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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 15/14.
Programmable microfluidics, Nanobot computers, stem cell mastery, organ rejuvenation, reinforced graphene, self-assembled films, software radio, atom-photon coupling.

1. Punch-Card Programmable Microfluidics.
A programmable microfluidic system based on the principles of a type of music box that operates with a pattern of holes punched in a paper tape that causes an array of cogs to strike different metal “notes” is deceptively simple yet carries transformative potential http://phys.org/news/2014-04-music-stanford-bioengineer-chemistry-video.html & see Stanford bioengineer creates $5 chemistry set. In the device a pattern of holes causes cogs to strike valves in a microfluidic chip interfaced to the device in order to produce a droplet of [1 or 15 different] chemicals that flow along a chip; a suitable pattern of holes can thus produce a desired chain of microfluidic chemical reactions. Applications include synthesising new chemicals from feedstocks, running diagnostic assays, and testing samples. The device can be 3D printed for $5, and the simplicity of the crank and punch card tape could be replaced with an Arduino microcontroller and electric motors for added control and a “limitless” tape length. Combine this with the simple microfluidics from last week and click-linked DNA and future versions might produce any desired DNA sequence in your home for example. 

2. DNA Origami Produced Nanorobots Function as Computer Inside Animals.
That is a headline from the future if ever there was one. Researchers have produced a variety of DNA Origami sequences that self-assemble into different nanorobots capable of interacting with biological substrates, and each other, while inside a living animal and, further, such interactions generate logical outputs capable of switching molecular payloads on or off that were used to build AND, OR, XOR, NAND, NOT, CNOT, half-adder logic gates as part of a functional computational system http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25376-dna-nanobots-deliver-drugs-in-living-cockroaches.html#.U0QqJKL3t94. The system successfully carried out a simple program inside a cockroach and interacted with the insect’s cells. The group believe that they can scale the computational power for such a system inside an animal up to the equivalent of an 8-bit computer like the Commodore 64 and further enhance stability for use in mammals. Future systems will deliver drugs to you in future, based on sensed inputs (your genotype) and releasing the correct output (drug for your genotype and not another). The above microfluidic systems will also produce these DNA origami systems cheaply and in your home should you wish. 

3. Just Two Signals Turn Stem Cells into Embryos.
In a significant advance it has been discovered that just two molecular signals are required to trigger a stem cell to develop into a complete functional embryo are now able to direct embryonic development and formation of tissues and organs by controlling signal locations and concentrations http://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-smashes-barrier-growing-organs-stem-cells. The group plans to replicate the findings in mice before attempting humans and if the mechanisms prove similar then in future we can expect to be able to turn any of our stem cells into any organ that we might need. 

4. Graphene Reinforced with Carbon Nanotubes.
A new processing technique allows carbon nanotubes to be added to sheets of graphene, functioning as reinforcing bars and improving the stability and strength of the overall structure http://news.rice.edu/2014/04/07/rebar-technique-strengthens-case-for-graphene/. The tubes become covalently bound in many places and were even observed to get thinner when the material was stretched and placed under tension. Many fabrication processes produce imperfect graphene sheets comprised of large domains connected at different angles and the tubes help bridge these interfaces and improve overall conductivity and electrical performance. The group hopes to develop multi-layered versions of “rebar” graphene capable of displacing indium-tin-oxide in many electronic display applications. 

5. Spray-Painting Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Films.
A solvent solution comprising flat nanoparticles - or nanoplatelets - with specific functional groups of either side can be applied to a surface via a conventional off-the-shelf spray can http://phys.org/news/2014-04-common-gun-self-assembling-nanoparticle.html. As the solvent evaporates the nanoplatelets connect and self-assemble into a structured film or coating with interesting properties. The proof-of-concept was simply a barrier to oxygen molecules, suitable in gas separation applications. But with different nanoplatelets engineered as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, LEDs this could possibly lead in future to the ability to spray-paint your roof into one continuous solar panel or your inner walls as huge lighting and digital displays for example. 

6. One Signal to Regenerate & Rejuvenate a Living Organ for the First Time.
The thymus, an organ critical for the development and function of the immune system but whose function rapidly declines with age, has been regenerated and rejuvenated in aged mice for the first time http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Newspublications/News/MRC009803. The thymus in the aged mice took on the structure, histology, and gene expression profile of a young and healthy thymus, which began making more T-Cells. Furthermore, this incredible feat was achieved by up-regulating the activity of just a single transcription factor, FOXN1, which instructed stem cell-like cells to rebuild the organ. Further work will test this further before moving to humans and hopefully restoring youthful immune function in compromised patients and elderly people; similar interventions may allow a range of other organs to be restored to youthful function in this way too. 

