relied on quality information in the databases for research and teaching. But I think there are a lot of people who don’t understand the value of quality curation, how […]... Read more »


Holliday, G., Bairoch, A., Bagos, P., Chatonnet, A., Craik, D., Finn, R., Henrissat, B., Landsman, D., Manning, G., Nagano, N.... (2015) Key challenges for the creation and maintenance of specialist protein resources. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 83(6), 1005-1013. DOI: 10.1002/prot.24803  

  • October 17, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

Five maps to show how sea level rise affects you

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

TFTK has found five of the best free maps that show the neighbourhoods most vulnerable to sea level rise.... Read more »

Strauss BH, Kulp S, & Levermann A. (2015) Carbon choices determine US cities committed to futures below sea level. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 26460051  

  • July 29, 2015
  • 03:09 PM

The “Invisible Web” Undermines Health Information Privacy

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

What do the third parties do with your data? We do not really know because the laws and regulations are rather fuzzy here. We do know that Google, Facebook and Twitter primarily make money by advertising so they could potentially use your info and customize the ads you see. Just because you visited a page on breast cancer does not mean that the "Invisible Web" knows your name and address but they do know that you have some interest in breast cancer. It would make financial sense to sen........ Read more »

  • July 10, 2014
  • 12:19 PM

Haha, kkkk, 555, LOL, jaja: Globalization Through Internet Jokes

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

In a recent article from Shifman, Levy and Thelwall, internet jokes are found to serve as an important and powerful agent of globalization and americanization. To research the role of internet jokes, they look at the concept of “user-generated globalization”, where internet users are the focal points through which user-generated content (in this case jokes) is translated, customized and distributed across the globe.... Read more »

Shifman, L., Levy, H., & Thelwall, M. (2014) Internet Jokes: The Secret Agents of Globalization?. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12082  

  • December 4, 2013
  • 01:13 PM

Tip of the Week: Creating an Electronic Informed Consent

by Trey in OpenHelix

Informed consent has been a foundation of research, and especially genetics research, in that last few decades though it’s taken quite some time to right past wrongs. And with genomics research and personal genomics generating huge amounts of data, informed consent becomes both more important and more complex. The National Human Genome Research Institute has […]... Read more »

Charles N Rotimi and Patricia A Marshall. (2010) Tailoring the process of informed consent in genetic and genomic research. Genome Medicine, 2(3). info:/doi:10.1186/gm141

  • September 6, 2013
  • 03:44 PM

Can DNA Template Lead to Future Technologies?

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

DNA is the blueprint for life. Could it also become the template for making a new generation of computer chips based not on silicon, but on an experimental material known as graphene? That’s the theory behind a process that Stanford chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao reveals in Nature Communications (citation below). Bao and her co-authors, former post-doctoral fellows Anatoliy Sokolov … Read More →... Read more »

A.N. Sokolov, F. L. Yap, N. Liu, K. Kim, L. Ci, O. B. Johnson, H. Wang, M. Vosgueritchian, A. L. Koh, J Chen, J. Park.... (2013) Direct growth of aligned graphitic nanoribbons from a DNA template by chemical vapour deposition. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3402  

  • July 3, 2013
  • 12:18 PM

New Knowledge About Early Galaxies

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

The early galaxies of the universe were very different from today’s galaxies. Using new detailed studies carried out with the ESO Very Large Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers, including members from the Niels Bohr Institute, have studied an early galaxy in unprecedented detail and determined a number of important properties such as size, … Read More →... Read more »

Jens-Kristian Krogager, Johan P. U. Fynbo, Cédric Ledoux2, Lise Christensen, Anna Gallazzi, Peter Laursen, Palle Møller, Pasquier Noterdaeme, Céline Péroux, Max Pettini.... (2013) Comprehensive study of a z . Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 433(1). info:/10.1093/mnras/stt955

  • May 23, 2013
  • 04:37 PM

Researchers Turn a Smartphone into a Biosensor

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses and other molecules. Having such sensitive biosensing capabilities in the field could enable on-the-spot tracking of groundwater contamination, combine the phone’s GPS … Read More →... Read more »

Gallegos, D., Long, K., Yu, H., Clark, P., Lin, Y., George, S., Nath, P., & Cunningham, B. (2013) Label-free biodetection using a smartphone. Lab on a Chip, 13(11), 2124. DOI: 10.1039/C3LC40991K  

  • May 13, 2013
  • 10:58 AM

Riding Hexapod Walkers on Dusty Alien Worlds

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Speculative fiction is the home of countless machines that fly in space, yet resemble humanoid lifeforms. Scientists are now working on the next generation of robots that will blaze a trail in space by going where humans simply can’t maneuver on their own. Like so many things in the field of space exploration, the descendents … Read More →... Read more »

  • March 27, 2013
  • 10:45 AM

Video Tip of the Week: Enzyme Portal and User-Centered Design

by Mary in OpenHelix

This week’s video tip of the week introduces you to Enzyme Portal, an interface to explore data about these important proteins, from the EBI. In the video, Jenny Cham–one of the authors of the paper below–takes you through the main features of their newly designed resource. I learned about the new effort from this blog [...]... Read more »

de Matos, P., Cham, J., Cao, H., Alcántara, R., Rowland, F., Lopez, R., & Steinbeck, C. (2013) The Enzyme Portal: A case study in applying user-centred design methods in bioinformatics. BMC Bioinformatics, 14(1), 103. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-14-103  

