Yale Center for Biomedical Data Science is about ‘positive impact’ | YaleNews

February 24, 2018


“The center will enhance research across the spectrum of biomedical sciences through the development and integration of rapidly emerging methods in data science,” said Gerstein, the Albert L. Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics. “Acting as this centralized forum for exchange of data science applications and knowledge, CBDS will make possible what has been impossible for any single department or school to accomplish.”

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Thought experiments | The Economist

February 24, 2018

Thought experiments
https://www.Economist.com/technology-quarterly/2018-01-06/thought-experiments Amazing progress in Brain-computer interfaces (#BCIs): paralyzed patients manipulating silverware. Communicating w/ “locked-in” individuals. Will this scale?

Brain-computer interfaces sound like the stuff of science fiction. Andrew Palmer sorts the reality
from the hype

IN THE gleaming facilities of the Wyss Centre for Bio and
Neuroengineering in Geneva, a lab technician takes a well plate out of an incubator. Each well contains a tiny piece of brain tissue derived from human stem cells and sitting on top of an array of electrodes. …
To see these signals emanating from disembodied tissue is weird. The firing of a neuron is the basic building block of intelligence. ..

This symphony of signals is bewilderingly complex. There are as many as 85bn neurons in an adult human brain, and a typical neuron has 10,000 connections to other such cells. The job of mapping these connections is still in its early stages. But as the brain gives up its secrets, remarkable possibilities have opened up: of decoding neural activity and using that code to control external devices.


The iPhone, the Pixel, and the tragic anxiety of having to choose

February 24, 2018

The iPhone, the Pixel, & the tragic anxiety of having to choose, by
@vladSavov https://www.theVerge.com/2018/2/20/17029324/iphone-x-pixel-2-xl-apple-google-choice-anxiety Mostly agreed with the comparison (better iOS interface v fantastic $GOOG camera) but feel gmail is definitely better on Android. My solution: carry both!

“Android’s way of consolidating notifications from the same person or app is vastly superior to iOS’s massive bubble for every single message, Twitter like, or email. When I wake in the morning with the Pixel, I get a complete account of what I’ve missed just from my lock screen: a dozen unread emails, three Telegram chats,

When I want to actively use my phone, though, my hand tends to sneak toward the iPhone. Twitter, Slack, Telegram, and Speedtest each have meaningfully superior apps for iOS than Android….BBC iPlayer Radio consistently streams live content 30 seconds earlier on iOS, and Gmail for iOS fetches emails faster than Gmail on Android. And it looks better, dammit!”

A space oddity | 1843

February 24, 2018

A space oddity https://www.1843magazine.com/culture/a-space-oddity @TrevorPaglen’s art to show the hidden surveillance state & the shape of the corporate data mining “octopus” #DataArt

Genic Intolerance to Functional Variation and the Interpretation of Personal Genomes

February 24, 2018

Genic Intolerance to Functional Variation & the Interpretation of Personal Genomes
http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1003709 Nice plot of the number of rare v common variants in each gene to find outliers particularly tolerant to impactful (eg #LOF) mutations


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Machine learning: supervised methods | Nature Methods

February 24, 2018


The quantum Internet has arrived (and it hasn’t) | Nature

February 24, 2018


The quantum internet has arrived (and it hasn’t)

Looking Back: Understanding amnesia – Is it time to forget HM? | The Psychologist

February 24, 2018


Uncus – Wikipedia

February 24, 2018


Hippocampus – Wikipedia

February 24, 2018