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Mar 11, 2013 Journal post from David Baker We have learned to design a new class of proteins which could be useful both as drugs and in sensors. As I've explained before, most drugs are small molecules with fewer than 50 atoms. There are many drugs, such as blood thinning agents, which are very dangerous if given in too large doses. We have succeeded in designing proteins which bind to specific small molecules very tightly.
Our projects live within the ’ Zooniverse ’ the home of Citizen Science on the web. Each is inspired by a science team who provide the initial ideas, the reassurance that what we’re doing can make a real contribution and an audience who are willing to use the end result. We are working with a wide variety of partners, from classicists to climate scientists and ecologists to planetary scientists, but the following projects are now available:
More Science :: News :: August 4, 2010 :: :: Email :: Print The combined effort of more than 50,000 online video game players may help scientists better understand how proteins fold, solving one of biochemistry's greatest conundrums By Nicholette Zeliadt ORGANIC ORIGAMI: A screen shot of a Foldit puzzle.
Today's issue of Nature contains a paper with a rather unusual author list. Read past the standard collection of academics, and the final author credited is... an online gaming community. Scientists have turned to games for a variety of reasons, having studied virtual epidemics and tracked online communities and behavior , or simply used games to drum up excitement for the science .
Last week a curious, free release popped up on Steam: Moonbase Alpha , a NASA-funded game where up to six players can team up in order to save a near-future Lunar base crippled by a meteor strike. The game is just the first release from NASA's Learning Technologies program, which aims to help raise interest in the space program through gaming. Ars spoke with Daniel Laughlin, project manager of Learning Technologies, to learn more about the game and what we can expect to see in the future. The game was codeveloped by Army Game Studio and Virtual Heroes, two of the leading developers of "serious games."
ScienceBlogs now hosts a blog written by the food giant PepsiCo. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images Much consternation over at the home of science blogging , ScienceBlogs . The forum for the brilliant Orac , Pharyngula , Molecule of the Day , and countless other insightful, funny and informative blogs has decided upon a bizarre new strategy in sourcing new posts.
[Updated! See bottom of post.] As I continue to bake today, yearning for just a few minutes in Senator Inhofe’s igloo , I’ve been keeping tabs on a saddening train wreck over at my old haunt, Scienceblogs . Before I brought the Loom to Discover, I blogged at Scienceblogs, which was hosted by the folks behind the now-defunct (?)
Integrating the research cycle with collaborative online tools is a major interest of mine. In this spirit, I am gradually moving away from stand-alone blogging . This blog is explicitly meant to be collaboratively authored, and if you are interested in joining in, just drop me a line. Platforms naturally more conducive to collaboration than blogs are wikis, and on Monday at COASP 2010 , I will give a talk on how wikis could become platforms for Open Access publishing. Just imagine if the scholarly web were editable , and how we could cope with that.
From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium Science is already a wiki if you look at it a certain way. It’s just a highly inefficient one — the incremental edits are made in papers instead of wikispace, and significant effort is expended to recapitulate existing knowledge in a paper in order to support the one to three new assertions made in any one paper. — John Wilbanks . Illustration: papers and wikispace . Wikis as platforms for scholarly publishing <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Science LinX Virtual The Science LinX website supplements and expands on the scientific themes presented in the exhibition.
The RUG Discovery is a travelling laboratory and lecture hall. While ‘on tour’ the RUG Discovery offers visiting school pupils a fascinating glimpse of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, as well as information about current affairs in science and about studying in Groningen.