Google Opens Its Cloud to Crack the Genetic Code of Autism Peter Dazeley/Getty Images Google has spent the past decade-and-a-half perfecting the science of recognizing patterns in the chaos of information on the web. Now it’s applying that expertise to searching for clues to the genetic causes of autism in the vast sea of data contained in the human genome. On Tuesday, autism advocacy group Autism Speaks said it was partnering with Google to sequence the genomes of 10,000 people on the autism spectrum along with their family members. Google will host and index the data for qualified researchers to sift as they hunt for variations in DNA that could hint at autism’s genetic origins. “We believe that the clues to understanding autism lie in that genome,” Rob Ring, Autism Speaks’ chief science officer, told WIRED.
Story of Change « The Story of Stuff Project Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting change can be made—or is even best made—through alterations in our individual consumption patterns. These efforts—buy Fair Trade or organic, use a reusable bag, screw in a CFL lightbulb—are a great place to start, but they are a terrible place to stop, ignoring the real source of our power: coming together as engaged citizens. In The Story of Change, released in July 2012, Annie Leonard argues that it’s not bad shoppers who are putting our future at risk; it’s bad policies and business practices. 10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2010 1. Anthropomimetic Machines No matter how closely a robot resembles a human on the outside, if you crack it open, the jumble of wires is unlikely to bear much resemblance to our insides. A group of European researchers aims to bridge that gap--its robot prototype is anthropomimetic, meaning it mimics the human form. There's a skeleton made of thermoplastic polymer, actuators that correspond to each muscle and kiteline as tendons.
Can we change the future? A scientific view... I was reading this article from 1998 about quantum theory – I know it’s pretty old…, but there was something about it that struck me! It’s maybe also because I’m reading this book that contains a lot of prescience characteristics or just my open mind. So, I decided to put together all this scientific evidence with one scope – Can we change the future? Do we have an influence on our future?
Willie Bus Concept Might Change City’s Landscape In The Future Don’t you just love the kind of freedom associated with concepts when they are thought up of without any of the restrictions of the real world? Want to make a concept of a smartphone? That’s easy, assuming you are using some sort of arc reactor equivalent technology that means your smartphone need not be charged throughout its entire lifetime. Well, a certain Tad Orlowski has come up with the Willie bus concept that he hopes will be able to change city landscapes in the future. And how will a humble bus be able to do that, you ask?
What am I looking at? Last updated: 5th July 2012 Nick Risinger, skysurvey.org Took 1026ms to load. Gamma rayX-rayVisibleHydrogen αNear-InfraredFar-InfraredMicrowaveRadio London Gets First Electrified Roads That Charge EV's Wirelessly It's no secret that toxic, heavy, and expensive batteries are the Achilles' heel of electric vehicles. But that's all about to change. Just yesterday we were talking about a super-lightweight car that draws its power from the road itself , but today we discover that it's not just a concept. Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next 23 December 2010Last updated at 02:38 By Finlo Rohrer BBC News Magazine Cheap air travel was among the predictions (illustration from Geoffrey Hoyle's book) A 1972 book which predicts what life would be like in 2010 has been reprinted after attracting a cult following, but how hard is it to tell the future? Geoffrey Hoyle is often asked why he predicted everybody would be wearing jumpsuits by 2010.
Coding Is Coming To Every Industry You Can Think Of, Time To Start Learning It Now Not every coder job involves working in a blue chip tech company or Silicon Valley startup. As British technologist, Conrad Wolfram said in a TED talk on teaching math with computers: "In the real world math isn’t necessarily done by mathematicians. It’s done by geologists, engineers, biologists, all sorts of different people." Data « Chromoscope Blog Chromoscope uses a variety of publicly available data to produce the multiwavelength sky you ultimately see. These data were all created by different teams of people, using different instruments and technologies. Here we take a moment to explain the data used to create Chromoscope, where it came from and some of the advances that it helps to make. If you want to learn more about the electromagnetic spectrum, Wikipedia have an excellent article with many useful figures. Gamma-Ray (Fermi All Sky Survey) The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, reveals the high-energy sky between 10 keV – 300 GeV.
Wireless, the Biggest Tech Platform in History. Now What? Bio Paul Jacobs Paul Jacobs has served as CEO of Qualcomm since 2005 and was appointed chairman of the board in 2009. Under his leadership, the San Diego–based company has emerged as the leading provider of chipsets for mobile devices and is consistently ranked at the top of its industry on Fortune’s list of “Most Admired Companies.” Jacobs joined Qualcomm as a development engineer in 1990. Why Schools Have to Introduce Students to Programming (3 Steps to Get Started) As technology becomes more prevalent, it is more and more important to educate our children in the field of computer science. According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science in their curriculum. It is estimated that over the next ten years there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs created in the U.S., with only 400,000 qualified professionals to fill them. A shortage of 1 million people in a field that is of such importance to all of us should be a sign that we should start preparing our future for the jobs that we need filled.