7. Fruitful Battles Between Software-Defined Radio Algorithms.
A diverse range of software-defined radio algorithms battled it out as part of DARPA’s Spectrum Challenge, aiming to see which algorithm was better able to use a given communication channel in the presence of other users and interfering signals http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/wireless/radio-wrestlers-fight-it-out-at-the-darpa-spectrum-challenge. Two different divisions separately tested (i) the ability to send a batch of pre-defined packets on a slice of spectrum on which others are trying to do the same and to simultaneously interfere with and prevent others from doing so; such adaptive radio was obvious military applications, (ii) the ability to optimise data-throughput on spectrum shared with other users, with obvious commercial and consumer applications and benefits. The competition format encouraged rapid innovation; six months ago algorithms typically lacked feedback, spectrum sensing, or adaptation, but they now all exploit these tools. 

8. Massively Improved Communication Channels Between Genetic Circuit Elements.
A significant development in synthetic biology comprises the engineering of much more sensitive, robust, and rapid communication channels between various genetic circuit elements and processors http://phys.org/news/2014-04-bacterial-fm-radio.html. This new platform comprises a tool-set to enable rapid and tunable post-translational coupling of genetic circuits, solving the problem of noisy genetic circuits with limited communication channels and highly variable circuit performance limited by inefficiencies in reusing different parts of a program, and achieves order-of-magnitude improvements in response time. In related news synthetic gene circuits boost the activity of cellular degradation pathways to clear misfolded protein junk, offering a tantalising possibility to treat a range of diseases of the aged http://phys.org/news/2014-04-synthetic-gene-circuits-cell.html

9. The Promise of Enzyme-Powered Microfluidic Micropumps.
A self-powered enzyme micropump has been developed that is able to autonomously deliver small molecules and proteins in response to different stimuli http://phys.org/news/2014-04-mechanobiology-enzyme-micropump-autonomously-insulin.html. The device functions by anchoring desired enzymes to the surface of a fluidic chip, and the enzymes act as a pump when their substrates are present, setting up a directional flow of fluid through the chip. The proof-of-concept demonstration involved the release of insulin at a rate depending on and proportional to the concentration of glucose; pumping volume is dependent on stimulus concentration; basically an artificial pancreas. The group are expanding the work to incorporate multienzyme cascades and microfluidic logic gates. Future devices might be created with #1 above, and implanted to controllably process any biological molecule as desired. Optimum chemical reaction conditions can now also be easily determined http://phys.org/news/2014-04-reactor-enables-optimum-conditions-chemical.html

10. Dual Development of Coupling Atoms and Photons for Quantum Logic.
A group from MIT & Harvard, and another from Max-Planck, have both independently developed the means to precisely couple individual atoms and photons in such a way that might allow the creation of quantum logic gates; http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/new-switch-could-power-quantum-computing-0409 and http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=140833&CultureCode=en respectively. The former involved trapping a lone rubidium atom close to the surface of a photonic crystal, while the latter involved trapping lone atoms in mirrored cavities, and both enabled the atom to “quantumly” interact with individual photons. Future possible applications could include quantum communications or computation. 

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Outstanding...long overdue. Universities and the NCAA make millions off the players. The idea that a player receives a free education in return for playing is a joke. It's a full time job that robs many of the opportunity to get a real education and then discards them when their eligibility is up.
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The idea of paying a player 500 a month is what is a joke. When I signed my letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Illinois. It stated that I will receive 500 a month and prohibited to work in accordance with NCAA. 500 a month is not enough for anyone to live on. Given my educational was absolutely free. Being a Student athlete was incredibly tough. 
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Thanks +Mark Bruce for another excellent edition of your Science Sunday Digest.
 
SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 14/14.
Brain mapping, microfluidics, molecular isotope storage, DNA origami boxes, artificial muscles, neuromorphic computing, CRISPR disease cure, metamaterials, manufacturing graphene. 

1. Latest Brain Advances by the Allen Institute.
The Allen Institute for Brain Science announced two big developments this week. First, there was the publication of the first comprehensive large-scale dataset on the wiring of a mammalian brain, created using engineered viruses to trace and illuminate individual neurons in 1,700 mouse brains, the sections of which were scanned at sub-micro resolution to produce a collective average brain connectome map comprising some 1.8 petabytes of data http://www.alleninstitute.org/news-events/press/press-release/publication-nature-showcases-most-comprehensive-wiring-diagram-mammalian-brain-date. Secondly, the publication of the first major report from the BrainSpan Atlas of the developing human brain, a map of the transcriptome (expression of specific genes in different regions of the brain) across the course of human brain development http://www.alleninstitute.org/news-events/press/press-release/critical-window-developing-human-brain-profiled-nature

2. Simple & Effective Microfluidics with Valves.
I’m really impressed with these deceptively simple microfluidic chip devices made out of double-sided tape cut with channels, a PDMS membrane, and plastic film that include air-controlled valves for the first time
http://phys.org/news/2014-04-nist-simple-microfluidic-devices-valves.html. This technology allows cheap, functional microfluidic devices to be built in hours rather than days, and can even be used to create chips that fold together into complex three dimensional shapes. Great DIY Bio applications here.

