Flyby galore

New Horizons Pluto flyby from Bjorn Jonsson on Vimeo.

Bjorn Jonsson used the photos taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to make an animation of the probe’s flyby of Pluto.


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USB plus TV screen is computer nowadays

De Windowsversie die ik test (er is ook een Linux-variant) is behoorlijk plug-en-play. Je stopt hem in de hdmi-poort van je beeldscherm of televisie, haalt stroom uit het stopcontact, drukt op de aan/uitknop en ha, daar is Windows al. Tijdens het installeren heb je een usb-toetsenbord nodig, daarna kunnen je apparaten via bluetooth of wifi met de stick communiceren. Dat kan mijn smart-tv ook. Ja, maar de gamer in ons huishouden is enthousiaster. Hij streamt zijn games zonder problemen van zijn game-pc naar de Compute Stick. Het grote scherm is natuurlijk veel gaver dan het computerscherm

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The Infinite game of religion and war

Behind current headlines is the loom of religious war. Behind THAT is the “infinite game” of religion itself. They contradict each other. They meet in this lecture. With much humor jumping through history from Osama to Jezus and back again. Is a drunk teenage not more dangerous? Religion is one aspect of his book.

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Structural Basis of Pre-mRNA Splicing found

On August 21st, the research team led by Prof. Yigong Shi from School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University in China published two side-by-side research articles in Science, reporting the long-sought-after structure of a yeast spliceosome at 3.6 angstrom resolution determined by single particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), and the molecular mechanism of pre-messenger RNA splicing. Until now, decades of genetic and biochemical experiments have identified almost all proteins in spliceosome and uncovered some functions. Yet, the structure remained a mystery for a long time. The works, primarily performed by Dr. Chuangye Yan, and Ph.D students Jing Hang and Ruixue Wan under Prof. Yigong Shi’s supervision, settled this Holy Grail question and established the structural basis for the related area.

Almost 35 percent of genetic disorder is resulted from wrong splicing.
This is a big thing. Remember the chart of Tyson…

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