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May 16, 2022

Yale Research Identifies Causes of Cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education

A team of researchers led by Yale University.

Established in 1,701, Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. It is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and is organized into fourteen constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and twelve professional schools. It is named after British East India Company governor Elihu Yale.

May 9, 2022

JPL & the Space Age: To the Rescue

Posted by in categories: education, space

JPL & the Space Age: To the Rescue.

In 1990, Hubble meant trouble. The highly touted space telescope was designed to escape Earth’s blurry atmosphere to capture unparalleled visual images of the universe, but its creators were shocked to discover that a minuscule flaw rendered it nearsighted.

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May 6, 2022

The Surprisingly Sophisticated Mind Of An Insect

Posted by in categories: education, genetics, health

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Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes shared a link.

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May 4, 2022

Religion must not trample on children’s rights, says Ofsted head

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The chief inspector of schools in England has told parliament that children’s rights should take priority over religious concerns and schoolgirls should be free from pressure to wear hijabs.

The National Secular Society has welcomed the remarks from Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman, which came in an appearance before the Commons public accounts committee on Wednesday.

Spielman defended a recent assertion that schools should enforce “muscular liberalism” and said religion should not “get priority over all the other protected characteristics”, referring to anti-discrimination protections in equalities legislation.

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Apr 30, 2022

NFTs Are Legally Problematic ft. Steve Mould & Coffeezilla

Posted by in categories: blockchains, education, law

Ah, NFT’S. I genuinely am not sure how I feel or think about them, though I DEFINITELY lean towards an annoyed 🤔MEH🙄.

What I DO know is that this is a great, brief look at the legal aspects of the issues surrounding it and the thing itself.

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Apr 27, 2022

Guide to the Structure and Function of the Adenovirus Capsid

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, education

I have created an educational guide to the adenovirus capsid! The adenovirus is one of the most frequently used types of viruses for gene therapy (along with AAV and lentivirus). It is a powerful vehicle for delivering DNA to cells in the body. But to work with adenovirus as a technology, it is important to understand its fundamental biological structure and function. This guide will help you to gain a more holistic comprehension of a particularly important part of adenovirus biology: the capsid. I made the images using PyMol.

PDF version: Guide to the Structure and Function of the Adenovirus Capsid

For this guide, I will explain the fundamental biology of adenovirus capsid proteins with an emphasis on the context of gene therapy. While the guide is meant primarily for readers with an interest in applying adenovirus to gene therapy, it will not include much discussion of the techniques and technologies involved in engineering adenoviruses for such purposes. If you are interested in learning more about adenovirus engineering, you may enjoy my review paper “Synthetic Biology Approaches for Engineering Next-Generation Adenoviral Gene Therapies” [1]. Here, I will focus mostly on the capsid of human adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5) since it is the most commonly used type of adenovirus employed in gene therapy research, but I will occasionally describe other types of adenoviruses when necessary. Many of the presented concepts remain the same or similar across other types of adenoviruses.

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Apr 26, 2022

The Human Calculator

Posted by in categories: education, mathematics

Thomas Fuller, an African sold into slavery in 1,724 at age 14, was sometimes known as the “Virginia Calculator” for his extraordinary ability to solve complex mathematical problems in his head. He was asked how many seconds there were in a year, he briefly answered 31,536,000 seconds.

He was asked again how many seconds a man who is 70 years old, 17 days and 12 hours lived, he answered in a minute and a half 2,210,500,800. One of the men was doing the problems on paper and informed Fuller that he was wrong because the answer was much smaller. Fuller hastily responded, “Nah, you forgot about leap years. When leap years were added to the account, the sums matched up.”

Fuller was one of the first cases recorded in the literature of the wise man syndrome, when in 1,789, Benjamin Rush, the father of American psychiatry, described his incredible ability to calculate, without having an education and training in mathematics, his ability was used as proof that enslaved African Americans were equal to whites in intelligence, fueling some pro-abolitionist discussions.

Apr 26, 2022

NBBJ designs net-zero school for neurodiverse children in California

Posted by in categories: education, space

US-based architecture studio NBBJ has released designs for a net-zero school in Encino, California, that will cater to neurodiverse students.

The design of the Lower School campus of Westmark School uses acoustic technologies, as well as the integration of flora and natural materials, to create a comfortable environment for students with special needs.

“Designers selected a variety of sound-absorbing materials for different spaces, developed reading nooks and other niches for creative learning both inside and outside the classroom, and oriented views to green space to enhance different educational modes,” said NBBJ.

Apr 26, 2022

Watch: How Kerala School Aims to be Carbon Neutral With Bamboo Gardens & Solar Lights

Posted by in categories: education, food

What’s on their curriculum? Organic farming, aquaculture and lots more.

Apr 25, 2022

Laptops alone can’t bridge the digital divide

Posted by in categories: computing, education

The failures of One Laptop per Child have much to teach us about fixing educational inequities.

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