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The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

It still makes me laugh when people picture coders as basement dwellers, bay-area tech hipsters, or government-hired internet ninjas. I mean, some coders do have exciting, film-worthy jobs, I'm sure. But then, so do some lawyers.

It's been a pleasure attending some programming workshops at General Assembly and seeing what diverse backgrounds everyone comes from. I really see coding to become as standard as good grammar when it comes to the job market.

Check out what Wired had to say about it this past week.

#computerscience #workforce

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New Protein Crucial to Normal Forgetting Discovered

I find this incredibly fascinating. Not just the process in which memories are made and kept, but also how they are forgotten! Never before have I read a piece shedding such light on the healthy process of forgetting. Scribble, the newfound protein, orchestrates the intracellular signaling process for forgetting.

"“We were able to show that [the scribble protein] regulates memory by involvement in this particular forgetting pathway, an important biological process that has been surprisingly ignored.”
-the study’s first author

And how remarkable it is to find such a thing. This could open up so many doors...

Image Source: NeuroscienceNews.com

Abstract: http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273(16)30170-2

#biology #neuroscience #memory

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Mapping out the brain.

I shared this originally on my other page (yes, I now have two! Follow me there also for other interesting topics!).

"It's like Google Maps for your cerebral cortex.", says Eric Boodman from Huffington Post. A group of UC Berkeley scientists tracked the brains of seven americans as they listened to Moth Radio Hour (a story telling radio show) for a little over 2hrs. The scientists were able to put together a semantic atlas, showing that words are represented in different regions throughout the brain's outer layer. 

This is a pretty big step not just towards understanding how we process language, but also our thoughts!

Watch the video!

Explore the Brain Map:
http://gallantlab.org/huth2016/

Further reading:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stat/brain-dictionary-maps-words-language_b_9790132.html_

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/27/475871745/scans-show-the-brain-groups-words-by-meaning_

#language #neurology #brain
Mapping out the brain.

"It's like Google Maps for your cerebral cortex.", says Eric Boodman from Huffington Post. A group of UC Berkeley scientists tracked the brains of seven americans as they listened to Moth Radio Hour (a story telling radio show) for a little over 2hrs. The scientists were able to put together a semantic atlas, showing that words are represented in different regions throughout the brain's outer layer.

This is a pretty big step not just towards understanding how we process language, but also our thoughts!

Watch the video!

Explore the Brain Map:
http://gallantlab.org/huth2016/

Further reading:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stat/brain-dictionary-maps-words-language_b_9790132.html_

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/27/475871745/scans-show-the-brain-groups-words-by-meaning_

#language #neurology #brain

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English in Science

English is pretty much the international language now, but it wasn't always this way. While today, scientists must write in english if they want their papers to reach a wide audience, this wasn't the case with Newton, Einstein, or Marie Curie. So what exactly are we missing out on when we stress english in the science community?

Adam Huttner-Koros explains in detail...

#english #science #language

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Growing plants in windowless spaces

I love plants. I fricken love plants. Especially plants that look like they're being grown for life on another planet. Luminaire, created by Studio We Love Eames, is a glass lamp that's able to grow plants in windowless environments. The fully self-sustaining, low-maintenance system eliminates the need for natural light and human care. 

Might have to get some of these for my future dungeon...

#plants   #botany   #greenthumb   #lamp  

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Hacking Cells

Nearly every cell in our bodies has an electrical charge. Hacking it might be a way to treat cancer.

#cancer   #biology   #treatment   #science  

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Gene-y In A Bottle

We're here, folks! Getting closer and closer to Gattaca, only imagine instead of just being able to choose from your own gene pool, you could genes you want and get of the ones you don't! Smaller pores? Red hair? A nice tan? Less fat storage in those love handles? Those genes could be yours. 

Take a listen to this episode of the Big Picture Science radio show and learn what's going on in genetic engineering.

Would you substitute your genes if it were possible (and affordable)? Why or why not? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

#genetics   #dna   #bioengineering   

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Is intelligence something you're born with or can it change throughout the course of your life?

Could your mere belief determine the answer?

There are at least two distinct ways to think about intelligence. Some people believe that intelligence is a fixed characteristic, something you are born with, like your bone structure or hair color. Others believe that intelligence is more malleable and can be shaped throughout your life. Regardless of whether either of these is true, it seems that the belief itself can change our behavior...

#intelligence   #psychology   #biology  

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For anyone who missed the big news:

Four elements were added to the periodic table. The 7th row is now complete.

This means some of us are going to have to tear down some old posters and throw away some shirts...

#chemistry  

Further reading material:

http://www.sciencealert.com/four-elements-have-just-earned-a-permanent-spot-in-the-periodic-table

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35220823
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HAPPY #BackToTheFutureDay  !!!!!!!!!!!!!

The white house is hosting a day long series of events to commemorate this important day in American (cinematic) history! What better way to do that than to talk about THE FUTURE! Everything from time travel to autonomous vehicles to women in STEM to bioengineering...there will be some very interesting conversations taking place today! 

So what are your visions of what the next 30 years will be like? And (just as importantly) WHERE ARE ALL THE PARTIES AT TONIGHT?! :)
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