We still don’t really know how bicycles work

January 20, 2017

We still don’t really know how #bicycles work
http://www.NewStatesman.com/science/2013/08/we-still-don%E2%80%99t-really-know-how-bicycles-work Still rides upright with special wheels cancelling gyroscopic effect

“The most definitive analysis came exactly a century later. It involved an experimental bicycle that had all its gyroscopic effects cancelled out by a system of counter-rotating wheels. The effort of building such a strange contraption was worth it: the resulting paper was published the prestigious journal Science.
The publication plunged bicycle dynamics back into chaos. It turns out that taking into account the angles of the headset and the forks, the distribution of weight and the handlebar turn, the gyroscopic effects are not enough to keep a bike upright after all. What does? We simply don’t know. Forget mysterious dark matter and the inexplicable accelerating expansion of the universe; the bicycle represents a far more embarrassing hole in the accomplishments of physics.”

The best smart smoke alarm

January 20, 2017


Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump | WIRED

January 19, 2017


Hamilton Smith’s discovery that launched biotechnology.

January 17, 2017


Jclub paper

January 16, 2017

The impact of #SVs on…gene expression
http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/06/09/055962 24k in 147 people in GTEx pilot act as causal variants in 3-7% of ~25k eQTLs

The impact of structural variation on human gene expression

Colby Chiang, Alexandra J Scott, Joe R Davis, Emily
K Tsang, Xin Li, Yungil Kim, Farhan N Damani, Liron Ganel, GTEx Consortium, Stephen B Montgomery, Alexis Battle, Donald F Conrad, Ira M Hall
doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/055962

Best Practices for Scientific Computing

January 16, 2017


How to Use a Novel as a Guidebook – The New York Times

January 15, 2017


17 Carnations: the Windsors, the Nazis and the Cover-Up by Andrew Morton, review: ‘uninterested in character’ – Telegraph

January 15, 2017


Harvard is putting its photography classes online for free

January 15, 2017


A gradient of childhood self-control predicts health, wealth, and public safety

January 14, 2017

A gradient of childhood #selfcontrol predicts health, wealth & public safety http://www.PNAS.org/content/108/7/2693.full From following 1K kids from 0 to 32 yrs