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In Depth: Olena Morozova, Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative (VIDEO)

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Santa Cruz Economic Development's Amanda Rotella sat down with UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute's Olena Morozova and David Haussler to learn more about the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative. Treehouse is working to better understand and better treat cancer in children.

‘Organismic Learning’ Mimics Some Aspects of Human Thought

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A new computing technology called “organismoids” mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones. Central to the research is a ceramic “quantum material” called samarium nickelate, which was used to create devices being called

Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot (VIDEO)

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CAPTION On July 5, 2017, the Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region -- an area of intense and complex magnetic fields -- rotate into view. During its 13-day trip across the face of the Sun, the active region put on a show for several NASA Sun-watching satellites, producing several solar flares, a coronal mass ejection and a solar energetic particle event. CREDIT NASA's Goddard Space F...

UBC Software Teaches Computer Characters to Walk, Run, even Play Soccer (VIDEO)

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CAPTION Computer characters learn complex motor skills like walking and running thanks to an algorithm called DeepLoco, developed by UBC computer scientists. CREDIT UBC Music: Alan Walker - Fade [Creative Commons Music]

Sickle hemoglobin strands 3

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As the simulated fiber grows, the model dials back the resolution, representing established parts of the fiber with courser grain, which makes simulating the fibers computationally tractable.

A New View of August's Total Solar Eclipse

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During the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, scientists will use the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite (DSCOVR), along with measurements taken from within the moon's shadow on the ground, to test a new model of Earth's energy budget. Music: Dawn Drone by Juan Jose Alba Gomez [SGAE] Complete transcript available.This video is public domain...

Making the Maps

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CAPTION Using machine vision and learning programs, Janelia scientists created maps that show which neurons control specific behaviors in the brain of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. CREDIT Robie et al./Cell 2017
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Scientists Uncover Origins of Dynamic Jets on Sun's Surface

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At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild jets of solar material burst from the sun's surface. They erupt as fast as 60 miles per second, and can reach lengths of 6,000 miles before collapsing. These are spicules, and despite their grass-like abundance, scientists didn't understand how they form. Now, for the first time, a supercomputer simulation -- so detailed it took a full year to run --...

Simulation: Tense DNA Motion Transports Large Molecules (VIDEO)

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Naturally occurring DNA is a thicket, but its high tension and constant motion make it shuttle large transcriptions factors through its dense windings to binding sites, where the factors go to work. Researchers back this hypothesis with a very large, unique simulation. Here, DNA is in gray, transcription factor LacI in green. CREDIT Georgia Tech / Edmond Chow / Jeffrey Skolnick