The Economics of Information Security, Science
Excerpts: The economics of information security has recently become a thriving and fast-moving discipline. As distributed systems are assembled from machines belonging to principals with divergent interests, we find that incentives are becoming as important as technical design in achieving dependability. The new field provides valuable insights not just into "security" topics (such as bugs, spam, phishing, and law enforcement strategy) but into more general areas such as the design of peer-to-peer systems, the optimal balance of effort by programmers and testers, why privacy gets eroded, and the politics of digital rights management.
Computing, 2016: What Won't Be Possible?, NY Times
The new social-and-technology networks that can be studied include e-mail patterns, buying recommendations on commercial Web sites like Amazon, messages and postings on community sites like MySpace and Facebook, and the diffusion of news, opinions, fads, urban myths, products and services over the Internet. Why do some online communities thrive, while others decline and perish? What forces or characteristics determine success? Can they be captured in a computing algorithm?
A Web Site as a Living Organism
Social networking research promises a rich trove for marketers and politicians, as well as sociologists, economists, anthropologists, psychologists and educators.
Laws Of Physics, Math Debunk Hollywood Portrayals Of Ghosts, Vampires, Innovations-report
Excerpts: As the weather cools and Halloween approaches, chilling creaks in the stairs, bloodcurdling screams from the attic and other paranormal activity become more believable -- but not to UCF physics professor Costas Efthimiou. The laws of physics and math debunk popular myths about ghosts and vampires, (...). (...) demonstrates that ghosts would not be able to walk and pass through walls. Basic math disproves the legend of humans turning into vampires after they are bitten, Efthimiou explains, because the entire human population in 1600 would have been wiped out in less than three years. (...)
From Hive Minds To Humans, Nature
Excerpts: Honeybee genome offers insight into social behaviour.
Could an insect help us understand why some people are daredevils, or why others are overweight? Scientists who have sequenced and analysed the genome of the western honeybee Apis mellifera say it might. The sequence, released in this week's Nature (see page 931), is already aiding the young field of sociogenomics ¡X the search for the genetic underpinnings of social life.
Genome Buzz: Honeybee DNA Raises Social Questions, Science News
Scientists have officially unveiled the DNA code of the western honeybee, the first genome to be sequenced for an animal with ultrastratified societies The bees are among the select species in which a few individuals reproduce while others in the colony raise the young and do the chores.
BEE INSIGHTS. A western honeybee worker tends larvae, one of the social behaviors that makes the insect's sequenced genome so intriguing to biologists. R. Maleszka
The honeybee genome, the whole sequence of its DNA building blocks, shows some patterns that fit old ideas of social living plus some patterns that demand new thinking, reports the consortium of bee-genome researchers.
Honey Bee Genome Holds Clues To Social Behavior, Innovations-report
Excerpts: By studying the humble honey bee, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have come a step closer to understanding the molecular basis of social behavior in humans. "The honey bee (Apis millifera) has been called a model system for social behavior," said (...). Using that model system, Sinha led a team that searched the honey bee genome for clues for social cues - a form of bee pressure that can cause bees to change jobs in response to needs of the hive. "We want to learn how the honey bee society influences behavior in individual honey bees," said Sinha, (...).
Michigan State Researcher Traces The Evolution Of Honey Bee Gender, ScienceDaily
Excerpts: A first-of-its-kind evolutionary strategy discovered among invertebrate organisms - or honey bees - shows how a complex genetic mechanism determines gender and maximizes gene transmission to the next generation of several bee species, according to Michigan State University researchers. (...) "This research gives us a better understanding of the sex-determining system of honey bees, as well as the age and evolutionary history of the csd (complementary sex determination) gene," Huang said. "The various versions of the csd genes are shared among honey bees. They evolved before they became different species." (...)
Genomics: How To Make A Social Insect, Nature
Excerpts: The profound biological changes that lofted the honeybee to an advanced state of social organization are reflected in its newly sequenced genome. The species can now be studied all the way from molecule to colony.
