Hans Reiser Namesys The Reiser4 Filesystem on: Google TechTalks The ReiserFS project aims to add support for semi-structured data querying to the filesystem namespace. Reiser4 is the storage layer for this. It stores all files in a dancing (not balanced)tree, and is currently the overall fastest filesystem for traditional filesystem usage patterns.
Donald McNeil New York Times The Search for a Cancer Vaccine on: New York Times Science Reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. explores the unusual research used to find a blood test for human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer.
Samuel Bogoch Replikins Ltd. Replikin genome sequences and survival rates in shrimp and human pandemics on: Replikins Ltd. Dr. Bogoch spoke at the World Aquaculture Conference in San Antonio, giving some background on his company's Replikins technology and announcing test results in conjunction with the University of Arizona. These results correlate virulence of four Taura virus strains in shrimp with the concentration of Replikin subsequences in the virus genomes. This is the first virus protein structure to have been shown to be quantitatively relate not only to the occurrence of epidemics, but now specifically to mortality rate of the host.
Interview on: The Vega Science Trust Swiss microbiologist, corecipient with Daniel Nathans and Hamilton Othanel Smith (qq.v.) of the United States of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for 1978. All three were cited for their work in molecular genetics, specifically the discovery and application of enzymes that break the giant molecules of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) into manageable pieces
Jane Goodall Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research Jane Goodall speaks at Google on: Google Video In the summer of 1960, 26-year-old Jane Goodall arrived on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa to study the area's chimpanzee population. The trip meant the fulfillment of Jane Goodall's childhood dream. In 1977, Jane founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. Today, the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute is to advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things. The Institute is a leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats and is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and the Roots & Shoots education program in more than 70 countries.
Richard Schrock Massachusetts Institute of Technology Multiple Metal-Carbon Bonds for Catalytic Metathesis Reactions on: Nobelprize.org Richard R. Schrock held his Nobel Lecture December 8, 2005, at Aula Magna, Stockholm University. He was presented by Professor Hkan Wennerstrm, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry
Linda Buck Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Unraveling the Sense of Smell on: Nobelprize.org Linda B. Buck held her Nobel Lecture December 8, 2004, at Sal Adam, Berzeliuslaboratoriet, Karolinska Institutet.
Will Noel Walters Art Museum The Archimedes Palimpsest on: Google Video The Archimedes Palimpsest is a 10th Century medieval manuscript that is the subject of an ongoing technical, scientific and conservation effort at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1999, the multidisciplinary team has been disbinding, conserving, imaging, analyzing, transcribing and studying the 174 parchment folios - yielding approximately 400Gb of data to date.
Owen Gingerich Smithsonian Chasing the Masterpiece of Copernicus on: WGBH Forum Nicolaus Copernicus published De revolutionibus. A groundbreaking scientific work, it revealed that we live in a sun - rather than earth - centered universe.
Amy Vashlishan Harvard University Science in the News: Stem Cells and Cloning on: Harvard University Harvard Medical School graduate students explore the fascinating facts, and the associated moral, ethical, and public policy issues, surrounding the often controversial topics of stem cells and cloning.
Richard Friend University of Cambridge Interview on: The Vega Science Trust In this interview Richard discusses in section one his research work and in section two: his childhood, education, the importance of fixing things, views on science and what science is, sustainability and resulting scientific challenges, religion and science, the research environment, the empowerment of having a scientific education, what makes him angry and whether or not science should be useful!
Practical Common Lisp on: Google Video In the late 1920's linguists Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf hypothesized that the thoughts we can think are largely determined by the language we speak. In his essay 'Beating the Averages' Paul Graham echoed this notion and invented a hypothetical language, Blub, to explain why it is so hard for programmers to appreciate programming language features that aren't present in their own favorite language. Does the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis hold for computer languages? Peter Seibel, language lawyer (admitted, at various times, to the Perl, Java, and Common Lisp bars) and author of the award-winning book _Practical Common Lisp_, will discuss how our choices of programming language influences and shapes our pattern languages and the architectures we can, or are likely to, invent.
Jack Cunniff Thermo Electron Corporation Finnigan TSQ on: Biocompare The Finnigan(tm) TSQ(tm) Quantum Series of mass spectrometers from Thermo Electron Corporation are the most advanced and powerful triple quadrupole mass spectrometers available.
Walter Kohn University of California Interview on: The Vega Science Trust Walter Kohn is a condensed matter theorist who has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the electronic structure of materials. He played the leading role in the development of density functional theory, which has revolutionized scientists' approach to the electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solid materials in physics, chemistry and materials science. He received the Nobel prize for chemistry for this work in 1998.