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Manuel Peitsch, co-founder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Exciting Advances: Growth of HPC in the Life Sciences

April 18, 2014 3:12 pm | by Andrew Purcell | Articles | Comments

Manuel Peitsch, co-founder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, will chair a session on high-performance computing (HPC) in the life sciences at ISC’14 in Leipzig, Germany, in June. Peitsch is also a professor of bioinformatics at the University of Basel in Switzerland and is vice president of biological systems research at Philip Morris International. 

3-million-year-old Landscape Found beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

April 17, 2014 8:48 pm | by Joshua E. Brown, University of Vermont | News | Comments

Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape...

New Study Outlines Water World Theory of Life's Origins

April 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | News | Comments

Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place...

Investigating Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 6:36 am | by International Journal of Surgery | News | Comments

An article shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting,...

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Modesto Orozco, Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IRB Barcelona

Modesto Orozco

April 15, 2014 7:00 pm | Biographies

Modesto Orozco’s research activity is focused on the theoretical study of biological systems. More than 350 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals like Nature, Nature Genetics, Angew Chem., Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA, Chem.Rev., Chem.Soc.Rev., Acc. Chem. Res., J.Am.Chem.Soc. His publications have collected more than 14000 citations with an h-index of 65.

Luis Serrano, Director, Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain

Luis Serrano

April 15, 2014 6:57 pm | Biographies

In our group we are aiming at a quantitative understanding of biological systems to an extent that one is able to predict systemic features and with the hope to rational design and modify their behavior. This applies to any system comprising biological components that is more than the mere sum of its components, or, in other words, the addition of the individual components results in systemic properties that could not be predicted by considering the components individually.

Claudio Zannoni, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University Bologna

Claudio Zannoni

April 15, 2014 6:36 pm | Biographies

Research activity is in the field of liquid crystals and anisotropic soft materials using theory, computer simulations and various spectroscopical techniques and has led to over 250 publications in international journals or multi-author books, particularly on Computer Simulations and Modeling (Monte Carlo, Molecular Dynamics) of lattice (Lebwohl-Lasher), molecular (Gay-Berne) and atomistic models and Statistical Theories of bulk and confined Liquid Crystals.

Thomas Sterling, Professor of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing

Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling

April 15, 2014 3:46 pm | Biographies

Dr. Thomas Sterling holds the position of Professor of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing as well as serves as Chief Scientist and Executive Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT in 1984 as a Hertz Fellow Dr. Sterling has engaged in applied research in fields associated with parallel computing system structures, semantics, and operation in industry, government labs, and academia.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Schulten, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Dr. Klaus Schulten

April 15, 2014 3:35 pm | Biographies

Klaus Schulten is the leader in the field of computational biophysics, having devoted over 40 years to establishing the physical mechanisms underlying processes and organization in living systems from the atomic to the organism scale. Schulten is a strong proponent of the use of simulations as a "computational microscope", to augment experimental research

Understanding the Brain Site Features Funding Opportunities, Research across All Areas of Science

April 11, 2014 10:13 am | by NSF | News | Comments

On the first anniversary of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative announcement, the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched a new portal at dedicated to the agency's brain research-related funding opportunities and news. The Web site also includes NSF's specific thematic research areas for the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative

Four-Eyed Daddy Longlegs Fossil Shows Arachnid had Extra Set of Eyes

April 11, 2014 10:03 am | by American Museum of Natural History | News | Comments

Living harvestmen — a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs — have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate habitats in every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 305-million-year-old fossil found in eastern France shows that wasn’t always the case.

Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects

April 11, 2014 9:53 am | by Brett Israel, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

When life on Earth was first getting started, simple molecules bonded together into the precursors of modern genetic material. A catalyst would have been needed, but enzymes had not yet evolved. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite’s surface could have jump-started life’s first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to directly analyze these rough, irregularly shaped surfaces.


Accelrys Insight

April 10, 2014 2:37 pm | Accelrys | Product Releases | Comments

Accelrys Insight and Accelrys Insight for Excel are designed to enhance scientific data analysis with capabilities that include the ability to run database searches directly from the Excel spreadsheet environment. The Web-based life science, discovery and innovation support environment speeds decisions by simplifying access to complex hierarchical data and implementing data-rich tooltips for scatterplots...

DARPA Launches Biological Technologies Office

April 4, 2014 4:09 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

A new DARPA technology office will merge biology, engineering and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security. Technology, like biology, constantly evolves. It is DARPA’s mission to stay ahead of the shifting technology curve by making critical, early investments in areas that cut across fields of research and enable revolutionary new capabilities for U.S. national security.