The transformation of an insect species from a solitary lifestyle to advanced colonial existence requires alterations in every system of the body, coupled with sufficient plasticity in the traits prescribed by the genes to generate strong differences among the adult castes.
Groups And Grumps: Study Identifies 'Sociality' Neurons, Innovations-report
Excerpts: A University of California, San Diego study has for the first time identified brain cells that influence whether birds of a feather will, or will not, flock together. (...) the research demonstrates that vasotocin neurons in the medial extended amygdala respond differently to social cues in birds that live in colonies compared to their more solitary cousins. Vasotocin neurons appear, according to the study, to selectively promote positive affiliation. (...) "These findings," Goodson said, "address the fundamental question of sociality: Why are some animal species highly social while others seem to have little or no tolerance for others? (...)
One for the Ages: A Prescription That May Extend Life, NY Times
In a laboratory at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Matthias is learning about time's caprice the hard way. At 28, getting on for a rhesus monkey, Matthias is losing his hair, lugging a paunch and getting a face full of wrinkles.
Canto, left, a rhesus monkey, is aging fairly well at 25 on a calorie restriction diet. Owen, though only a year older than Canto, is frail and moves slowly. He eats a normal diet.
Yet in the cage next to his, gleefully hooting at strangers, one of Matthias's lab mates, Rudy, is the picture of monkey vitality, although he is slightly older. Thin and feisty, Rudy stops grooming his smooth coat just long enough to pirouette toward a proffered piece of fruit.
Wine 'Allows Guilt-Free Gluttony', BBC News
Excerpts: The chemical is found in red wine.
A chemical found in red wine could make guilt-free gluttony a reality, an international study suggests.
When given to mice, it countered some effects of a high-calorie diet, improving their health and increasing their life-span, the team reported.
However, the chemical could not reverse all consequences of overeating - the mice did not lose any weight.
Writing in the journal Nature, the team said their findings could, in the future, help obese humans.
Palaeontology: Modern Look For Ancient Lamprey, Nature
Excerpts: It was once thought that lampreys evolved from armoured jawless vertebrates. But a recently discovered lamprey fossil dates from the twilight age of their supposed ancestors, and looks surprisingly modern.
Most living vertebrates have jaws. Such creatures comprise about 51,000 species ranging from sharks to four-legged land vertebrates. In contrast, living jawless vertebrates ¡X known as cyclostomes ¡X consist of only 60 species. These fall into two groups: hagfishes and lampreys (Fig. 1, overleaf). Both jawless groups lack paired fins, and many of their anatomical and physiological features are regarded as primitive relative to those of their jawed counterparts.
Genomics: Blueprints For Partnerships, Nature
Excerpts: Gutless marine worms harness the resources of a team of bacteria in lieu of a digestive or excretory system. A genome-sequence analysis now defines the roles of the microbes.
Small, gutless marine worms, distantly related to earthworms, are involved in a remarkable example of a highly coevolved symbiosis. Found in coastal sediments, these worms lack a mouth, digestive tract or typical excretory system6, 7. Instead, they harbour bacteria immediately below their outer skin (...).
Unraveling Pain's DNA, Science
Excerpts: The genetics of pain, long overlooked, is now getting attention--but identifying the genes at work isn't an easy task
Neuroscientist Marshall Devor used to judge the aftermath of amputations much like everyone else. Some who have lost an arm or leg perceive a searing pain in the limb that's no longer there, whereas others are untroubled. The going theory was that this so-called phantom pain is psychological: "Some people can accept the loss of the limb, and some can't and spend their lives mourning," says Devor, who works at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
- Source: Unraveling Pain's DNA, Jennifer Couzin, DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5799.585, Science : Vol. 314. no. 5799, pp. 585 - 586, 06/10/27
Elephants Recognize Selves in Mirror, Study Says, National Geographic News
Elephants can recognize themselves in mirrors, according to a new study. Humans, great apes, and dolphins are the only other animals known to possess this form of self-awareness.
