Category Archives: Papers

Gliese 581g Earth-like planet

Steven S. Vogt et al.
“The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1M Planet in the
Habitable Zone of the Nearby M3V Star Gliese 581″

Astrophysical Journal
29 Sep 2010
arXiv:1009.5733v1 

found at
www.ucolick.org/~vogt/gj581_rev205.pdf

Description
The 11 year study that resulted in the discovery of Gliese 581g, the ‘Goldilocks’ planet. Much more advocacy and passion than usual scientific papers.

Pulsar found by Einstein@Home

B. Knispel et al.
“Pulsar Discovery by Global Volunteer Computing”


Science 10 September 2010:
Vol. 329. no. 5997, p. 1305
DOI: 10.1126/science.1195253

Found at
www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/329/5997/1305.pdf

Description
Details of the discovery on July 11, 2010 of a pulsar in Arecibo data by the Einstein@Home volunteer distributed computing project (using the BOINC platform).

Article & Publication – Altruistic Bacteria

“Researchers Discover Bacterial Charity Work”
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Found at
Article:
www.hhmi.org/news/collins20100901.html
Full publication:
Henry H. Lee, Michael N. Molla, Charles R. Cantor & James J. Collins
“Bacterial charity work leads to population-wide resistance”
Nature 467, pp. 82-85 (02 September 2010) doi:10.1038/nature09354

Description
Selfless defense of an E. coli colony. Given that evolution is gene based, altruism makes sense. W.D. Hamilton rides again.

First ALICE Results


Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus (endorser)
(several pages of contributors)
“First proton-proton collisions at the LHC as observed with
the ALICE detector”
Eur.Phys.J.C65:111-125,2010

Found at
arxiv.org/abs/0911.5430
(available in PDF, TeX, PostScript, HTML)

Description
A formal report on the 284 events observed by the ALICE detector at CERN on 23rd November 2009, at injection energy of only 450 GeV. A good LHC primer.

Artificial Life


Johannes F. Knabe,
Maria J. Schilstra and Chrystopher Nehaniv
Centre for Computer Science & Informatics
University of Hertfordshire
Evolution and Morphogenesis of Differentiated Multicellular Organisms
Artificial Life XI 2008, pp. 321-328

Found at
panmental.de/ALifeXIflag/

Description
An ‘artificial’ form. Incorporates evolutionary and embryological processes, intercellular communication via morphogens.

Synthetic Life


Daniel G. Gibson et al.
The J. Craig Venter Institute
Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome
Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1190719 May 2010

Found at
www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/science.1190719

Description
A ‘synthetic’ form.

Tiktaalik


Edward B. Daeschler, Academy of Natural Sciences,
Neil H. Shubin, University of Chicago,
Farish A. Jenkins Jr, Harvard University
A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan
Nature 440, 757-763 (6 April 2006)

Found at
www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7085/pdf/nature04639.pdf

Description
A ‘transitional’ form.

QML Quantum Computer Simulator


Jonathan Grattage et al.
Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble, CNRS, France
An overview of QML with a concrete implementation in Haskell
ENTCS: Proceedings of QPL V – DCV IV, 157-165,
Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008

Found at
arxiv.org/abs/0806.2735

Description
An introduction to the functional quantum programming language QML. This is one of several attempts to model quantum computers on existing technology.

Supramap Project


Daniel A. Janies et al.
The Supramap project: linking pathogen genomes with geography to fight emergent infectious diseases
Cladistics 26 (2010) 1–6

Found at
www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123345005/abstract

Description
A new web application to study the etiology (geographic origin in this case) of epidemics. Uses the same Keyhole Markup Language as Google Earth.

Evolutionary Emergence


Alastair Channon
Evolutionary Emergence
The Struggle for Existence in Artificial Biota

PhD Thesis, University of Southampton
2001

Found at
www.channon.net/alastair/geb/phdthesis/channon_ad_phdthesis.pdf

Description
An exploration of the requirements for generation of evolutionary systems, focused on emergent beneficial behavior.