Research at Janelia: Life on the farm : Nature News & Comment

“But what happens next? Can Janelia Farm do ‘great science’ during the next 5 to 10 years? Will it pass Rubin’s deletion test? Can it rewrite the introductory biology texts (Cech’s favourite definition of great science), or foster “a couple of programmes that create a whole new direction” (Tjian’s favourite)? That is the great unanswerable […]

Retail biology – Trade Secrets Blog | Nature Publishing Group

“Just as fortunes were made by the designers and manufacturers of the humble mouse mat after the launch of the Apple Macintosh, we are likely to see consumer products exponentially increasing. It is difficult for us now to fully appreciate the number of tiny ICT devices that populate our cars, kitchen goods and even children’s […]

Teach me: Does Hadoop signal the end of the database?

I am still a novice when it comes to the technical underpinnings of databases and Hadoop. So, I thought it might be useful if I just asked if my thought on the future of databases is correct. Basically, “Does Hadoop signal the end of the database as we know it?’ Here’s where this question comes […]

Philips – Design Probes – Microbial Home

“The Microbial Home Probe consists of a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste and healthy lifestyle.” Very cool. And mentions of a Post Electronic Age, too. Read this article… Images from Philips – more at Microbial Home  

Philips unveils an elegant ‘Microbial Home’ concept | SmartPlanet

“Although these appliances won’t be manufactured any time soon, lifelike models of the concepts are currently on view at the Piet Hein Eek gallery during Dutch Design Week (which opened on October 22 and runs through October 30) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. While the thought of cooking dinner with gas harvested from bathroom waste might […]

Living to 100 and Beyond – WSJ.com

“In Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” Gulliver encounters a small group of immortals, the struldbrugs. “Those excellent struldbrugs,” exclaims Gulliver, “who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!” But the fate of these […]

Open access comes of age : Nature News

“A study of open-access publishing — published last week in the open-access journal PLoS ONE — has found that the number of papers in freely accessible journals is growing at a steady 20% per year (M. Laakso et al. PLoS ONE 6, e20961; 2011). To many, the growth confirms the health of the free-access, author-pays […]

DARPA to Offer $30 Million to Jump-Start Cellular Factories – ScienceInsider

“Approved barely a month ago, the $30 million Living Foundries program should be sending out a request for proposals in the next few weeks and making awards several months from now. With its investment, over the next 3 years DARPA will support academic and corporate researchers for developing and applying an engineering framework to biology […]

When big data meets journalism — Tech News and Analysis

“The Knight Foundation noted in a blog post announcing the 16 winners that data and the use of it for journalism was a big theme among this year’s contestants. When the Knight competition first started five years ago, the idea of a “hacker/journalist” who developed applications and journalistic tools around data was unfamiliar one, but […]

Bill Gates Funds Human Waste To Biofuel Project In Ghana | Fast Company

“Developing countries lack both clean water and clean energy sources. By converting soiled water into energy and clean water, a new project could wipe away both problems.” Every since an organic waste conference I attended a few months ago, I’ve had anaerobic digestors on the mind – for farm, for municipal waste to energy, even […]