Paleoecology: Life's Complexity Cast in Stone, Science
Excerpts: There is no doubt that the complexity of life has increased through the ages, both in the structure of individual organisms and in the ecological structure of communities (1, 2). But to trace the complexity of living systems, we need objective measurements. Species diversity is often regarded as a rough proxy of complexity in local communities, because the more species coexist in a community, the more ecological interactions between species and complex food webs are to be expected (3).
Genetic Jot That Makes Us Unique, Times
Excerpts: While most people have two copies of each gene, one inherited from each parent, some genes or fragments of genes can be absent altogether, or repeated five or ten times over in certain individuals. These changes, known as copy number variation (CNV), sometimes have no obvious effects, but they can influence disease or other aspects of human development.
An international research team has now mapped the genome for CNV, encompassing genetic changes of 500 or more DNA letters.
Humans Show Big DNA Differences, BBC News
Scientists have shown that the genetic make-up of humans can vary hugely - far more than was previously thought. A UK-led team made a detailed analysis of the DNA found in 270 people and identified vast regions to be duplicated or even missing.
DNA comparisons: Gains (green), losses (red), the same (yellow)
A great many of these variations are in areas of the genome that would not damage our health, Matthew Hurles and colleagues told the journal Nature.
But others are - and can be shown to play a role in a number of disorders.
Developmental Biology: Teams Identify Cardiac 'Stem Cell', Science
Excerpts: Like many organs, the heart is a patchwork of cell types, from smooth muscle that pulses blood through arteries to endothelial cells lining vessels. These pieces, varied as they are, were long considered distant cousins born of different parent cells. But two new studies have uncovered a primitive type of heart cell in mice that can give rise to the heart's main cell lineages. If the finding holds up, it will make the heart one of very few organs, along with the blood, known to grow largely out of a single type of cell; it may also ease the introduction of embryonic stem cell treatments in cardiac patients.
Chinese Gene Therapy: Gendicine's Efficacy: Hard to Translate, Sciece
Excerpts: Clinical data supporting China's advances in gene therapy often appear in Chinese-language journals--which are inaccessible to many Western readers. To bridge the gap, James Wilson, editor of Human Gene Therapy (HGT), last year solicited a review in English summing up published clinical evidence behind China's first gene-therapy product, Gendicine, by Peng Zhaohui, CEO of SiBiono GeneTech in Shenzhen, the company that put Gendicine on the market (see main text). (...)
The Glimmering Promise of Gene Therapy, Technology Review
Excerpts: Its history is marred by failures, false hopes, and even death, but for a number of the most horrendous human diseases, gene therapy still holds the promise of a cure. Now, for the first time, there is reason to believe that it is actually working. (...)
From the first glimmer of possibility to the present day, Theodore Friedmann has written and spoken as gene therapy's most ardent advocate. He has seen medicine enter a new era, which offers "new and definitive approaches to therapy that were previously only the stuff of dreams and scientific fantasy.
Immunity-based Autonomous Guided Vehicles Control, Applied Soft Computing
Abstract: The human immune system is a self-organizing and highly distributed multi-agent system. These properties impart a high degree of robustness and performance that has created great interest in implementing engineering systems. This adopted engineering analogue is called artificial immune system (AIS). This paper presents an immunity-based control framework, which has the ability to detect changes, adapt to dynamic environment and coordinate vehicles activities for goals achievement, to deploy a fleet of autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) for material handling in an automated warehouse. A robust and flexible automated warehousing system is achieved through the self-organized and fully decentralized origination of AGVs.
Robustness And Fragility In Immunosenescence, PLoS Comput Biol
Excerpts: The immune system can be viewed as a complex system, which adapts, over time, to reflect the history of infections experienced by the organism. This paper describes a model that captures this adaptation and corresponding robust, yet fragile behavior. To model immunological processes that rely on binding specificity, researchers typically utilize abstract shape space models. These models describe the binding characteristics of a receptor or antigen as points in a high dimensional vector space.
