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'Robot biologist' solves complex problem from scratch

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 13, 2011) — First it was chess. Then it was Jeopardy. Now computers are at it again, but this time they are trying to automate the scientific process itself.

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Vanderbilt University, Cornell University and CFD Research Corporation, Inc., has taken a major step toward this goal by demonstrating that a computer can analyze raw experimental data from a biological system and derive the basic mathematical equations that describe the way the system operates. According to the researchers, it is one of the most complex scientific modeling problems that a computer has solved completely from scratch.

The paper that describes this accomplishment is published in the...

Sequencing 'dark matter' of life: Elusive genomes of thousands of bacteria species can now be decoded

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 18, 2011) — Researchers have developed a new method to sequence and analyze the dark matter of life -- the genomes of thousands of bacteria species previously beyond scientists' reach, from microorganisms that produce antibiotics and biofuels to microbes living in the human body.

Scientists from UC San Diego, the J. Craig Venter Institute and Illumina Inc., published their findings in the Sept. 18 online issue of the journal ...

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Cancer information on Wikipedia is accurate, but not very readable, study finds

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 15, 2011) — It is a commonly held that information on Wikipedia should not be trusted, since it is written and edited by non-experts without professional oversight. But researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have found differently, according to a study published online Sept. 15 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

Reassuringly, they found that cancer information found on a wiki was actually similar in...

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Researchers create new Urban Network Analysis toolbox

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 6, 2011) — MIT researchers have created a new Urban Network Analysis (UNA) toolbox that enables urban designers and planners to describe the spatial patterns of cities using mathematical network analysis methods. Such tools can support better informed and more resilient urban design and planning in a context of rapid urbanization.

"Network centrality measures are useful predictors for a number of interesting urban...

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Watching viruses 'friend' a network: Researchers develop Facebook application to track the path of infection

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 30, 2011) — From SARS to swine flu, virus outbreaks can be unpredictable -- and devastating. But now a new application through the ubiquitous social networking site Facebook, developed in a Tel Aviv University lab, is poised to serve as a better indicator of how infections spread among populations.

Dr. Gal Almogy and Prof. Nir Ben-Tal of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at TAU's George S. Wise Faculty of...

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