domenica 29 novembre 2015

# rmx-s-phyt: how they turn into zombies

<< (..) on the molecular reasons for a bacterial (..) disease, explaining how (..) destroy the life cycle (..) and inflict a 'zombie' existence on them >>

Florian Rumpler, Lydia Gramzow, et al.  Did convergent protein evolution enable phytoplasmas to generate ‘zombie plants’? Trends in Plant Science, October 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.08.004

# rmx-s-ecol: concerning waves ...

<< Extreme heatwaves may hit Europe in the short term >>

Simone Russo, Jana Sillmann and Erich M Fischer. Top ten European heatwaves since 1950 and their occurrence in the coming decades. Publ 27 Nov 2015  IOP Publishing Ltd. Environmental Research Letters, Volume 10, Number 12

# n-soc-res: two-thirds fail to declare

<< Two-thirds of studies on 'psychosocial' treatments fail to declare conflicts of interest >>

Eisner M, Humphreys DK,  et al. (2015) Disclosure of Financial Conflicts of Interests in Interventions to Improve Child Psychosocial Health: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142803. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142803

# rmx: le orecchie (fuzzy) di Cortana ... esempio di ipotetico incipit ...

<< show me to buy milk at this opportunity ! >>
<< show me my most at-risk opportunities ? >>

# s-acad-music: il jazz-rock di Chick

<< Io sono un eterno studente che cerca di comunicare al pubblico le cose che più mi eccitano, e anche oggi ce ne sono tante >>

<< nei piccoli club, nelle cantine e negli studios ci sono sempre nuovi musicisti che portano avanti i suoni delle radici >>

<<  Non so definirmi perché non esiste una Authority nell'arte. L'arte è libera, è il mondo delle scelte infinite e delle infinite capacità dell'immaginazione >>

Chick Corea

sabato 28 novembre 2015

# rmx-s-astroph: everything from a stellar destruction ...

<< It's the first time we see everything from the stellar destruction followed by the launch of a conical outflow, also called a jet, and we watched it unfold over several months. >>

S. van Velzen, G. E. Anderson, et al. A radio jet from the optical and X-ray bright stellar tidal disruption flare ASASSN-14li. Science, 2015; DOI: 10.1126/science.aad1182

# s-gst-chaos: reasonable chaotics

Bagnoli F, et al. Bifurcations in models of a society of reasonable contrarians and conformists.
Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2015.

# rmx-s-brain: anomalous responses to fluctuated inputs ...

<< (..)  the bistability was the origin of the anomalous input-output relationship. Similarly, the map-based model that contained bistability reproduced the anomalous responses, while the model without bistability did not. >>

<< (..) irregular firing can emerge from fluctuating drives, even weak ones, under conditions involving bistability. The anomalous responses, therefore, contribute to efficient processing in the brain. >>

Hosaka R, et al. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2015. Anomalous neuronal responses to fluctuated inputs.
Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2015.

# rmx-s-behav-bots: empathizing with bots: the knife test ...

<< This study provides the first physiological evidence of humans’ ability to empathize with robot pain and highlights the difference in empathy for humans and robots. >>

Suzuki, Y., Ikeda, A., et al.  (2015). Measuring empathy for human and robot hand pain using electroencephalography. Scientific Reports, 5:15924; doi: 10.1038/srep15924

Supplementary Information

# rmx-s-ecol: lo spazzino universale di Maartje, Daan, et al.

Maartje A. H. J. van Kessel, Daan R. Speth, et al. Complete nitrification by a single microorganism. Nature, 2015; DOI: 10.1038/nature16459

venerdì 27 novembre 2015

# rmx-s-astrophys: even darker than once thought

<< Astronomers (..) have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. >>

<< (..) dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought >>

David Harvey, Richard Massey, et al. The nongravitational interactions of dark matter in colliding galaxy clusters. Science, 27 March 2015: 1462-1465

# rmx: vaticinio sottotraccia dall'anonimo di alto rango

<< Probabilmente entreremo in guerra quest’estaste, se siamo fortunati non sarà uno scontro nucleare >>

# rmx-p-it-sx: rimembranze di scolastiche tecniche applicazioni: l'afflati su carta di Nico, l'orlettature a maglina su legno di Lucia ...

