Marvin Minsky, computing pioneer, cognitive scientist, and a founding father of artificial intelligence known for his relentless ambition and forward thinking, died in late January of this year at age 88, leaving a legacy.
Minsky lived his life on the cutting edge of computer technology, trailblazing the path to discovery and embracing humor in his quest to elucidate the mysteries of the human brain in order to make better machines.
He worked alongside collaborators who were also revolutionizing their fields…
[Image: Researchers collect an ice core to measure its temperature and salinity near “RV Lance” during the N-ICE test cruise in February 2014. Photo by Paul Dodd/Norwegian Polar Institute]
When spring 2015 approaches, sun spilling the landscape will find a group of scientists adrift at sea on “RV Lance” – once a top-of-the-line seal hunting boat, now turned research vessel.
On board the ship, an international collection of researchers will watch up-close as the arctic wakes, with instruments tuned not only to wildlife but to the most important creature of them all – the sea ice.
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[Images: Amelia Jaycen]
Students from Russia, U.S., Norway, Germany, Italy, China and U.K. arrived this week in Norilsk, Russia where they will spend two weeks in a field school to assess the effects of permafrost thaw on Russian urban infrastructure.
The student researchers will conduct permafrost research in the field as well as meet with representatives of the Norilsk-Nickel mining company and of local production plants and geological, planning, social and migration services to form a science-based dialogue about problems and solutions.
The City of Denton implements new building codes for large complexes like Rayzor Ranch so water washing over acres of concrete is cleaner when it hits local water sources. The push is part of regional and national clean water act responses.
[Image: Dr. Oliver Chyan]
A single microchip can have several billion circuits built into a predetermined design according to its final purpose, whether for an iphone or a laptop. Creating the chip involves a procedure of about 3,000 different steps, many of which involve chemical coatings, cleanings, and etching processes performed on microscopic electrical parts.
Professor of chemistry Dr. Oliver Chyan has been awarded a grant of nearly $130,000 from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) in cooperation with Intel to create and implement new tools for measuring and characterizing plasma-etch-polymers in microchip fabrication.
UNT researchers use new technology to study wetland function, mitigate human impacts, milk the benefits of nature. (Research.unt.edu)
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Local company run by mastermind Liz Larsen creates modular synthesizers to manipulate video. Learn about modular video synthesizers at LZXIndustries.net.
In 1953, James D. Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double-helix structure of the DNA strand –a ribbon of genetic information that lives in each cell of a living organism. Later, in 1990, a group of organizations including the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Genome Project, a global collaborative effort to identify all the genes in the human DNA strand. At that time, the event was heralded as the largest investigative project in modern science, and it took 13 years and nearly $3 billion to yield a complete human genome.
The Human Genome Project completed in 2003 was followed by a variety of other DNA research projects conducted by various organizations. The widespread study of DNA ushered in a “genomic revolution” characterized by constant technological advances in the fields of genetics and molecular biology. Nearly a decade later, its momentum is still steady as hundreds of new biological tools amass stores of genomic data.