Next on my reading list: The Age of Intelligent Machines, by Ray Kurzweil. There’s an excellent essay taken from the book about the future application of technology for the disabled reprinted at Neuroprosthesis News.
200,000 people donated 2,000 total years of computing time over the past two years in a distributed computing effort to simulate the folding of a single protein. Trying to anticipate how the many atoms within a protein interact as it Continue reading Together PCs forecast fold
The House (last month) and the Senate (this Thursday) approved legislation that would double annual federal authorization for grants to companies to do research on rare diseases. Call me cynical, but I think the administration did this to take the Continue reading U.S. Senate passes rare disease research measures
A gene therapy trial patient developed leukemia as a direct consequence of the experimental treatment, and the study was halted immediately. Apparently the altered gene inserted itself next to an oncogene, and when the two-and-a-half year old boy developed a Continue reading ‘Miracle’ gene therapy trial halted
As a public service, MIT is starting to put nearly all of their course materials online, free and open to the public. The first courses have been posted, and the rest will follow over a period of ten years. You Continue reading MIT Gives Out Free Education