<<  (..) compone origami con un foglio di carta, mentre parla con qualche collega: “Che dobbiamo dire… È solo l’inizio. Qua può succedere di tutto” >>

Nico Stumpo -

<< (..)  marcio non era solo il portone ma l'intero Regno >>

Lucia Annunziata -

# rmx: il gigliuccio in punto quadro di Tim ...

<< Non siamo qui per far soldi ... >>

Tim Cook, CEO Apple, Bocconi, Milano, 10/11/2015 -

"gigliuccio completato con il punto quadro"

# s-behav: la martellata di Jean, Jason, et al ...

<< Together these results reveal the similarity across countries in how religion negatively influences children’s altruism, challenging the view that religiosity facilitates prosocial behavior. >>

Jean Decety, Jason M. Cowell, et al. The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World

Current Biology Volume 25, Issue 22, p2951–2955, 16 november 2015

mercoledì 25 novembre 2015

# e-web-sec-privacy: 50 corporations only ...

<< 50 corporations track third-party data from 88 percent of 1 million top websites >>

Tim Libert, a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Exposing the hidden web. Internat. Journal of Communication 9(2015); 3544-61 (open access).

# s-brain: sirt3: running-wheel against degeneration ...

<< Running wheel exercise increases the expression of Sirt3 in hippocampal neurons, which is mediated by excitatory glutamatergic neurotransmission and is essential for mitochondrial protein acetylation homeostasis and the neuroprotective effects of running. >>

<<  SIRT3 plays pivotal roles in adaptive responses of neurons to physiological challenges and resistance to degeneration. >>

Aiwu Cheng, Ying Yang,  et al. Mitochondrial SIRT3 Mediates Adaptive Responses of Neurons to Exercise and Metabolic and Excitatory Challenges. Cell Metabolism. In Press. DOI:

# s-phys-tech-bot: strange (entanglement) new (bot) tech everywhere?

<< Entanglement is one of the strangest phenomena predicted by quantum mechanics (..) It says that two particles can be so inextricably connected that the state of one particle can instantly influence the state of the other, no matter how far apart they are. >>

Now << (..) macroscopic entanglement can be generated at room temperature and in a small magnetic field. >>

<< This procedure caused pairs of electrons and nuclei in a macroscopic 40 micrometer-cubed volume (the volume of a red blood cell) of the semiconductor SiC [Silicon Carbide] to become entangled. >>

P. V. Klimov, A. L. Falk, et al. Quantum entanglement at ambient conditions in a macroscopic solid-state spin ensemble. Science Advances, 2015; 1 (10): e1501015 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501015

martedì 24 novembre 2015

# rmx-s-brain: a model of creativeness (inside a (un)reasonable contradictory) ...

<< creativity is our ability to think in new and original ways to solve problems. >>

But << If the idea is not fully applicable it is not considered creative, but simply one which is unreasonable. >>

<< The researchers hypothesized that for a creative idea to be produced, the brain must activate a number of different -- and perhaps even contradictory -- networks. >>

The << "associative" region among participants whose originality was high (..) includes the anterior medial brain areas, mainly works in the background when a person is not concentrating, similar to daydreaming.>>

<< the researchers found that this region did not operate alone when an original answer was given. For the answer to be original, an additional region worked in collaboration with the associative region -- the administrative control region. A more "conservative" region related to social norms and rules. >>

<< The researchers also found that the stronger the connection, i.e., the better these regions work together in parallel -- the greater the level of originality of the answer. >>

Dr. Naama Mayseless, Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory, Dept of Psychology at the University of Haifa, Dr. Ayelet Eran,  Rambam Medical Center.