3. Safe Molecular Storage of Radioactive Isotopes.
Small peptides have been made to self-assemble into tiny double-layer spheres containing a hollow cavity that can hold and contain desired radioactive isotopes http://phys.org/news/2014-04-nontoxic-molecule.html. The radioisotopes of particular interest are those that emit alpha-particles for use in medical research and treatments, and which can breakdown into radioactive daughter ions that end up in undesirable places in the body. These capsules are much more stable compared to those currently used; they don’t break down and were shown to hold onto / contain daughter ions while allowing the release of alpha particles. 

4. Smallest DNA Origami Container with Lockable Door.
The smallest ever DNA origami container has been constructed and contains a door linked to a molecular actuator that controllably, and programmably, pulls the door open and closed http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=35045.php. The container measures 14nm x 14nm x 48nm and can fit inside the capsid of viruses that could be used for delivery; the door 9nm x 5nm and linked to a programmable segment (lock) of single stranded DNA that coils and contracts when a complementary strand (key) binds. The group seeks other methods of control for the device, the opening of which can release or expose drugs, enzymes, or other molecules at particular sites and times. 

5. Strong, Functional, Implantable Engineered Muscles.
Living artificial muscles have been engineered that closely resemble real muscles, and which contracts powerfully and rapidly, quickly integrates into mice when implanted and even heals itself when in a lab or a mouse http://www.pratt.duke.edu/news/self-healing-engineered-muscle-grown-laboratory. The success of this technique depends on well-developed contractile muscle fibers, muscle satellite stem cells and, crucially, creating supportive microenvironment niches for the satellite cells. The result was natural muscle fibers ten times stronger than any previously created, which were imaged and observed via windows implanted into the backs of mice. Great work for repairing & enhancing muscles, and also for lab-grown meat-as-food applications. Related muscle tissue engineering news involved the creation of “mini-hearts” around blood vessels to help pump blood http://smhs.gwu.edu/news/gw-researcher-invents-%E2%80%98mini-heart%E2%80%99-help-return-venous-blood

6. Chip Processing Architectures that Mimic the Human Brain.
This article http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=35084.php is a nice overview of the many projects underway that are developing computational systems, chips, and programming languages that mimic or simulate the processing of the human brain - promising future computer systems capable of out-performing human cognition across a range of areas. Such systems are different to the conventional transistor arrays processing 1s and 0s that power our current systems and is worth a read for anyone interested in the space. A new approach not mentioned was this recent prototype neuromorphic photonics chip that carries out basic brain-like computing with light http://www.ugent.be/en/news/bulletin/optical-information-processing-on-chips-inspired-by-human-brain and realises extremely fast information processing and extremely low energy requirements. 

7. A Directional Filter for Light.
A stack of alternative layers of glass and titanium oxide of precise thickness produces a selective light filter that reflects all light except that incident at a particular angle, which is allowed to pass through http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/a-new-angle-on-controlling-light. 80 layers were used in the demonstration device, but by adding more layers the angular selectivity can be made even more precise and narrow. Possible applications include selective filters for telescopes to help view faint objects that are close to bright objects, solar power especially in solar thermophotovoltaics, and possibly even in optical communications. What other applications can you think of for such a directional light filter? 

8. CRISPR Cures Genetic Disease in Living Animals.
For the first time a genetic disease has been cured in living animals via the CRISPR gene-targeting system http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/erasing-genetic-mutation. The liver disease, affecting about 1 / 10,000 people results from a mutation in a single gene that prevents the breakdown of tyrosine. In mouse models a high-pressure injection introduced the CRISPR construct and a correct version of the gene sequence into cells; although only 1 in 250 cells was successfully repaired this way these cells proliferated over the next month at the expense of diseased cells and eventually comprised one third of the liver, enough to functionally cure the disease. The group are investigating improved delivery methods but this is incredibly promising for human genetic disease treatments in the near future. 

9. Cracking Large Scale Visible Spectrum Metamaterial Cloaks.
New nano-transfer printing techniques allow the creation of large area multilayer 3D metamaterials that operate in the visible spectrum http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/04/could-us-military-soon-have-invisibility-cloaks/81772/. Previous techniques were limited to micro-scale areas for such visible metamaterials, but this new printing technique allows for the relatively cheap production of arbitrarily large area metamaterials with negative refractive indices able to bend and cloak visible light. Even the prototype created to demonstrate the technique, at 4” by 4”, shows incredible promise at that scale for producing advanced lenses for cameras, microscopes, and telescopes, better fibers for optics communications, etc. Real invisibility cloaks just took another big step towards realisation. 

