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Those knuckleheads "cracked the code!" And they used an MRI to do it...

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"Real-Time Visualization of Joint Cavitation"
by Kawchuck et al.
PLoS ONE (15 April 2015), 10(4):e0119470
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0119470

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A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.
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Thanks to +Chris Robinson and +Science on Google+ for a fun interview this morning! We weren't able to cover a lot of depth, but I think we certainly had a lot of breadth! It was great to be able to chat with an audience that I don't conventionally get access to.
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pretend to be busy in office to enjoy a cup of coffee

cat /dev/urandom | hexdump -C | grep "ca fe"

http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/6663/pretend-to-be-busy-in-office-to-enjoy-a-cup-of-coffee
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Awesome! ^^

finally something new to make my unsued terminals look busy
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A new study reveals a novel mechanism for the spontaneous abiotic formation of DNA fragments up to biologically relevant lengths. In other words, another tool to use when thinking about possible narratives for the origin of life.

Here is the primary source (open access):

"Abiotic ligation of DNA oligomers templated by their liquid crystal ordering"
by Fraccia et al.
Nature Communications (10 Mar 2015), 6:6424
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150310/ncomms7424/full/ncomms7424.html

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It has been observed that concentrated solutions of short DNA oligomers develop liquid crystal ordering as the result of a hierarchically structured supramolecular self-assembly. In mixtures of oligomers with various degree of complementarity, liquid crystal microdomains are formed via the selective aggregation of those oligomers that have a sufficient degree of duplexing and propensity for physical polymerization. Here we show that such domains act as fluid and permeable microreactors in which the order-stabilized molecular contacts between duplex terminals serve as physical templates for their chemical ligation. In the presence of abiotic condensing agents, liquid crystal ordering markedly enhances ligation efficacy, thereby enhancing its own phase stability. The coupling between order-templated ligation and selectivity provided by supramolecular ordering enables an autocatalytic cycle favouring the growth of DNA chains, up to biologically relevant lengths, from few-base long oligomers. This finding suggests a novel scenario for the abiotic origin of nucleic acids.
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The self-organization properties of DNA-like molecular fragments four billion years ago may have guided their own growth into repeating chemical chains long enough to act as a basis for primitive life, says a new study.
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+Chris Robinson​ has given me a reason to get up in the morning next Wednesday! :)
 
Dr. Theodore (Ted) P. Pavlic, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at +Arizona State University. +Ted Pavlic received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 from The Ohio State University where he learned to combine behavioral ecology and control theory to build algorithms that allow automation to make flexible decisions that are rational with respect to the current environment. Inspiration came from optimal foraging theory and cooperative breeding, and target applications ranged from military to the sustainable built environment. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science and Engineering studying cyber-physical systems of the future composed of fully autonomous and human driven cars operating in parallel in the cities of the near future. Since 2012, he has worked as a research scientist at Arizona State University in the social-insect laboratory of Stephen Pratt studying the collective decision-making processes of ants and honeybees. Not only have these studies inspired novel stochastic programming techniques for swarm robotics, but these animal models are also providing insights into the information structures that emerged at the origins of life. In August of 2015, he will join the engineering faculty of Arizona State University where he will use a variety of theoretical, computational, and empirical methods to study decision-making and organization across a wide range of artificial and natural systems. Potential graduate students interested in trans-disciplinary explorations of decision making are welcome to contact him to discuss opportunities.

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Personal website in desperate need of updating:
http://www.tedpavlic.com/

Current host (Stephen Pratt) laboratory for ant work: 
http://pratt.lab.asu.edu/

Collaborator (Sara Imari Walker) laboratory for info. theory work:
http://emergence.asu.edu/

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Sean Wilson, Theodore P. Pavlic, Ganesh P. Kumar, Aurélie Buffin, Stephen C. Pratt, and Spring Berman. Design of ant-inspired stochastic control policies for collective transport by robotic swarms. Swarm Intelligence, 8(4):303–327, December 2014.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11721-014-0100-8

Theodore P. Pavlic, Alyssa M. Adams, Paul C. W. Davies, and Sara Imari Walker. Self-referencing cellular automata: A model of the evolution of information control in biological systems. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE 14), pages 522–529, July 31 – August 2, 2014.
http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch083

Theodore P. Pavlic and Stephen C. Pratt. Superorganismic behavior via human computation. In: Pietro Michelucci, editor, Handbook of Human Computation, pages 911–960. Springer, 2013.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8806-4_74
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So these #BionicANTs are cool looking, and #Festo did some awesome things to get them manufactured. Having said that, this seems a bit extreme! Is it really the case that the valuable "nature's principle" here implies that flexible distributed automation needs SIX LEGS AND MANDIBLES?!