# rmx-s-cell-signals: susceptibility to misperception: sensory illusion to self-destruct

<< (..) even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion >>

<< (..) yeast cells falsely perceive a specifically timed pattern of stress – caused by alternating between low and mildly increased sodium levelsas a massive, continuously increasing ramp of stress. In response, the microbes end up over-responding and killing themselves >>

Amir Mitchell, Ping Wei, and Wendell A. Lim. Oscillatory stress stimulation uncovers an Achilles’ heel of the yeast MAPK signaling network. Science Express, November 2015
Science DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0892

lunedì 23 novembre 2015

# rmx-s-immuno-n-ethnomed: mucus, the first line

T. Mohanty, J. Sjogren,  et al. A novel mechanism for NETosis provides antimicrobial defense at the oral mucosa. Blood, 2015; 126 (18): 2128 DOI: 10.1182/blood-2015-04-641142

"Mucus: The first line of defense."
ScienceDaily, 6 November 2015.

a questo proposito qui di seguito il link di una "nota" a fraseggio "quasistocastico", non recentissima ma sempre attuale ...

domenica 22 novembre 2015

# s-gst: Lévy flight hypothesis, not only for predation ...

<< When sharks and other ocean predators can’t find food, they abandon Brownian motion, the random motion seen in swirling gas molecules, for Lévy flight — a mix of long trajectories and short, random movements found in turbulent fluids [1] >>

<<  Lévy flights interspersed with Brownian motion can describe the animals' hunting patterns. Birds and other animals (including humans) [2] follow paths that have been modeled using Lévy flight (e.g. when searching for food).[3] >>

<< (..) a growing body of research on generative mechanisms suggests that Lévy walks can arise freely as by-products of otherwise innocuous behaviours; consequently their advantageous properties are purely coincidental. This suggests that the Lévy flight foraging hypothesis should be amended, or even replaced, by a simpler and more general hypothesis. This new hypothesis would state that 'Lévy walks emerge spontaneously and naturally from innate behaviours and innocuous responses to the environment but, if advantageous, then there could be selection against losing them'.  [4] >>

[1] -

[2] - Reynolds, Gretchen (January 1, 2014). "Navigating Our World Like Birds and some authors have claimed that the motion of bees". The New York Times.

[3] - Sims, David W., Reynolds, Andrew M. et al.  "Hierarchical random walks in trace fossils and the origin of optimal search behavior". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.1405966111. Retrieved 16 July 2014.

[4] - Reynolds A. Liberating Lévy walk research from the shackles of optimal foraging. Review article. Phys Life Rev. 2015.

# s-gst: nonlinear dynamics, physiology and physiopathology

<< (..)  comments on the problems raised by the conventional anatomo-clinic paradigm and reviews three areas in which the influence of nonlinear dynamics and fractal geometry can be especially prominent: disease as a loss of complexity, the idea of homeostasis, and fractals in pathology >>

Manuel Varela, Raul Ruiz-Esteban, Maria Jose Mestre De Juan. Chaos, fractals, and our concept of disease. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. Volume 53, Number 4, Autumn 2010 pp. 584-595 | 10.1353/pbm.2010.0003

# s-nanotech: a point of view

<< nanotechnology is already here, and it’s one of the oldest, most finely developed and widely employed “technologies” in history >>

<< Quoting MIT’s Tom Knight (..) “Biology is the nanotechnology that works.” >>

Andrew Hessel, in: Jason Dorrier.  Exponential Medicine: The Most Advanced Nanotechnology Today Is Already Inside You. Nov 13, 2015

sabato 21 novembre 2015

# s-ethnomed: hypothesis: tattoo vs acupuncture effect ?

<<  Women with multiple tattoos report higher levels of self-esteem than anyone else in the study. Moreover, escalating acquisition of body art does not correlate with increased depression or suicide ideation among men or women. However, the same multi-tattooed women also report a much higher frequency of past suicide attempts >>

Jerome R. Koch, Alden E. Roberts, et al. Tattoos, gender, and well-being among American college students. The Social Science Journal, 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2015.08.001