In an experiment, an Asian elephant named Happy repeatedly touched her trunk to a white X painted on her forehead while looking in a mirror. This suggests that the animal recognized herself in the reflection, scientists say, making the elephant one of the few animals known to be capable of self-recognition. Photograph courtesy of Joshua Plotnik, Frans de Waal, and Diana Reiss/PNAS
All of these animals also lead socially complex lives and display empathy¡Xconcern and understanding of another's feelings¡Xresearchers report.
Elephants Pass Mirror Test Of Self-Awareness, Guardian
Excerpts: Elephants have been found to recognise themselves in a mirror, putting them in an exclusive club of self-awareness whose other members are great apes (including humans) and bottlenose dolphins. "The social complexity of the elephant, its well-known altruistic behaviour and, of course, its huge brain, made the elephant a logical candidate species for testing in front of a mirror," said Joshua Plotnik, a psychologist at Emory University in Atlanta, who led a team whose study was published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Developmental Biology: Red-Eye Redirected, Nature
Excerpts: In most mammals, the cornea ¡X the transparent part of the eye over the lens ¡X has no blood vessels. This trait is obviously essential for optimal vision, but it also means the cornea is a useful experimental system for studying the factors that promote or inhibit the formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis). But why the cornea remains avascular despite the presence of the potent angiogenic factor VEGF-A and the proximity of other highly vascular tissues has remained unclear.
Cooperation Prevails When Individuals Adjust Their Social Ties, PLoS Comput Biol
Excerpts: In social networks, some individuals interact with more people and more often than others. In this context, one may wonder: under which conditions are social beings willing to be cooperative? Current models proposed in the context of evolutionary game theory cannot explain cooperation in communities with a high average number of social ties. Santos, Pacheco, and Lenaerts show that when individuals are able to simultaneously alter their behaviour and their social ties, cooperation may prevail. Moreover, the structure of the final networks corresponds to those found in empirical data.
Why Play Dead? Rethinking What Used To Be Obvious, Science News
Gary Gerald studies animal movement, so when two female brown snakes in the lab had babies, he wanted to see them in motion. He watched them crawling on a solid surface, then moved the youngsters to water in a modified gutter. But the system didn't work as planned for the newborn snakes.
DEAD OR ALIVE. When an Eastern hognose snake notices the scary presence of a person, the snake flattens its body (left), writhes, and finally lies upside down with its mouth open (right). Fish & Wildlife Service, Noxubee NWR
"I would pick the little guys up and drop them right in the water, and right when I dropped them, they flipped upside down.
Mapping Information Flow in Sensorimotor Networks, PLoS Comput Biol
Excerpts: How neurons encode and process information is a key problem in computational biology and neuroscience. In this paper, Lungarella and Sporns present a novel application of computational methods to the integration of neural and sensorimotor processes at the systems-level scale. The central result of their study is that sensorimotor interaction and body morphology can induce statistical regularities and information structure in sensory inputs and within the neural control architecture
Cell Biology: Power Games, Nature
Excerpts: There's a fight going on inside all our cells for each breath of air. Nick Lane sheds therapeutic light on the implications for cancer and degenerative diseases.
Seventy-five years ago, Otto Warburg's star was at its zenith. The pioneering German biochemist delivered his Nobel address in December 1931. He described the ingenious experiments by which he had unmasked the enzyme responsible for the critical step of cell respiration, the process that turns the energy in chemical compounds into energy the cell can use.
Directing Biosynthesis, Science
Excerpts: Long before the advent of written records, our ancestors used yeast to turn sugar into carbon dioxide and ethanol. Today, we are no longer limited to fermentation products naturally excreted by bacteria and fungi. Using the tools of genetic engineering, we can direct microorganisms to make proteins, DNA, carbohydrates, and small molecules (1). These "biomolecule factories" also serve as experimental systems for studying biosynthesis; in turn, such studies often facilitate efforts to manipulate biosynthetic pathways to make new products.
