Tree of Life

What a cool project! I hope they share!

Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing a Tree of All Life
National Science Foundation (06/04/12) Cheryl Dybas

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Assembling, Visualizing, and Analyzing the Tree of Life (AVAToL) program aims to build a comprehensive tree of life that brings together everything scientists know about how all species are related.

The researchers are creating the infrastructure and computational tools to enable automatic updating of the tree of life, as well as developing the analytical and visualization tools to study it. Assembling the branches for all species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes will require new computational tools for analyzing large data sets, for combining diverse kinds of data, and for connecting vast numbers of published trees into a synthetic whole. AVAToL will enable researchers to go online and compare their trees to others that have already been published.

The goal is to automatically incorporate new trees, so the complete tree can be continuously updated. The three NSF-funded AVAToL projects are Duke University’s Automated and Community-Driven Synthesis of the Tree of Life, the University of Idaho’s Arbor: Comparative Analysis Workflows for the Tree of Life, and SUNY-Stony Brook’s Next Generation Phenomics for the Tree of Life.

Sally Ride

Wednesday Geek Woman: Sally Ride, astronaut and first American woman in space

Posted: 13 Jul 2011 08:00 AM PDT

This is a guest post by Maya. This entry originally appeared at the Project Exploration blog.


Sally Ride. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Sally Ride was born in 1951 in Los Angeles, California. As a young woman, her interests included science and tennis. She was a nationally ranked amateur, and she briefly left college to pursue tennis as a career. After several months of practice, she gave up on the idea and transferred to Stanford University, where she double majored in English and physics. After completing her undergraduate degree, she remained at Stanford to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate in physics.

After completing her education, Ride joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She trained rigorously for a year, during which time she collaborated on the development of the Space Shuttle’s robot arm and worked in mission control as a Capsule Communicator. Once her training was completed, she was assigned to the Space Shuttle Challenger. When the shuttle was launched on June 18, 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space. Her second and final flight took place the following year. Over the course of her two missions, she spent a total of 14 days in space.

Ride was scheduled to take a third flight, but all training was suspended after the tragic Challenger accident in 1986. Instead, she was appointed to the Presidential Commission responsible for investigating the disaster. After the investigation was completed, she was assigned to NASA Headquarters.


Sally Ride aboard the Space Shuttle. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

In 1989, Ride was offered a faculty position at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). At UCSD, she filled two roles—professor of physics and Director of the California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded her own company, Sally Ride Science, with the goal of promoting science education. She is now on leave from the university, working as president and chief executive officer of Sally Ride Science.

Ride has received numerous awards for her accomplishments. She has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the Aviation Hall of Fame. She is also a two-time NASA Space Flight Medalist.

Science is Ride’s passion, and she has written 6 books for children about space. She continues working to improve opportunities in science education, particularly for girls and young women. She hopes that today’s young people will come to share her love of science.

 

Sources:

Lucidcafé
http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/96may/ride.html

NASA
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ride-sk.html

Sally Ride Science
https://www.sallyridescience.com/sallyride/bio

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Ride

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One avenue of pursuit

UT Researchers Launch SpamRankings to Flag Hospitals Hijacked by Spammers
eWeek (06/08/11) Fahmida Y. Rashid

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Research in Economic Commerce recently launched SpamRankings, a Web site that identifies the names and addresses of organizations that are helping send out spam.

The site will publicize spam havens–organizations that have been taken over by spammers.

The site’s creators are hoping the publicity will pressure organizations to improve their security and spam-prevention efforts. The researchers’ initial focus will be on health-care providers that have been infected by spam bots, with future versions of the project including banking and Web hosting providers.

Last month SpamRankings identified Belgium’s WIN Authonomous Systems as the biggest spam sender in the world.

“Nobody wants to do business with a bank or hospital or Internet hosting company that has been hijacked by spammers,” says center director Andrew Whinston. The researchers worked with Team Cyrmu, which tracks cybercrime activity to analyze and correlate Internet protocol addresses with organizations.

Privacy: Voluntary Do Not Track

Are you using HTTPS when you browse Facebook?  You should be.   But only 2% of the FB users worldwide are. [Turn it on like this:  Top right corner:  Account, Account Settings, Account Security – Check the first box – Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible.]

Here’s another privacy tip – turn on the “Do not track” option in Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9.

Introduced in Firefox 4, the do-not-track option is fairly well buried.

Firefox 4 do-not-track preference

Internet Explorer 9 includes a do-not-track feature that is even better hidden. To enable this functionality, you need to click the Sprocket -> Safety -> Tracking Protection -> Your Personalized List -> Enable.

 

 

Why these settings aren’t enabled by default is beyond me.  No, really, it’s all about the money.  Advertising dollar$.

You’re welcome.</end privacy hygiene lesson>

 

Happy Birthday Steve

[BTW, I hate this new skin, needs major tweakage but I ran out of time]

From Quotes of the Day today

Steven Paul Jobs was born at San Francisco on this day in 1955. In high school he had the nerve to call Bill Hewlett to ask for some electronics parts for a school project. (He got the parts and a summer job.) He dropped out of college and was working at Atari when he started Apple, incorporating on April Fools Day 1976. He created the Apple, then the Macintosh. Losing a boardroom battle, he bought a tiny animation company and created the first all-digital motion picture, Toy Story. He created the technically stunning NeXT computer, then merged that company into Apple. He created the first successful portable digital music player, the iPod, then followed it with the hottest cell phone. Throughout, he would have an idea, evangelize it fervently, and brook no interference with those who didn’t share his belief.

In most cases, strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. A strength in one situation is a weakness in another, yet often the person can’t switch gears. It’s a very subtle thing to talk about strengths and weaknesses because almost always they’re the same thing.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.

Nobody has tried to swallow us since I’ve been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste.
All from Steve Jobs

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I like how quality centered Steve Jobs/Apple is.  Even their packaging is so nice it always astonishes me.  Beautiful papers, cushions, forms …