# s-brain: more about to be happy ...

<< Over history, many eminent scholars like Aristotle have contemplated what happiness is (..) I'm very happy that we now know more about what it means to be happy >> Wataru Sato

Wataru Sato, Takanori Kochiyama, et al. The structural neural substrate of subjective happiness
Scientific Reports, 2015; 5: 16891 DOI: 10.1038/srep16891

# rmx-p-trade: la martellata secondo Peter

<< The quantitative easing has done nothing to stimulate growth and only made the balance sheet of the fed triple. Big banks that were once bailed out have gotten bigger but they aren’t loaning any money >>. Peter Schiff, Nov. 10 afternoon session of Hillsdale College’s Center for Conservative Alternatives series on money.

# p-trade: Goldman Sachs insights: 2016 trends, il vaticinio ...

Goldman Makes 2016 Predictions, Targets Only 2100 on S&P, Says Fed More Hawkish Than Thought

# rmx: genericita' sul ribaltamento di prospettive ...

<< Il nemico più grande si nasconde nell'ultimo posto dove guardi. >>  (Giulio Cesare, 75 a.C.)

<< Se c'è una cosa che ho imparato (..)  è che in ogni partita (..) ci sono sempre un avversario e una vittima. Il trucco è di sapere quando sei la vittima (..) >>

# rmx-n-art: il soprillo di Antoine Joseph, detto Adolphe

<<  il sei novembre dello scorso anno Attilio Berni, figura quasi unica di musicista, studioso e collezionista di livello mondiale ha celebrato la figura di Adolphe Sax nel modo più originale e adeguato alla sua figura di inventore e sperimentatore sonoro: suonando in concerto 33 tipi differenti di sax, tutti di proprietà di Berni, compresi esemplari praticamente unici al mondo >>

# rmx-s-bots: how to fall gracefully

<< This paper introduces a new planning algorithm to minimize the damage of (..) falls by utilizing multiple contact points >>

Sehoon Ha and C. Karen Liu. Multiple Contact Planning for Minimizing Damage of Humanoid Falls. IEEE IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2015

venerdì 20 novembre 2015

# rmx-p-trade: modelli di pulsatile intrecciata cooperazione: il "groviglio armonioso che uccide" ...

<< Lo scandalo che dalla fine di settembre ha travolto il gruppo [..] sembra non avere mai fine [..] Non è però la prima volta che succede [..] i viaggi dei dirigenti sindacali allietati da prostitute, modelle e notti brave, dove veniva distribuito un tubetto con tre pillole: “Aspirina per la mattina, un calmante per il pomeriggio e viagra per la sera” >>

# p-it-crime: indicatori di anomalia

<<  non è stata creata un’organizzazione funzionale ad assolvere agli obblighi di antiriciclaggio >>

<< Ora, però, “sono stati finalmente emanati gli indicatori di anomalia“ >>

Claudio Clemente, Unità di informazione finanziaria (Uif), Banca d’Italia

# rmx-s-astro: more chaotic than expected

<< New Horizons reveals the orbits of Pluto's four smallest moons to be even more chaotic than expected >>

mercoledì 18 novembre 2015

# s-behav: Katarzyna's like: le sfide a Marzahn, Berlino

<< I like the idea of contradiction; something that is contradicting the perspective of modern women in society >> Katarzyna Mazur, 10/11/2015

# e-web-social-polls-s-behav: no one had done this kind of study before ...

<< I was surprised that no one had done this kind of study before, at least not in published research. Campaigns invest heavily in social media, and this is something that will play out in 2016 >> Paul Brewer.