Evolution: Two Rapidly Evolving Genes Spell Trouble for Hybrids, Science
Excerpts: Evolutionary geneticists are pinning down pairs of genes that help promote speciation; these genes are rapidly evolving, but not in response to ecological pressures
New species arise when populations become separated and evolve along different paths until, eventually, their members can no longer breed successfully with each other. That was Darwin's revolutionary insight, and it has shaped our understanding of the natural world. But the underlying mechanism has been hard to pin down.
Humpback Whales Have Brain Cells Also Found In Humans, Eurekalert
Excerpts: One feature that stood out in the humpback whale brain was the modular organization of certain cells into "islands" in the cerebral cortex that is also seen in the fin whale and other types of mammals. The authors speculate that this structural feature may have evolved in order to promote fast and efficient communication between neurons. The other notable feature was the presence of spindle cells in the humpback cortex in areas comparable to hominids and in other areas of the whale brain as well.
Predictive Codes for Forthcoming Perception in the Frontal Cortex, Science
Excerpts: Incoming sensory information is often ambiguous, and the brain has to make decisions during perception. "Predictive coding" proposes that the brain resolves perceptual ambiguity by anticipating the forthcoming sensory environment, generating a template against which to match observed sensory evidence. We observed a neural representation of predicted perception in the medial frontal cortex, while human subjects decided whether visual objects were faces or not.
Mentoring: Volunteers Bring Passion To Science Outreach, Science
Excerpts: Scientists in the United States have been called upon to help reform science and math education by engaging in "effective equal partnerships" with primary and secondary schools (1). Such partnerships are often developed as part of research proposals to establish a "broader impact" component. A highly successful program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, shows that such partnerships are valuable not only to the schools but also to the participating scientists.
Physics: Superconductivity with a Twist, Science
Excerpts: Cuprate oxides, which were found to be superconducting at relatively high temperatures about 20 years ago, have several less well-known cousins. One of the most intriguing of these "unconventional" materials, strontium ruthenate (Sr2RuO4), was observed to be a superconductor in 1994 (1). Now, two reports, one by Kidwingira et al. on page 1267 of this issue (2) and the other by Xia et al. in Physical Review Letters (3), provide detailed insights into how this material superconducts.
Atom Spied Interfering With Electron Flow, New Scientist
Excerpts: An individual "dopant" atom has been spied interfering with the flow of electrons through a silicon transistor for the first time. Researchers say the feat could help scientists squeeze more power out of conventional computers and ultimately develop silicon-based quantum computers. (...)
"The fact that dopants are randomly spread causes a severe limit on the amount of miniaturisation you can achieve,"
Social Cues And Illusion: There's More To Magic Than Meets The Eye, Innovations-report
Excerpts: The mechanisms that govern visual perception are only partly understood by scientists, and in fact much of what we know about how the human visual system works stems from investigations into our susceptibility to visual illusions. While scientists have used knowledge of illusions to further our understanding of the mind, magicians have learned to master the art of deception for entertainment purposes. (...) In the new work, the researchers used a magic trick (the "vanishing ball" illusion) to demonstrate how magicians can distort our perception in an everyday situation by manipulating our expectations; (...).
Acoustic Sensors Make Surfaces Interactive, New Scientist
Excerpts: A series of acoustic sensors that turn any surface into a touch-sensitive computer interface have been developed by European researchers.
Two or more sensors are attached around the edges of the surface. These pinpoint the position of a finger, or another touching object, by tracking minute vibrations. This allows them to create a virtual touchpad, or keyboard, on any table or wall.
Touch Tracking Bypasses Mind Control, ScienceDaily
Excerpts: (...) Touch, rather than concentration, could let people multi-task with their hands, and this may also potentially help improve the performance of people with coordination problems, according to psychologists. "Most normal people cannot simultaneously draw a circle with one hand and a square with the other," says David Rosenbaum, (...) "When you perform one task, you conceptualize it as one," he explains, "but when you have two tasks to do at the same time that you can't think of as one, it gets complicated because the mind has to shift attention back and forth from one task to the other."