More info: http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14252.htm
They also do butterflies: http://www.i-programmer.info/news/169-robotics/8433-festos-ants-and-butterflies-.html

[ #tech   #technology   #technews   #ants   #biomimicry   #FMS   #flexiblemanufacturing   #manufacturing   #future   #news  (via +Reuters) ]
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From the control folks at +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)​, highlights from a short course on fully autonomous 1/10 scale racecars.

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Cool. +Arizona State University is crowd-funding an effort to generate tons of publicly available high-resolution photos of 350 #Arizona  butterfly species. Check it out!

[ #science   #biology   #insects   #entomology   #nature   #butterflies   #Lepidoptera   #photography   #photos   #crowdfunding   #AZ   #ASU  ]
We will transfer an amazing collection of 45,000 insects into state-of-the-art cases and image 350 different species of butterflies for on-line access to educate the public about Arizona's insect diversity.
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ASU recently kicked off a Center for Biomimicry that has both an educational and research mission. I've been working with the directors to try to make stronger connections within ASU to help catalyze multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research related to learning from nature to innovate in design and engineering.
 
See what we're learning from nature!
Launch symposium March 3 to feature Janine Benyus, ASU President Michael Crow Arizona State University students Michelle Jacks, Edmund Jolley, Jenna Stevens, Mark Small and Rubing Qiang are designing
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Dear +Starbucks Coffee employee: When bragging about your water, don't say "triple osmosis." The "reverse" is important, and 3-stage ain't that great!

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This skit "nailed it." I was literally in tears laughing when I first watched it. Unmarried guys -- take note!!

[ #nail   #marriage   #relationships   #funny   #metaphor   #humor  ]
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+Annatala Wolf​ I think the clue is in the title. The message to me isnt about women it's about communication and how we can all get it wrong. Whilst it is evidently funny, it also has a more subtle point to be made.
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Fancy. Use Diceware and a six-sided die to generate long, memorable, secure pass-phrases. Unfortunately, they won't naturally contain the capital letters and numbers that your IT staff probably require in your password, and so you'll have to add those.

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It’s getting easier to secure your digital privacy. iPhones now encrypt a great deal of personal information; hard drives on Mac and Windows 8.1 computers are now automatically locked down; even Facebook, which made a fortune on open sharing, is providing end-to-end encryption in the chat tool WhatsApp. But none of this technology offers as much>>
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  • Ohio State University
    Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2007 - 2010
  • Ohio State University
    M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2004 - 2007
  • Ohio State University
    Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1999 - 2004
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ECE/CSE/social-insect researcher, husband, Android enthusiast, and bringer of the science.
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Researcher (ECE/CSE/social-insect, CyberPhysical Systems, Freak-ology), husband, Android enthusiast, and bringer of the science.

See http://www.tedpavlic.com/facjobsearch/ for more information about my faculty/postdoc job search (CV, research statement, publications, etc.).

Research interests ("freak-ology"):
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Hybrid-state and hybrid-time systems
  • Complex systems
  • CyberPhysical Systems
  • Distributed algorithms
  • Amorphous computing
  • Autonomous systems and vehicles
  • Control and communications theory
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Cooperation
  • Optimization
  • Game theory
  • Parallel computation
  • Robotics
  • Informational architectures of emergence (of life, cancer, multicellularity, eusociality)
  • Bio-mimicry and bio-inspiration
  • Engineering education
You could group a lot of that into the broad area of intelligent control. However, I've tried to combine science and engineering and contribute to both.
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abs( log( batting average ) ) = very high
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Research Scientist (Bio-inspired Engineering, Bio-mimicry, Social Insects, Complex Adaptive Systems)
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analytical and computational modelling, complex adaptive systems (CAS), mathematical modelling for theoretical biology (optimal and nutrient-constrained foraging, distributed decision making, cognitive psychology), autonomous multi-agent systems with myriad applications (robotics, distributed power generation, sustainable resource allocation for the built environment), software engineering, software verification and validation, analog electronics and micro-electronics, intelligent control systems
Employment
  • Arizona State University
    Associate Research Scientist, School of Life Sciences, 2014 - present
    Bio-inspired Engineering, Bio-mimicry, Social Insects, Complex Adaptive Systems, Origins of Life
  • Arizona State University
    Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Life Sciences, 2012 - 2014
    Bio-inspired Engineering, Bio-mimicry, Social Insects, Complex Adaptive Systems, Origins of Life
  • Ohio State University
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Computer Science and Engineering, 2010 - 2012
    Cyber-Physical Systems research related to autonomous urban vehicles in mixed-autonomy environments.
  • Ohio State University
    Graduate Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2004 - 2010
  • National Instruments
    Hardware R&D Intern for Multifunction DAQ, 2003 - 2003
  • National Instruments
    Hardware R&D Intern for Multifunction DAQ, 2002 - 2002
  • IBM
    Core Systems Software Developer for FlexNAS, 2001 - 2001
  • CallTech Communications
    Information Technology Systems Engineer, 1997 - 2001
  • MegaLinx Communications
    Web Developer and Support Representative, 1995 - 1997
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