The Facebook effect. Positive comments on social media found to influence potential voters - 9:19 a.m., Sept. 23, 2015

Paul R. Brewer, Michael Habegger, et al. Interactivity between Candidates and Citizens on a Social Networking Site: Effects on Perceptions and Vote Intentions. Journal of Experimental Political Science, 2015; 1 DOI: 10.1017/XPS.2014.29

# s-gene-lab: bioethics vs CRISPR tech

<< (..) scientists have long had the ability to remove, repair or insert genetic material in cells. But the process was time consuming and expensive. CRISPR (“clustered regularly interspaced short palinodromic repeats”) streamlines gene editing dramatically. Its simplicity has enabled far more scientists to get involved in such work. In a short time, they have now used CRISPR to edit genes in insects, plants, fish, rodents and monkeys >>

<< In April, Chinese scientists reported that they had attempted to alter a gene in nonviable human embryos. The announcement sparked bioethicists to call for a more cautious approach to gene editing >>

# s-gene-lab: mammalian genome editing new tech: CRISPR-Cpf1

<< A team including the scientist who first harnessed CRISPR-Cas9 system for mammalian genome editing has now identified a different CRISPR system (CRISPR-Cpf1) with the potential for even simpler and more precise genome engineering >>

Zetsche et al. Cpf1 Is a Single RNA-Guided Endonuclease of a Class 2 CRISPR-Cas System. Cell, September 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.09.038

<< The Zhang lab offers free online tools and resources for researchers through its website >>

martedì 17 novembre 2015

# rmx-s-lang-meme: memetic unflattening ...

<< la Columbia University ha appena accettato "Unflattening" di Nick Sousanis, la prima tesi di dottorato tutta a fumetti >>

<< E non ha nemmeno voluto l' apparato critico esplicativo a pie' di pagina >>

<< Così sarà un attimo trasformarla in meme >>

# rmx-s-acad: le riflessioni di Jose'

<< Appartengo a una generazione che ha voluto cambiare il mondo, ma che ha commesso il terribile errore di non volere cambiare prima se stessa >>

<< Seneca affermava che non è povero chi ha poco, ma chi desidera molto >>

<< Io lotto contro l'idea che la felicità stia nella capacità di comprare cose nuove. Non siamo venuti al mondo solo per lavorare e per comprare; siamo nati per vivere. La vita è un miracolo; la vita è un regalo. E ne abbiamo solo una >>

José Mujica

lunedì 16 novembre 2015

# rmx-trade: Anthony speech

<< At that point I said, you know what? I'm done with financial services. I don't like the business model, I don't like how they operate, I don't like the fact that those who can least afford it always pay the most, I don't like the risks that banks pose to global economies. Nothing has fundamentally changed >>

Anthony Watson, Uphold CEO

# rmx-p-eu-trade: i vaticini di Guy & Jim

<< L'Unione Europea finirà per disintegrarsi nel giro di 15 anni. A esserne convinto è il re del private equity inglese, come è stato soprannominato da Reuters, Guy Hands >>

<< La mancanza di leadership, l'avanzata dei partiti estremisti e i flussi migratori da record sono i tre fattori principali che porteranno al disfacimento dell'Ue entro il 2030 >>

<< Le dichiarazioni di Hands fanno eco a quelle di Jim Mellon, un magnate con un patrimonio netto del valore di 1,3 miliardi di dollari (850 milioni di sterline) che risulta tra i principali donatori del partito di estrema destra inglese UKIP, il partito anti europeista guidato da Nigel Farage. Mellon ha detto alla BBC che l'euro è destinato a implodere "nell'arco di 10-15 anni", quando Italia e Francia finiranno in una spirale del debito come è accaduto già alla Grecia >>

# rmx-p-trade: if ... ?

<< (..) if EU decided to grant MES [market economy status] to China this "would put between 1.7 million and 3.5 million EU jobs at risk by curbing the ability to impose tariffs on dumped goods and thus allowing Chinese companies to undercut domestic production by flooding the EU with cheap goods." >>

Study published by Economic Policy Institute

# s-acad: Flipped Classroom, la classe capovolta

<< Flipped Classroom, la classe capovolta, nuova metodologia didattica che ribalta tempi e luoghi di insegnamento e apprendimento >>

<< (..) la didattica capovolta inverte il luogo dove si segue la lezione (a casa propria anziché a scuola) con quello in cui si studia e si fanno i compiti (a scuola anziché a casa). E poi l'aula può non coincidere più con la classe e viceversa >>