Design Approaches in Technology Enhanced Learning, arXiv
Abstract: Design is a critical to the successful development of any interactive learning environment (ILE). Moreover, in technology enhanced learning (TEL), the design process requires input from many diverse areas of expertise. As such, anyone undertaking tool development is required to directly address the design challenge from multiple perspectives. We provide a motivation and rationale for design approaches for learning technologies that draws upon Simon's seminal proposition of Design Science (Simon, 1969). We then review the application of Design Experiments (Brown, 1992) and Design Patterns (Alexander et al., 1977) and argue that a patterns approach has the potential to address many of the critical challenges faced by learning technologists.
Artificial Intelligence Applied Heavily To Picking Stocks, IHT
Excerpts: Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and new hedge fund manager, is describing the future of stock-picking, and it isn't human.
"Artificial intelligence is becoming so deeply integrated into our economic ecostructure that some day computers will exceed human intelligence," Kurzweil tells a room of investors who oversee enormous pools of capital. "Machines can observe billions of market transactions to see patterns we could never see." (...)
Networks Could Self-Organise Sooner Than We Think, Innovations-report
Excerpt: Almost unknown three years ago, autonomic communication has exploded onto the networking scene. The field's growing popularity owes much to 'self-organisation', a radical new approach to solving the problems of today's complex networks. Recently explored by a European project, self-organisation has also given birth to an independent body to drive forward related research. "In 2003, anyone searching for the term 'autonomic communication' on Google would have found two references. As of November this year, there are almost twenty one thousand," says Mikhail Smirnov of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin. (...)
Excerpt: We develop a model to explore the inter-relationships between conflict and economic activity. We construct a simple two-period model where consumption and investment decisions are made in the presence of governments who consider initiating diversionary conflict to raise their chances of remaining in power. Economies with selfish leaders and lower gains from capital formation may fall prey to engaging in avoidable conflicts thereby lowering investment and hence future growth. Using panel data for over 152 countries from 1950 to 2000, we find evidence for conflict lowering economic growth (...).
- Source: On The Conflict-Poverty Nexus, S. B. Blomberg, G. D. Hess - ghessmckenna.edu, S. Thacker, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0343.2006.00170.x, Economics & Politics, Nov. 2006, online 2006/10/09
- Contributed by Pritha Das - prithadas01yahoo.com
The Economics Of Cybercrime, Computerworld
Excerpts: I was recently asked to join a workshop on modern malware hosted by the Santa Fe Institute and co-chaired by Matt Williamson, principal research scientist from Sana Security, and Esther Dyson. It was a two-day session with no fixed agenda or goal other than bringing together malware researchers, policy makers and security practitioners to try to understand where the battle is heading. I can sum up the overall sense that was shared by the participants at the end of the second day: This is a war. The enemy is organized, well financed and smart.
Excerpts: One of the great broken promises of the 20th-century view of the future, right up there with personal jet-packs, was the promise of artificial intelligence. AI was supposed to lead to computers that wouldn't just calculate and organize, but reason and analyze; computers that could really think, like HAL in "2001" or KITT on the 1980s TV show "Knight Rider." (Of course, HAL turned out to be a homicidal psychopath and KITT was a smug know-it-all, but still, it seemed like a good idea.)
Well-Being Research: A Measure Of Happiness, Nature
Excerpts: Philosophers since Aristotle have puzzled over the meaning of happiness. Tony Reichhardt asks what scientists, psychologists and economists can bring to the topic. Are we any closer to being able to quantify joy?
Feeling happy? As you read this, are you taking a well-deserved break from your work, confident that your latest experiment is going to produce the results you want? Or is reading Nature a guilty pleasure, snatched in the face of other pressures - your students, your department head, writing the next grant?
Synaesthesia: The Taste Of Words On The Tip Of The Tongue, Nature
Excerpts: Synaesthesia is a rare familial condition involving a 'crossing' of the senses - for example, ordinary activities such as reading or listening to music may be perceived with different colours or tastes1. Here we show that individuals who experience synaesthetic tastes that are elicited by words (who are known as lexical-gustatory synaesthetes) begin to taste an upcoming word before they can actually say it (that is, while it is still 'on the tip of the tongue'). Taste sensations in these synaesthetes are therefore triggered by thinking of the word's meaning, rather than by its sound or spelling.
