Standardized network diagrams for biology — SBGN.Org. Cool, I have a hard time imagining electrical engineering without a standardized circuit diagram language.
“Such metamaterials may, for example, be used to create cloaking devices or light-based circuits based on manipulations of local optical electric fields rather than on the flow of electrons.”
“The challenge now is to move from hit-or-miss assemblies of academic interest to the creation of technologically relevant devices that combine particle and patterned assembly via large-scale processes.”
It is this latter challenge I find most interesting.
A couple of good primers out on the net:
Somehow I did not ever learn about index notation in my past educational life. Time to learn.
- Brett on Stuff » Distilleries of Scotland. A reason to hike Scotland
- WOW — stronger authentication than your bank. What does that say about the world.
- Running DC thru the house. An idea whose time has come again?
- Indie games DB. Often way better than mainstream games
- Guided Bullets. Why not.
- Thingiverse. Kind of an open source design site.
- Denhaus — awesome pet furniture
- Nitrogen-infused golf clubs. Golfers will buy anything.
- Dutch 5 Euro coin. Awesome, wish I could order. Not the first time I have been blocked from ordering a euro product, wish I could sign up for a forwarding PO box in Europe.
- Mini Magnetosphere. Maybe we all need one of these
Caltech researchers awarded $10M for molecular programming project. UW involved as well. More info at the Molecular Programming Project:
…we will develop new computer science principles for programming information-bearing molecules like DNA and RNA to create artificial biomolecular programs of similar complexity.
…computing and decision-making will carried out by chemical processes themselves. Through the creation of molecular programming languages, theory for analyzing them, and experiments for validating them, our long-term vision is to establish “molecular programming” as a subdiscipline of computer science
Overview presentation here.
‘Naked-eye’ gamma-ray burst was aimed squarely at Earth | Science Blog — ok they claim it came from a source 7.5 billion light years away, but it sure seems strangely coincidental that it was pointed straight at us. Maybe they are pissed about the hadron collider.
- Flexible CNT circuits move on – nanotechweb.org. Just one of many efforts to implant circuits onto papers, plastics, etc. We are going to have processing power embedded in pretty much everything.
- Work on nanonet circuits — ok this stuff is all a long way from commercialization, they can only create circuits with 100 elements, but still cool
* Nanoglassblowing — new ways of creating nanofluidic elements
* Insights into hidden world of protein folding — new insights into just how proteins fold, in some cases inside the chamber of something not unlike an engine. fascinating
* IBM research chief on the continuation of Moore’s Law — still plenty of room at the bottom
Amazon.com: Human Wildlife: The Life That Lives on Us by Robert Buckman. Fun book about the vast number of helpful, benign, and dangerous critters that live on and in our bodies. You really get the sense that you are a walking bag of bugs. The pictures of eyebrow mites are awesome! Not a kindle book, pictures matter a lot to the narrative.
Nanowire arrays think big – nanotechweb.org — bottoms up, “organic” assembly of nanowires. Some technique like this is going to be necessary for nanowire devices. And solving the general problem of bottoms up chip assembly seems pretty high value.
Home — a pretty inspiring list. We should all be working on one of these! I am glad to see that Ignition has companies working on health informatics, personalized learning, solar energy, and internet security.