Inside Dogma Lab; an ArtSci Salon event on March 25, 2021

This event is taking place at 7 am PDT. Should you still be interested, here are more details from a March 17, 2021 ArtSci Salon announcement (received via email; you can also find the information on the artscisalon.com/dogmalab/ webpage) provides descriptions of the talk and the artists after the registration and viewing information, Benjamin Bacon & Vivian Xu –  Inside Dogma Lab – exploring new mediaecologiesThursday, March 25 [2021]10 am EDT, 4 pm GST, 10…

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COVID-19 infection as a dance of molecules

What a great bit of work, publicity-wise, from either or both the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (Canada) and artist/scientist Radha Chaddah. IAM (ee-yam): Dance of the Molecules, a virtual performance installation featuring COVID-19 and molecular dance, has been profiled in the Toronto Star, on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) website, and in the Globe and Mail within the last couple of weeks. From a Canadian perspective, that’s major coverage and much of it national.…

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Baby steps toward a quantum brain

My first quantum brain posting! (Well, I do have something that seems loosely related in a July 5, 2017 posting about quantum entanglement and machine learning and more. Also, I have lots of item on brainlike or neuromorphic computing.) Getting to the latest news, a February 1, 2021 news item on Nanowerk announces research in to new intelligent materials that could lead to a ‘quantum brain’, An intelligent material that learns by physically changing itself,…

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Antikythera’s (a 2,000 year old computer) secrets unlocked?

The Antikythera Mechanism is fascinating and a March 12, 2021 University College London (UCL) press release (also on EurekAlert) reveals the reason for the fascination before announcing the latest research into this ‘celestial’ object, Known to many as the world’s first analogue computer, the Antikythera Mechanism is the most complex piece of engineering to have survived from the ancient world. The 2,000-year-old device was used to predict the positions of the Sun, Moon and the…

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Urania Day (celebrating women in the arts and sciences) on March 16, 2021

I sometimes get notices from unexpected sources for science and technology events. On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, I received a notice from an agency about Urania Day (March 16, 2021) celebrating women in the arts and sciences during (US) Women’s History Month. What made the notice unusual is that the agency was representing Ophira and Tali Edut of AstroStyle, an astrology website. Astrologers like Galileo, Kepler, Tycho and others I realize that for a lot…

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Toronto’s ArtSci Salon and The Mutant Project March 15, 2021

The Mutant Project is both a book (The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans) and an event about gene editing with special reference to the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) twins, Lulu and Nana. The event is being held by Toronto’s ArtSci Salon. Here’s more from their March 3, 2021 announcement (received via email), The Mutant ProjectA talk and discussion with Eben KirkseyDiscussants:Dr. Elizabeth Koester, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of…

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Genius Makers, a history of AI, book launch on March 15, 2021

“Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World” is being released on March 16, 2021. The day before the book’s release date, March 15, 2021 at 12 pm, author Cade Metz will be having a ‘fireside chat’ with Graham Taylor, associate professor at the University of Guelph and Canada CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) AI (artificial intelligence) chair and Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Toronto…

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Graphene increases its market penetration in 2025?

It seems that I’m not the only one wondering if the European Union’s gamble (1B Euros paid out over 10 years through a research initiative known as the Graphene Flagship) will pay off. A January 25, 2021 news item on Nanowerk announced a study on that topic (Note: A link has been removed), What happened to the promised applications of graphene and related materials? Thanks to initiatives like the European Union’s Graphene Flagship and heavy…

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Olivetti—putting the soul into the machine event on March 11, 2021 and Getting to know Galileo event March 26, 2021

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC sent me a notice of two upcoming March 2021 events being conducted in English. The Olivetti story From the March 9, 2021 Dante Alighieri Society of BC notice, How Olivetti Invented the World’s First Desktop Computer & Put the Soul in the Machine A talk by Dr. Arthur Molella(Smithsonian Institution) Thursday, March 11, 5:00 p.m. PST Zoom webinar – in English FREE ADMISSION FOR DANTE SOCIETY’S MEMBERS $5 FEE FOR…

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Lobster-inspired 3D printed concrete

A January 19, 2021 news item on ScienceDaily highlights bioinspired 3D printing of concrete, New research shows that patterns inspired by lobster shells can make 3D printed concrete stronger, to support more complex and creative architectural structures.Digital manufacturing technologies like 3D concrete printing (3DCP) have immense potential to save time, effort and material in construction.They also promise to push the boundaries of architectural innovation, yet technical challenges remain in making 3D printed concrete strong enough…

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