Toxin Buster: New Technique Makes Cottonseeds Edible, Science News
For every kilogram of fiber, commercial cotton plants produce about 1.65 kg of seeds. Though these seeds contain much high-quality protein, "right now, that's being wasted," says plant geneticist Keerti Rathore of Texas A&M University in College Station.
SPOT THE TOXIN. Gossypol-secreting glands form dark spots in seeds from normal cotton plants (top). Seeds from engineered plants (bottom) are missing the dark spots and the toxic compound. PNAS
Like other parts of the cotton plant, cottonseeds harbor the compound gossypol, which is toxic to people and many other animals. Seed processors remove gossypol from cottonseed oil. However, the toxic compound is difficult to extract from the solid parts of the seed, which contain potentially useful protein.
Global Warming: U.N. Conference Puts Spotlight on Reducing Impact of Climate Change, Science
Excerpts: One clear message from the Nairobi meeting is that the need to adapt to climate change is finally being taken seriously on the world stage. Until now, the debate on climate change has been dominated by the epic dispute over how to stem greenhouse gas emissions, says Jon Barnett, an environmental sociologist at the University of Melbourne, Australia. "But we know that even if we completely stopped emissions tomorrow, there are already enough [greenhouse gases] in the atmosphere that more global warming is inevitable," he says.
Supreme Court to Take Up Global Warming, Washington Post
Excerpts: The Bush administration is defending its refusal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from new motor vehicles in the first case about global warming to reach the Supreme Court.
The Environmental Protection Agency lacks the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, the administration said in court papers. Even if it had such authority, the EPA still would not use it at this point because of uncertainty surrounding the issue of global warming, the administration said. (...)
Supreme Court Takes Up Global Warming Case, NYTimes
Excerpts: The justices seemed deeply divided on the question of standing. Any plaintiff in federal court must establish standing to sue by proving there is an injury that can be traced to the defendant's behavior and that will be relieved by the action the lawsuit requests. (...)
"You have to show the harm is imminent," Justice Scalia instructed Mr. Milkey, (...)"
Mr. Milkey replied, (...) arguing that Massachusetts, New York, and other coastal states faced losing "sovereign territory" to rising sea levels. "So the harm is already occurring," (...).
Atmosphere: Global Change in the Upper Atmosphere, Science
Excerpts: The upper atmosphere is generally cooling and contracting, and related changes in chemical composition are affecting the ionosphere. The dominant driver of these trends is increasing greenhouse forcing, although there may be contributions from anthropogenic changes of the ozone layer and long-term increase of geomagnetic activity throughout the 20th century. Thus, the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases influence the atmosphere at nearly all altitudes between ground and space, affecting not only life on the surface but also the spacebased technological systems on which we increasingly rely.
Icelandic Volcano Caused Historic Famine In Egypt, ScienceDaily
Excerpts: An environmental drama played out on the world stage in the late 18th century when a volcano killed 9,000 Icelanders and brought a famine to Egypt that reduced the population of the Nile valley by a sixth. (...) "Our findings may help us improve predictions of climate response following the next strong high-latitude eruption, specifically concerning changes in temperature and precipitation," said Rutgers researcher Luke Oman, first author on the study. "Given the sensitivity of these arid regions to reductions in rainfall, our predictions may ultimately allow society time to plan for the consequences and save lives."
Carbon Emissions Show Sharp Rise, BBC News
The rise in humanity's emissions of carbon dioxide has accelerated sharply, according to a new analysis.
The trend towards increased energy efficiency is levelling off
The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year.
It says the acceleration comes mainly from a rise in charcoal consumption and a lack of new energy efficiency gains. (...)
(...) 7.9 billion tonnes (gigatonnes, Gt) of carbon passed into the atmosphere last year. In 2000, the figure was 6.8Gt.
The End of Ingenuity, NY Times
MAYBE Malthus was on to something, after all.
