Playpower: An introduction
According to the founder of Playpower.org, more people in India have TVs at home than tap water. And there are $12 computers everywhere that uses the TVs as monitors, like so many of the personal computers of old. Now consider that these hardwares based off older 8bit chip designs and the softwares that run on them are more or less in public domain. We are looking at a significant portion of the...
World Bank API for R →
Looks pretty darn sweet. Need to give it a go sometime soon. We need more APIs for government databases.
Slippery Cellularities § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM →
James King’s take on the recent progress in the science of synthetic life. I like his level-headed analysis of what’s happening in the field. Hopefully some of the other ‘professionals’ can learn a bit from him.
8 Websites You Need to Stop Building - The Oatmeal →
Something every webdev need to keep in mind.
Large sheets of graphene film produced for... →
Do Something: Six Tips to Reinvent Non-Profits |... →
Frankly, this is the crappiest six tips to reinvent nonprofits ever. I was looking for something to accelerate smaller scale, focused nonprofit like the ones I’m involved in. The article is only applicable to all soul crushing office jobs.
1000 Genomes Project releases pilot data | e!... →
The completion of three pilot projects designed to determine how best to build an extremely detailed map of human genetic variation begins a new chapter in the international project called 1,000 Genomes (http://www.1000genomes.org/page.php?page=home), said the director of the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center (http://www.hgsc.bcm.tmc.edu/), which is a major contributor to...
5 Laboratory Techniques That’ll Get You Punched in... →
Need to put up something like this for the upcoming (utterly awesome) diybio nyc lab.
The Stink of Steampunk →
But when you pick up a Steampunk book you know pretty much exactly where you’re going; it will take place in an ‘alternate’ nineteenth century which will be neither as complex nor as interesting as the actual nineteenth century. There will be airships; rich villains will be hatching plots involving clockwork and oppressing the workers; rich heroes will see the error of their...
It’s really difficult to concentrate on writing something these days (as I’ve been saying for the last year). Maybe it’s because of my hasty decision to move to a blogger from previous livejournal account? Right now I maintain about four main web presence. Twitter gets used most often, followed by tumblr, blogspot, and lastly wordpress. Twitter is really what I’d call an...
Kickstarter - OpenPCR - open source biotech on... →
We’ve got an initial prototype which just blinked to life in the past few weeks. The final machine will be Arduino controlled, with 16 reaction wells, a heated lid, a ramp rate of 2 C/s, and can tweet or text you when it’s done! With your support, the OpenPCR machine will be available in 3 months. The money will go towards R&D, third party testing, and optimization. We...
Will our galatic overlords be Titanish? →
It boils down to this: If you were observing the movement and composition of gases on Earth, you’d probably notice that oxygen has a tendency to “disappear” near our planet’s surface. It’s a tip-off that something is down here, breathing. Researchers have noticed a similar pattern on Titan, involving the disappearance of hydrogen at the moon’s surface. At...