- Source: Directing Biosynthesis, Michael A. Fischbach, Christopher T. Walsh, DOI: 10.1126/science.1132692, Science Vol. 314. no. 5799, pp. 603 - 605, 06/10/27
Titan Lives--Geologically, at Least, Science
Excerpts: Saturn's largest moon, Titan, suffers under its heavy atmosphere, as the Cassini spacecraft and its Huygens lander quickly revealed after they arrived. Brooding clouds, icy terrains gouged by river-cut channels, lake-dotted high latitudes, and great dune fields attested to geologic activity imposed from above. And Titan had also driven surface changes from within itself, at least in the geologic past. Flows of icy "lava," which had obviously erupted from inside Titan, lace the landscape.
The Kuiper Belt Loses Some of Its Mystery, Science
Excerpts: For 200 years, scientists have believed that the solar system emerged from a swirling disk of gas and dust. But that doesn't begin to explain the myriad peculiarities of the solar system, so planetary dynamicists are striving for a "theory of everything": one all-encompassing scenario that will put each planet, asteroid, and icy leftover of solar system formation in its proper place.(...)
The model's planetesimals end up more or less where the KBOs are today and usually in about the right amounts.
The researchers begin by adding surfactants to a batch of nanotubes. The surfactants latch on to the nanotubes, but differences in the nanotubes' size and electronic properties cause the surfactants to assemble in different concentrations and arrangements, which in turn lead to measurable differences in density. These distinct densities can be sorted out using a well-known process called ultra-centrifugation, which involves spinning the materials at ultrafast speeds--up to 64,000 revolutions per minute.
Sorting nanotubes by diameter and electronic type could help lead to nanotube-based computers. In the background of this image is a test tube full of sorted nanotubes. (Credit: Mark Hersam, Northwestern University)
Pentagon Boosts 'Media War' Unit, BBC News
Excerpts: US officials believe bad news from Iraq gets undue coverage
The US defence department has set up a new unit to better promote its message across 24-hour rolling news outlets, and particularly on the internet.
The Pentagon said the move would boost its ability to counter "inaccurate" news stories and exploit new media.
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said earlier this year the US was losing the propaganda war to its enemies.
The Scorched-Earth Satire Of Sacha Baron Cohen, Edmonton Sun
The Jewish Anti-Defamation League recently expressed concerns about the character, while insisting that it "got" the joke, warned about others not getting it.
Borat reports on the Kazakh celebration, 'the Running of the Jew,' in a scene from Borat, opening in Edmonton theatres Friday. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)
In a press release, it noted that Cohen "is himself proudly Jewish. We hope everyone who chooses to see the film understands Mr. Cohen's comedic technique, which is to use humour to unmask the absurd and irrational side of anti-Semitism and other phobias born of ignorance and fear.
Complex Challenges: Global Terrorist Networks
Terrorism's Roots More Local Than Global, Say Experts, The Brunei Times
Excerpts: Security experts in Australia are increasingly sceptical of the US-led ``war on terrorism,'' which they say inflates the global threat and ignores the local roots of religious violence.
Seen from the confines of Washington, Islamic militancy may appear one large, undifferentiated mass under the direction of Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network, they say.
But the view from Australia, closer to the hotspots of Southeast and South Asia where 92 Australians have been killed in two Bali bombings, offers a richer tapestry.
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- Bacterial Taxa That Limit Sulfur Flux from the Ocean, Erinn C. Howard, James R. Henriksen, Alison Buchan, Chris R. Reisch, Helmut B?rgmann, Rory Welsh, Wenying Ye, Jos? M. Gonz?lez, Kimberly Mace, Samantha B. Joye, Ronald P. Kiene, William B. Whitman, Mary Ann Moran, 06/10/27, Science : 649-652. Cyanobacteria and diatoms assimilate some of the organic sulfur produced by other phytoplankton and thus prevent its release to the atmosphere where it would otherwise influence climate.