Illustration by Mimi O; silhouettes by House Industries ]
First, some background: Twenty-six years ago, in one of the most famous wagers in the history of science, Paul Ehrlich, John Harte and John P. Holdren bet Julian Simon that the prices of five key metals would rise in the next decade. Mr. Ehrlich and his colleagues, all environmental scientists, believed that humankind's growing population and appetite for natural resources would eventually drive the metals' costs up. Simon, a professor of business administration, thought that human innovation would drive costs down.
Army Game Proves U.S. Can't Lose, Wired News
Excerpts: "It's a great game and a really good training tool that creates conditions for learning, teaches strategic thinking and tactical thinking, and it's got really cool weapons," Nash says. "But ethical issues loom."
For example, there's no consideration that military power or technology could fail or be jammed, she says. And the enemy doesn't learn, in contrast to a certain real-life conflict where the hallmark of insurgents is their ability to rapidly gain knowledge and evolve.
Complex Challenges: Global Terrorist Networks
Significant Terrorist Incidents, 1961-2003: A Brief Chronology, US Dept of State
Excerpts: First U.S. Aircraft Hijacked, May 1, 1961: Puerto Rican born Antuilo Ramierez Ortiz forced at gunpoint a National Airlines plane to fly to Havana, Cuba, where he was given asylum.
Ambassador to Guatemala Assassinated, August 28, 1968: U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala John Gordon Mein was murdered by a rebel faction when gunmen forced his official car off the road in Guatemala City and raked the vehicle with gunfire.
Ambassador to Japan Attacked, July 30, 1969: U.S. Ambassador to Japan A.H. Meyer was attacked by a knife-wielding Japanese citizen.
Islamist Websites Succeed in Recruiting Muslims for Jihad, Global Terrorism Analysis, DC
Excerpts: Jihadi leaders continue to establish new websites on the internet by which they spread their ideology and identify users who can be recruited for the global jihad. If preaching and disseminating fanatical and extreme ideas on the internet is itself a concern, the use of jihadi forums to entice potential terrorists is even more threatening and must be addressed before the young and pious are lured into extremism. There are thousands of jihadi websites, and each time one is shutdown it often reappears under a different URL.
Links & Snippets
- The Mind of the Swarm, 06/11/25, Science News, Mathematics is helping explain how animals form flocks, swarms, and schools.
- Is It Possible to Control the Spread of a Globalized Culture?, Nino Boccara, 2006/11/17, arXiv, DOI: nlin.AO/0611035
- Population Growth and Periodic Instability of the International System, Ingo Piepers, 2006/11/21, arXiv, DOI: nlin.AO/0611041
- Plasticity In Animal Personality Traits: Does Prior Experience Alter The Degree Of Boldness?, A. J. Frost, A. W.-Giffen, P. J. Ashley, L. U. Sneddon, 2006/11/21, Proceedings: Biological Sciences, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2006.3751
- Some Animals Won't Adapt To Climate Change, Study Suggests, 2006/11/21, ScienceDaily & University of Chicago Press Journals
- Advance Helps Explain Stem Cell Behavior, 2006/11/21, ScienceDaily & Oregon State University
- Opposites Do Not Attract, Parrot Study Finds, 2006/11/21, ScienceDaily & Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
- Proteins Anchor Memories In Our Brain: Math Study: Holding Nerve-Signal Receptors In Place Is Crucial, 2006/11/23, Innovations-report
- The Smell Of Money, 2006/11/23, Innovations-report
- vnunet.com Analysis: Building The 3D Internet: The Way We See And Navigate The Internet Is About To Change, S. Nichols, 2006/11/24, vnunet.com
- Boffins Build Nano-Knife To Cut Cells: Cheesewire-Style Blade Is The World's Thinnest Ever, I. Thomson, 2006/11/24, vnunet.com
- Should You Arm Your Future Victims?, J.-P. Azam - azamuniv-tlse1.fr, Nov. 2006, online 2006/10/09, Economics & Politics, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0343.2006.001702.x