10. Samsung’s Graphene Manufacturing Breakthrough.
A new technique developed by Samsung to grow high-quality single-crystal graphene on silicon wafers appears to be a major breakthrough in enabling the mass-production of commercial scale graphene http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/179874-samsungs-graphene-breakthrough-could-finally-put-the-wonder-material-into-real-world-devices. According to Samsung This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history. The process basically uses a standard chemical vapour deposition process to grow a uniform layer of graphene on a germanium-coated silicon substrate; further masking and photolithography processes allowed the creation of graphene field effect transistors (GFETs) and the re-use of the underlying substrate. The realisation of consumer graphene-powered devices just got much closer. 

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My interest is in the science of Alcoholism,  Addiction, and Recovery with a particular focus on Recidivism.         

From 1988 until 1997 I was a bartender. During this time my alcoholism and cocaine addiction became  much worse and I deteriorated  rapidly  both physically and emotionally.

I was arrested for assault and battery.* 1989

I had three DWI's, two of which I was charged with cocaine possession. 1991, 1993, 1997

I lost my car, condo, job, license and girlfriend.

 I filed for bankruptcy. 1995

I quit drinking and drugging January 22 2000.

AA: I attended AA meetings for the first three years regularly . Being around others who shared a similar problem and goal helped me immensely. The spiritual aspect of A.A. is great, however I began to develop a need to understand from a more physiological/psychological perspective how recovery did and did not work.

THERAPY: This curiosity led me to find a therapist and engage in individual therapy for three years.** This was extremely rewarding, painful and ultimately helpful. I studied therapeutic issues such as transference/counter transference, projection, ego defenses, etc., and schools of thought ( very little Freudian, more self object relations, attachment theory, etc.) in order to understand my underlying developmental deficiencies more clearly.
HOMESCHOOLING: After this I began researching alcoholism, depression and addiction on my own. With no science background, I had a great deal of difficulty reading research papers from Pub Med online. I started exploring neurology, physiology, biology, chemistry, etc. to better understand alcoholism and addiction from a more scientific standpoint.
RESEARCH: Professors at City College of New York up on 138th street have been very kind and allowed me to sit in and audit classes (free of charge) to further my scientific “home schooling” as I like to call it. Another New York University next to where I work  in Greenwich village has not been as kind to my requests to sit in on lectures.
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PERSONAL BACKGROUND: My parents were divorced when I was three. I was raised in a single parent alcoholic home with father geographically distant.
Family background: 1 parent is a recovering alcoholic with 2 brothers who committed suicide as adults, a brother and sister who are deceased and were extremely active alcoholics, and a deceased sister with a history of mental illness and nervous breakdowns. The other parent deceased was not an alcoholic but his 2 deceased brothers  were extremely active alcoholics, and his deceased sister  was a relatively high functioning alcoholic. 
WORK: Currently I work  in a restaurant primarily for health benefits and free time to pursue my interest in science.
*The case was overcharged and dismissed on the first court date but it was indicative of a drug and alcohol problem.
**When I started therapy, the co pay was 15 dollars and then increased to 45 dollars per session. I could no longer afford the weekly sessions.
 
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NIDA-supported study has shown that prenatal exposure to drugs such as phencyclidine (PCP), ketamine, and alcohol causes widespread damage t

The Agony and the Ecstasy: The Quiet Mission to Fight PTSD With Psychede...
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Michael and Annie Mithoefer’s patients come to their clinic in Charleston, South Carolina, as a last resort on a grueling tour of duty. Unab

Google lets you Claim Authorship for your Blog, Articles and Sites! - Em...
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Back on June 7th Google introduced a new feature that allows you to claim authorship for any article you post on the internet. By using the

Eric Berlow: How complexity leads to simplicity | Video on TED.com
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TED Talks Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a bette

PsychotherapeuticTechniques Psychotherapiemethoden
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Psychotherapy Techniques and their representatives * Vorstellung von Psychotherapiemethoden und ihrer Vertreter

YouTube - SyNAPSE: IBM Cognitive Computing Project - Software
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Create AccountSign In. Home. BrowseMoviesUpload. Hey there, this is not a commercial interruption. You&#39;re using an outdated browser, whi

Zapping the brain with magnets makes it IMPOSSIBLE to lie
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Estonian scientists found that when magnets were applied to either the right or left side of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex it made you

Pregnant 9/11 survivors transmitted trauma to their children
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For New Yorkers, the events that transpired on the morning of 11 September, 2001 must have seemed like a nightmare. Immediately after the at

Neural Connections: SfN Recap day I/II &amp; Video: Neural Connectivity
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SfN Recap day I/II &amp; Video: Neural Connectivity. At SfN, I have never been so blown away by the amount of posters, at least of those tha

How the brain stores information for short periods of time
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Researchers show how the brain stores information for short periods of time. The cells of several neural circuits store information by maint