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- Boffins Work On Smart Connected Home: EU-Funded Project To Get Your Toaster Talking To Your Washing Machine, R. Jaques, 2006/10/19, vnunet.com
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- Researchers Reveal Mystery Of Bacterial Magnetism, 2006/10/24, Innovations-report
- Does The 43bp Sequence From An 800000 Year Old Cretan Dwarf Elephantid Really Rewrite The Textbook On Mammoths?, L. Orlando, M. Pagés, S. Calvignac, S. Hughes, C. Hänni, 2006/10/25, Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2006.0536
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- Good Information? It's Not All About The Brain, 2006/10/27, ScienceDaily & Indiana University
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Artificial Life X,
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Canterbury, Kent, UK 2005/09/5-9
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- North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 2005 Conference, Virtual Conference Network, St. Pete's Beach, Florida, 05/06/09-11
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- Nonlinearity, Fluctuations, and Complexity, with a celebration of the 65th birthday of Gregoire Nicolis. , Complexity Session, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 05/03/16
- World Economic Forum , Davos, Switzerland, 05/01/26-30
1st European Conference on Complex Systems, Torino, Italy, 04/12/5-7
From Autopoiesis to Neurophenomenology: A Tribute to Francisco Varela (1946-2001), Paris, France, 2004/06/18-20
Evolutionary Epistemology, Language, and Culture, Brussels, Belgium, 04/05/26-28
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- 8th Annual Intl Leadership Association Conference: Leadership at the Crossroads,
Chicago, IIinois, USA, 06/11/01-05
Creating Interdisciplinary Cultures: Insights from Complexity Science and Relationship Centered Care, Indiana USA, 06/11/17-19
Self-Organization And Morphogenesis In Biological Systems ,
Schloss Ringberg, Germany. 06/12/03-06
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Interaction between Agents and Data Mining (IADM-06), Hongkong, China, 06/12/18
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Managing Complex Organizations in a Complex World, Cambridge, MA, 07/01/25-26
2007 Complexity and Educational Research Conference, Vancouver, BC, 07/02/18-20
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Lake Arrowhead, CA, 07/04/25-29
- Complexity and Organizational Resilience
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ECO 2007 Summit: Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st-Century Ecology, Beijing, China, 07/05/22-27
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SYMMETRY IN NONLINEAR MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS, Kiev, Ukraine, 07/06/24-30
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, Lisbon, Portugal, 07/09/10-14
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Call for Papers - Course/Book Announcements
- The publishing consortium of
The European Physical Journal (EPJ), and the Editors-in-Chief are pleased to announce that The European Physical Journal B - Condensed Matter and Complex Systems - has substantially extended its existing publishing activities in the fields of Statistical Physics and Nonlinear Dynamics to encompass all aspects of the emerging field of Complex Systems.
- Call for Submissions:
The Journal of Developmental Processes will publish its first issue in fall 2006. , The JDP recognizes that complex developmental processes characterize the growth of living organisms. In humans, this complexity is highly elaborated, so that developmental change is affected by many interrelated factors of the body, the mind, family, society and the environment. New discoveries continually add to our understanding of these processes and demonstrate the inadequacy of reductionist approaches.
- Call for Papers:
Special Issue of the Artificial Life journal on the Evolution of Complexity,
Digital Graphics for Quantitative Finance,
Lineplot Productions, 2006
Why create movies of financial models? Because key stakeholders often don't understand them. The mathematical, data-intensive sphere of quantitative financial analysis can be a black box even for many in the industry. It is vital for users of this analysis to appreciate, understand and buy into, often literally, these difficult and important concepts.
Life: An Introduction to Complex Systems Biology, Kunihiko Kaneko, Springer Series: Understanding Complex Systems, 2006
What is life? Has molecular biology given us a satisfactory answer to this question? And if not, why, and how to carry on from there? This book examines life not from the reductionist point of view, but rather asks the question: what are the universal properties of living systems and how can one construct from there a phenomenological theory of life that leads naturally to complex processes such as reproductive cellular systems, evolution and differentiation? The presentation has been deliberately kept fairly non-technical so as to address a broad spectrum of students and researchers from the natural sciences and informatics.
- Chaos and Complexity
Resources for Students and Teachers, 06/03/01