Masters of the Wind with George Brooks, Ronu Majumdar, and Ramdas Palsule. at Ames City Auditorium – View on Path.
Time for omelette and hash browns. at The Grove – View on Path.
runej asked: link to CHDKS80e.exe is broken. Do you happen to have the file? - Thanks. Rune
Oh no! I don’t have the file anymore. Sorry. I got rid of the camera some time ago, so I let go of those files as well. If I find it, I’ll be sure to update the article. Thanks for pointing this out.
Imagine Reading by the Light of a Plant …
That’s just what Antony Evans and the team behind the Glowing Plant Kickstarter have in mind. And you can help them get there (and get your own glowing plant in return!)
Molecular biologists have used bioluminescence as a laboratory technique for decades. This light-producing reaction (different from the fluorescence given off by jellyfish and other “glowing” organisms like the GFP-labeled tobacco plant above) is stunningly simple, using proteins isolated from fireflies and glow-worms to create light using only oxygen and a molecule called luciferin. I’ve done it myself dozens of times, it’s pretty cool.
Modern synthetic biology techniques give us the power to insert this gene into the genome of almost any organism whose genes we can manipulate. Arabidopsis thaliana, the so-called plant “model organism” is one of those. Using special plant-specific bacteria, we can insert genes into the tiny weed at will. Since every living thing expresses RNA and protein using the same genetic code, all Evans and his team need to do is tweak the precise DNA sequence, letter by letter, to make it work as efficiently in plants as it does in other organisms. It’s harder than it sounds, of course, but well within the realm of the possible.
Their fundraising campaign has already been so successful that they have expanded their goal to making a glowing rose! I’d buy that for a dollar. Visit their Kickstarter to learn more and to get your name on the list for a glowing plant. The Glowing Plant project is also on Tumblr, so go give them some love and follow for more news.
These green-thumbed bio-hackers are imagining a world without streetlights, where we read without a light on our nightstand but instead a glowing plant in our room. I’d like to see that happen.
Glowing plants. It’s actually happening! Last year when I heard about this, it sounded like a cool grad student project. And now it’s a full-fledged product. Cool!
This brought tears to my eyes.
8th row seat. An epic evening at Stephens Auditorium. Montreal Guitar Trio and California Guitar Trio, Live! at Stephens Auditorium – View on Path.
Here are today’s interesting finds.
Expartistan - Cost of Living Index
RNA: messenger, mediator, muter, and more.
RNA subspecies: identities and roles
Will it Python? Doing R data analysis in Python.
Visualize large data sets with the bigvis package
Best tacos and burritos in town. at Mr. Burrito – View on Path.
(from Rahul Roy)
Here are today’s interesting finds.
Researchers identify genetic sequence that helps to coordinate synthesis of DNA-packaging proteins
If you want to get ahead, be a night owl.
New research suggests being early to rise won’t make you wealthy or wise
Peach genome offers insights into breeding strategies for biofuels crops
Matplotlib and the Future of Visualization in Python
Python data tools just keep getting better
Delish place! at Chocolaterie Stam – View on Path.
An organizer for your digital/paperless life. Looks useful.
Paperless is command-line tool that will help you automate your paperless workflow from your scanner to your e-filing cabinet. Paperless analyzes your scanned documents and processes them through a set of user defined rules. These rules determine how and where to file the document.
Useful beyond processing scanned documents, particularly the automated tagging of PDF files based on their contents.
“Several space missions are planned for 2013, including India’s first mission to Mars and the launch of our first navigational satellite,” Mukherjee told parliament.
This is such an incredible news! These missions can get really difficult to successfully complete. If not this year, I’d just be happy if this happen anytime in next couple of years. What an incredible time to be in India and enjoy the thrills.
CriticMarkup is a way for authors and editors to track changes to documents in plain text. As with Markdown, small groups of distinctive characters allow you to highlight insertions, deletions, substitutions and comments, all without the overhead of heavy, proprietary office suites.
As well as a command line preprocessor, the CriticMarkup toolkit includes TextExpander snippets, Keyboard Maestro macros, OS X Services, plugins for BBEdit and Sublime Text, &c.
Worth a try for small groups.