  • March 11, 2013
  • 03:04 PM

Let’s Explore Quantum Computing

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

It’s fairly easy to surmise how quantum computing will evolve in the future if/when it becomes a reality. Devices that are currently based around a system of electronic circuits would eventually die off. Quantum devices would ultimately become the new standard in computing. While Peter Shor’s research showed how quantum algorithms would speed up advanced [...]... Read more »

Benningshof OW, Mohebbi HR, Taminiau IA, Miao GX, & Cory DG. (2013) Superconducting microstrip resonator for pulsed ESR of thin films. Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997), 84-87. PMID: 23454577  

Petersson KD, McFaul LW, Schroer MD, Jung M, Taylor JM, Houck AA, & Petta JR. (2012) Circuit quantum electrodynamics with a spin qubit. Nature, 490(7420), 380-3. PMID: 23075988  

  • March 6, 2013
  • 09:43 PM

Beyond the Pdf 2 - a disruptive conference

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Scholarly communication across all disciplines is changing profoundly under the influence of new technologies. New models, tools and standards are being developed that aim to enhance, enable or entirely replace formerly ingrained forms of scholarly communication, including publications, courses, conferences and policy. The Beyond the PDF conference brings together scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders in a lively forum, not just to broaden awareness of current efforts........ Read more »

Priem, J., & Hemminger, B. (2012) Decoupling the scholarly journal. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2012.00019  

Nature Methods. (2013) Beyond the PDF. Nature Methods, 10(2), 91-91. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.2363  

  • March 6, 2013
  • 11:03 AM

Dead Sparrow Turned into Robot to Study Bird Behavior

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Researchers at Duke University recently took a major step toward better understanding how swamp sparrows use a combination of song and visual displays to communicate with one another. How they came about making this discovery, though, is what makes this story particularly newsworthy — they stuffed a deceased swamp sparrow with a miniature computer and some [...]... Read more »

  • February 11, 2013
  • 12:36 PM

Cell Circuits Remember Their History

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

MIT engineers have created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results, which are encoded in the cell’s DNA and passed on for dozens of generations. The circuits, described in the Feb. 10 online edition of Nature Biotechnology (citation below), could be used as long-term environmental sensors, efficient controls [...]... Read more »

  • January 23, 2013
  • 08:38 AM

Sending Odors and Tastes as an Email Attachment

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Research into cybernetic organs has been largely focused on replacements for disabled individuals who have lost a limb. Electronic noses and tongues are designed for a radically different purpose. Humans perceive different chemicals as various tastes and odors. Many types of additives are industrially manufactured to replicate certain flavors or scents. Electronic noses and tongues [...]... Read more »

  • January 17, 2013
  • 11:15 AM

Soft Lego Built in the Computer

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Barbara Capone of the Computational Physics Group of the University of Vienna has developed a new method for the construction of building blocks at the nanoscale. The researcher in Soft Matter Physics, who works at the group of Christos Likos, Professor for Multiscale Computational Physics, is specialized on topics of self-assembly of materials at the [...]... Read more »

  • January 16, 2013
  • 03:24 AM

Show Some Love for the Data Glove

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Data Gloves (or wired gloves or cybergloves), as the name implies, are computer input devices that are worn on the hand like a glove. They utilize motion trackers to translate finger manipulations into electrical signals. In the near future, this technology might revolutionize the way that disabled people are able to access computer resources. For [...]... Read more »

Yamaura H, Matsushita K, Kato R, & Yokoi H. (2009) Development of hand rehabilitation system for paralysis patient - universal design using wire-driven mechanism. Conference proceedings : .. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, 7122-5. PMID: 19963950  

Dalley, S., Varol, H., & Goldfarb, M. (2012) A Method for the Control of Multigrasp Myoelectric Prosthetic Hands. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 20(1), 58-67. DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2011.2175488  

  • January 7, 2013
  • 03:27 PM

New Path to More Efficient Organic Solar Cells

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Why are efficient and affordable solar cells so highly coveted? Volume. The amount of solar energy lighting up Earth’s land mass every year is nearly 3,000 times the total amount of annual human energy use. But to compete with energy from fossil fuels, photovoltaic devices must convert sunlight to electricity with a certain measure of [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2013
  • 12:43 PM

The Science of Choosing Space Pioneers

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

I often ask others if they would live in space or on another planet if given the opportunity. More often than not, the answer is in the affirmative. But what if you were given the chance and actually wanted to go, but were declined because you weren’t selected by a computer algorithm as one of [...]... Read more »

Yusof, N., & van Loon, J. (2012) Engineering a Global City: The Case of Cyberjaya. Space and Culture, 15(4), 298-316. DOI: 10.1177/1206331212453676  

Saaty, T., & Sagir, M. (2012) Global awareness, future city design and decision making. Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, 21(3), 337-355. DOI: 10.1007/s11518-012-5196-z  

  • January 1, 2013
  • 03:27 PM

Reaching E.T. Through Standardized Protocols

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Choosing a single telecommunications protocol has always been difficult for engineers on Earth, so it’s especially difficult for those who want to communicate with beings from another star system. While it’s nice to imagine that extraterrestrial beings would be able to interface with whatever protocol humans decide to encode a message in, that’s not a [...]... Read more »

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