Thursday, April 25, 2013


Stephen Hawking’s advice for twenty-first century grads: Embrace complexity | The Curious Wavefunction, Scientific American Blog Network

"As the economy continues to chart its own tortuous, uncertain course, there seems to have been a fair amount of much-needed discussion on the kinds of skills new grads should possess." Blog post @ The Curious Wavefunction, Scientific American Blog Network,

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60 years of the Double Helix

"Genome Biology speaks to a scientist involved in the discovery of the structure of DNA, and asks modern geneticists to highlight the key advances that have followed." News article @ The Scientist Magazine®. In-depth interview with Raymond Gosling @ Genome Biology.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The EvCA project: A brief history

"[...]a brief history of the Evolving Cellular Automata (EvCA) project. In the EvCA project, a genetic algorithm was used to evolve cellular automata to perform certain (nontrivial) computational tasks, in an effort to gain more insight into the question: 'How does evolution produce sophisticated emergent computation in systems composed of simple components limited to local interactions?' Full article @ Complexity - Wiley Online Library

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Monday, April 22, 2013


Evolving Soft Robots

Another build-up on Golem on a build-up of Sim's paper: "This crazy looking thing is a simulated robot, made up of two different kinds of muscles along with bones and soft tissue for structure. This robot wasn't designed, it was evolved over a thousand virtual generations to move as fast, as far, and as functionally as possible." Full news article @ IEEE Spectrum. See the research from Jeff Clune.

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Friday, April 19, 2013


Chasing Ants—and Robots—to Understand How Societies Evolve

"Laurent Keller's passions go far beyond ants as he taps genomics, robots, and other approaches to answer evolutionary questions." Full profile @ Science. . See also the article:

 D.P. Mersch, A.Crespi, and L. Keller [2013]. "Tracking Individuals Shows Spatial Fidelity Is a Key Regulator of Ant Social Organization". Science 1234316.[DOI:10.1126/science.1234316]

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Monday, April 08, 2013


A Tissue-Like Printed Material

"Collective behavior comes through the ability of neighboring objects to communicate and interact with each other. Villar et al. [...] produced three-dimensionally patterned, interconnected networks of lipid-bounded structures functionalized with transmembrane proteins, which allowed electrical communication along specific pathways." Full article @ Science

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Monday, April 01, 2013


Robot ants: mini-machines mimic insect colony

"Scientists in the US have built and tested robotic ants that they say behave just like a real ant colony. The robots do not resemble their insect counterparts; they are tiny cubes equipped with two watch motors to power the wheels that enable them to move. But their collective behaviour is remarkably ant-like." News @ BBC News

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A Computer Inside a Cell

"For the first time, synthetic biologists have created a genetic device that mimics one of the widgets on which all of modern electronics is based, the three-terminal transistor. Like standard electronic transistors, the new biological transistor is expected to work in many different biological circuit designs. Together with other advances in crafting genetic circuitry, that should make it easier for scientists to program cells to do everything from monitor pollutants and the progression of disease to turning on the output of medicines and biofuels." Full news article @ ScienceNOW

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