Posts Tagged ‘x57s’

Investigating the case of human nose shape and climate adaptation

September 25, 2017

The case of human nose shape & climate adaptation
http://journals.PLoS.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1006616 Comparing its Qst-Fst statistic w/ that for height & skin color

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“To address the question of whether local adaptation to climate is responsible for nose shape divergence across populations, we use Qst–Fst comparisons to show that nares width and alar base width are more differentiated across populations than expected under genetic drift alone. To test whether this differentiation is due to climate adaptation, we compared the spatial distribution of these variables with the global distribution of temperature, absolute humidity, and relative humidity. We find that width of the nares is correlated with temperature and absolute humidity, but not with relative humidity. We conclude that some aspects of nose shape may indeed have been driven by local adaptation to climate. However, we think that this is a simplified explanation of a very complex evolutionary history, which possibly also involved other non-neutral forces such as sexual selection.”
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Breaking Into The Brain | Chemical & Engineering News

September 22, 2017

Breaking Into the #Brain
http://CEN.ACS.org/articles/92/i2/Breaking-Brain.html Contrasts potential for drug discovery in neuro-diseases v #cancer (which is “easier”)

interesting brain v cancer contrast

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains – The New York Times

September 22, 2017

Computers Are Taking Design Cues From…Brains
https://www.NYTimes.com/2017/09/16/technology/chips-off-the-old-block-computers-are-taking-design-cues-from-human-brains.html Bio-inspired computing, or the connection machine redux HT @EricTopol

The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice

September 21, 2017

Next 1B Mobile Users Will Rely on Video & Voice
https://www.WSJ.com/articles/the-end-of-typing-the-internets-next-billion-users-will-use-video-and-voice-1502116070 Will drive computing in new directions from text HT @ElementoLab

Yasmina Alaoui – Sediments Show

September 17, 2017

http://www.operagallery.com/yasmina-alaoui
http://www.operagallery.com/event/index/index/eventId/410/

How to Follow Hurricane Irma

September 16, 2017

How to Follow #HurricaneIrma
https://www.NYTimes.com/2017/09/06/upshot/how-to-follow-hurricane-irma.html Presentations of weather #uncertainty – cones, spaghetti plots, ensemble forecasts, &c

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Besides individual model runs, there are two other types of
model-based maps you might see on the internet. They’re both “spaghetti plots,” which depict many forecast tracks…..
While you might think that these capture the full range of
uncertainty, they often do not. They’re even more prone to understate the total uncertainty than the N.H.C. “cone.”

Another type of spaghetti plot shows an ensemble forecast. Unlike a typical “determinist” forecast, which takes current conditions and simulates a single scenario forward, an ensemble model varies initial conditions slightly and then simulates, propagating uncertainty through the forecast.
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Dissent Over a Device to Help Find Melanoma – The New York Times

September 11, 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melafind
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/business/dissent-over-a-device-to-help-find-melanoma.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience

Who Owns the Internet?

September 11, 2017

The content of no content
https://www.NewYorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/who-owns-the-internet/amp How powerful Big Tech is. Does it own the internet & by extension the media?

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country

September 3, 2017

.@JulianAssange, man w/o a country
https://www.NewYorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/julian-assange-a-man-without-a-country/amp Eisenhower: “If you can’t solve a problem, enlarge it.” Now applied to @WikiLeaks

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Dwight Eisenhower is said to have once declared, “If you can’t solve a problem, enlarge it.” Assange had taken a personal legal crisis and blown it up into an international incident: he had teleported himself from the mundane into the tragic realm. A number of WikiLeaks volunteers urged him to step down until

There have been calls for his assassination, and for him to be given a Nobel Peace Prize. Assange often describes himself in simple terms—as a fearless activist—but his character is complicated…
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How Driscoll’s Reinvented the Strawberry

September 2, 2017

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“The university, in a countersuit, accused Shaw of illegally breeding with the pipeline cultivars on behalf of his new company, while still employed by Davis. Entrusted with the “crown jewels,” the university contended, Shaw had attempted to destroy the public breeding program in order to enrich himself and his friends. Steven Knapp is a genomics expert, formerly of Monsanto, who was hired as Davis’s new breeder. When I talked to him by phone not long ago, he was apoplectic at what he perceived to be Shaw’s breach of loyalty.

According to Frances Dillard, Driscoll’s global brand strategist and a veteran of Disney’s consumer-products division, berries are the produce category most associated with happiness. (Kale, in contrast, has a health-control, “me” focus.) On a slide that Dillard prepared, mapping psychographic associations with various fruits, strawberries floated between Freedom and Harmony, in a zone marked Extrovert, above a word cloud that read “Social, pleasure, joy, balance, conviviality, friendship, warmth, soft, natural, sharing.” (Blueberries vibed as status-oriented, demanding, and high-tech.)

Driscoll’s senior vice-president and general counsel compared the company to its neighbors in Silicon Valley. “Growers are sort of like our manufacturing plants,” he said. “We make the inventions, they assemble it, and then we market it, so it’s not that dissimilar from Apple using someone else to do the manufacturing but they’ve made the invention and marketed the end product.” Like Apple, Driscoll’s guards its I.P. jealously.
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How Driscoll’s reinvented #strawberries
http://www.NewYorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/how-driscolls-reinvented-the-strawberry Like Apple, invent & market, don’t manufacture. Now in #opendata v IP fight