- Promises Made, Promises Broken: A Model Of IMF Program Implementation, J. P. Joyce - jjoycewellesley.edu, Nov. 2006, online 2006/10/09, Economics & Politics, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0343.2006.00173.x
- Ownership, Investment Climate And Firm Performance Evidence From Chinese Firms, M. H.-Driemeier - mhallwardworldbank.org, S. Wallsten, L C. Xu, Oct. 2006, online 2006/09/28, Economics of Transition, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0351.2006.00267.x
TED Talks, TED Conferences LLC , since 2006
Talking Robots: The PodCast on Robotics and AI, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 06/11/03
Potentials of Complexity Science for Business, Governments, and the Media 2006, Budapest, Hungary, 06/08/03-05
- 6th Intl Conf on Complex Systems (ICCS), Boston, MA, 06/06/25-30
Artificial Life X,
10th Intl Conf on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, Bloomington, IN, USA. 2006/06/03-07
6th Understanding Complex Systems Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, Il, 06/05/15-18
Ralph Abraham on Complexity Digest, , Calcutta, India, 05/12/27
- An Afternoon with Michael Crichton, Washington, 05/11/06
Illuminating the Shadow of the Future, Ann Arbor, Mi 05/09/23-25
Open Network of Centres of Excellence in Complex Systems - Brainstorming Meeting, Paris, France 05/09/19-23
Complexity, Science & Society Conference 2005, U. Liverpool, UK 2005/09/11-14
ECAL 2005 - VIIIth European Conference on Artificial Life,
Canterbury, Kent, UK 2005/09/5-9
T. Irene Sanders, Executive Director and Founder, The Washington Center for Complexity & Public Policy, 05/08/27, QuickTime video (10:38 min), Podcast
- 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
- Understanding Complex Systems - Computational Complexity and Bioinformatics, Virtual Conference Network, Urbana-Champaign, Il, UIUC, 05/05/16-19
- 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
International Conference on Complex Systems 2004, Boston, 04/05/16-21
Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: Lab Demonstrations, Strogatz, Steven H., Internet-First University Press, 1994
- CERN Webcast Service, Streamed videos of Archived Lectures and Live Events
- Dean LeBaron's Archive of Daily Video Commentary, Ongoing Since February 1998
- Edge Videos
UN Bioethics Panel Cognitive Liberty in an Age of Neurotechnology, New York, 06/12/01
Self-Organization And Morphogenesis In Biological Systems ,
Schloss Ringberg, Germany. 06/12/03-06
- Japan Mathematica Conference 2006, Tokyo, Japan, 06/12/12
- 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM Intl Workshop on
Interaction between Agents and Data Mining (IADM-06), Hongkong, China, 06/12/18
NECSI Winter School 2007, Cambridge, MA, 07/01/08-19
- Logic, Computability and Randomness 2007 , Buenos Aires, Argentina, 07/01/10-13
The Atlas of Ideas, London,
United Kingdom, 07/01/17-18
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
3rd International Workshop on Complexity and Philisophy, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 07/02/22-23
Unconventional Computation: Quo Vadis?, Santa Fe, NM, 07/03/20-23
Complex Social Systems Course
at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, 07/03/20-28
4th Lake Arrowhead Conference on Human Complex Systems,
Lake Arrowhead, CA, 07/04/25-29
Intl Conf on Morphological Computation, Venice Italy, 07/03/26-28
- Complexity and Organizational Resilience
The Village, Pohnpei, Micronesia, 07/05
- 2nd Intl Conf on Built Environment Complexity - Embracing complexity thinking in built environments, Cape Town South Africa, 07/05/21-25
ECO 2007 Summit: Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st-Century Ecology, Beijing, China, 07/05/22-27
2007 IEEE/ICME Intl Conf on Complex Medical Engineering-CME2007, Beijing, China, 07/05/23-27
The 7th Intl Workshop on Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems, Beijing, 07/05/27-30
SYMMETRY IN NONLINEAR MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS, Kiev, Ukraine, 07/06/24-30
Summer School In Complexity Science, London, UK, 07/07/08-17
ECAL 2oo7 - 9th European Conference on Artificial Life
, Lisbon, Portugal, 07/09/10-14
European Conference on Complex Systems 2007 (ECCS'07) , Dresden, Germany, 07/10/01-05
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