# rmx: Stephen, dalle pulsioni di sadico disvelamento

<< La raza humana tendra' que salir de la Tierra si quiere sobrevivir >>

<< Los ordenadores superarán a los humanos en los próximos cien años. Cuando eso ocurra, tenemos que asegurarnos de que sus objetivos coincidan con los nuestros >>

<< We will have to find homes elsewhere in the universe >>

# rmx-p-eu-trade: i grafici di Peter

Peter Praet, capo economista della Bce, nel corso di una conferenza in Germania alla BVI Asset Management, ha presentato alcuni grafici che mostrerebbero il fallimento dell'economia della regione da quando è stato introdotto l'euro.

Produttività Eurozona-Usa a confronto

<< ECB Chief Economist: OK, I Get it, the Euro Doesn’t Work >>
by Wolf Richter • October 2, 2015

# n-behav: modelli di autocatalisi accelerata in transizioni culturali

<< Five years ago, everyone was shy and no one was talking about sex. Now some of my friends have one-night stands and threesomes >>

Dolly Handerson, a public relations assistant, Yangon

# rmx-p-trade-s-math-game: strategie autolesive vs evoluzioni mutaforma da singolarita' di rischio: la lettera di Artemis

<< Nella lettera agli investitori, Artemis Capital Management ricorda "Il Dilemma del Prigioniero", ovvero quella situazione in cui "due entità razionali decidono di non cooperare, anche se sarebbe nel loro migliore interesse farlo, e con questo comportamento finiscono con il sostituire i rischi conosciuti con quelli sconosciuti" >>

<< Volatility and the Allegory of the Prisoner’s Dilemma:
False Peace, Moral Hazard, and Shadow Convexity >>

Artemis: full article published in January 2014 (154Mb)

# n-art: il ritratto e l'autoritratto per Boris

<< Ma, per traslato, la disintegrazione sociale (..) sia in termini di strutture comunitarie e condizioni di vita che di ripercussione sulla coscienza dei singoli, assurge nelle immagini di Mikhailov a una valenza universale in grado di dare rappresentazione all’identità contemporanea nella sua frammentazione fra inclusione ed esclusione, progresso e emarginazione, identità e sradicamento, stanzialità e migrazione, divenendo testimonianza di una dignità insopprimibile così come delle comuni radici etiche di ogni essere umano >>

Boris Mikhailov, "io non sono io"
14.11.15 — 01.02.16

domenica 15 novembre 2015

# s-brain: root of apathy (may be)

V. Bonnelle, S. Manohar, et al
Individual Differences in Premotor Brain Systems Underlie Behavioral Apathy.
Cerebral Cortex, 2015; DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhv247

# s-phys: spooky actions at a distance

<< (..) pairs of identical light particles, or photons, and sent them to two different locations to be measured. Researchers showed the measured results not only were correlated, but also—by eliminating all other known options—that these correlations cannot be caused by the locally controlled, “realistic” universe Einstein thought we lived in. This implies a different explanation such as entanglement >>

Lynden K. Shalm, Evan Meyer-Scott, et al
A strong loophole-free test of local realism.

arXiv:1511.03189 [quant-ph]

# e-ai: Watson AI speech

<< (..) to advance how computers could help humans creatively solve problems in a wide variety of professions >>

Watson AI to 'chat,' spark more creativity in humans
November 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA

# s-ageing: a telomere-lengthening biochemical pathway

<< Short telomeres induce a DNA damage response, senescence, and apoptosis >>

Stella Suyong Lee, Craig Bohrson, et al
ATM Kinase Is Required for Telomere Elongation in Mouse and Human Cells. Cell Reports, November 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.10.035

# s-brain: aesthetically pleasing vs baseline readings

<< (..) to understanding of how the brain integrates sensory input and its ongoing internal state to produce the phenomenon which we term aesthetic experience >>

Kimberly Kontson, Murad Megjhani et al.
'Your Brain on Art’: Emergent cortical dynamics during aesthetic experiences.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, November 2015