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Cells Can Be Living Calculators
MIT engineers have transformed bacterial cells into living calculators that can compute logarithms, divide and take square roots, using three or fewer genetic parts.
Inspired by how analog electronic circuits function, the researchers created synthetic computation circuits by combining existing genetic “parts,” or engineered genes, in novel ways.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/05/cells-can-be-living-calculators
Stephen Hawking Boycotts Israeli Conference
British physicist Stephen Hawking has dropped plans to attend a major international conference in Israel in June, citing his belief that he should respect a Palestinian call to boycott contacts with Israeli academics.The Univ. of Cambridge released a statement today indicating that Hawking had told the Israelis last week that he would not be attending “based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott.”
University officials said earlier today they had “previously understood” that Hawking’s decision was based solely on health concerns — he is 71 and has severe disabilities — but had now been told otherwise by Hawking’s office.
Read more: www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/05/stephen-hawking-boycotts-israeli-conference
Chaos Superior to Order for Light Storage
An international team of physicists, including researchers from the Universities of York and St. Andrews, has demonstrated that chaos can beat order – at least as far as light storage is concerned.
In a collaboration led by the King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, the researchers deformed mirrors in order to disrupt the regular light path in an optical cavity and, surprisingly, the resulting chaotic light paths allowed more light to be stored than with ordered paths.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/05/chaos-superior-order-light-storage
System Lets Runners Read on Treadmill
A new innovation allows treadmill users to work their bodies and brains at the same time.
The system, called ReadingMate, adjusts text on a monitor to counteract the bobbing motion of a runner’s head so that the text appears still, says Ji Soo Yi, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Purdue Univ.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/04/system-lets-runners-read-treadmill
Bioengineered Rat Kidneys Prove Successful
Bioengineered rat kidneys developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators successfully produced urine both in a laboratory apparatus and after being transplanted into living animals. In their report, receiving advance online publication in Nature Medicine, the research team describes building functional replacement kidneys on the structure of donor organs from which living cells had been stripped, an approach previously used to create bioartificial hearts, lungs and livers.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/04/bioengineered-rat-kidneys-prove-successful
captainandry asks:What would happen to a fish or swimmer in a standing wave?
First of all, check out the video that inspired this question, which shows astanding water wave created in a wave tank. Before we tackle the standing wave, it’s helpful to know what motion exists in a typical water wave. For deep water waves, the motion of a particle as the waves pass is circular, with a decreasing radius with increasing depth. Below a certain depth the energy of the surface wave doesn’t penetrate. Here’s an animation, where the red dots represent massless particles and the blue circles show their paths:
In shallower waters, the circular paths get compressed into ellipses. The image below shows pathlines for particles at different depths as a water wave passes. Notice how the paths are circular near the surface, where the depth is much greater than the wavelength, while close to the bottom, the pathlines are elliptical.
So what about motion for a standing water wave? Such a wave has no apparent horizontal motion, as seen in the animation below:
Similar to the way that decreasing the depth compresses the circular particle motion into an ellipsoid, creating a standing wave compresses the horizontal motion of any particle near the surface. What this means is that anything floating near the surface of the standing wave will simply bob up and down. Unless it’s located at one of the nodes (marked by red dots), in which case it won’t move at all! As with the other types of water waves, the amount of displacement will decrease with depth. People and fish, of course, are not massless particles, so their motion will be damped by inertia, but the same principles apply.
Farmers See Growth Potential in Edamame
A small but growing number of farmers have been experimenting with an edible soybean as they look to capitalize on Americans’ interest in adding non-meat proteins to their diets.
The U.S. is one of the world’s top soybean producers, but most beans grown here are used to make cooking oil and feed farm animals. They aren’t eaten whole. Now, some farmers from Arkansas to Minnesota are planting a type called edamame, which is commonly used in Asian cuisine.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/03/farmers-see-growth-potential-edamame