Bigger than Big Data: The Key to Successful Translational Science

April 4, 2014 9:13 am | by Robin Munro, IDBS | Blogs | Comments

Is Big Data really the biggest challenge at the moment for translational science? Certainly there are issues with the complexity and size of omics data, which Big Data techniques can help address, but there are two more pressing challenges: enabling collaboration whilst facilitating information sharing, and the ability to better interpret multiple different omics data (multi-omics).

Computer Model Helps Breed Better Crops

April 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Crops that produce more while using less water seem like a dream for a world with a burgeoning population and already strained food and water resources. This dream is coming closer to reality for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers who have developed a new computer model that can help plant scientists breed better soybean crops.

Turnip Rape with Pollinating Bumblebee and Caterpillar

April 2, 2014 2:48 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

Flowering plants attract pollinating insects with scent from their flowers and bright colors. If they have become infested with herbivores like caterpillars, they attract beneficial insects like parasitic wasps with the help of scent signals from their leaves. The wasps then lay their eggs in the caterpillars and kill the parasites.


Big Data and the Cloud: The Sum Is Greater Than the Parts

April 1, 2014 3:54 pm | by Viacode | Blogs | Comments

Today's enterprises face unique challenges. In the past, the requirement was to upgrade. Today, it's about building an integrated strategy that involves multiple technologies both existing and new. For example, there's more diversity in database technology than ever before, server technology and data center infrastructure, to name a few. At the moment, none of these technologies are replacing the others; instead, they need to be integrated.

Crystallization of Tartrazine

March 28, 2014 3:54 pm | News | Comments

A crystallization of tartrazine (dye primarily used as a food coloring) image won an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. The 40x differential interference contrast photo was taken by Frederic Labaune of Education Nationale at Auxonne, France.

Peanut Worm Larva

March 27, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

This image of a pelagosphera larva of Nephasoma pellucidum (peanut worm) after four days of development won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. The 40x confocal image was submitted by Dr. Michael J. Boyle of the Smithsonian Institution at Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Desktop Human Could Reduce Animal Drug Tests

March 26, 2014 7:08 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents.             

NY Genome Center, IBM Watson to Apply Advanced Analytics to Genomic Cancer Treatment

March 24, 2014 4:56 pm | by The New York Genome Center | News | Comments

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM announced an initiative to accelerate a new era of genomic medicine with the use of IBM's Watson cognitive system. IBM and NYGC will test a unique Watson prototype designed specifically for genomic research as a tool to help oncologists deliver more personalized care to cancer patients.

New Microscopy Technique Captures 3-D Cell Images Flowing through Microfluidic Channel

March 21, 2014 12:47 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

In 2007, MIT scientists developed a type of microscopy that allowed them to detail the interior of a living cell in three dimensions, without adding any fluorescent markers or other labels. This technique also revealed key properties, such as the cells’ density.

Matrix Gemini LIMS

March 20, 2014 3:31 pm | Autoscribe Limited | Product Releases | Comments

Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) includes versatile one-time configuration tools that allow the system to be configured without the use of custom programming and provide an audit trail each time a display screen for the system is updated or modified.

Computational Biophysicist Klaus Schulten to Speak on Large-Scale Computing in Biomedicine and Bioengineering

March 20, 2014 3:16 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

Dr. Klaus Schulten, a leading computational biophysicist and professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss “Large-Scale Computing in Biomedicine and Bioengineering” as the opening keynote address at the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference. ISC’14 will be held June 22-26 in Leipzig, Germany.

Sharp-clawed 'Chicken from Hell' Dinosaur Unveiled

March 19, 2014 8:36 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

Scientists from Carnegie and Smithsonian museums and the University of Utah have unveiled the discovery, naming and description of a sharp-clawed, 500-pound, bird-like dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas with T. rex 66 million years ago and looked like an 11 ½-foot-long "chicken from hell."

State of ELN: Current Perceptions and New Paths

March 19, 2014 3:38 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Articles | Comments

The market for electronic laboratory notebook software (ELN) continued its upward growth trend in 2013, though at a slower rate than in previous years. While software sales still experienced a healthy increase north of five percent, it was not the robust 20 to 30 percent experienced in years past. Product sales are estimated at $130 million, while an additional $100 million was expended on services, support and maintenance.

Back from the Dead: Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic Moss Plant Revives

March 17, 2014 3:46 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun. Dug up from Antarctica, the simple moss was about 1,600 years old, black and looked dead. But when it was thawed in a British lab's incubator, something happened. It grew again.

Klaus Schulten Talks about the Evolution of Computational Biophysics

March 14, 2014 10:26 am | by ISC | Articles | Comments

At this year's International Supercomputing Conference, Professor Klaus Schulten will deliver the opening keynote address on computing in biomedicine and bioengineering. Schulten, a physicist by training, now devotes his time to computation biophysics. He has contributed to several key discoveries in this area, has garnered numerous awards and honors for his work, and is considered one of preeminent leaders in field.

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